It’s summertime. Basketball season is over, football is still a few months away and the United States has been eliminated from the World Cup, leaving us sports fans with little on TV to watch other than reality shows about snobby housewives lost on a desert island who must sing, dance and lose weight in order to find their one true love. Or something like that.
As you can tell, I don’t watch much reality television.
While in the check out line at my local supermarket recently, I glanced over the magazine section and realized I didn’t recognize a single face on any of the covers. All reality TV stars. As it turns out, I have become out of touch with reality.
I’d like to be able to talk to my fellow man about something other than sports and women. I’d like to laugh along with the jokes told during your average, late night monologue. That’s when it dawned on me. Since reality television is still (inexplicably) all the rave these days, why not expand my horizons and dive headfirst into a healthy dosage of reality TV? Why not lose brain cells in a way other than my recommended daily allowance of bourbon?
As a result, I proudly present the SportsChump Reality TV Challenge. As painful as it might be, I plan on saying goodbye to ESPN for the day and watching nothing but reality television.
But I need your help.
I need TEN shows, all recommended by you, the readers. In the comments section below, list the names of your favorite (or most despised) reality shows and why you think I should watch them. Keep in mind, I abhor reality TV and fail to understand how it became so popular. With this experiment, I intend to find out.
Feel free to throw me a few curveballs, knowing that I have yet to sit through an entire episode. Make your suggestions as cheesy and unwatchable as you like. You suggest it, I will watch it.
What am I getting myself into?
Please note, I would probably include either the Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocinco show since this is primarily a sports website. I’m also ashamed to admit that another program has caught my eye. Half Pint Brawlers. Have you seen this train wreck? I stumbled upon it by accident and could not move my thumb from the remote. It’s about a crew of midget wrestlers who travel the nation, Jackass style, drinking themselves into submission and sleeping with random women. Other than those selections, I leave my reality playlist entirely up to you.
I would like a good balance… some cooking, some dancing, some weight loss, some matchmaking, some pageant kids, some design. Otherwise, let me have it. This is for the sake of science – and web traffic. I promise not to hold it against you if you make me watch some bridal something or other, and will do my best to critique with an open mind, while not wincing restlessly in discomfort on my sofa.
It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make… I think, so hit me with your best shot, chumpeteers.