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(Entertainment Weekly)   The eight worst reality TV cliches... being a crappy show not listed   ( divider line
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2003-01-29 05:21:44 PM  
Before I even look at the article I'm betting "Hot Bartender/Waitress" is one.
2003-01-29 05:23:15 PM  
I'll stick to sitcoms, thank you. Reality shows never have people mistakingly walking into closets on their way out.

Comedic genius, that.
2003-01-29 05:24:22 PM  
They forgot to mention the "Virgin turns into raging whore/Player dude turns into sensitive guy (or is affectionate to said virgin)"
2003-01-29 05:25:47 PM  
Jiminy Jillikers!
2003-01-29 05:28:00 PM  
They forgot Reality cliche #9, "My life is very boring, it's nothing like a foot fetish video" one.
2003-01-29 05:30:08 PM  
who where those people i can't name all of them just a few they must have really sucked
2003-01-29 05:31:33 PM  
Best "reality show" that isn't a show...

sitting on the steps across from Jackson's Square in New Orleans.

Man, the last time I was there I must have sat there for hours just people watching...

I think they forgot a huge cliche: "Just because you are on TV doesn't make you a legitimate actor"

Last I checked, Survivor didn't requirea SAG card...

Worst Reality Show Mistake You Can Make...

saying, "Hitler wasn't that bad of a guy..." and "...if you ask me, Martin Luther King was a mite bit too uppity..."
2003-01-29 05:37:08 PM  
Worst Reality TV cliché:

Critics blasting reality TV and pretending they have some insight into it that the average viewing public lacks.
2003-01-29 05:37:28 PM  
IOW, the same crap they pack into the daily soap operas but with cheaper actors speaking ebonics.

Oh yeah, double helping, please.

How about Top 8 TV Show Themes That Need to Die:

1. "Reality" Competition Shows
2. Cop Shows
3. Lawyer Shows
6. Doctor Shows
5. America's "Whateverest Whatevers"
6. Celebrity "Whatever"
7. Morality Programming Through Current Events Dramas
8. Opinion-As-News Networks
9. (Bonus Selection) Vapid Formulaic Sitcoms

That leaves sports and cartoons. Yes! Heaven!
2003-01-29 05:40:17 PM  
You know, WOOFYSF, there's more to the English language than just words.
2003-01-29 05:42:47 PM  
Next reality tv possibilty...the Army sponsoring, "Who Wants to Kill Saddam Hussein?"
I'll watch. After work that is.
2003-01-29 05:43:00 PM  
TV altogether really isn't all that good, I'd rather use my TV as a screen to play games or use as a monitor.
2003-01-29 06:02:20 PM  


It's odd that people sit on their couches, stuffing their faces, and watch other people do things they would like to do.

It would be worse if they invented some kind of "reality simulation" (or reality, SIM for short). That allowed people to fake interact with other people.

That would be freaky.
2003-01-29 06:02:40 PM  
The only reality TV that I watch is hockey. I can't get enough of it. Damn entertaining.
2003-01-29 06:09:56 PM  
At least in hockey, when they fight, they fight like men.

Goalie fights are the best.
2003-01-29 06:11:25 PM  
I have hated every reality show, except the first Road Rules and Real Worlds, those were the originals. But saying this, I think Surreal Life is great, the washed up lives of celebrities I saw growing up. And that Brandi Roderick, holy f'n smokes.
2003-01-29 06:22:09 PM  
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Goalie fights are the pinnacle of entertainment in any field.
2003-01-29 06:27:05 PM  
I smell poop!
2003-01-29 06:55:37 PM  
entertainment weekly may be the worst magazine everywritten. somehow i got a free subscription, and i dreaded pulling it out of my mailbox. if i ever worked for them, i will shoot myself in the head, please keep me to that.
2003-01-29 07:04:46 PM  
Has anyone else noticed that so many reality shows are taking trips to Las Vegas (if they aren't set here already)? Even Trading Spaces had an episode set here, and they tried to act like it was something special.
2003-01-29 07:09:23 PM  
Hey, can anyone name the people in the Surreal Life? I'm looking at that pic and cant place some of them.

/too lazy to look it up
2003-01-29 07:15:41 PM  

Vince Neil - Motley Crew
Emmuelle (sp) lewis - webster
MC hammer
corey feldman - stand by me/goonies/lost boys
brandi roderick - playboy playmate, p.p. of year 2001
gabrella "something" = beverly hills 90201
Jerry "something" from Survivor

the three girls are roommates
mc and webster are roommates
corey and vince are roommates

they all live in a plush hollywood house for ten days.

oh the pain
2003-01-29 07:16:45 PM  
crew = crue, and other grammer and spellings due to buzz
2003-01-29 07:20:43 PM  
The Only "Reality Show" worth watching is "Fear Factor", some of the Stunts are pretty neat but the thing that keeps me coming back is the Dreaded "2nd Stunt" to see what they have the contestants eat!

Buffalo Testicles, Pig Uterus, Horse Rectum, Raw Ostritch Eggs, Bugs, Worms you name it.

Plus lately they've had some Very Attractive women Contestants with Large Boobies!
2003-01-29 07:26:37 PM  
Why even call them "reality" shows anymore? They're not even close to being real. Regardless of whether you like them or not, they aren't real. They are a bunch of asshats mugging for the camera trying to become famous.

Give me 24 or give me death.
2003-01-29 07:26:42 PM  
Thanks Productiveslacker.
I was really hoping that wasn't Corey Feldman.
So sad...
2003-01-29 08:13:36 PM  
"It would be worse if they invented some kind of "reality simulation" (or reality, SIM for short). That allowed people to fake interact with other people.

That would be freaky."

Umm, yeah, that already exists. It's called Everquest, along with just about every other MMORPG. Hell, any form of communication with strangers over the internet can be considered such if you use it as a replacement for face to face communication with friends or family.

And speaking of reality shows, I think I need to go watch the Truman Show to cleanse my palate. The movie expressed the psychology of reality shows very well IMO.
2003-01-29 08:30:44 PM  
I got fed up when it became obvious that every "real" person on the show came from the extra files at central casting. And the only files they looked at were the "model-type" files.

That was, oh, two minutes into the show.
2003-01-30 04:15:57 AM  
They missed the entire aspect of putting not so intelligent people in unrealistic situations. I want to see one of those people spend a week living out of dumpsters. They would never make it. I can do that, I have done that. Gets kinda nippy when it goes down around -20 degrees. But if you want to watch how people behave and react to stuff, turn off the TV and sit on a bench in a high traffic area. Then watch and listen. Add something to the situation if you like (glued down coins is fun).
2003-01-30 12:26:18 PM  
I want to see more hot sex0r action with long stiff rods and hot sacks a flamin'.... that would get my buzzer off - holy jolly yes it would.
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