I’ve been a fan of reality TV ever since seven strangers were picked to live in a house in New York City in 1992. MTV’s The Real World changed my life because up until that point, I had only daydreamed about some day moving to New York. The idea that someone like me could actually DO IT seemed impossible until I watched people who were close to my age navigate the city that never sleeps. Two years later I was a college freshman fearlessly living in New York.
Twenty-two years later, reality TV continues to be a guilty pleasure for many of us. While MTV’s The Real World is currently casting for its 30th season, the show has evolved into something I no longer recognize as the voyeuristic documentary from the ’90s. Most reality TV has morphed into must-see bizarre or train-wreck TV.
Earlier this month the Oxygen network announced seven new shows. When I read their descriptions, I thought I was being punk’d. I know we all have incredibly varied and unusual viewing tastes, but seriously. SERIOUSLY. Is there an audience for these ridiculous reality TV shows? There must be! I’d love to hear about the shows that were passed on.
So now that you know the bar is set pretty high for ZOMG, let’s see if you can spot the reality show that isn’t real.
1. National Knitting Evening
Can you imagine setting your DVR for this one? Or live-tweeting it?!
2. Sex Box
“Hey Mom! I’m going to be on TV! AND YOU CAN NEVER EVER WATCH IT.”
3. Sunset Daze
“Hey Son! I’m going to be on TV! AND YOU CAN NEVER EVER WATCH IT.”
4. Father of the Bride
Bringing the dowry back USA-style.
5. Whisker Wars
Growing hair is now a skill set.
6. Bridal Plasty
So, this is like The Swan meets that thing The Today Show does for dream weddings? Do you go under the knife and THEN go through the obstacle course for the wedding?
7. Who’s Your Daddy
What exactly does the casting call for this show look like for the 24 men who are NOT the biological father?
8. Nail’d It!
Please tell me this won’t involve the pedicure fish.
9. Street Art Throwdown
WOOOO!!!! I just won bragging rights!!!
10. Fix My Choir
I’m guessing going on TV to tell everyone how messed up the people in your choir are is not going to be very helpful.
Do you think you can spot an impostor reality TV show or two? Or are all of them legit? Go with your gut here and not with your search engine.
Did you guess? Are you sure? Want to know if you are right? This reality TV show is not real.
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