The Real World/Road Rules Challenges have been a staple for MTV over the past decade. I can remember watching Real World v. Road Rules on RVs, The Battle of the Seasons, Battle of the Sexes, Gauntlets and Infernos. During it’s heyday, The Challenge boasted such memorable names as Beth, Coral and Mike ‘The Miz’, but recently it’s lost a little bit of it’s luster. Hopefully with the return of CT in The Challenge: Rivals we’ll get the show back on track. CT can change the presence of an entire cast and even dominate a trailer with a single question, “Are you done? Now It’s my turn.” This is poised to be one of the best seasons yet.
The granddaddy of all reality shows, Real World, returned to form a few weeks ago. Back to Las Vegas. Back to seven person cast (I was never a fan of the eight person casts that have plagued the RW houses for the past few seasons). At first I was skeptical of this Las Vegas cast, but I mean can you blame me? The first Las Vegas cast was too good to be true. Season 12 of the RV changed the game for the entire franchise. From three ways on the first night to a possible pregnancy and an unlimited amount of conflict. Prior to the first Las Vegas cast one can make a case that The Real World seasons had not only the their fair share of sexual encounters, but they truly had faced very important issues, but after the Las Vegas season, it seems as though casting shifted to more ‘pretty’ faces with less substance which caused to show to get quite stale.
Back to Las Vegas seems poised to pick up where the last Las Vegas cast left off. Already we have seen quite the bit of drama between cast members Leroy aka Roy Lee and stereotypical Northeast Bostonian douche bag Adam, several hookups and a close call eviction with Adam. My darkhorse for the season is Mike, who pretty much took over Frank’s role as the good ol’ boy. Mike is definitely not as smooth with the ladies as his other roommates, but he’s not afraid to stand up for himself and his beliefs, which could get him into trouble as the season progresses. If for nothing, it will at least make this season of The Real World bearable.
Hmmmm… starting this new blog on a whim. My name is Liz and I’m a 22 year old senior in college. I’m currently stuck at an internship doing things that I don’t like doing, researching a topic that I thought was perfect for me and dreading every single day. With graduation looming over me like a level 5 tropical storm, I decided to forgo any “real” studying and hard work and concentrate on what makes me happy—TV.
I could rattle on and on the countless Reality shows that I’ve subjected my poor little retinas into watching, but that would just be ludicrous. But, since you asked so nicely, here’s a short list of shows that I just can’t stop watching:
- The Real World: 25 seasons. I’m 22 years old. I’ve seen every episode. It’s sad isn’t it.
- Road Rules: 14 seasons. Let’s keep it in the BMP (Bunim Murray Productions, for all you newbies out ther) family. They’ve also made me a prisoner to my remote with the always entertaining spin-off of The Real World & Road Rules, The Challenge.
- Survivor: 22 seasons. I watched a few when I was younger, but I failed to appreciate the sheer brilliance of what some like to call ‘the granddaddy of all reality shows’. After taking a break, I caught up with the first all-star season and the rest as they say is pure history.
- Real Housewives of… the world?: Unfortunately that damn Bravo Network just keeps tempting me! First it was Orange County & NYC, but they just couldn’t stop there. Oh no! Atlanta (my personal fave!), New Jersey, Washington D.C., Beverly Hills and Miami! Andy Cohen, you’re an evil, evil man!
- Top Chef: 8 seasons deep in chorizo. Sadly I’ve only seen from season 3 on. But, nonetheless I like to think that I’ve done a good job watching every single episode since then!
Honestly, the list is endless and quite embarrassing. Any real reality TV connoisseur has also dutifully kept Jersey Shore, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Teen Mom 1 & 2, 16 & Pregnant and Basketball Wives on their current rotation. Let’s face it, we all love a little bad TV. Well, in my case, a little is an understatement.