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Teral

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« on: 05-29-2005 08:38 »
« Last Edit on: 05-29-2005 08:38 »

So Juliet started a new thread for season 6 of Big Brother, most likely in the hope of finding other Big Brother fans to discuss the show with. As always when someone start a new thread about reality shows, it quickly got filled with people telling how rubbish that show is and how much they don't watch the show.

Well, I think Juliet knows a lot of people don't watch they show and hate reality shows with the burning intensity of a thousand suns. But then again that's not why she started the thread, is it?

So feel free to bitch and moan about reality shows here, and leave the other threads to the fans of said shows. I don't like reality shows, or even watch them, but if other people want to, fine by me. I'm not going to spoil their fun. The same way I don't want people to butt in to my Star Trek and LOTR threads to tell me what a shitty show/movie it is.

Knock yourself out.

Don't confuse not caring with not knowing!
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« Reply #1 on: 05-29-2005 08:41 »

Complaining about reality TV is soooooo passe.

I mean, yeah, they suck, but everyone who knows this, knows it, and everyone who doesn't, does not care.

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« Reply #2 on: 05-29-2005 10:58 »

I've got a new idea for a reality show! It's called "The Tale of Nuking" and it follows the events leading up to the nuking of reality show headquarters. Does anybody like it?
aslate

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« Reply #3 on: 05-29-2005 11:16 »

 
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Originally posted by Teral:
So Juliet started a new thread for season 6 of Big Brother, most likely in the hope of finding other Big Brother fans to discuss the show with.

Good luck to her.
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« Reply #4 on: 05-29-2005 14:13 »

Teral is right and I like to thank him for that one. People have different opinion on about reality TV shows and I am not forcsing people to like and they not forcing me to hate them.

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« Reply #5 on: 05-29-2005 19:54 »

Here's my old little Reality show, it's called 'Dumping Washed up Television Celebrities and Juliet in a room full of furniture and a fire place!'.

Oh wait, I can do that with the Sims or Sims 2. Or actually live my own life.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #6 on: 05-29-2005 21:54 »

 
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Originally posted by Nurdbot:
Here's my old little Reality show, it's called 'Dumping Washed up Television Celebrities and Juliet in a room full of furniture and a fire place!'.

Oh wait, I can do that with the Sims or Sims 2. Or actually live my own life.

Now who the hell wants to have a life? I mean last night I was up until 2 AM peeling and didn't wake up till 1:30 this afternoon. I have NO life away from this monitor!

Also, American Idol and all reality shows are lame. They get into people's facs and sometimes at the wrong time. It's bad. And for those of you who do like it, good for you.
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« Reply #7 on: 05-29-2005 22:10 »

Here's my new show idea: "Urinate on Ryan Seacrest." A wacky group of people are boarded together in a house and piss on my least favorite TV host ever.
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« Reply #8 on: 05-30-2005 06:31 »

Also, Reality Television defeats the original purpose of watching TV. We watch TV to escape the reality of our lives.
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« Reply #9 on: 05-30-2005 07:03 »

Reality TV is why I dont watch TV anymore, apart from Mythbusters and Glass House. I dont see how watching people live day to day lives entertaining. At least with the sim games you can decide what the people do i.e. fight each other
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« Reply #10 on: 05-30-2005 07:39 »

Reality TV is just a big waste of space for TV
Grim

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« Reply #11 on: 05-31-2005 00:49 »

I can gladly say I have not seen a single minute of Australia's new big brother. I couldnt even tell you the name of or describe a housemate. Infact I barely turn my tv on. Bit Torrent supplies all my tv these days, all I watch is the news on broadcast tv.
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« Reply #12 on: 05-31-2005 01:45 »

I'm ashamed to admit I've been watching a bit of the new Big Brother (Australian). I actually thought the idea of putting twins in the house and switching them at random was a good idea. And they were stupid enough to get caught.
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« Reply #13 on: 05-31-2005 02:43 »

I am ashamed to admit that I also have seen (TWO) episodes of the Aussie Big Bro, but only for those Twins, after they got cought I thought screw this.

I think the losers of the "Reality TV" shows should be shot for loosing aswell as being on the shows in the first place.
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« Reply #14 on: 05-31-2005 07:22 »

Does Japan have a Big Brother? If not, thank god.

If so, we're all doomed.
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« Reply #15 on: 05-31-2005 07:42 »

 
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Originally posted by Grim:
I can gladly say I have not seen a single minute of Australia's new big brother. I couldnt even tell you the name of or describe a housemate. Infact I barely turn my tv on. Bit Torrent supplies all my tv these days, all I watch is the news on broadcast tv.

Very similar to me, i download most of my TV with bittorrent, i only watch something if i'm downstiars at the time it comes on. Also some shows aren't that easy to get, but most are.

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« Reply #16 on: 05-31-2005 09:02 »

I have to admit.. When they first started, I watched a few of them. Never like Survivor or Big Brother. I watch the Surreal Life and Boy Meets Boy. Ok.. So I do watch some reality TV. But not much.
Great.. now I feel lame for watching this crap.
But at least Iím not spending all my time sitting on my ass posting crap on message boards all day!... wait...

Lrrr_2004
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« Reply #17 on: 05-31-2005 18:34 »

I hope Fox's new show Hell's Kitchen fails miserably. Maybe it'll teach them to stop making reality shows.

If you couldn't tell, I hate reality television, it's not reality if they know there is a camera on them, who's going to act like themselves if they know they're going to be on tv?

God I hate reality tv.
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« Reply #18 on: 05-31-2005 19:20 »

 
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Originally posted by Lrrr_2004:
I hope Fox's new show Hell's Kitchen fails miserably. Maybe it'll teach them to stop making reality shows.

Failing Reality television shows haven't taught them a thing. It has happened 10000 times before and its bound to happen 10000 times again. They're just hoping for big ratings right out of the gate and once it begins to teeter off, they'll cancel it (like they should) only to replace it with another shit reality show.

Can you tell I'm bitter?

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« Reply #19 on: 06-01-2005 10:44 »

 
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Originally posted by BendingUnit4000:
 Failing Reality television shows haven't taught them a thing. It has happened 10000 times before and its bound to happen 10000 times again. They're just hoping for big ratings right out of the gate and once it begins to teeter off, they'll cancel it (like they should) only to replace it with another shit reality show.

Can you tell I'm bitter?


Barely.
aslate

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« Reply #20 on: 06-01-2005 19:05 »

 
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Originally posted by Lrrr_2004:
I hope Fox's new show Hell's Kitchen fails miserably. Maybe it'll teach them to stop making reality shows.

You mean they're doing that over there? It's terrible as it is over here, and the only reason people watch it is because of the celebrity chef.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #21 on: 06-01-2005 19:19 »

 
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Originally posted by Lrrr_2004:
If you couldn't tell, I hate reality television, it's not reality if they know there is a camera on them, who's going to act like themselves if they know they're going to be on tv?

God I hate reality tv.

You've won the "Makes a Point that I Never Thought of" Award. I very much agree with you. And as BU4000 said, no one care if the shows are hot or not they just want ratings and something to fill time slots with. Can you believe that people prefer this shit to the good shows?

I'll be honest, I watch Fear Factor occasionally. It's just to see how stupid people can be and that they'll do anything even if it scares them to get money. People are morons. Brainless morons who need to watch shows that invade peoples personal lives and emotions. Even if they're faking it.

Also in my drama class, every term, someone has written a reality TV-based play. When I finally had that class in the final term, the teacher said that I had written the most unique play out of the whole year, and you know whose play was selected to be shown in front of the school? Mine...that's what I would be saying if that were true. But no, the sterotype one that was about dumbass teens getting lost in the woods one. "You've written the most unique play...but we're not gonna do yours!" Bitch.  no no
aslate

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« Reply #22 on: 06-01-2005 20:25 »

You know it's a shame this thread was created, Juli's is slowly dying. Soon it'll just be pages and pages of posts by her.
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« Reply #23 on: 06-02-2005 08:11 »
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Even I watch reality shows sometimes, but not stoopid ones like American Idol or Survivor, I like Viva La Bam. It's pretty good. But if that's a reality show, then so is Jackass, so their not all bad.

I don't know who I hate more, Ryan Seacrest or Scott Peterson.

Does he still have that show, where he interviews celebrities?

 
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You know it's a shame this thread was created, Julie's is slowly dying.

Wha?
aslate

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« Reply #24 on: 06-02-2005 08:19 »

Well, since we're not posting in it anymore, it's slowly going to die.
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« Reply #25 on: 06-02-2005 10:02 »

 
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Originally posted by Nurdbot:
Does Japan have a Big Brother? If not, thank god.

If so, we're all doomed.

Didn't they once have a show where participants in a house had their tears measured and whoever cried the most won? Remember seeing about it on Tarrant on tv. Train-wreck tv really, but at least that was a new concept.

People who like reality tv tend to like childish drama rather than the windingy plot and conflict of a good story/movie, also why I don't understand sports either
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« Reply #26 on: 06-02-2005 13:36 »

Well, an actual Big Brother rip off. Japan has some pretty insane reality television.
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« Reply #27 on: 06-02-2005 16:23 »

I think it's interesting that someone brought up the misnomer of "reality" TV, as with cameras around no-one has the ability to behave realistically.

The first series of BB was interesting because it was an unknown quantity, and therefore was taken as an experiment in behavioural pyschology.  Now, it's an experiment to see what 13 fuckwits will do to (a) get famous, and (b) make the UK's first live porno movie.

Cobblers.
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« Reply #28 on: 06-02-2005 16:37 »

You know why there are such things as reality shows? People watch them!!! Stupid ass TV slaves actually eat this shit that the networks dish out; so of course there will be no end in sight. The average reality show viewer must have little/no life to begin with, so he/she has to compensate by watching other's lives broadcasted on their favourite screen. You people suck!

Long live animation! Except anime...
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« Reply #29 on: 06-02-2005 16:51 »
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Reality TV is cheap to produce, easy to promote through newspapers, and gets enough ratings to draw even. You do the maths.

However surely there's a more efficient way of ridding the world of reality TV, by not watching it. The moment it becomes unprofitable is the moment it stops being produced. Bitching about how terrible it is makes me want to butt into your gaming/Star Trek/LOTR threads and tell you how shit they are and to get a life.

But I don't do that.

As a smug Telegraph/Guardian reader I don't even know who's in this series' Big Brother. I've worked out that there's some guy who thinks he's a girl or something. I don't know how each year they manage to find greater and greater social rejects. It's like unscripted Jerry Springer.

Faking It and Brat Camp still own you all though.
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« Reply #30 on: 06-02-2005 21:57 »

 
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Originally posted by Leela In Chains:
You know why there are such things as reality shows? People watch them!!! Stupid ass TV slaves actually eat this shit that the networks dish out; so of course there will be no end in sight. The average reality show viewer must have little/no life to begin with, so he/she has to compensate by watching other's lives broadcasted on their favourite screen. You people suck!

Long live animation! Except anime...
I must kill you now. Slowly.

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« Reply #31 on: 06-02-2005 23:24 »

I agree with Nurdbot. Kill the Anime hater.

Also "Reality TV" aint all that cheap to produce. For one of their "Eviction" nights it cost them around 1-2 million bucks. Think about it, rent for the theater, lighting, sound, camarers... etc.

@ Leela In Chains.

I have close to no life outside of my house and I dispise "Reality TV" you also forget about all the Star Trek fans who live in their parents basements, I don't really think they watch that crap.
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« Reply #32 on: 06-03-2005 11:45 »

Good point, Doo. I never thought of that. Once I get raving, I just say whatever I'm thinking at the time.

Oh yeah, about the anime thing...I screwed up there, too. I shouldn't speak of things that I know nothing about. Don't give me shit; I don't the difference between anime, manga, henati, etc. It's just that I saw an episode (for curiosity's sake) of Dragonball a while ago, and was totally offended by the lack of complexity. On the other hand, I find stuff like Paranoia and Samurai really cool. Somebody just kick my ass until I understand. Thanx.

And on with the discussion!
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« Reply #33 on: 06-03-2005 18:08 »

People have different tastes, deal with it.

Big Brother has a flashy eviction night certainly but that's not necessary. They do it to promote the show and gain more money back in publicity of newspaper column inches. Cheap evictions such as those done on "I'm a Celebrity..." show just how cheap reality TV can be, aswell as easy to produce. No scriptwriters, no acting parts to learn. It's popular among TV networks for a reason.

As an uber-capitalist I feel duty bound to defend Big Brother since I don't watch it. I don't watch much TV nowadays. I have, like, a job, and junk.
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« Reply #34 on: 06-03-2005 18:39 »
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I have a theory that there is only a set amount of good quality programming that can be shown on TV at any particular time. In other words, if reality TV weren't big then something else would be. Maybe we'd have even more soaps, crappy sitcoms or perhaps a series of mind-numbing documentaries about how the rich host tea-parties (you think I'm joking about that last one? That was some top quality Brit TV from thirty years ago  roll eyes ). Once reality TV has had it's day, something else will come along and then we'll complain about that.

Reality TV has been around for a very long time, remember stuff like 'America's Wildest Police Chases' and dren of that ilk. Big Brother made it popular, the format was sold, remarketed and copied endlessly, and is about to be dropped now that popularity is disappearing. We're the mugs for tuning into it constantly.
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« Reply #35 on: 06-04-2005 00:35 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
Well, since we're not posting in it anymore, it's slowly going to die.

Oh, ok.
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« Reply #36 on: 06-04-2005 19:02 »

I love the idea of reality television. I mean, it takes a genius to realize the potential people have to make total idiots out of themselves...especially in front of TV cameras.

But, nah, I don't actually watch it. Personally, it disgusts me. It's obvious that, because TV networks are always focusing on a certain demographic, they mold these TV shows to appeal to that demographic. Now, obviously, most guys between the ages of 18 and 40-something (and teenage girls who like to watch hot guys with no brains and serious ego-issues pretend to actually be appealing) truly believe that reality TV is the most brilliant thing ever thought up by those geniuses in Hollywood. These are the people who will one day be those geniuses in Hollywood.

On a sort of related note, the only reality show I ever watched was Joe Millionare (and I'm still ashamed), mostly 'cause I thought that all the women on that show were idiots and that that Evan Marriot dude was a moron. I enjoyed laughing at them...almost too much. So, yeah, that's my "I-used-to-watch-reality-TV-'til-the-aliens-returned-my-brain" anecdote. Anyone else care to share? 
Spacedal11

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« Reply #37 on: 06-05-2005 22:34 »

 
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Originally posted by Leela In Chains:
You know why there are such things as reality shows? People watch them!!! Stupid ass TV slaves actually eat this shit that the networks dish out; so of course there will be no end in sight. The average reality show viewer must have little/no life to begin with, so he/she has to compensate by watching other's lives broadcasted on their favourite screen. You people suck!

Long live animation! Except anime...
I must kill you now. Slowly.


Ah that was my laugh for the day. I'm not an anime person but I don't think it's crap.

Leela in Chains: I can say too much when raving too. We're not so different you and I and Leslie Nelson.
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« Reply #38 on: 06-06-2005 01:30 »

 
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Originally posted by BendingUnit4000:
 Failing Reality television shows haven't taught them a thing. It has happened 10000 times before and its bound to happen 10000 times again. They're just hoping for big ratings right out of the gate and once it begins to teeter off, they'll cancel it (like they should) only to replace it with another shit reality show.

Can you tell I'm bitter?


That is so true, they just keep shooting shows at their audience at rapid fire and hope some show will stick. There are dozens of completely crappy shows that fox greenlights and doesn't even make it past the first season.
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« Reply #39 on: 06-06-2005 04:15 »

I hate reality shows.There as worse as Drama to me.Now comedy is the best.Without it,there would be no Futurama thats funny,Freinds without its canned/real lauhter (i think its real)Simpsons with less awards cause there's less "comic".Comedy is worth living,DONT waste it.
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