Summer's finally here and I'm looking forward to all the things that come along with it. Like beach bonfires, BBQs and...all kinds of TV shows that weren't good enough for the regular season! Remember back in the day when the only thing on in the summer were reruns of all your favorite shows? But then the powers that be realized that viewers were so desperate for fresh programming in July that they'd watch just about anything! And so the summer season was born...
I'll admit that I've grown rather fond of many summer substandard shows. (Um, is this where I admit that I'm a closet Big Brother fan?) And I always cheer just a little bit when one of my summer crushes graduates to the bigtime, aka the fall season schedule. (Bravo SYTYCD and Dancing with the Stars!)
And this summer is no exception with it's choices of gluttonous reality TV. And lucky for you, I'm here to navigate y'all through what's trashy in a good way to what's just trash.
Losing it with Jillian I ran into this show by accident last week and thought I couldn't stand the thought of one more minute of Jillian's workouts, which usually consist of screaming and dramatic speeches about people healing from the inside. But I was soon mesmerized by her heartfelt attempt to help an obese mom and dad lose weight in time for their daughter's wedding. And I cried like a baby when Jillian gave her lameass, overly dramatic, camera too close to her face speech. Against my better judgment, I'm season passing this one.
Wipeout What does it say about me that I LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch people eat sh*t on the big red balls? I tried to tell myself that it was my crush on John Henson(dating all the way back to his days on Talk Soup) that kept me coming back for more. But then I finally came to the realization that watching these people make asses out of themselves just makes me happy after a long day. Don't judge.
The Bachelorette I've got to throw out the disclaimer that I actually watch this show religiously every week(so many facebook status opportunities! I can't control myself!) and have been a huge fan since the day Trista gave out her first rose. But this season can be, um, well, SLIGHTLY UNWATCHABLE at times. Between the wrestler, the James Spader wannabe and the questionable sexual orientation of the weatherman, I find myself rolling my eyes much more than usual. (And that's saying a lot people!) And please someone tell me why we can't get through an episode without one of these guys crying a river. It's making me want to take a torch and burn the rest of Ali's roses. (Or her hair extensions-WTF with those?)
True Beauty Another show that I'm beginning to have a love/hate relationship with. Something about the horribly obnoxious and shallow contestants (who think their competing to be the "face of Las Vegas" but are really being judged on their inner beauty) is both repulsive and addicting at the same time. But either way, I'm always wondering the same thing: Where the hell do they find these people? And I can never tell if it's my desperation to watch something new or actual humor that makes host Carson Kressly's quips funny. Either way, I have a feeling that True Beauty will be gathering dust in my Tivo this summer.
Honorable NOT THAT mention: Minute to Win it is so incredibly lame that I refuse to write more than one sentence about it-you'll just have to trust me on this one.
What are YOU watching this summer?