A few weeks ago, TV Guide published an article about some of Reality TV’s best-kept secrets — the kind that producers and TV network executives don’t want you to know (if anything else, to keep what passes for their jobs). Reading the article only reinforces what I’ve always known: Reality TV does suck.
Personally, I hoped that the TV Guide article on Reality TV might inspire everybody reading it to revolt against this so-called “genre” (and no, I’m not kidding) — and hopefully force TV executives to cancel every so-called “Reality TV” show for good. In my opinion, what TV Guide did in publishing that article was not only for the TV industry’s own good, but the general public’s as well. There was only one problem, though: when it comes to the parade of so-called “Reality TV” shows flooding the airways, TV Guide is also part of the problem, as far as promoting them in their magazine was concerned.
Of course, that’s to be expected in an age in which the superficial dominate the spotlight, while far more talented people are ignored and forgotten because they don’t fit the image that so-called “Reality TV” shows and its creators want: namely, a human train wreck waiting to happen (and that includes the cast of Jersey Shore). And as one who’s experienced his own personal traumas for the past forty-five years, I definitely don’t need a so-called “Reality TV” series exploiting them just to boost a TV network’s Nielsen ratings and financial fortunes.
I’d offer a prediction that every so-called “Reality TV” show will be cancelled by the end of 2011 — expect for the fact that it’ll probably be a vain hope. On the other hand, if anybody does read this (and it’s a long shot at best) — maybe my prediction can and will be a reality by the end of next year, thus insuring a world without the so-called “Reality TV” shows that’ve already damaged the TV industry’s reputation.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65).
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