When I'm asked what my favorite competitive reality shows are, I always rattle off a bunch of usual suspects: So You Think You Can Dance, The Amazing Race, Top Chef, Survivor, The Challenge and RuPaul's Drag Race. But one that I've recently added to my must-see list is Top Shot. I don't watch a ton of History Channel, so I missed most of the first season in its original airing (I've since caught up), but I'm grateful that I saw a commercial during Pawn Stars and checked this series out. While it is a bit off the beaten track and doesn't get a lot of buzz, it is really fantastic and I hope that as its third season begins tonight, more people give Top Shot, well, a shot. Here are some reasons, in case you need persuading.
This show tried to make me believe that it was the most dangerous competition on TV, but c'mon. I watch The Challenge on a regular basis and those people are 50 feet up in the air dangling on a string or something between buildings. Jonny Moseley used to host that program (back when it still had the Real World/Road Rules moniker), so I'm surprised he didn't call the Skating With the Stars producers out on that. Frankly, I think even Wipeout is more dangerous.
In comparison with last week's season premiere, this week's Ryan Reynolds-hosted episode was a vast improvement. Lady Gaga appeared as musical guest (and got some screen time in sketches), while Madonna, Elijah Wood, and Reynolds' wife Scarlett Johansson also made the SNL rounds.
It's Tuesday, which means we'll see if Idol decides to take my suggestions to slim down... a girl can dream, can't she? Anyway, there's lots of random things happening in the world, not really any of them that are good or interesting.
I've complained all season (to anyone who would listen... which is all of about three people) that two hours of The Biggest Loser is just plain old too much. And that's a show I actually like to watch. And now NBC, which apparently just loves the idea of stretching out reality shows so you get to hear the same crap over and over and over again, with a handy recap at the half way point, they are at it again with the new season of Celebrity Apprentice. And this show... I actually don't like to watch. I watch it anyway... because it's sorta my job. But I don't enjoy it. As mildly amusing/annoying as it was to watch Piers Morgan and Omagrossa fight about their respective levels of fame or lack there of, it just gives me a headache. And now it's going to take up two valuable hours of my TiVo time on Sunday nights, when I totally have much better things to be watching, like The Amazing Race or Ruby or really anything else.
Hello there, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Camryn Manheim, and everyone else involved in Ghost Whisperer (except for Jamie Kennedy),
I've been a loyal watcher of this show since it started (and I'm not even nearly as embarrassed about that fact as I should be). I've stood by as you killed off Aisha Tyler. I suffered when Jay Mohr left (admittedly not your fault since he got that new sitcom gig). I tried to let Jamie Kennedy grow on me, even though I really can't stand him or his whiny character. I was skeptical when you killed off Melinda and then brought her back to life. I've watched the entirety of JLH's alternately bizarre and revealing parade of fashion. I went with you on some really weird story arcs. In fact, I don't think I've ever missed an episode.
My second favorite Mary on the planet (the first being Mary Tyler Moore -- there are few people I'd suffer through Lipstick Jungle for) is heading over to Grey's Anatomy for a three to five episode arc. Finally. Someone appreciates the brilliance of the amazing Mary McDonnell... even if those stupid old Emmy people don't see that Battlestar Galactica's madame president is one of the most talented actresses working today.
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