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hair vs food

Tonight I watched two similar types of shows. The first, Shear Genius, is a challenge for hair stylists. The winner gets a new salon etc etc etc. The second show was The Next Food Network Star. The winner of this challenge gets his or her own Food Network show.

The hair stylists are really hard to like. A few seem like normal, nice people, but most are backstabbing, blame-everyone-else folks. The food people seem so much nicer. They even support each other.

I don't know if there is a lesson here about the differences in professions. And what about the other shows - Design Star, So You Think You Can Dance, uh...what others are there? Oh yes, Top Chef, another cook show that features some pretty ugly competition and huge egos at times, and Project Runway...yeah, no lesson to be learned. None.


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Jul. 19th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
My favorite reality TV show is Last Comic Standing. I'm not sure what I take away from it, except that I love comics and it's interesting to see how they handle the challenges. Ilysia Schlesinger was put up to the challenge for two weeks in a row and eliminated two challenging acts both weeks. She's the only female remaining among the finalists, and is really impressive. I don't know if she'll wind up with the prize, as those remaining are also really funny, too, but she's accomplished alot already.

Yes, I'm one of those people who take comics seriously as professionals. :)
Jul. 19th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
I have never watched that one! I think at the back of my mind is the memory of seeing painful comedy routines. It can go so bad and it can be hard to watch.

So from what you say perhaps it isn't that hard?
Jul. 19th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Some of the auditions are so bad that the judges' reactions are priceless. Also, the editing of the episodes is decent. Of course, watching some of the terrible and bizarre auditions may not be your cup of tea, but I really do enjoy it, knowing that during the course of the show's contest season I will get to see some truly funny standup.

I root for the ones who get to move on to come up with fresh material and to improve on the material they've already used. To me, it's really bad when someone just sticks with the same material without changing it, but if that person does something that makes it more powerful, then it's really good!

One of the guys who'd been eliminated in the last episode was one of the most hilarious contestants in his audition. But when he was on the block, he was using material he'd used a couple of times already, and there was nothing to be done. The audience couldn't relate to him and voted accordingly.

It's worth a look. Shawn Mullins is wicked funny. I hope he keeps it up. There are a couple who won't make it to the finale, but as to the rest of the contestants, it might not be so easy to predict. I expect some surprises (sounds like an oxymoron).
Jul. 19th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Well, darn it, I am trying to reduce the number of reality shows I watch..

Actually, that isn't true. It's more that I get annoyed with myself for watching such formulaic shows (Bravo excels at the template), but then I unapologetically cheer on my favorite contestants and boo the ones I hate. Which is perhaps why Shear Genius is irritating: so few are likeable.

I don't watch the sensationalist or dating types, except when I am with a daughter who likes them. Some of those are group watcher experiences, while I can enjoy the ones that involve actual talent alone.

For example, that geek and beauty thing. I can't watch it alone.

Anyway, I'll have to check out the Last Comic now.
Jul. 19th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
I also watched The Biggest Loser last season. Rooted for the ones I liked best--interestingly, she won. There's bathos to be had in that show--however I can relate to what they're doing as contestants. There's also some information that can be useful to the audience for such an extreme show, and I like that the contestants get to achieve more than they had before they got onto the show, even if they don't take home the money prize. It's also a show where I find the most ordinary people really interesting! That's the beauty part.

You don't really see that with the dating shows. I found that the relationships in the dating shows are generally degrading to the contestants and bring out the worst in them. I've concluded that those are just too obnoxious.

But the cable ones, such as those on Bravo (I only get to watch these when I'm visiting my friend who's an epicure & also has cable), are fun to watch. Sheer Genius and Best Chef are about talent, but, yeah, there's the formula. Still, they beat the dating reality shows.

LCS is definitely a fun show. Any show that is about finding the best comic will get my attention.

My friend loves Big Brother. It really gets him going. I don't know if he sticks with Moment of Truth, which he watched a couple of times & told me about. I thought that show sounded absolutely disgusting (besides, I don't watch any Fox affiliates).
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