Thursday, November 3, 2011

Much Ado about Reality TV

Happy November, People!

So this past month I’ve become an avid TV viewer, from Nickjnr to PressTV to Reality TV.... the bane of the new millennium. Seriously, how do we justify this watching of other people’s intimate life...boring other people if we consider the likes of 'The only way is Essex' and 'Made in Chelsea'. There’s something voyeuristic about it. and I don’t think its healthy.

Anyway let me bore y'all with my observations of some of them. Pls chime in with your observations too.

CNN/BBC: Its amusing to note that the news is all about ‘what’s happening in Libya, Syria, Africa meanwhile your own backyard is on fire. Yeah I ‘m talking about BBC and CNN downplaying the Anti-capitalist youth movements in America and the UK, the brutality and use of excessive force by the police while screaming about happenings on the other side of the world. Talk of Two facedness. It seems Ukraine and Italy civilians have also joined the protest in their respective countries. On an aside, Nigerian youths how far? 

NTA (Nigeria's national TV): Sigh. I don't know where to start. The news is as stale as the audio,  background, presenters ....except Ifeanyi Okafor. I miss the hay days of Yinka Craig, Sienne Razaq, Hauwa etc.

X-factor: I love music. I love the concept of discovering new talent. Susan Boyle was my inspiration for 2009. But, when I see teenage/barely out of their teens Xfactor hopefuls whining on and on with kohl streaking down their face about 'how this is what they’ve dreamt of all their life'….I feel like slapping the taste outta of their ambition-less mouths.

I know viewers think he is the joke for 2011, but I like Johnny Robinson. He has an amazing voice and is funny to boot. Frankie on the other hand needs a comb…I can’t tell you how much I hate his hair. And the tight jeans. And the make up. That he is still there while Sophie Habibas (sue me, i know the spelling is wrong) is out indicates the demography of X factor voters: Dumb females who need the police to confiscate their hand sets for texting under hormonal influence!

 Still on X-factor – I think the US Xfactor Judges are a more credible bunch than the UK. I dont know what Simon was thinking when he picked that diva bunch (Gary and Louis included). Kelly you are my girl and I totally agree that what Louis and Tulisa did to MishaB was uncool (Heck MishaB has now been branded a bully by the internet which is unfair in a competition which can be won or lost based on the voting public's fickle perception); but you going into super diva mode and abandoning your charges didn't help either.

Kiddie's TV: I watched several episodes of Ben 10 for the first and last time. My conclusion: Ben 10 is over rated and totally inappropriate for 2-8yr olds who alarmingly are the most enthusiastic about it.

I like Nick Jnr programmes…my favourites are Olivia(she's such a fashionista) and Peppa Pig. I hum Peppa pig’s theme song in my head sometimes. I don’t mind Fireman Sam too. I love the fact that one of the characters Mike Molly or something has an inter-racial marriage. We’ve come a long way!

Big Brother: Who agrees with me that BB has lost its raison d’etre? The producers are determined to milk it for all its worth though and they keep adding annoying twists. Eg if you've been watching BB UK, you'll agree with me that bringing Jem, Faye’s sister into the house just ruined the game for Faye and Aaron which was unfair. I mean I understand the protective big sister bit, but Jem should have understood there was a prize to be won and kept her meddling opinions to herself. 

I love Two and a half men. More like I used to love Two and a half men till they ousted Tiger blood Charlie and replaced him with Lamb blood Ashton. Dear Ashton! What Demi Moore sees in that young man I don’t know. Maybe I am mistaken. Hope so.

The Bachelor: The females who parade themselves in The Bachelor have set back the campaign of feminists by 50 years. How can someone’s sole ambition be 'to be patted and fondled and picked out like a prize cow in a farmer’s market'?

The Bachelor has also confirmed the belief of 'rent a bride consultants' like Patti Stinger; that rich men love their women blonde, biddable, giggly and pretty... just like Carrianne. For those who thought Layla should have been picked, when she told Gavin that she has a mind of her own she sealed her fate.
And as for the homely Latvian girl (she was booted off earlier) who confessed to Gavin that she's been keeping her virginity for 'The One'..Wowsa!! Darling, virginity is not considered a price by the English. When the Bachelor is an Arab Sheikh, apply again.

But despite my dislike for all that The Bachelor stood for, when Gavin choose Carrianne in the end, despite her rumored bad behavior and that dreadful squeaky voice etc I was forced to accept that when a man falls in lust/love, he is blind to all faults....mostly. I had initially thought Gavin was being too wishy washy, but looking back now, if i am to believe his confession of love to Carianne was not scripted by the Producers, then its likely Gavin had chosen her from the beginning and the eliminations only helped him confirm his choice, do you get me? Or maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic.

Who is sick of TV?


  1. I can honestly say i watch ZERO TV. When i do, i love The Real Housewives. I hardly watch scripted shows, ever! I don't think that's a good thing either.

  2. As with Sting, ZERO TV.
    The Golden Girls get me anytime sha...;)..oh and soemtimes, 16 and pregnant

  3. I can never get sick of TV o, lol. I weaned myself of childrens TV when the internet and blogging stole some of screen time, otherwise, bring it on, lol...

  4. I have been glued to crime Investigation these days. I am currently watching 'Mystery Diagnosis' now... As for the Bachelor, i couldnt agree more with you.

    But all in all, I love TV. Its on all the time.

  5. Ah NTA, News-line is not what it used to be and that presenter is just bleh. What happened to the Cyril Stobers and Abike Dabiris smh.

    As for Bachelors/Bachelorette, you nailed it with "The females who parade themselves in The Bachelor have set back the campaign of feminists by 50 years". I mentioned in one of my posts how i hate the show but can't stop watching. How sad is that? I'm pissed at my self each time i watch and all i wana do is reach into the screen and slap pple.

    I still love TV tho. I find "Women who kill" fascinating which my mom thinks is morbid.

  6. I'm sort of a news junkie. I watch it right after the videos on music tv. Yeah, I'm sophisticated like that! LOL!

  7. Guurrrrl! You need to get into American reality TV! Pure foolishness on display but hella entertaining at the same time.
    That being said i don't watch a lot of TV. Specific shows like DH & Grey's anatomy are a must. Plus Law & Order or NCIS marathons whenever they are on.
    For some reason i can't get into kiddie TV. They are all so new and different. I feel like i'd watch tom & Jerry but all these new ones.....i don't know.

  8. I am so into children TV these days. You will see me struggling with my li'l ones to watch their shows and when they don't want to watch, I am sad. * Is that normal? agbaya* Olivia is an all time fav in my household, Dora too, Diego, The Backyardigans* I am going off again*. I agree with you about Ben 10. It is over-rated and not even not appropriate for the kids who watch it. I love TV.

  9. I watch more of news and sports programmes. But then when you have a 2yr old like I do, you become a child all over again and watch kiddies tv. But seriously there are lots of junk on tv these days especially reality tv. I do wonder what is real about reality tv? Nothing if you ask me other than a bunch of people exploited to act stupidly with producers smiling all the way to the bank. I use to like the XFactor but I've given up watching as in my opinion it has ceased to be a talent show.

  10. I am sick of TV!!! Lol, i agree with the bachelor part, serious bimbos. Sigh at NTA. Errr does anti capitalist mean communism? :s


  11. Ha ha! I like the new 2 and a 1/2 men a lot...just finished watching it and laughed a bunch. As far as bachelor... that is the trashiest most horrible show EVER... and guess what, my mom and I WATCH IT LOL! But we watch to laugh - and talk through the whole thing. So technically I don't "watch it" because I think it is good TV... it is good BAD TV. :)

  12. Lol at Frankie needs a comb. Needs a voice coach too. X factor has lost its mojo. I haven't been watching like I used to and when I do, it's mostly for the highlights. I watch the odd documentary on BBC and Channel 4, and catch Holby city now and then. That's about it. The young apprentice this season - (watched last Monday's episode) - sounds like it might be good though.

  13. I loveeeee TV (only child issues). I do not however like reality TV shows. It's so fake it kills me! Why spend my time watching other people eat, shop and do randomly boring things? Even the drama is scripted in. Na it's too much. I love good drama and sitcoms, mostly from America. Let me drop a few for you here: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Grey's Anatomy, Bones, The Good Wife, The Mentalist (oh I could go on). From a British point of view, it's all about Downton Abbey and I do love X-Factor but they are annoying me at the moment.

  14. You couldn't be more on target with your comment about the American media focusing on the troubles abroad while trying to keep what's happening in the Occupy Wall Street movement under wraps. That's because they are owned by the same corporate bastards that helped destroy this country and are starting to feel the heat from the OWS movement. The police brutality this past week with the pepper spraying of students on the UC Davis campus was as horrific as anything I've seen anywhere. I'm ashamed of Obama for criticizing police brutality abroad, but not saying a damn thing about it here.

    As for reality TV in general, I like "So You Think You Can Dance" but not many others. And completely agree with you on Two And A Half Men.

  15. hahahaha i love tv shows too! as in they are amazing!

    i am with you on the judges on xfactor uk being a joke. x factor USA wins UK big time! such a shame, but i like Gary B though regardless. I am so thrilled cokecozza has finally left. He had no talent whatsoever!



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