Friday, February 19, 2010

Confessions of a Reality Showaholic ... Are There Others?

 (Clean House)

(Dancing with the Stars)

(Food Network Challenge - Last Cake Standing)


My name is Kiki and I'm a reality showaholic.   Calling myself a reality showaholic may be a tad dramatic, but isn't that what reality shows are all about ... drama, mayhem, foolishness, a hot mess ...  now shoo fly shoo.  

Oops, did I just channel my inner Niecy Nash of Clean House?  But you won't find me grabbing my remote to watch Jersey Boys, Keeping Up with the  Kardashians or the latest, Jersey Girlicious -- not my cup of Chai.  

(The Amazing Race)

Like Eating Potato Chips, 
You Can't Stop at One  

I can't get enough of Big Brother, Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Apprentice, Food Network Challenge, Chopped and America's Next Top ModelThe latter started as research, but I never stopped watching.  Even A&E's The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty reeled me in when I wasn't looking.  I hope to see more in the future.  And the list goes on and on." 


Fortunately for me, they don't all air 
at the same time and season.

(Say Yes to the Dress - TLC)


(American Idol - Boston Auditions)

You Didn't Mention American Idol?

That's because I don't watch it.  Did I just hear a nationwide gasp.  Sad but true, I didn't catch the idol fever.  

Maybe I'll do tee shirts for the ten of us who don't tune into this beloved show.  I may watch during a commercial break in the beginning when the contestants are hilarious.  They're not going to let a little thing like, not carrying a tune, stop them from being the next American Idol.   I admire their courage.

A reality show contestant's life can change overnight.

Latest American Idol cast off, Angela Martin was in for a big surprise when Ellen Degeneras invited her to sing, Alicia Keyes "Super Woman" on her show.  

According to, DeGeneres recruited "Idol" judge and hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi to surprise Angela.  "I have a little surprise for you.  Kara DioGuardi is going to write you a song," DeGeneres told a surprised Martin. "You're going in a studio. She's going to produce a song for you and we're gonna get you a record label [deal]!! See how things turn out?"  

This is an example of "joy cometh in the morning," but Angela has already had her "weeping endureth for a night" share of tragedies at the age of 28.  Angela's mother has been missing since December.  Her father was murdered by her stepmother and her ten-year-old daughter has Rett Syndrome, which causes seizures.  

That's why I love reality shows, they bring dreams to life despite challenges and tragedies.

And I can't leave out the game shows.  I have to get my daily dose of  Wheel of Fortune and Discovery Channel's Cash Cab.

What's Cash Cab?  
It's a  New York City cab ride that pays you.

Passengers enter the Cash Cab and become instant contestants on a game show.  Ben Bailey, the host and driver drives you to your destination while asking general knowledge questions that earn you money.  But if you answer three questions wrong, he pulls the cab over and kicks you out.  

If you get to your destination without three strikes, you're a winner eligible to double your winnings with a video bonus question.  I've seen a person leave the cab with $4,000.    


Kiki here, enter iCafe Woman Moderne, a midcentury modern virtual cafe with your favorite beverage, and you'll step into our version of a reality show in cyberspace.   I let my best server, Charming Gidget Jones get into my head about my reality show affection.  Yikes!


"Be patient and you will finally win, for a soft tongue can break hard bones."  Proverbs 26:13

Here we are in iCafe Woman Moderne's Sunroom.  Me with my Dulce de Leche Latte and Charming with her camcorder and ready questions.


1. How did you get hooked on reality shows?  
People are interesting, it doesn't get any more simple than that.  Oh, who am I kidding.  You get suck into these shows like pennies to a vacuum cleaner.  

2. Why do you watch them?
Writers are observers of the human condition, what better way to observe the human condition than through a reality show?  There's a plethora of story ideas on what I like to call:  "Me, Myself and I," television. 

Why Americans Love Reality Television?  A Psychology Today article said it's because they see ordinary people attract millions to watch them.  A secret hope is that they will be next.

3. Would you be a contestant on one?
Sure, I just need to shed my chicken feathers first.  Maybe if I was a professional cook or interior designer, I'd enter The Next Food Network Star and HGTV's Design Star.  No way could I become a Survivor, I itch if I see too many bumps on the contestants.
5. Name a reality show you won't watch?
That's easy, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.  After seeing Jason Mesnick, 2009 Bachelor,  break off his engagement to Melissa Rycroft with the runner-up waiting in the wings -- I vowed never to watch again. 

Melissa handled herself with class.  Most women would've made sure he left with a limp.  Jason, on the otherhand, tarnished his squeaky clean image when he chose his runner up weeks after the finale.  She sat in Melissa's seat before it cooled off. 

A day or so later, Melissa danced her way into the hearts of viewers on Dancing with the Stars.  This Average Joan had her happy ending despite the storm.  She recently married and snagged a correspondent gig at Good Morning America.  I wonder how the runner-up is faring with Jason?

Reality Shows have changed the lives of many contestants, for the viewers -- not so much.  What they do for me is entertain and make me appreciate my life more.  For that hour, I can solve someone else's problems and forget my own.


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