Glee fans, rejoice: It looks like Trouty Mouth is coming back after all.
The Voice's first season just ended, which means now it's time for record deals, tours and contract renewals.
I'll admit that back in the day (you know, 2001), I was one of the millions of people who was grossly fascinated by Fear Factor. Watching people confront bugs, spiders, heights etc. was something relatively new and different for the still fresh genre of reality TV and it really struck a nerve. But by the time the series ended in 2006, I was beyond tired of watching people eat scorpions, nosh on cow testicles, get hoisted by helicopters and be placed in the general vicinity of not-really-near explosions. So now that NBC has brought the show back, I had hoped that they'd found a way to push the envelope and take the premise to the next level.
With the recent addition of Wipeout to the world of stupid shows where people make themselves look like idiots in order to earn some cash money, we've decided to take a look back at some of the really ridiculous shows that involve rewarding those with little or no talent with cash. While Wipeout just barely missed making the cut, there are some others that are horrifyingly bad and are contributing to the downfall of quality television just as much as an average episode of The Bachelorette. That's not to say that some of these aren't entertaining to watch, but that doesn't really make them intelligent TV.
Few things make me gag and cringe in horror like the thought of parents having sex. Not just my parents, mind you. All parents. I understand that it's silly of me to refuse to accept that people over the age of 50 have sex lives. And I also acknowledge that were it not for that one time my parents accidentally did it, I would not be here today to be grossed out about it in the first place. I get all that, people. But I think there must be an evolutionary basis for why "parents" and "sex" are two words I'd just as soon not have appear in the same sentence, let alone paragraph. And I don't think I'm alone in this.
Just the other day I was thinking about how the world needs a little more Michael Ian Black, and wham! Providence! Thanks to Videogum, I just found out that MIB is hosting a new, and to my mind hilar-town tv show debuting next week on Comedy Central called Reality Bites Back. (See what they did there?!) The premise is a gaggle of comedians who live in a house and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. No seriously! Ok fine it's a little more complex than that: ten comedy hopefuls will actually compete in a series of challenges inspired by other reality shows, including Fear Factor (night vision is employed in order to witness contestants revealing intimate secrets about themselves in a dark room, only to discover that their moms are sitting there with them!) and Rock of Love (some sort of shower scene is involved). Ludicrous? Yes. But that's the point, see? It's called irony. Maybe if you lived in Brooklyn you'd have a firmer grasp on that by now. Not so ironic? The prize money: $50K y'all! That can buy an awful lot of pudding.
Watch the ten minute trailer and form your own damned opinion for once. Jeez!