Friday, February 17, 2006

Why Reality TV Rules

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. In the case of reality TV the truth is funnier and more entertaining than fiction. On tonight's Beauty and the Geek on the WB, a question in the final quiz for the beauties was "what do the letters GQ stand for in relation to the men's magazine". The girl, looking like she's guessing but still thinks that she may have an outside chance of being correct, answers, "men's fashion".

Now there have been some dumb characters written into TV shows- Joey Tribbiani, Homer Simpson, Michael Kelso, Emeril Lagasse, Gilligan, Donna Martin (graduates!), Phoebe Buffay, Balki Bartokomous, but no writer would ever think to make their character that stupid. The fact that it is completely unscripted just makes it even funnier. If the networks could write a sitcom with dialogue that funny instead of forcing stiff characters into cliched predictable seen-it-before situations (I'm looking at you Joey writers), they might have a hit. Until then reality will continue to rule. Bam!
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