Reality TV is cheap to produce by network standards, which is why we’ve seen everything from “Flavor of Love” to “Cheaters” to “The Jerry Springer Show” (what — you didn’t know Jerry Springer is the godfather of modern ratchet entertainment?). It’s pretty clear that reality TV is here to stay. Love & Hip Hop scored high ratings right out the gate and we’ve pretty much accepted Evelyn & Co.’s drama by now.
If we can’t beat reality TV stars into submission, the least we can do is lay down some ground rules. Here’s my proposal for reality show executives and producers from this point forward:
No more “Faces from the Milk carton”-type shows. Your quest for relevance is not entertaining to me. (Although I would watch the heck out of a Tevin Campbell reality show — don’t judge me.) Shows like “Unsung” work because they’re giving a play-by-play of the highs and lows of fame. But giving one-hit wonders 20-episode seasons just because there’s slight name recognition? We’ve got to do better.