Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Breaking News

Opinion

August 27, 2012

There’s so many reality shows – I like some, don’t like others

Athens — Reality, reality and more reality. Reality shows, as they call them,  are the biggest thing on TV right now. I don't get it. I am not sure you call the Real Housewives reality. But that show sure has made a lot of people famous. For what? Being mean?

Many of the housewives are what I like to call “Weekend Millionaires.” Every year, one of them is filing for bankruptcy.  They live in houses they can't afford. By the way, who pays for these lavish parties and vacations?

Most likely the networks trying to keep the show interesting send these women, who really don't like each other, to an island for vacation.  Or put them all in a room together to watch it explode. More entertainment. 

These mean women can't be nice.  If they were nice, they would not be a real housewife.  If I had friends like them, I sure wouldn't need any enemies. These women are too caught up in their lives to care about the real world. 

I realize it is a show for entertainment value. Really? I am embarrassed for them. Like they care what I think.

Survivor was the original reality show. I admit I did watch survivor when it first started. Not so much now.  I have my choice of reality. Why do I need Survivor?

When Richard Hatch took his clothes off, everyone was like “Oh, my god! He took his clothes off.” That is tame compared to what is on Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Amazing Race used to interest me, but I have gotten away from it. These shows I kind of understand. They are competing for money, and a lot of it. Same goes for Big Brother. It's all about the money.

Are we living our lives vicariously through these reality series? As sad as that is, it may be true.

Now there is a new show on TLC called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Yes that is the name. It's about a little 6-year-old girl who is a beauty pageant kid. I think they first discovered this child on Toddlers and Tiaras, another realty show about pageants.

Honey Boo Boo, not her real name, lives in some little town in Georgia. The series follows her mother, father, three sisters and her. The kids all have unusual names.  These are real country folks.

I can't even explain what this show is about. It is probably more reality than the housewife shows. They don't pretend to be something they are not. These people look like poor Georgians.

But I don't know their financial status, that's just the way they look.

The reality show, Toddlers and Tiaras, is about children in beauty pageants. The one where they put makeup, wigs and false teeth on a 3-year-old. The mom who put the fake breasts and bottom on her 6-year-old has got to have a major problem. Lady, this kid will be an adult soon enough. Don't rush it.

There is one reality show I do like. It’s “Duck  Dynasty.” I love it.  The people on  this show are are a hoot. They created a duck caller, and made millions. An extended family from somewhere in Louisiana. Hillbillies, yes. Funny, absolutely.

But don't kid yourself there is nothing stupid about this group. I just think it's interesting that you can be worth millions by selling duck callers. I am sure there are other things they produce, but they started with the duck caller. This show comes on A&E.

Pawn Stars is a great show.  When I watch Pawn Stars, I always get a little history lesson. I don't so much like the son, but the dad and grandfather are funny.  Of course, I love Chumley. You have to watch the show to understand the characters.

Okay the reality shows I do watch are on Investigation Discovery. Don't think I am weird, but I love Deadly Women, Wicked Attraction, Who The Bleep Did I Marry, Behind Mansion Walls, Dates From Hell, 48 Hours on ID, On The Case With Paula Zahn and the Nightmare Next Door.

Okay I am a little strange. I hope I am not living my life vicariously through these shows.

As for the housewife shows, they should do a Real Housewives of Gun Barrel City or Real Housewives of Cedar Creek Lake. Now that would be interesting. It could be a combination between Real Housewives and Nightmare Next Door.

I live in Gun Barrel City so I can say these things. Please don't crucify me – I am joking.  I want reality come to Cedar Creek Lake.

I sound like I watch these shows. You can't help but know they are on.  I am a channel surfer. When a commercial is on, I switch to any channel that doesn't have a commercial.

Okay, yes, I have watched many of these shows. I have to watch them, so I know what everyone is talking about.

Kathi Nailling is a Staff Writer for the Athens Daily Review.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • 4-12 Rich mug.jpg Meal time for kitties can be an adventure

    I believe God gave us housecats because we didn’t have enough to worry about. They are puzzling little puffs of fur that seem to be constantly developing new sets of peculiarities.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wilson mug.JPG I've got my rib back!

    Much has changed since Jan. 19, 2008.
    Bruce Almighty, Man on the Moon, Major League – gone.
    Complete rooms decorated with sports memorabilia – gone.
    More than a dozen trips to catch baseball in Arlington – gone.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wilson mug.JPG Exhausted, but happier than ever

    Wow, what a rush!
    I can not begin to explain the emotions I experienced on Monday, March 17 as Maylee Grace Wilson made her debut.
    Yes, there were tears.
    Yes, this “Iron Man” showed the emotion he hoped and prayed for.
    Over the two weeks I was home with Maylee and my wife Lacie, I experienced a plethora of emotions - emotions rather rare in my life.
    As expected, there was little sleep at the hospital. With the way Maylee acted her first night, I thought I might be able to catch a little shut-eye once we got home.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joe new mug.jpg Music helps deal with life’s situations, good or bad

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
    With music, it can help us deal with tragic situations, help us deal with the loss of a loved one, make us want to dance, make us want to sing along to the words, or help us calm down after a long day of work.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • kathi New  copy.jpeg ‘Small town, USA’ has advantages, disadvantages

    Living in a small town can have its advantages and disadvantages. For me, personally, I love “Small Town USA.”
    Some disadvantages possibly are: if you do something out of character, everyone will know by tomorrow morning; everybody tends to be related, so watch what you say;  limited resources;  it's not easy to broaden your horizons; and driving more than 50  miles to the nearest mall.

     

     

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jeff's mug.jpg A habit in a society and in a home that should stop

    It was Tuesday that I was walking back to my car on the Walmart parking lot, when a business acquaintance of mine who comes to the Review office sometimes, stopped her car in front of me to say hello.
    I noticed her doing something that happens at almost any moment she is around, without the office surroundings.  She had a cigarette in her hand.

    March 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • RICH-USE THIS ONE.jpg TVCC Lady Cards add to school’s winning legacy

    When I came to work in Henderson County in 1991, the Trinity Valley Community College Cheerleaders had already picked up a couple of national titles. Coach Connie Russell had the team doing things few had ever seen cheerleading squads do. Russell retired after winning five times on the national stage.

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wilson mug.JPG Let’s all follow Tom’s lead

    My first-born child is here and there is a hero for her to admire already.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • COLUMNIST.jpg Giving businesses choice is not legalizing discrimation

    The bar owner was blunt. A couple of weeks ago, he announced that people of a certain persuasion would not be allowed into his establishment.
    To demonstrate his seriousness, he had head shots printed of those who are not welcome to make sure that his security team would deny them entry.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wilson mug.JPG I am Iron Man, the suit and I are one

    The suit is damaged, it might not hold up this time.
    Like many men, I have hidden my emotions behind a suit of armor for years.
    Happy, sad, excited or mad – my external emotions were never displayed.
    In some ways that was a good thing, but in others...

    March 8, 2014 1 Photo

Biz Marquee
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing