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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/14/2006

Reality Check

By Liz Kelly

We're at kind of a crossroads, reality show-wise, so I thought it might be a good idea to check in on a few and take your pulse about what's worth watching.

We'll start with the few I'm currently somewhat up on:


Lukas Rossi, one lucky son of a "Headspin"-inspiring mommy. (Getty Images)

Rock Star: Supernova
As I wrote last week, this is my favorite. That is, until it ended last night with the boneheaded "band" picking Lukas Rossi (aka Chaka) to front their re-branded two-month tour. Evs.

In any case, it's all over now, but the show returns next summer for an all femme competition. (Note to self: Start singing lessons and piercings now.)


Does this bow tie go with heels? (AP)

Dancing With The Stars
As is the case with many of these celeb-studded shows, "star" is a loose term used to describe anyone from a faded talkshow host to TV stars of yesteryear to former Playboy bunnies in the midst of an ugly break-up. Tucker Carlson in heels? Thank you nameless producer. Too bad he was the first to go. There's still hope for the effeminately macho Joe(y) Lawrence. Whoa.


Cheech Marin. (FOX Broadcasting)

Celebrity Duets
Despite a desire to watch this weekly, I haven't tuned in again since week one. Which, for me, usually means something was ultimately too boring, even if it was marginally satisfying at the time. Maybe it was the massive cookie I ate while watching. Maybe it's safe to return now that tone deaf Lea Thompson and scary Chris Jericho have been eliminated (Or was that scary Lea Thompson and tone deaf Chris Jericho? No matter).


'Survivor: Cook Islands' contestant Rebekah 'Becky' Lee. (CBS)

Survivor
One of the longest-running reality shows, the new segregated season kicks off tonight. Stay tuned for rudimentary race relations and plenty of watercooler talk. And, hey, there's a white chick with dreadlocks. How's that for diversity?


Flavor Flav, the def Hef. (VH1)

Flavor of Love 2
Is the fact that they had to bring season one's explosive Miss New York back a sign that the show is running out of steam? Probably not since season two already delivered VH1's highest ratings ever. Apparently they like it enough to spin off a female version.


Two-time 'Runway' loser Vincent Libretti. (Bravo)

Project Runway
This Heidi Klum-fronted powerhouse continues to draw legions of devoted fans to both the show and co-host Tim Gunn's popular blog. Pageant gown specialist Kayne was axed last night (along with Angela and Vincent -- again).


Vintage 'COPS.' (FOX Broadcasting)

COPS
Laugh if you will, but "COPS" is one of the longest-running reality shows on TV and (you may be quizzed on this later) one of my favorite shows. It's like "Deliverance" with flashing lights. Saturday's season opener delivered a big bang for the buck, as usual.

Okay, so that's more than a few, but by no means an exhaustive list -- many shows like "American Idol" and "Simple Life" are on hiatus right now. Television Without Pity does a great job of recapping most reality shows currently airing and Reality TV World keeps track of the news side of things, so you might want to bookmark. Share your thoughts on the current crop of reality programming in the comments area, then vote in today's poll.

By Liz Kelly  | September 14, 2006; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  TV  
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