TV Talk

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I hate this time of year, when a lot of TV shows are on rerun mode. I think that’s why I started watching reality shows, because the reality shows start new “seasons” frequently. So what have I been watching lately?

The basic channels are airing new seasons of “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” SYTYCD doesn’t get good until after the auditions, at least for me. AGT is always great, because there’s something for everyone there. This new season does not disappoint. I’m confused about something though: It’s called “AMERICA’S Got Talent,” so why do acts from other countries compete? If an act wins from another country, then America didn’t have talent, did they? World of Dance has acts compete from other countries, but the name of the show is “WORLD of Dance,” not AMERICA of Dance.

One thing that bothers me about AGT is that the majority of acts that get the golden buzzer (which allows an act to skip auditions and go straight to the live shows where America votes) are singers. Singers don’t have to do much prep work to sing another song. However, acts that have to come up with new skits, choreography, computer images, etc., seldom get the golden buzzer.

Songland is a new show that’s got me hooked already. I love seeing what goes on behind the scenes when songwriters’ have their songs tweaked for a celebrity singer to record.

I can’t talk about TV shows without mentioning The Ellen Show. I love Ellen and love her show, but why is it so hard to get tickets to see it? I’ve requested tickets several times over the years and never have been able to get any. I finally gave up, but I would still love to see a taping of her show. I’ve seen tapings of other shows and didn’t have any problem getting tickets.

Other shows I’m watching now are Married at First Sight (the new season started a few weeks ago), 90 Day Fiance Happily Ever After (drama topped with drama, with extra drama on the side), 90 Day Fiance The Other Way (I can’t decide if I should cheer or pity some of these cast members), Life After Lockup (which is a continuation of the last season of Love After Lockup), and 90 Day Fiance Pillow Talk.

90 Day Fiance Pillow Talk is fun to watch, because you end up laughing through it. Some cast members from prior seasons of 90 Day Fiance watch the most recent episode of 90 Day Fiance Happily Ever After and share their thoughts. It’s pretty funny. My favorites are Tarik and his brother Dean. My husband and I literally laugh out loud when those two are on. I hope they continue to film Pillow Talk for future seasons of 90 Day Fiance!

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Tonight I’ll be watching Married at First Sight. The couples are on their honeymoons and the previews look pretty interesting. It’s too early to tell who I think will stay together or divorce. Time will tell, but sometimes they surprise me.

Until new episodes start airing on the basic channels, I’ll be watching the reality shows, which I know aren’t so real in some cases. I’m pretty sure MAFS is pretty real. 90 Day Fiance, I’m not so sure about and I think some of it is scripted. I still enjoy it. After all, it’s aired to entertain, right?

A Fan’s Perspective: Reality Shows

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One day while channel surfing, I came across a show called Married at First Sight. I had never heard of it and the title piqued my curiosity. Well, I watched it and that was all it took for me to get hooked on the show. I soon found out that it was the show’s second season and I haven’t missed a season since. I love this show and wonder if I could have ever done anything like this. I probably would have, since I’ve done my fair share of internet dating. (On a side note, that’s how I met my husband.) Of course I follow my favorite cast members on social media, because I just HAD to know who stayed together after the show.

Once I found Married at First Sight, I couldn’t stop there. No, I found my way to the 90 Day Fiance shows (90 Day Fiance, 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days, 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After, 90 Day Fiance: What Now, to name a few) and have watched all of them. Unfortunately, a lot of these cast members have taken the excitement out of the show for me, because they have said that some of what happens on the show is staged, and that’s no fun. That being said, I continue to watch. The new season just started last night and they’ve added another segment called Pillow Talk, where cast members comment on other cast members while watching the show. I watched the first episode and it was pretty funny and entertaining!

Note to fans who follow cast members on social media: Try not to get too emotional and react to things you see on the shows immediately after watching. These shows are filmed months before airing and they’ve already worked through the various situations, or are over them by now.

Other reality shows I watch in no specific order: The Voice, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, World of Dance, The Four, America’s Got Talent, Very Cavallari, Love After Lockup, and most recently, Paradise Hotel. Periodically, I will post my thoughts on various episodes or cast members, so stay tuned!