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Fun Friday–Not Really Reality

Friday, November 16, 2007


I’m sure everyone was waiting with bated breath for another mind-spinning list of questions to ask of the book you’re currently reading . . . but alas, I can’t give up my Fun Friday post for something so, well, critical.

Some people say they’re the bane of television, while others can’t get enough of them. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about “reality” TV shows. To me, there are two distinct types: documentaries and gameshows. The one similarity: for the most part, they’re unscripted (though I have heard rumors . . .). But since one of my favorites just started back up this week, and since confession is supposed to be good for the soul, I thought I’d share the list of “reality” shows I just can’t seem to live without.

The Amazing RaceI LOVE this show—it’s the best gameshow on TV. Now in its twelfth “season” (they do two half-seasons each year), I still haven’t quite figured out what it is that keeps me glued to the TV on Sunday evenings. The new season started November 4, much to my very great pleasure. I haven’t picked a favorite yet, but I do know that I want Lorena and Jason to be gone SOON!

Top ChefI’ve mentioned this show on the blog a couple of times. Have I mentioned recently that I have a crush on season 2 runner-up Sam Talbot?

Project RunwayYay! It’s back! I’m not at all into fashion, and a lot of times I completely disagree with what’s “in” and what’s “out” according to the judges, but I just can’t resist Tim Gunn’s “Make it Work” attitude! (The irony is, I’m not overly fond of his other show, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style).

Jon & Kate plus 8It is so much fun seeing Jon and Kate and how they relate to each other . . . oh, and their kids.

Iron Chef AmericaWatch it once and you’ll be addicted too!

What Not to WearThis show has been a staple in my house on Friday nights for years.

Dinner ImpossibleMaybe it’s the British accent, maybe it’s the tight black T-shirts showing the bulging muscles. There’s just something about that Chef Robert Irvine . . .

Ace of CakesI first saw pastry chef Duff on Food Network’s “Challenge” series. The cakes he makes are AMAZING!


Now comes the confession part. These last two are guilty pleasures for me.

America's Next Top ModelI haven’t seen any of the episodes of the new cycle, but VH1 has been reruning them season-by-season marathons the last few weekends and I just can’t stay away from it.

Smartest ModelThere’s just something tantalizingly wonderful about the “beautiful” people living up (or down, as the case may be) to their reputation. The sad thing is, it’s the women who come across as the most ignorant/uneducated.

  1. Friday, November 16, 2007 9:11 am

    What? No “Survivor”? Just kidding, I don’t really watch any “reality” shows…heck I hardly watch “scripted” shows either (“Pushing Daisies” being the first exception in years, LOL). I’ve turned into a total movies/miniseries watch ’em on DVD junkie.


  2. Friday, November 16, 2007 11:25 am

    I love Jon & Kate Plus 8!!! I think that’s replaced Little People, Big World in my television line up. Not that they’re on at the same time, just that I really don’t spend much time with the tube anymore, unless it’s news.


  3. Carol Collett permalink
    Friday, November 16, 2007 11:37 am

    I think I’m the only person in the United States who doesn’t watch reality TV. There are two shows I like that might be considered reality TV in a slight way-Dirty Jobs and Dog Whisperer. I doubt they qualify. I do, however, begin to sweat and have palpitations if I think I might miss Criminal Minds, CSI, or CSI New York. For my guilty pleasure, I must confess that I’m beginning to get hooked on Moonlight (the new vampire show on Friday nights).


  4. Friday, November 16, 2007 2:28 pm

    At our house, it is Survivor. I used to watch Top Chef (Thanks, Kaye, for helping me through my withdrawals this summer when our cable company dropped Bravo from our coverage.) and Project Runway.


  5. Sunday, November 18, 2007 2:57 pm

    We watch ANTM on Sunday nights. We call it “going to Mexico” because there are always margaritas of some sort involved…

    Totally hooked on Tim Gunn!!! Because of his raving about Garnier Fructis in his book and on the show, all 3 of the females in this house are using it now. It’s WONDERFUL!!!!! My hair is healthier and stronger than it’s ever been. And it smells good too. He did a lady with my body type already, and all the things he told her to wear that look good on her body type are the things I prefer to wear. That made me happy.

    Ace of Cakes is great too! Did you see the Alice in Wonderland cake? It was amazing!



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