Monday, March 17, 2008

TV Snob Embraces a Reality Show (It's British)

The writer's strike had me watching more shows on DVD or the internet, and reading books instead of watching the bad reality/competition show filler that the networks trotted out to fill the void. I typically don't like reality television. The editing and situations of reality television are mean and manipulative at best; and exploitative and potentially dangerous at worst. Oh, the humanity! (Sorry, Jenny. I know you like some of the reality shows.) Here's the big but, BUT I really like the BBC America show Last Restaurant Standing. This fancy-pants chef, Raymond Blanc, gives nine couples (some are romantic partners, but there are also sibling teams and one mother-son team) the chance to open a real restaurant with his backing. If you can catch a marathon of this on BBC America and catch up, or even just start viewing now, I highly recommend this show.

My top 3 picks for the teams/couples to win are:
Martin, a prison caterer, and his fiance Emma who works in a bingo hall.
Lloyd and Adwoa, an engaged couple who run market stalls selling food.
Sisters and children's entertainers, Jess and Laura.

On the subject of reality TV, I never watched Project Runway this season. I followed it last season, and liked it pretty well, but I wasn't into it this time around. I only have so much attention span to squander on TV.

1 comment:

Jensational said...

I keep seeing commercials while I watch Kitchen Nightmares on BBC.

And I still insist that you can't say "I don't like reality TV". It's like saying "I don't like magazines." There are so many different types. There are the trashy end (Rock of Love, anything on MTV), the slightly trashy competitive (Big Brother, Survivor), the semi-education (Jon & Kate Plus 8, Little People Big World) and the documentaryish (Intervention, High School Confidential, True Life on MTV). See? So many layers and types.