reality tv

V.24 No.8 | 2/19/2015


The Daily Word in weather control, x-ray vision, high school detention, and falling beautifully

The Daily Word

ISIS chopped more heads and threatened to conquer Rome for some reason.

Weaponized weather control is a possibility and a concern.

Party down at Studio 54.

Earth’s oldest living people share their secrets of longevity.

Don’t wear one of these gun t-shirts in Albuquerque, is my advice.

Scientists have discovered how to see through walls.

Who is box office champ of all SNL stars?

As the flick turns 30, here are 15 things you didn’t know about The Breakfast Club.

Interplanetary reality show set to launch: If you need me, I'll be on Mars.

Does the thought of having to live without Fido someday tear you apart inside? You can now custom order a stuffed animal that looks exactly like your pet.

Russian girls gone wild, and it's not pretty.

This pretty model bit it twice on the cat walk and kept on smiling. Happy Birthday, Agyness Deyn!

Wish you were here: Postcards from lands far, far away.

Boldly going where no man has gone before; every child’s favorite bibliophile turns 58 today. Live long and prosper, LeVar Burton!

Here's a clip of Jimmy Fallon as Jim Morrison, performing the theme song of Reading Rainbow.

V.24 No.1 | 1/1/2015


The Daily Word in baby names, ants, Cozy Powell, & werewolfism.

The Daily Word

Another plane is missing.

Lizard Squad claims an assist in the Sony hack.

Viewers are weary of Reality TV.

Three lefts make a right for ants.

Cosby hired detectives to dig up dirt on his accusers.

How do hand warmers heat up?

What are Albuquerque’s busiest intersections?

Downtown’s ice skating rink is open and tiny.

Liam and Mia were the most popular baby names in NM this year.

The Year In Review Facebook App wasn't such a good idea.

John Oliver tells us why New Year’s Eve sucks.

A cyclist is sueing the city over a pothole.

In Northern Ireland, a man was beaten to death with his own guitar on Christmas Eve.

A woman in California was recently reunited with her hotrod: a Mustang that was stolen 28 years ago.

Caution: these quotes may inspire spontaneous creativity.

The Seattle Times has accidentally gone back in time.

Meanwhile, it’s time to think about the future... the far future.

Late rock drummer Colin Flooks, aka Cozy Powell, was born on this day in 1947. He played with the likes of Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck. He would have been 67.

The President of Argentina is trying to curb werewolfism by adopting a seventh son and making him her Godson.

Iron Maiden's seventh album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, touches heavily on the theme of the paranormal, and features the song “The Clairvoyant."

V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014


Rowdy’s Dream Blog #331: Must See TV

A new reality show has a man, woman and child, naked with soap, pretending to shower without water.

V.22 No.34 | 8/22/2013

Idiot Box

Real Fake

When educational TV lies

The fact that the vast majority of “reality” TV shows feature very little that could be considered “real” shouldn’t come as much of a revelation to viewers. Faking reality is a full-time business in Hollywood.
V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012

Idiot Box

Real vs. Realty

Are we OK with fake TV?

The Internet is all atwitter (and Twitter is all abuzz, I suppose) with the shocking (shocking, I say) news that perhaps reality TV shows aren’t as real as they seem. It came as little surprise to anyone, I assume, earlier this year when it was alleged that “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reshot several dramatic scenes surrounding Kim’s divorce on a soundstage in Hollywood. And it’s hard to believe that anyone actually thinks anything that runs on truTV is anywhere close to a documentary account. (Pawn shop customers do not attack store owners as often as they do on “Hardcore Pawn.” And the slapstick stupidity of “Operation Repo” is starting to make professional wrestling look like Shakespeare in comparison.) But when a blog called Hooked On Houses spilled the news that HGTV’s “House Hunters” was bogus, the fake poop really hit the ersatz fan.

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V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
Kurt Swearingen

Guest Editorial

As Not Seen on TV

A man decides to turn off the tube and live as if he were on a reality TV show.
V.19 No.8 | 2/25/2010
Crystal Renn

“The Biggest Loser” to Cast in Albuquerque

Yup. The competitive reality show about America’s new favorite spectator sport—weight loss—is coming to the 505 to pick up on our obese population.

ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE? DO YOU HAVE AT LEAST 100 LBS. TO LOSE? Are you outgoing with personality? Do you have the WANT, DESIRE and COMPETITIVE EDGE to vie for this once in a lifetime opportunity to change your lives forever and compete for $250,000?

Go to to audition. Or hit up the open call Saturday, March 13 at Sandia Resort & Casino (30 Rainbow Rd. NE) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show asks that you bring a current photo with your contact info on the back. Also, please don’t line up before 7 a.m.

While pondering that quarter mil, watch the Nightline faceoff at 9:35 p.m. Tonight’s topic: Is it OK to be fat? On the panel: Plus-sized model Crystal Renn, National Action Against Obesity founder MeMe Roth, fat-acceptance champion Marianne Kirby and Finally Thin! author Kim Benson.

V.19 No.3 | 1/21/2010
Terminal Hanger concept, Spaceport America, New Mexico.

NM Blogosphere Roundup: Virgin Galactic, our local spaceport, Bible references etched on US troop rifles, local comics

In Sir Richard Branson's new National Geographic reality tv show Virgin Galatic, as Sindicator points out, Spaceport America ("the world’s first and only civilian space exploration site") is located in southern New Mexico.

Only In New Mexico tips us off to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, headquartered in Albuqueruque, and are currently lobbying to stop Bible references from being inscribed on high-powered rifle sights used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers.

7000 BC reports that New Mexico's seminal & lively 'undergound' comics scene is alive and well with a meeting this Sunday at the Santa Fe Public Library and a UNM Continuing Education class next month: Creating Comics Panel by Panel.