How Campy Can Reality TV Get?  

jrb6955 58M
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8/17/2006 8:53 pm

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8/17/2006 9:27 pm

How Campy Can Reality TV Get?

Got home about an hour ago and turned on the television in order to sit back an unwind a bit. I began to surf through the typical line up of channels, looking for a movie or something interesting, when I came upon a reality show being aired on the SciFi Channel called "Who Wants to be a Superhero?" The show is patterned off of the "Apprentice", with Stan Lee (creator of "Spiderman" and many of the other Marvel Comics Superheroes) in the role of Donald Trump. However, in this variation, the contestants are dressed up in silly costumes, pretending to be superheroes. The episode I just watched had two different challenges, and two eliminations. The first challenge did not require the contestants to do anything. A character they called the "Dark Enforcer" showed video interviews of close friends or relatives of the contestants telling the contestants "dark secrets." It was very campy, leading to the elimination of a contestant who was trying to champion environmental awareness, but whose close friend disclosed she was a litterer. In the second challenge the contestants had to sit and talk to a prison inmate and complete a secret task (such as hugging the inmate 3 times). Now these inmates (one male for the male contestants and one female for the female contestants) were big people, with mean dispositions. Oddly enough, 3 of the 4 contestants (apparently this show has been on all summer long and they were down to the final four), completed their secret tasks. Again, very campy. But like a train wreck, I couldn't help myself and had to watch. I just wonder what they will come up with next. We have already had "Fear Factor" where contestants had to compete in insane, extreme activities, including having to eat (or at least put in their mouths) something disgusting. While I can understand the reality shows like "American Idol" where the contestants are actually competing based on talent or skill, it just seems that the networks are coming up with more and more outrageous, silly and/or inane concepts. Is the American public really that vapid?


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