Tonight at 8pm, ABC will debut its new series Splash, a “celebrity” diving competition show in which such iconic figures as Kendra Wilkinson, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Louie Anderson… well, they do dives, and that’s pretty much the show. If you’re anything like us, you may have greeted this description with one question: “Holy moly, is that the stupidest idea for a television program, ever?” To which we laugh and laugh, and then say, “I dunno, maybe.” To be fair, it’s a tough competition; since its inception, television executives have seemed consistently challenged to top each other in creating excruciatingly dumb shows. After the jump, we’ve rounded up ten that give Splash a run for its money. … Read More
The Television Critics Association summer press tour ends today, and while most of the big network announcements came last week, its final few days have focused on what’s in store on cable in the next few months. One of the most sensational of these new shows is TLC’s Breaking Amish, a reality series that has shamelessly ripped off the title of Breaking Bad and finds four Amish people and one Mennonite escaping the confines of their secluded communities for the bright lights and impossible rents of New York City.
As you might remember, rebellious Amish youth aren’t a new subject for reality TV: Back in 2004, UPN brought us Amish in the City. The difference is that while the kids in that show were on rumspringa, the Breaking Amish cast members have actually elected to leave the world of barn raisings and horse-drawn buggies forever. There’s already been some controversy among critics over whether TLC producers played too large a role in their subjects’ decision to move to New York, and as you’ll see in the trailer, there’s certainly a semi-exploitative “Look at these fucking Amish” vibe to some of the clips. And yet, we remain curious to learn about people who have had hugely different lives from our own. Click through to get a first look at Breaking Amish, and let us know whether your ethics will permit you to watch the show when it premieres, September 9th. … Read More
Ever been watching TLC and thought, “This rerun of Say Yes to the Dress could use some more characters from ’80s teen moves in it”? Well have no fear, because the Internet is full of ingenious people who’ve inserted your favorite shows, video games, and movies into your least favorite reality television programs to make them more entertaining. Check out this collection of hilarious videos, from real TV series to Zombie Idol, after the jump. … Read More
What if The Hunger Games were real? We know we’re not the only ones who have thought about that in the past week, as Suzanne Collins’ YA bestseller breaks box office records and thrills fans and critics. (We loved it, too.) Considering that plenty of Americans are already watching misery-porn programming like Teen Mom, My Strange Addiction, and Intervention, televised deathmatches don’t seem entirely out of the question. With that in mind, we’ve dreamed up a few reality shows that might just rival The Hunger Games for sheer darkness and brutality. But before we proceed, just in case it isn’t obvious, we want to clarify that we would actually be horrified to see these shows get made. Here at Flavorpill, we don’t want to watch anyone die. Not even celebrities. … Read More
Right now, the Kardashians are probably the most well-known American family living in defiance of Plato’s maxim, “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” To the voluptuous Kim and company, more is more. The very name of their reality TV show — one of their many reality TV shows — Keeping Up with the Kardashians, is a blatant celebration of accruing status, money, and power without much of a point besides staying ahead of one’s neighbors. And, perhaps, the Hiltons.
Some people are angry about this. They don’t want these valueless values to spread throughout society. They abhor the idea that Kim Kardashian — someone who got famous for essentially making a sex tape with the brother of an R&B singer, remained famous simply for being famous, and is still famous for divorcing her professional basketball-playing husband after 72 days of turbulent marriage — is one of the more prominent characters in America’s media landscape. … Read More
There are already a ton of singing contest shows on TV right now, so why not have a few modeling competitions as well? Like singing professionally, modeling is a dream job and people love to look at pretty faces as much as they love to hear fledgling singers. So far, America’s Next Top Model has… Read More
Yesterday, Arrested Motion tipped us off to a pair of cheeky new phone booth interventions by TrustoCorp, a group of anonymous street art pranksters that we first told you about last year. These latest pieces — which are just as dark and clever as those altered traffic signs — are a send-up of one of our favorite guilty pleasures: reality TV shows. Click through to get a better look at the work, and if you live in New York City, keep your eyes peeled for future additions to the series. … Read More
My Fair Wedding, Say Yes to the Dress, Get Married – there is no shortage of wedding-related TV programming. Now it seems unremarkable for nearly forgotten celebrities to broadcast their wedding to strangers across the nation, sharing their fairytale ceremony with audiences who are betting on how soon the divorce papers will be filed. Here at Flavorwire, we wondered how a private milestone became such a public phenomenon, how the highly-anticipated and romantic TV unions of yesteryear became the Bridezillas of today. After the jump, check out our compressed timeline of TV weddings, from Carol and Mike Brady’s blended family to TLC’s gypsy nuptials. … Read More
If you thought reality TV had exhausted both Sarah Palin and the art world, well, you probably didn’t realize that reality TV doesn’t know the meaning of the word “exhaust.” TV Squad reports that TLC, which aired serial Palin infomercial Sarah Palin’s Alaska, will air a two-part special about Beehive, the salon where… Read More