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A Brilliant Idea, or Too Much of A (Good) Thing?

March 7, 2010

I was thinking the other day, wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was a television channel dedicated entirely to reality TV? Instead of waiting around for the small windows of opportune viewing, it would be a way to celebrate the genre, a 24/7 ode to the excellence of a style and its virtues. 

Imagine my amazement to discover that such a thing already exists. How did I not know of this? I upgraded my cable package if necessary, just for a taste of this potential brilliance. Fox Reality Channel started in 2005, and features not only new original shows, but repeats of the classics: The Mole, The Amazing Race, American Idol, Beauty and the Geek. Apparently I was not the only one who wasn’t aware of this channel’s existence, because at the end of March the channel will be no more. Farewell reality tv, hello National Geographic Wild. As a celebration of what it (presumably) gave to the world, this student of reality salutes Fox Reality’s contributions to viewing pleasure:

My Bare Lady: a show that follows adult film stars as they take acting lessons and perform alongside actors in London’s West End. The success of this show lead to My Bare Lady 2, where the ladies were trained in business skills, sort of akin to a naughty Apprentice. 

Smile… You’re Under Arrest: described as a cross between Cops and Punk’d, individuals with outstanding warrants are lured into policy custody using elaborate fake scenarios.

Solitary: where contestants are kept in solitary confinement, and have no contact with anybody except an artificial intelligence system named Val. It’s meant to test the physical and mental endurance of the competitors.

Seducing Cindy: the newest (and last) addition to the Fox Reality lineup, it features the “most downloaded women of the 90s” Cindy Margolis, and her attempt at finding love. This perhaps wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, but one of the latest tasks involved testing the competitors to see if any of them would be willing to donate their kidney to Cindy, under the impression that she had been struck ill and needed a transplant.

On second thought, maybe its a good thing this channel is going under. I’m trying to defend reality tv here, and I need all the help I can get…

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