I don’t stick my head in the sand.
I watch tv, read the newspaper and follow breaking news on my ever-present smartphone.
But sometimes, it’s just too much. Sometimes I need a break from reality.
That’s when I turn to reality television.
Reality television helps me escape reality.
In 6 words, that’s my true confession.
I’ve tried getting on board the crime drama bandwagon but the shows seem to be getting worse – trying to one-up each other in a contest of who can be the bloodiest.
Sure, there is some back-stabbing among the Real Housewives, but they don’t involve graphic operating room scenes in which beautiful surgeons save the patient’s life while making plans for a secret tryst with the anesthesiologist.
Sci-fi, fairy tale, and vampire shows just aren’t my thing.
My type of fantasy show is Million Dollar Listing New York or Los Angeles. I fantasize about paying cash for a $10 million gem with an infinity pool and killer outdoor space.
To me, the Real Housewives are just a modern-day, real-life version of Dynasty or Dallas. Alliances are made and broken, fortunes rise and fall, friends become enemies and the bad guys find redemption.
Valuable lessons can come from devotion to these shows.
Reality television is inspirational.
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn implores struggling designers to “Make it work.” as they survive on two hours of sleep and lots of caffeine while crafting ballroom frocks out of penny candy. With Tim’s encouragement, the designers really do “Make it work.”
Is there anything more goose-bump producing than when a hard-luck contestant on The Voice belts out a song resulting in the coveted Four Chair Turn? This kind of validation gives hope to aspiring performers everywhere.
And who among us has not been inspired to knock down a wall or two in our home to create the open concept that every HGTV show has taught us to love?
Reality television is educational.
Million Dollar Listing New York has taught me the difference between SoHo, NoHo, NoLIta and TriBeCa.
I may never use huitlacoche, durian, or dulse in a recipe but thanks to Chopped, I can use these terms in Words With Friends.
Other terms I’ve added to my vocabulary:
Shiplap – Joanna’ favorite reclaimed wood on Fixer Upper.
Front of house – the job you DO NOT WANT in Restaurant Wars on Top Chef.
Step and Repeat – the advertising background in front of which reality stars like to be photographed.
Porte-cochère – the covered entryway through which the champagne delivery truck drives at Heather’s new home in the OC.
Product placement – the shameless way that Project Runway shills for advertisers. For example, the “design a garment based on the flavors of Yoplait Yogurt challenge” or the “design a garment based on the color of a Lexus sedan challenge”.
And, finally, borrowing a concept from the Muppets…
Reality television is celebrational.
No one knows how to celebrate like reality television folks. Whether it is the big reveal of a newly renovated Fixer Upper, a cleverly themed brokers’ open house, dinner parties, charity events, or fancy society balls, “YIPPEE!!” is the rallying cry of all reality television personalities. (Except Vicki who prefers “WOOHOO!”)
Sure, once in a while a table gets flipped, an insult (or a leg) gets flung, but all in all, it’s just good old harmless fun.
So please join me in raising a glass of champs or Ramona Pinot Grigio or a Skinnygirl Margarita to toast the people who expose the reality of their lives so we can, if even for a little bit, escape the reality of ours.
Head on over to Coach Daddy to check out the true confessions of other participants in the 6-Words Challenge.Thanks for stopping by,
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