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Reality TV - Sin or Satisfaction?

Jeff Probst is the host of the reality TV series, Survivor.
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Omarosa, Paris, and Ozzy. If these names don't sound familiar, then you're clearly not watching enough reality TV. Ever since Survivor exploded onto TV screens just four short years ago, viewers have been pummeled with dozens of reality shows. From the instantly forgettable (does anybody still remember Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?) to the memorable and enduring (Survivor is closing in on its tenth season!), it's clear that reality TV is here to stay. Kidzworld presents a look at what's hot and what's not about reality TV, so keep reading!

What's Cool About Reality TV

Let's admit it, the best thing about reality shows is being able to watch normal people do things they would never do in real life. With American Idol, ordinary folks like Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson become superstars right before our eyes. Shows like Survivor or The Apprentice invite us to pick and choose who we want to root for (come on, nobody wanted to see Richard Hatch win on the first season of Survivor!), while shows like The Osbournes or Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica let us watch big celebrities do very stupid things. Of course, one of the biggest subjects on reality TV is love. Whether it's The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, or Joe Millionaire, there's plenty on the air for all you romantic types.

What's Lame About Reality TV

What's up with all the humiliation? If you've watched a lot of reality television, you know that a lot of these shows love embarrassing people. Pretty much every episode of Fear Factor involves contestants doing something totally gross, while even The Simple Life seemed to be making fun of all the locals that Paris and Nicole encountered. And who could forget The Littlest Groom, that Fox series that actually mocked dwarves? Just like your mom always says, there's a big difference between laughing at people and laughing with people! Just look at American Idol "star" (and we use the term very loosely) William Hung. He's got his own album out now, but does anybody actually like his music? Hardly!

Reality TV - Did U Know?

  • Survivor host Jeff Probst directed a movie called Finder's Fee in 2001, which starred Ryan Reynolds and Matthew Lillard.
  • American Idol hottie Ryan Seacrest was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.
  • Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey on Full House) and former member of New Kids on the Block Jordan Knight will be featured on the next installment of The Surreal Life.
  • Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, the woman everyone loves to hate from The Apprentice, has already been fired from her first job since doing the show.
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