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Posts from: May 2013

Bayou Eskimos, Knitting Wars: Why WNET’s fake reality shows are so infuriating

New York public broadcasting station WNET has begun a fundraising campaign that advertises for five fake reality TV shows on fake networks–“Bad Bad Bag Boys,” “Bayou Eskimos,” “The Dillionaire,” “Knitting Wars,” and “Married to a Mime.” The imagery for the fake shows and includes this tagline: “The fact you thought this was a real show …

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Time to stop caring about The Bachelor/ette’s failure rate: all that matters is crazy

The Bachelorette debuted Monday, the 26th season of the franchise, and featured the usual parade of crazy people coached to do ridiculous things trying to woo someone from a previous season who the casting producers clearly hate based on the people they select as potential mates. Airing against The Voice and without Dancing with the …

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Shows I am excited to watch this summer: The Hero, Top Shot, Hunger Games, more

There are an absurd number of reality shows airing this summer, both new and returning. Many are the new cable standard: cheap and overly produced/faked, which is disappointing. But there are signs of hope, and by that I mean reality and entertainment combined. That starts with Brooklyn DA, which airs tonight on CBS but is …

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