I've got a problem and I'm big enough of a pixie I'm going to admit it you. Right here, in front of God and everybody. It's something only one other person was aware of until now. I'm addicted to Reality TV.
Before you start freaking out and putting together interventions or cutting our cable cables, let me set your mind at ease a bit. I'm not addicted to all Reality TV. Not the action-adventure ones like Survivor, Big Brother, or Road Rules. I'm addicted to the ones that show the foibles of humanity and humility, more like SuRReal Life, Wife Swap, and Supernanny. And part of their appeal is, in the end, there's at least one asshole that redeems themselves on television.
The ones I pant for are the music related ones. I haven't kept my love for American Idol hidden. After all, one isn't much of an addiction. It's the others you don't know about, like the RockStar series, Nashville Star, and the like I can't stop watching. Not just the competitions but all the trappings, especially those celebrity judges.
Wait, for clarification purposes not all of these types of shows are for even me, Making of the Band was just blah. There was another one earlier this summer and I can't remember the name of it, but it didn't even raise my pulse. I especially hate the ones with little children and tweens because to me those (like children's beauty pageants) seem like legal kiddie porn.
I grew up with celebrities as part of my life, probably due to my mom's fixation on movie magazines. I'm comfortable having them around the house and on TV in a personal kind of way. And now there's this whole new sub-series. The Celebrity Plus is what I call them. Dancing with the Stars, Skating with the Stars, and the newest to debut is Celebrity Duets.
I swear I was honestly not going to watch this one. I' promised myself I wouldn't. I saw the commercials for it and they sort of scared me. The contestants are primarily from TV and movies, including Lea Thompson, Alfonso Ribiero, and Hal Sparks. Oh, and Cheech Marin too!
Each week, they compete by singing duets with established musical performers. Top recording artists, some of whom I really admire, like Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson. It's quite frightening really.
Yet somehow it got programmed onto the DVR and I didn't have the heart to just delete it without catching the first few couple of minutes. Just so I could say that yes, I checked it out and hated it. And then, it sucked me in.