The Five: What I'd like to see on reality shows
I'm really trying to cut down on my reality show watching. Most of them are either ridiculous, irritating, or soul-crushing, so I only stick with a few of them (Survivor, Hell's Kitchen, some of the documentary-type shows, like Airline and Little People, Big World). But that doesn't mean I don't have a few ideas I'd like to see implemented on the shows:
1. Survivor: Enough with the warm weather, island settings. Why not give us a season in a cold climate? Some place where the contestants would have to wear jackets, make hot coffee, struggle with cold temps and maybe some snow? Sure, the hot-chicks-in-bikinis factor would go way down, but they can always give a hot tub as a prize in one of the challenges.
2. Hell's Kitchen: The last dinner service, between the last two contestants, should be aired live. Wouldn't that be exciting, with the pressure of being live and in real-time? (Ramsay would have to sign something promising not to swear.)
3. The Real World: Find contestants that have never watched the show, or get older contestants. The first few years of this show were fantastic, because they were mostly normal young people with real lives and real jobs. Now the contestants are too media-savvy and seem to go on the show just for the opportunity to be on The Real World. If you got contestants that didn't watch the show or maybe hadn't seen the show in years or got contestants that were older, it would make for an interesting season.
4. American Idol. Well, I'd get rid of Paula, but she's there forever, so I'd change some other things. Limit the voting to one per household or phone number (not sure how the hell they'd do this technically, but it can probably be done). Make the contestants sing full versions of the songs, not the edited versions they always arrange. Have the last 4 or 6 contestants have to go to some bar or nightclub and sing and see how the audience reacts and see if the stars can handle it.
5. The Mole: Actually, I'd just like to see this show return, with Anderson Cooper as host. But that's never gonna happen.