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Reality shows on TV Land? It's a world gone mad!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 29th 2009 12:38PM
Reality shows on TVLandMy family often watches TV during the dinner hour. There, I've said it. I'm not proud of that fact, but there you have it. We also force the kids to take 2-hour nature walks with us every weekend, so maybe it all evens out in the end.

Our favorite channel during the dinner hour is TV Land. In our neck of the woods, Hogan's Heroes airs from 6 to 7 p.m., and The Andy Griffith Show from 7 to 8 p.m. We love both these shows, and the episodes always spark laughter and a few discussion topics. Like, how could Colonel Klink be such a dimwit, and why can't more people be like Andy Taylor?

But we might have to start watching the Discovery or History channels or - gasp! - turn the TV off altogether, because the commercials on TV Land are making us gag on our organic mac-and-cheese. I'm talking about the commercials for TV Land's reality shows, High School Reunion and The Cougar.

High School Reunion is about 15 classmates from Arizona's Chandler High School class of 1988, who reunite on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. According to the show's site, "old grudges will re-emerge, old flames will re-ignite, and one of these classmates will reveal the most shocking secret in High School Reunion history." You know what? We couldn't care less about these people. We don't even go to our own class reunions. Why would TV Land ever think we'd want to go to someone else's?

And we care even less about The Cougar, where "one sexy, single, sophisticated woman is set up with younger men who are all vying for her affection. Through a series of weekly challenges, the men must prove they have what it takes to satisfy a woman of a certain age and avoid the kiss of death: a kiss on the cheek. Watch as The Cougar narrows her choices from 20 to 10 to five, ultimately choosing one lucky man to be her soul mate." The show is hosted by celebrity cougar herself, Vivica A. Fox.

And "soul mate"? Please.

How could TV Land think that the people who watch their channel would be interested in this trash? What disturbance in the universe caused the powers-that-be to put these shows on THIS channel? We watch TV Land to see whether Aunt Bee makes a better pie than Clara, and whether Miss Hathaway can knock some sense into Mr. Drysdale. Not to see whether someone's been carrying around an ancient high school grudge for 20 years.

Please, TV Land. Ditch the reality TV shows and air My Favorite Martian instead.

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