Chad Ochocinco is a fascinating guy who did a very strange (and publicity-grabbing) thing by legally changing his last name from Johnson to what he thought was the Spanish translation of his NFL jersey number. How crazy! Who does that?! So now he's on every show, including his very own VH1 dating show Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch. The series premiered last night with a supersized episode, and while I genuinely do find Ochocinco to be pretty entertaining, this show is not even near the quality of VH1 trash to which I have become accustomed. I mean, not even the presence of the great T.O. could save this thing.
VH1 is producing a new show called, I Love Money. It will feature poor unfortunate fame grubbing souls from Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and I Love New York (that's a whole lotta love) competing for cash money. My first reaction to the news that there was going to be yet another spinoff from Flavor of Love was, 'Why, God? Why are you punishing us this way?' But considering that the contestants are not even pretending that their goal is to find a deep and true connection with one of the three ickiest people on the planet over the course of a few weeks, I'm almost OK with it. The famewhores (who have not yet been announced, even though the show has already been filmed) will go head-to-head in "reality show competitions" (whatever that may mean) for a chance to win some greenbacks. It will only be worth watching if we get a skanktastic show down between FoL's Pumkin and RoL's Heather. That could be a truly disgusting and irresistible trainwreck destined for YouTube.
This week Dating in the Dark debuted and it pretty much reinforced everything you'd imagine about the superficial nature of people (particularly those willing to go on reality shows). Then next week, More to Love, or as we like to call it, The Fatchelor, debuts. We've seen it, and it's not really much worse than The Bachelor franchise, but it does torture the poor hopeless women by giving them diamond promise rings (in lieu of roses), and making them return them in the hopes that their dream guy gives it back at the end of each episode. So many of these women have never even dated before that it's more than a little bit depressing, especially when the bachelor asks them for kisses and they oblige. So much desperation on one show that it got us thinking about the other dating shows that are more than a little bit gross... when you think about it.
Realizing that not everyone is a Big Brother junkie like moi, there was a massive verbal battle this week that went from a discussion to getting nearly everyone in the house in a senseless screaming match. It is way beyond convoluted to explain (though M.Giant did a good job attempting to) but it got us thinking about how reality shows are really at their best when people just let their freak flags fly and start swearing or punching. Honestly, we could fill this whole list with stupid stuff that had happened on Big Brother or A Shot at Love but I'm trying hard to give you a little bit of variety here. I'm told that's the spice of life. With that, here are some of the most disgusting or ridiculous squabbles ever to grace the small screen. Though I'm sure this list will be outdated by tomorrow.
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