Screen Junkies » Reality television http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:30:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 China Has A Super-Sweet Death Row Reality Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/china-has-a-super-sweet-death-row-reality-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/china-has-a-super-sweet-death-row-reality-show/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:36:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246962 Oh, man. I hope Howie Mandel scores the US version.

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China is looking at Fear Factor in the United States and mumbling, “What a bunch of pussies.”

Over 40 million people have turned in to watch the reality/ shock/ documentary series with the characteristically Chinese title Interviews Before Execution. Guess what it‘s about? GUESS!

The show follows and interviews both death row inmates and their families as the “dead men walking” live out their final minutes. I’m all for bloodlust and getting nauseated, but this sounds seriously troubling.

The producer of the channel, Lu Peijin, says that the purpose of the show is to act as a deterrent, claiming, “We want the audience to be warned. If they are warned, tragedies might be averted. That is good for society.”

Those Chinese! They love that whole “good for society” argument!

In case the rationale isn’t cold enough for you, the host, Ding Yu (a female) will often berate the subjects in their final minutes, cause, ya know, China. To one inmate she sat down with, she stated bluntly, “ “Fortunately, you’re in jail. You’re dangerous to society. You’re shit.’’

If this sounds like your idea of good television, you can’t catch the program itself, but there are documentaries on BBC2 and PBS International that I’m not going to link to because I don’t think anyone should watch this. (IHT)

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Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/reality/reality-shows-your-girlfriend-will-make-you-watch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/reality/reality-shows-your-girlfriend-will-make-you-watch/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:00:23 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219319 There are reality shows and then there are reality show that your girlfriend will make you watch. Sounds like torture? It doesn't have to be...

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There are reality shows and then there are reality shows your girlfriend will make you watch. Sounds like torture? It doesn’t have to be—there actually are a few programs out there that take the entertainment of both sexes into consideration, even if they seem to be only appealing to the opposite sex on the surface. Don’t judge a reality show by its cover. Case in point—Keeping Up With The Kardashians. While she’s lapping up the girl-on-girl drama, do we even have to point out what you’ll be lapping up? Here’s a hint: her initials are K.K. Have at it and get points for being a good boyfriend who’ll watch her shows (while secretly really enjoying it in the process).

 

American Idol

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

The American Idol freight train first got going in 2002 and has become a runaway hit. It has slowed down in recent years but has made a comeback last season thanks to a massive personnel overhaul. Gone are original mainstays Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. The extravagant Steven Tyler and the beautiful Jennifer Lopez now call the shots alongside Randy Jackson.  This show has great laughs along the way as many self-proclaimed vocalists attempt to wow the judges but end up making a mockery of themselves on national television. The most enjoyable part of the season comes when only the crème de la crème remain. This is the time you and your girlfriend frantically text in your votes after each show to support your favorite performers and keep them in the mix. You’ll be surprised how fun it actually is.

 

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

The Kardashians lawn bowling at Caesar's Palace

As we touched on above, Keeping Up with the Kardashians follows the exploits (and cat fights) of the Kardashians including stepfather and former Olympian, Bruce Jenner, while also featuring a lot of Kim’s beautiful booty. Although the show follows the family doing the most of mundane chores, women love to tune in every week—we’ve already told you why men have stopped complaining.

 

The Bachelor

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

The bachelor toasting

For male viewers,  ABC ‘s The Bachelor really isn’t too difficult to watch. A single bachelor, good looking and successful, is made to choose among a pool of beautiful women, most of whom are are head over heels for him. Slowly, the guy eliminates the women he is not interested in until he is left with the one he feels is most right for him (usually the sexiest one in the group). Women hate the way the guy plays around with the feelings of the women in the group as he breaks hearts left and right. Most guys on the other hand, cheer him on. Especially as he makes out with just about all of them.

 

What Not to Wear

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

Clinton Kelly and Stacy London of What Not To Wear

Hosted by the lovely Stacy London and the ever-so-funny fashion consultant Clinton Kelly, the show features participants nominated by their closest friends and family because of their utter disdain for style. The duo teaches these unfashionable individuals how to properly mix and match clothing and in-show hair and makeup stylists then give them a serious makeover. The result is usually a shocker as the previously bland looking participants end up looking like fashion models. Making normal women look hot? How can that be a bad thing to be subjected to?

 

Cheaters

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

Joey Greco confronting a cheater

The wild and woolly syndicated show, Cheaters follows host Joey Greco, as he takes on cases of suspected infidelity. The host uses private detectives who stake out the partner in question and set up surveillance cameras to help catch them in the act. When they have sufficient evidence, the tapes are presented to the complainant who then confronts the cheating partner. The production even has a brazen camera crew that gets into the middle of whatever melee erupts. Watching the show is often used as a preemptive measure by your wife or girlfriend to make sure that you are on the up and up because if you’re not, Joey Greco is just a phone call away. If you yourself have nothing to hide, watching the confrontations is always a barrel of laughs.

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