I have long been a TV junkie. I have usually been the one to have at least one show each hour of primetime for at least Sunday to Thursday nights…for years. The addition of a DVR at my house has opened up my options and I very often find myself with too much on a particular time slot and I have to move some of the shows to “alternate” times (thanks be to God for cable channels that show everything more than once). And I was one of the people that was drawn into reality TV before it had a name. Back when the only show that fit that category was Real World on MTV.
I remember watching that series and being fascinated. Part documentary, part soap opera, part real life, I was fascinated by the the first few seasons. And then…I wasn’t. Over the years, as the show got trashier, I lost interest and moved on. The first season or two of Survivor, a season of Amazing Race, MTV Road Rules and Challenges, and so on. And I have arrived at a place in my life where I can barely handle most of what is called Reality TV.
But there are a few picks I will let on that I still watch and love:
- Project Runway – what I have always loved about this show, is that even with the running commentary and backbiting competition between contestants, the show is still about the WORK. It is about the fashion, and the workmanship, and the “it” factor. They are not judged on how well they like or don’t like each other. It is all about the final product.
- The Glee Project – I don’t know if any of you have found this show, but it is about a bunch of kids who are auditioning for a role on my favorite show – GLEE. And one of them will win a 7 episode stint on the show. And my love for it knows no bounds. If you ever wondered what it is like to be young and talented and working really hard to get something you want, this is the show. You get a glimpse at how much work it takes to put on a full scale musical show each week. Dancing, singing, acting, video shoots, and yes a little bit of a glimpse at their personalities, and this show is just right.
- Top Chef Masters – I love Top Chef. I love Top Chef All-Stars. But I adore Top Chef Masters. Unlike the other 2 where there is a clear underdog, a clear frontrunner, and usually a clear villain, the Masters competition is all about people who have nothing to prove; cooking and competing for charities they are passionate about. They support each other. They wish each other well. They help each other when needed. It is so refreshing.