December 2nd, 2004

Andrei in the office

I am soooo ashamed...

If it wasn't bad enough, this season I watched my first almost reality show.

Drawn Together.

This is Comedy Central's animated reality show. And last night's had to be the best to date. I can only say, this... "Bleh" :)

But last night... things got worse... very worse.

Hello. My name is Andrei and I am watching a reality show.

Sherwood Schwartz, he who brought us The Brady Bunch has returned to a classic.

Gilligan's Island not only lives again, but is a reality show.

Welcome to TBS's "The Real Gilligan's Island"

A nationwide search went off to find a skipper & first mate, a millionaire couple, a movie star, *ahem* and the rest. The guidelines were simple, you had to actually be the role and then on top of that, you had to sorta look the part.

They found not one set, but two. And then (and I have no idea why this was a surprise to the folks) the show marooned them on an island. The island (in an unannounced location, much like the Prisoner) has a layout strikingly similar to the original show. Huts were pre fashioned along with some 'coco-technology' innovated from the show.

The two sets in the early games were pitted against their match (professor vs professor) to complete a task, assisted by their team-mates to determine who the real one would be. (The real professor) The show did an excellent job of casting the roles (at least in my opinion for one team). Supermodel Rachel Hunter is the "Ginger" for one of the teams.

The show also touches on such old age old debates as "Ginger vs. Marianne". On the other hand.. it is a reality show. Complete with endurance races and personality squabbles (openly gay character vs. bigot) the show immediately and effectively manipulates the viewer to pick sides and preferences.

Contrived, but a fun throwback. I am so sadly hooked.
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