I’ve been watching, but not blogging quite a few good shows lately so I thought it was time for a top ten list. Only I only have 8 shows. So, a top eight list. Lets get right to it.
Number 8: Kim of Queens Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
Kim Gravel is the owner of The Pageant Palace. She collects misfit girls and attempts to make them her “pageant pros.” It’s NOT Toddlers and Tiaras. The girls are older and Kim and her sister Allisyn Varalla make most of the costume choices for all of the girls. Then pageant moms are almost as bad as the Dance Moms but there is less conflict between the moms and more berating of their own child. Kim and Allisyn are hilarious. It’s much more light-hearted than I make it sound. The major negative aspect of the show is that the “misfit girls” they pick up are obvious plants for the most part. The “hillbilly girl” is actually a pageant pro for example and is playing a part. Still, it’s a fun show to DVR and watch on a Saturday morning.
Number 7: Dance Moms Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Lifetime
I actually do try to recap this show when I can. It has been around long enough that you have probably made a decision about it already. If you think Abby Lee is a horrible person (I love her) then don’t bother giving it a second look. This show is one of the more “real” reality shows out there. Abby really dislikes most of the dance moms. This season Kelly (Brooke and Paige’s mom) actually attacked Abby at an open audition for “replacements” in NYC. Abby pressed charges and they recently went to court. It remains to be seen if Paige and Brooke are still on the show. Meanwhile, Nia is rapidly advancing her team rank with great performance.
Number 6: Real World EXplosion Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV
My obsession with reality TV began with the very first episode of the Real World. I love people watching and this was a great glimpse into the lives of people who were at the time in my age group, living I NYC. More than 20 years later, I can’t stop watching. This season the show returns to San Francisco with a twist. After the seven strangers move in and start hooking up, their exes arrive to move in to the house. There is a lesbian couple that didn’t really seem broken up in the first place. They should be fine. But the token hot head guy hooked up quickly with a brash blond as “friends with benefits” and neither of their exes is happy with the relationship. The exes arrive in the next episode, so it’s a good time to start watching.
Number 5: Hotel Impossible Mondays at 10 p.m. on The Travel Channel
Anthony Melchiorri, is a hotel fixer, who visits hotels in financial trouble and turns them around. He is a New Jersey Italian tough guy with a no nonsense approach to his hoteliers. There are often fights and tears and all sorts of obstacles to overcome. In one show, where Anthony was fixing up a Jersey hotel that suffered after hurricane Sandy, he actually walked away from a project after learning the guy was wealthy and did not need his help. Anthony does not play. The great thing about the show other than Anthony, is that they travel all over the world to work with hoteliers. It’s a travel show with a twist that you won’t be embarrassed to admit you watch.
Number 4: Are You the One? Tuesdays at 11 p.m. on MTV
I discovered this show through their commercials and thought it might be an interesting concept. It’s a little bit Real World and a little bit the Bachelor and it actually works. Ten guys and ten gals enter a house and live together (they currently sleep on one giant group of beds) while searching for true love. No wait, give me a chance to explain, prior to casting, the producers matched up ten couple who they felt were perfect matches for each other. The group must all find their perfect match in ten episodes (don’t worry you have only missed two). If they can all figure out their perfect match the group wins a million dollars. One couple bonded immediately and was selected to go to the truth booth at the end of the first show. One couple a week is chosen by the group to see if they are the right pair. So far the first two couples selected have been wrong. This means they must date someone else despite having feelings for another. If a couple goes into the truth booth and is a match they are sent to a honeymoon suite for the remainder of the show to fuck in peace. In order to win everyone must match up with their predetermined couple. It’s like ten arranged sex partners. Trust me, this is a good show!
Number 3: Under the Gunn Thursdays at 9 on Lifetime
Capitalizing on the success of the Project Runway franchise and everyone’s love for Tim Gunn, Lifetime has introduced a spin-off. This time, Tim is playing the part of Heidi Klum while Project Runway alumni Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos, take on Tim’s mentoring job. Each mentor has four designers who compete in the usual fashion. In the most recent episode, (episode 3) the designers have all been selected and are ready for the first challenge. While Anya and Mondo allow their designers to express themselves, Nick micromanages to the point that all of the dresses are essentially his designs. If you like Project Runway and Tim Gunn, it’s worth a watch. It’s better than All-Stars but not as good as the original.
Number 2: The Haves and The Have Nots Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on OWN
I have not really deviated that from my original view of this show here where I said it sucks. It does suck. So why is it number two on the list? Because I secretly have never stopped watching it. Sure the acting remains awful other than Crystal R. Fox (Hanna Young) and Tika Sumpter (Candace Young) the sets appear to be made of cardboard, the blocking is horrific and it looks like a high school stage play being filmed by an adoring parent, it’s addictive. Once you accept that it is a really bad night-time soap opera a la Dallas, it’s really a lot of fun. We have tragic deaths of children by a drug addicted son of a guy running for governor. The wanna be governor’s schizophrenic daughter is off her meds, living with the governors gold digging mistress while plotting to kill her law professor for raping her. And that’s just some of the problems. The show has officially crossed the line from God awful to “so bad it’s good.”
Number 1: Dangerous Grounds Tuesdays at 9 on The Travel Channel
Todd Carmichael travels the globe headed to dangerous locations in search of the number two commodity in the world, coffee beans. His second season just began and the first episode was intense. One of his clients is a chef whose restaurant focuses on local ingredients. Since no coffee is ground in the U.S. the closest Todd can get is Mexico. Todd heads to the state of Guerrero, Mexico. Acapulco is a lovely tourist resort there, but the mountains of Guerrero where the coffee bean he seeks are located is overrun with militia and drug lords and all sorts of bad guys. Todd feels pretty comfortable going with just him and his cameraman (Todd and the cameraman he calls Hollywood are often the only ones on the trip. Also several “Hollywoods” have quit.) because he has a contact who is going to help him arrive safely to the coffee farm. Problem is, his contact was murdered before he arrived. DANGEROUS GROUNDS! Next week Todd heads to Nepal.
Are you watching any of theses shows? Love em? Hate em? These are my dirty little secret shows! What are yours?