Monday, September 22, 2008
Don't know why, but I am fascinated with the life of Jodie Sweetin. So, when I read today that she is shooting a reality show with her husband and baby, I knew that I would be tuning in. In an interview, Jodie said it is like Tori and Dean, but edgier. Well, the Pillsbury Cook Off is edgier than Tori and Dean so that probably won't take much.
I just think that if they actually filmed reality, reality and not some scripted, set up crap where one week they plan a birthday party, and the next week they do some other mindless task that we are supposed to love, then I think it has the potential to be great. When you combine a former child star who loved meth, with a husband who looks a little rough and a baby I think you should expect some screaming and yelling. I think there should be gratuitous groping and lots of burping. I think it has the potential to be the most real life reality type celebrity show.
I think the mistake producers make with these shows is they try and give it a formulaic approach just like any other scripted show. The point of reality is to keep it unscripted. If you go back and look at the first five or six years of Real World before it became the same scripted kind of garbage, you can see that you don't need to have a happy ending each week to keep viewers riveted. There is usually enough drama in real life and enough situations that you can take a very good editor and make a very good show. The reason you don't see more of it in celeb reality is for the reason I gave above and because the celebrities themselves often have a say in the final editing process. Instead of fighting and arguing every week about what should or should not go in, the producers just create some bland thing that everyone is happy to swallow.
Jodie's show has the potential to be much more, and hope it follows through on that.