Has Reality TV Run Its Course?

I admit that I'm still a "Survivor" junkie and an "Amazing Race" fan. I've watched both since their first seasons - and can't believe how long they've stuck around.

 

Of course, it's not really "reality." The producers are putting people in an unusual situations in unfamiliar locations. That's what I like about these two particular shows - the reality comes in how the individuals deal with the adversity and, in the end, it's just a game.

 

It's the success of these two shows, coupled with MTV's "Real World," that spurred a hole host of reality subjects. Some turn out to have a helpful message, like "The  Biggest Loser." Others end up more, shall we say, questionable - think any of the celebrity subjects or what's that one - the Flav-or of Love?

 

The finale of the latest "Bachelor" and the reaction to it has me wondering if the reality bubble is ready to burst. SPOILER ALERT - the bachelor proposed to one woman in the finale, then, in the post-show special, dumps her and says he wants to give it a try with the "runner-up." The Tweeps immediately fired up with vicious attacks and promises to never watch the show again!

 

I have not been a regular "Bachelor" viewer, but I admit I'll often casually follow the action. Should we really be that surprised by what happened? After all, only one of these couples has actually gone on to get married. Is it that surprising that, after six intense weeks, the return to reality would have you realizing this person might not be the one?

 

I guess what viewers saw was reality - and they didn't like it. But will that stop them from watching next time?

 

Sound off on reality TV - love it? hate it? why? why not? While I get your comments, I'll be hoping they blindside Coach at the next Tribal Council and rooting for Luke and his mom in the race around the world!

 

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