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V.22 No.43 | 10/24/2013

Idiot Box

Guilty Displeasures

“Million Dollar Shoppers” on Lifetime

Yay, a show about people who are so insanely rich and so terribly busy that they don’t have the time to spend their millions.
V.22 No.3 | 1/17/2013

Idiot Box

There Can Be Only One

“King of the Nerds” on TBS

TBS’ reality competition “King of the Nerds” isn’t anything television hasn’t seen before. It’s one of those “Survivor”-meets-“The Real World” shows that tosses a bunch of people into a house, gives them some prize money to fight for, then sits back and watches as they bump one another off in their quest to become the last man or woman standing. The show gets major bonus points, however, for going all the way with its concept.

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V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012

Idiot Box

Wallow in the Mud

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on TLC

Looking around, there are plenty of bellwethers for The End of Civilization as We Know It. For you, it may be global climate change. Or gay marriage. Or the end of the Mayan calendar. Whatever floats your boat, people. If I were to pick my poison, I’d have to say the unending tidal wave of reality television shows is a cultural death rattle of Doomsday proportions. Galloping high and proud as the lead Horseman of that particular Apocalypse is TLC’s new series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

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V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
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Boob Job

“Bridalplasty” on E!

I’ve had a good hard think, and I’ve come to the conclusion that E! hates women. And not in the casual way that television in general hates women, homosexuals and minorities. No, I’m pretty sure E! is part of an organized misogynist conspiracy to drag down the female gender. How else to explain the network’s lineup, which runs the gamut from reality shows about skanky gold-diggers (“Married to Rock”) to reality shows about do-nothing celebutards (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”).

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