Parking Wars needs an Intervention within The First 48
Is it entertainment? The jury is still out on that a bit--at least for me. What it definitely is is something for background noise as I read a novel, peeking up occasionally when something on the show sounds interesting. Now, none of the three shows will garner a full review, but I'm going to do a quick take on Intervention, Parking Wars, and The First 48.
Intervention -- Okay, I'm not quite getting why anyone would go on a show to expose their inner demons on national television. Sure, we've all had our demons to conquer. But it seems to me that doing it all in front of the world could bring about two results.
The first and most likely is that the subject will run off for treatment even though he's probably not ready for it and it won't take. That seems to be the common result from the few episodes I've seen -- they're on camera. Duh. Of course they'll go for treatment due to being cornered. It doesn't mean they've hit rock bottom enough to really want rehab.
The other scenario I'm waiting to see is one subject exploding and telling everyone to mind their own damn business. Has that ever happened on the show?
My take on this one is if you like to watch drug addicts actually snort drugs and inject them in all their burnt out glory, this is the show for you. If you want to see families devastated by the substance abuse problems of a loved one, if that's entertainment for you, go for it. Me? I'd rather not see needles, please.
Parking Wars -- I saw a two-hour block of this half-hour show over the weekend. (Yes, it was while I was reading and had the television on. I confess.) This is a "jury out" on show for me. What I liked about it isn't something which everyone will like. What I liked is that I have tried to find a parking space in Center City in Philadelphia more than a few times. It's almost impossible! It's easier to find spots in Boston or Manhattan.
So, the show struck the old "familiarity" chord with me. I knew some of the locations and such. It's always interesting to see places you know on television. Well, at least for me, it is. While the locale was a hit for me, I'm not all that sure of the content. It seems to be too much of the same type of situation over and over again. Different mad people whose different cars are booted or towed. No one seems to have their license, registration, and insurance with them. What's next? Filming the DMV?
The First 48 -- Of these three shows, this is the one which really caught my interest. Mind you, Cops is one of my guilty pleasure shows. This is like Intense Cops. The premise behind the show is that when a homicide occurs, the case tends to go cold after the first 48 hours and there's less of a chance of solving it. It focuses on actual homicides and actual homicide detectives.
Although it seems like many of the cases don't get solved (a suspect under arrest) in the first 48, I find the show intriguing. After being a police television buff for so long, the show has become a fix for me. No, I don't need an Intervention, thank you very much (and mind your own business). It's done tastefully and provides a real-life peek in the business of police work. And, unlike Homicide: Life on the Street, I haven't heard any of the detectives say, "We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves." But, the sentiment is there.
Are you watching any of these shows? Or am I alone in the world of reality television?