It's official: Jeff and Jordan from last summer's Big Brother will be on the upcoming season of The Amazing Race (along with Caitlin Upton, the Miss Teen USA contestant who didn't know why Americans couldn't read maps). Despite the fact that Jordan won BB, these two are an odd choice for TAR since Jordan isn't exactly what you'd call a savvy world traveler, or a very smart person in general. So we're skeptical that they'll make it very far at all (though possibly further than Caitlin) and, much like Romber, it'll be weird to see (minor) celebrities and former reality stars competing against regular folks/aspiring reality stars. If TAR really wants to go that route, why not cast all the teams that way? These would be our dream pairings:
For years we've been conditioned to lower our TV expectations during the warmer months, seeking out shows that we would never allow to clutter our overstuffed DVRs at any other time of year. But even though it's only early June, there's already an unusually high amount of truly addictive television - shows that we should be ashamed to watch, but aren't. Here's our top ten favorite guilty viewing pleasures of the summer so far.
For a welcome change this fall, the villains of weren't the main focus of our reality TV attention. Instead, there's been a pleasantly surprising number of genuinely nice people on unscripted series that we've really adored - or at the very least that have kept us amused without resorting to scheming or screaming. While we don't usually watch reality shows for sweet folks that we'd actually like to be friends with (or in some cases, adopt and give a loving home to -- we're looking at you, Shambo), these personalities recently wormed their way into our jaded little hearts:
Yes, I realize how ridiculous that headline sounds. Yes, I am too old to be watching Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Yes, I stopped watching The Real World years ago and only have the vaguest idea who half of the contestants are. Yes, the Challenge has its flaws -- way too many off-challenge physical altercations, too many drunken hook-ups and a really boring host. But still, I think other (aging) reality shows could actually learn a lot from this series.
Most of us expect reality TV to be a little outrageous, with either scantily clad girls making drunken fools out of themselves or some vicious cat-fighting during the course of competitions, but some contestants just don't know when to stop, like Survivor's current bad boy Russell, who lied about being a victim of Hurricane Katrina, emptied his tribe's canteens in the dead of night and tried to gain sympathy with a tale about a dead dog. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's just morally reprehensible and sometimes we're actually scared for their fellow contestants. We've collected some of the best/worst of these borderline moments (though there were so many, we could have filled the whole list with CT, Bad Girls Club or Big Brother alone) to see which really crossed the line.
Reality TV is hardly ever a true reflection of normal people's every day lives. Nor is it, let's be honest, a true reflection of abnormal people's lives. But taking into account that the world is overflowing with creepy, skeevy, douchey dudes, we take some measure of comfort in the authenticity of the reality TV representations of this beloved demographic. So we've put the spotlight on the TWoP Ten Creepiest Guys on Reality TV.