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(Entertainment Weekly)   NY Public Television creates parody ads for "reality" TV shows to point out how bad TV has gotten, and they're actually better than most "reality" TV shows   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 62
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2013-07-15 08:58:21 PM
While camping we thought of pitching a show called "Wood Wars". It would be filmed on a campground and they would have guys drive golf carts down to all the sites to collect any unused firewood so they could sell it again to the next campers.

You'd have the hothead owner, constantly yelling at his sons to get down there and collect the wood. The sons would always be bickering with each other about who broke the golf cart and such. Maybe there'd be a daughter too. She'd go down and distract the guy so he'd put less wood in the fire.

One day they'd decide to issue a campfire curfew without announcing it. They just show up at your site and tell you it's time to put the fire out.

The more we talked about it, the more we realized that they could probably produce the show and make enough money to keep it going for a season or two.
 
2013-07-15 09:04:19 PM
 
2013-07-15 09:06:47 PM
Isn't this story month(s) old?
 
2013-07-15 09:10:24 PM
I like how PBS was founded to give viewer an alternative to the garbage on TV at the time, (mid 60s).

Then, when fund-raising drive time comes, they show old network TV shows/specials like The Ed Sullivan Show or some compilation of Sinatra TV specials.
 
2013-07-15 09:10:45 PM
There needed to be a restaurant show called Pho King.
 
2013-07-15 09:11:06 PM
"The Culture Network" and "The Think Channel" were nice touches I thought
 
2013-07-15 09:15:55 PM
"I'm not a plumber -- I'm a celebrity!"

I see a great need.

/I guarantee you there are D-listers out there who are ready to swim in shiat for five seconds of screen time.
 
2013-07-15 09:16:01 PM

feanorn: Geico did it:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lomy7xAVDKE.


Came for this. I would watch the hell out of that show.

One of the best recent reality shows was not even on TV, it was over at Penny Arcade.
 
2013-07-15 09:17:46 PM
No "Porn Hoarders"?
 
2013-07-15 09:18:56 PM
"Ow!  My Balls!"
 
2013-07-15 09:19:23 PM
I DVRed a few episodes of Top Hooker, which is an angling show, it turns out.
 
2013-07-15 09:21:34 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Isn't this story month(s) old?


I believe that the original poster campaign was a couple of months ago. Apparently it was so well received that they've now gone on to make spoof trailers. Same concept, new medium.
 
2013-07-15 09:26:25 PM
primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk
 
2013-07-15 09:35:16 PM
I want to watch Clam Kings. With my whole being.

/"Want some ground to pound?!"
//seriously.
 
2013-07-15 09:35:27 PM
Someone should do a parody of all the crap that PBS shows now like all of those stupid British crime shows or the 2 hr infomercials they show during begging times. Especially the one with that bald idiot and his stupid affirmations. Or the 1000th showing of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple.
 
2013-07-15 09:36:36 PM
rcnky.com
 
2013-07-15 09:37:20 PM
"Tiny House" FTW!
 
2013-07-15 09:44:26 PM
1. EW is clearly part of the problem.
2. These ads were on the subway months ago.
 
2013-07-15 09:47:38 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Isn't this story month(s) old?


Thought that too but the top paragraft says no. They are making more spoofs.
 
2013-07-15 09:49:11 PM

Boxcutta: 2. These ads were on the subway months ago.


When did the subway get video advertisement?
 
2013-07-15 09:58:05 PM
The earlier ads:

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2013-07-15 09:58:18 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed every one of these.  They absolutely nailed the textbook formula of mundane events plus unrealistic drama.

That said, the part that intrigues me most is the music at the end.  I think it's a string instrument rendition of some relatively modern song but I can't figure out what it is for the life of me.
 
2013-07-15 09:59:28 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: Boxcutta: 2. These ads were on the subway months ago.

When did the subway get video advertisement?


I didn't say video. The ads were around in May; but you don't have to take my word for it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/business/media/wnets-new-advertisi ng -campaign-uses-reality-tv-as-a-punchline.html?_r=0
 
2013-07-15 10:04:44 PM

Boxcutta: Bonanza Jellybean: Boxcutta: 2. These ads were on the subway months ago.

When did the subway get video advertisement?

I didn't say video. The ads were around in May; but you don't have to take my word for it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/business/media/wnets-new-advertisi ng -campaign-uses-reality-tv-as-a-punchline.html?_r=0


First line of TFA: As you might remember, local PBS affiliate Thirteen released some hilarious subway posters for fake reality shows (we could only hope that The Dillionaires, Bad Bad Bag Boys, and Knitting Wars actually existed) back in May.
 
2013-07-15 10:05:33 PM
Hillbilly handjobs
 
2013-07-15 10:12:05 PM

Bedstead Polisher: Boxcutta: Bonanza Jellybean: Boxcutta: 2. These ads were on the subway months ago.

When did the subway get video advertisement?

I didn't say video. The ads were around in May; but you don't have to take my word for it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/27/business/media/wnets-new-advertisi ng -campaign-uses-reality-tv-as-a-punchline.html?_r=0

First line of TFA: As you might remember, local PBS affiliate Thirteen released some hilarious subway posters for fake reality shows (we could only hope that The Dillionaires, Bad Bad Bag Boys, and Knitting Wars actually existed) back in May.


Yeah, I'm not gonna read that.
 
2013-07-15 10:23:11 PM

varmitydog: The earlier ads:

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Oddly enough, my bartender chef drummer krav maga teacher generally awesome brother is in the early stages of building his own pickle empire right now, and I guarantee you he is more entertaining than all the celebrity chef reality shows last season *combined*.

/Why, his beard alone could spark its own subplots.
//I am not, and will never be, within an order of magnitude of my brother's awesomeness.
///And ladies, he's single!
 
2013-07-15 10:25:09 PM

Boxcutta: Yeah, I'm not gonna read that.


Which was my point.
 
2013-07-15 10:29:36 PM
I saw the Bayou Eskimos one when I was on the subway in NYC this weekend. I thought it was funny.
 
2013-07-15 10:34:04 PM
My CSB reality show pitch is something similar to The Bachelor/ette. Instead of a bachelor, you have a married couple. The contestants are orphans. The winning orphan gets to be adopted.
 
2013-07-15 10:35:50 PM

CMYK and PMS: Someone should do a parody of all the crap that PBS shows now like all of those stupid British crime shows or the 2 hr infomercials they show during begging times. Especially the one with that bald idiot and his stupid affirmations. Or the 1000th showing of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple.


I have no problem with "British Crime Shows"...they certainly beat the crap out of NCIS, CSI, L&O, WOLSOADIKDJ, AOAnWLDn and whatever other formulaic crap they come up with next.  I don't like Miss Marple, but Poirot is decent.
 
2013-07-15 10:39:25 PM

Circus Midget: My CSB reality show pitch is something similar to The Bachelor/ette. Instead of a bachelor, you have a married couple. The contestants are orphans. The winning orphan gets to be adopted.


Rob Reiner can produce it, Elijah Wood as the host.

Call it "South"
 
2013-07-15 10:53:41 PM

theorellior: I saw the Bayou Eskimos one when I was on the subway in NYC this weekend. I thought it was funny.


I would watch that show at least once.  I'd have to, it's like the perfect train wreck.
 
2013-07-15 11:03:03 PM

Mad_Radhu: There needed to be a restaurant show called Pho King.


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2013-07-15 11:07:17 PM
People like what they like. PBS is targeting their viewers who by definition prefer PBS shows, and would naturally think that reality shows are pathetically uncultured compared to the soap operas shown on PBS. Because the characters in the soap operas wear period costumes and speak with British accents. Except for Jeremy Piven, who might as well be playing Droz from PCU.
 
2013-07-15 11:09:55 PM
They're all WAY too Poe's Law for me.
 
2013-07-15 11:25:21 PM
What if they came up with a reality show about a bunch of associate producers who are competing to come up with new reality shows, and every week, one of them gets voted off the show, until there's one associate producer left who gets his/her show put in the air?

Would that be like dividing by zero?

/Wouldn't be surprised if that's already been pitched. . .
 
2013-07-15 11:39:50 PM
Hang on, doesn't PBS have reality shows as well?
 
2013-07-15 11:49:32 PM
Obligatory. Yay for Cake Hunter!

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2013-07-16 12:01:25 AM
Ehhh, that second one has potential. The trials and tribulations of a few medium sized landscaping companies in a predominantly english speaking labor region. Bid and compete for contracts, learn a bit about layouts and care planning.

Or do it in Texas for Telemundo.
 
2013-07-16 12:39:44 AM
Okay, how about a fake reality show (kinda like "The Comeback," with Lisa Kudrow) about a bunch of associate producers competing to sell a new reality show, followed by an actual reality show about the making of the fake reality show?

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2013-07-16 01:07:34 AM

eddievercetti: Hang on, doesn't PBS have reality shows as well?


It has shows that are about reality, but I can't think of a "reality show" that is on PBS and is partially scripted.  The one show I do recall catching a bit of on PBS that would qualify as a reality show was about a small traveling circus, but it was presented much more like a documentary instead of being full of fake drama.
 
2013-07-16 03:22:39 AM
Pho King is definitely a real place in Wahiawa, HI....I don't think the play on words was lost on them.
 
2013-07-16 04:04:56 AM

eddievercetti: Hang on, doesn't PBS have reality shows as well?


PBS invented the reality show genre way back in the early 70's, sadly.
 
2013-07-16 04:10:47 AM

Gone to Plaid: Pho King is definitely a real place in Wahiawa, HI....I don't think the play on words was lost on them.


Then there are these guys...

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2013-07-16 06:11:54 AM
Burning love- best reality show parody there is.

Find it, watch it, laugh your spleen out.
 
2013-07-16 06:19:33 AM
Well played, PBS. Well played indeed.
 
2013-07-16 06:36:25 AM
You can't mock a fool, they think you're flattering them.
 
2013-07-16 07:40:37 AM
My cousins put themselves through college by clamming, so I got a kick out of that particular bit.
 
2013-07-16 08:07:15 AM
I thought celebrity diving was a parody. :-/
 
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