Some people are willing to do anything to get on television: admit they are drug addicts, hoarders or horrible mothers/wives/girlfriends who drink almost as much Chardonnay as they throw in their co-stars’ faces. And you know what? God bless them. If not for Go-Go juice and the future of diabetes paraded around for America to laugh and love and inwardly hate themselves for allowing this spectacle to go on, how else would we get our entertainment?
But you have to wonder where the line is for some of these desperate reality show types, who, after all, can only hope to become famous for being not-famous (i.e. for playing “themselves,” not-famous people, on television, where they will become famous and have to keep up the façade that they are still leading a normal life even if they were on Jimmy Kimmel the night before, since otherwise the whole illusion would be shattered and they would have to go back to being actually not famous, as opposed to constructed “reality” of non-famousness).
Which is all a long way of saying: how desperate do you have to be to go on a casting call whose main requirement is being too tired and/or busy to have sex?
If you have not seen The Onion’s latest spoof on Real World/Road Rules/Jersey Shore/any reality show that involves strangers being forced to fight under barbaric conditions (lack of food, overabundance of alcohol, constant camera crews, etc.), then you need to immediately go watch Sex House. Now in its second episode, Sex House plays with the reality TV convention before ramping it up to 11.
And then it gets dark. Real dark.
In the increasingly shameless game of New York city real estate, Michael Meier takes the cake for most grotesque publicity stunt to date. As part of his “Selling Higher with Michael Meier” video series—who needs reality T.V. when you have YouTube?—the broker decides to use a time old advertising technique to sell a Chelsea Loft: hot, nearly naked people!
Today over a long lunch at Caroline’s, actor/director/oversized advocate Kevin Smith discussed his new AMC reality show, Comic Book Men. The series, which focuses on Mr. Smith’s own New Jersey comic shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (as well as the kooky individuals who both work at and patronize the store), has been given a prime spot on the channel: directly after the zombie drama The Walking Dead.
After various mentions of how high he was, Mr. Smith took questions from the audience. The Observer enjoys a good comic book now and then, so we just had one question about the “reality” show…where were the female comic geeks?
Three years after a former contestant on one of Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition reality shows committed suicide, another one of the chefs berated onscreen by the abrasive, foul-mouthed British restauranteur has taken his own life. His body was found near the George Washington Bridge in Washington, D.C., says the New York Post, from police Read More
Jerry Della Femina wrote the 1970 memoir, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor, that inspired the creators of Mad Men (he also eats many lunches at Michael’s). Simon and Schuster has reissued the book to coincide with the show’s impending fourth season, and Katie Roiphe took the opportunity to Read More
Summer and reality television … they go together like picnic blankets and ants. On deck for this summer is a second season of Jersey Shore, more Real Housewives of Atlanta and even Wipeout, which basically revolves around couples running through the obstacle course from hell. Or, you know, just watch Japanese television. In honor of Read More
Season four winner Christian Siriano made the Crain’s list of “40 Under 40″ rising New York stars.
Crain’s says that the secret to his success is that he “quickly diversified” in the wake of the economic collapse, collaborating with the likes of LG Electronics, Victoria’s Secret, and Payless.
Siriano also credits his youth. Read More
Brooklyn Paper senior reporter Mike McLaughlin just got dumped — now he needs a new girlfriend and, more importantly, a new apartment.
Cue the cameras! Mr. McLaughlin will be chronicling his search for love and shelter in a new weekly video segment called "The Search."
"It’s a classic New York story," said his Read More
Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents may soon feel like they are living on the set of a reality TV show. The cast of the Apprentice-style MTV show starring 50 Cent is moving into a three-story, newly renovated loft building on the Greenpoint waterfront, a well-placed source has informed us.
The series will follow 16 aspiring Read More