But the show is horrible. Truly, deeply and utterly horrible. I watched it to see what the fuss was all about, but after ten minutes, I had had enough. It wasn't funny or goofy or even car-wreck compelling. It was just dumb. Even with the subtitles, I could barely understand them.
In fact, this 4th season of 'Bad Girls Club' has been so salaciously addictive that it's drawn record numbers to the women's network. prompting an order for a 5th season that will find the women outside of Los Angeles for the first time and poised to wreak havoc on Miami (in other words: watch out, Kourtney and Khloe).
The executive producers, Bunim-Murray, the braintrusts behind such seminal shows as 'The Real World' and 'Road Rules,' couldn't be happier. "Every time [we have] taken a series to Miami, we've been embraced by the city and its people and had huge ratings, so we're excited about bringing yet another series to the city," said Jon Murray in a statement, according to Variety.
Andrew is part of the cast of MTV's new 'The Real World: D.C.', which debuted Wednesday night, and one of the stars of today's TV's Top 5.
While there are reality shows like The Amazing Race, Survivor, or even Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List garnering praise and Emmys for their quality level or American Idol, America's Next Top Model, or So You Think You Can Dance giving real people with potential to fulfill their dreams, trashy reality shows appear like the black sheep of the family. They are loud, brash, and sleazy. Like a car crash, you can't help but turn and look.
For reality television, 2009 has provided some of the biggest reasons why reality television gets a bad reputation. Four cable channels have become festering points for Trashy Reality in 2009: VH1, E!, MTV, and WE.
The idea of the punch (and the sight of it, for those of us who've watched it) is alarming for a few reasons. First and foremost, the image of a man hitting a woman squarely in the face is shocking; most reality show fights that escalate to physical violence are between two men or two women. Furthermore, these reality show fights rarely involve actual punches; normally it's a bunch of hugging disguised as grappling, rolling around on the ground and hair-pulling until the producers move in. This is the real deal.
But if you've ever been to Seaside, NJ, you aren't surprised by this use of unnecessary violence over what was probably an argument about a slice of boardwalk pizza or a discussion of Yankees vs. Mets. Also, if you've seen a reality show in the past five years, you aren't surprised that someone caught a bad one. We've compiled the best punches/slaps/etc. of the last few years in the wonderful world of reality television.
For 22 seasons, MTV has believed that the "real world" consists of a group of twentysomethings living in a giant house in some random city with their every move and interaction filmed for the entire world to see. This belief is strong indeed -- 'The Real World' now continues with its 23rd season, set to premiere on December 30, 2009: 'The Real World: Washington, D.C.'
According to Wikipedia, the base of operations for 'D.C.' is a 10,800 square-foot four-story brownstone mansion located at 2000 S Street, NW in the neighborhood of Dupont Circle. The first floor includes bedrooms, a game room, the Confessional, and the control room for the producers. The second floor includes a common area, telephone room, kitchen, bathrooms and five "love sacks" (ha!). The main control room is on the third floor, where the operators work those camera angles, swish pans and cut-to's, with a conference room and offices on the fourth floor.
And who will be living in this lovely abode? The D.C. blog Housing Complex did some digging, and so did we. Meet the cast of 'The Real World: Washington, D.C.'
I completely agree with the top six, but they lose me with Jackass at number seven. I have never understood the appeal of filming morons doing stupid things on purpose just to be stupid. But there were some shows missing from the list completely, like Little People Big World, So You Think You Can Dance and Beauty and the Geek. Surely those shows are better than The Hills and The Real Housewives of Sesame Street, or whatever franchise they're spinning now.
There weren't any shocking eliminations or anything horrendously groundbreaking, but there were some definite moments. Here are some highlights, and lowlights, after the jump.
(Sun., 9PM, VH1) 3rd season premiere
Yes, living it up with dozens of women in a booze-soaked, pimped out mansion didn't help Bret Michaels find love, so now he's hopping on his tour bus, with 20 eager-to-please women on board, in his third attempt to find a lasting relationship. Or, the reality TV equivalent.
Poison frontman Michaels embarks on a month-long solo tour across America, and the women are along for the ride, challenges, catfights, Mud Bowl 3 and all ... until they get their walking papers.
And this time around, Bret doesn't just confiscate their 'backstage pass' and kick them to the curb; the women who get the boot from the 'Rock of Love' bus are left behind at whatever city Michaels happens to be performing in that night.
Powell's post-reality career has set him apart from the typical fame-seeking MTV celebs. According to his campaign website, he's written seven books and is a successful lecturer and activist. That certainly beats stints on The Surreal Life and the Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
It stands to reason, then, that any genre springing to life in such an environment would bear no resemblance to what the rest of the world calls "reality". TV Squad therefore presents its first annual The Reality Shows Have Writers!? Award, recognizing those shows that in no way reflect a life that any human being on the planet is actually living but, for some reason, call themselves "reality shows."
The hookups, the drinking, "the slap" ... good times.
In 1992, 'The Real World' introduced us all (for better or worse) to reality TV, and it's still going strong, with 23 seasons under its belt -- so far.
Can future newbies match the drama, debauchery and arrests of some of our favorite (and least favorite) alums? Listen, learn, and hide the peanut butter.
This week, I noticed that there were a lot of ideas that I wanted to share, but that weren't quite big enough for a full TV 101 column. I attached them to the end of my last column in a section called "Dribs and Drabs." It was a good thought, except that it took an already bloated piece (my writing makes the Unabomber's manifesto look like a dream of concise thought) and puffed it up into a 3000 word monstrosity. My editor suggested I break up the Dribs and Drabs section into its own piece, and that, dear readers, is what I did. Dribs and Drabs, after the jump...
I'm not going to argue with Mr. Klosterman. I admire him so much that for a short while, I thought he was my own Tyler Durden (all the ways I wish I could be -- that's Chuck). If we are, however, to take Klosterman's argument as truth -- that Puck and Pedro realizing the cameras were on them was the TV equivalent of Skynet becoming self-aware and destroying humanity -- we must then look to the second season of the show as the moment when Miles Dyson started working for Cyberdyne. That is, the seeds for television's unraveling were sown not during the third season of The Real World, but during the second. As 2008 is the 15th anniversary of The Real World: Los Angeles, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at how it managed to ruin everything...
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