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« Reply #60 on: June 30, 2004, 02:41:17 PM »
Depends on what you mean by "before". I think Survivor was the first major reality show here in the States... up until then I think the closest you got was trashy talk shows.

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« Reply #61 on: June 30, 2004, 02:57:44 PM »
I've heard arguements that Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right...the game shows really, were the reality TV shows before the "new" reality shows came around.
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« Reply #62 on: June 30, 2004, 04:08:48 PM »
ok ignore before. What do you class as "real" shows?
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« Reply #63 on: June 30, 2004, 04:43:58 PM »
Ahh, I'm sorry, I misunderstood your misunderstanding. ;P

I mostly meant, well, fictional shows. You know, sitcoms, SF, dramas, etc. TV shows that tell a scripted story, rather than TV shows that serve as a backdrop for the story being made by people making asses out of themselves.

Either that, or shows that involve real people but actually have some kind of redeeming value, such as some of the remodelling shows, or competitions of "true" skill (like Junkyard Wars or Battlebots or many game shows, etc.), or "This Old House"-type things or documentaries or whatever. Actually, I kind of liked "The Amazing Race"... at least it required some actual talents to compete.

Basically anything other than yahoos getting their fifteen minutes of fame without doing anything of "value". :P

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« Reply #64 on: June 30, 2004, 05:15:08 PM »
Jeysie! Thankyou for clarifying what I was trying to say all along... ;)

Personally, I have watched a lot of episodes of "This Old House" and "Junkyard Wars", I wouldn't class those os reality TV, more DIY... Sounds like you have some decent taste in TV Viewing!  ;B

But yes, More of that, and Less retards on TV!

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« Reply #65 on: June 30, 2004, 05:20:20 PM »
Sounds like you have some decent taste in TV Viewing!  ;B

Well, hopefully you consider a staple diet of science fiction, stuff like Whose Line is it Anyway? and The Daily Show, and stand-up comedy with an occasional dash of quirky game shows and competitions to be "decent taste". ;)

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« Reply #66 on: June 30, 2004, 05:27:25 PM »
I LOVE Who's Line!  I never get to watch it anymore, but I love it!  Although, I'm beginning to wonder if it's scripted... :(

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« Reply #67 on: June 30, 2004, 05:33:21 PM »
For what it's worth, Colin and Brad showed a good deal of improv prowess at their live show!

For more what it's worth, Harrison took me to a lot of improv shows when he was in college, and I've seen a lot of improvers manage to pull some seriously funny things entirely out of their butts.

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« Reply #68 on: June 30, 2004, 05:40:14 PM »
I haven't been able to see live improv...but from what I hear from those who have seen them (and as you just said)...it's hilarious!  My brother knew someone in high school who was awesome at it.  Not anything I could pull off!

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« Reply #69 on: June 30, 2004, 05:48:41 PM »
Hmm. Several of the colleges in my area have troupes, and Harrison was the soundman for one of the ones at his college, so that's where I saw almost all of the shows I went to. (They'd sometimes have all-day Improv Olympics where a couple dozen of the troupes would gather at UMass to perform... oh, wow, was that a blast!) Maybe your college might have a troupe or two? (Of course, maybe college improv is more a New England thing than a TN thing... :P )

Alternatively, they have a Comedy Mystery Murder Theater Troupe here which, while more scripted, still has an improv feel to it... maybe you have something like that, too. Look around, there must be at least a few nutty improvers in your area! ;D

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« Reply #70 on: July 01, 2004, 01:00:10 PM »
If BB is the only reality show you have in the UK, then no wonder you're so blase about it. I dunno about Grundy's neck of the woods, but here we have something like a dozen different reality shows, at least. :P It's definitely crowding out other types of shows a bit.

And yes, there is value in making someone laugh... however, there is a difference between pretending to be idiotic to make someone laugh... and actually *being* idiotic. Kind of the difference between laughing *with* someone and laughing *at* someone. :P

There's also something to be said about entertainment that doesn't glorify being an idiot. (IMHO the better things that involve people pretending to be an idiot are those intended as a way to poke satire and parody at said idiocy, not ones meant to just be their own purpose.)

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« Reply #71 on: July 01, 2004, 09:42:41 PM »
There are Dozens of reality shows here... I guess that's because there's so many 12 year old girls...   ;P

There are Australian Survivor series, BB, Pop-Start, Idol... well, all the big ones, there are Australian versions too.

I think the most popular ones here right now are DIY sort of shows. Like "The Block", where an empty apartment is renovated and at the end of the show, goes on auction to the public.
In the end, I'd rather watch good fiction! Or atleast something more intelligent than 'reality'.
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« Reply #72 on: July 02, 2004, 08:38:39 AM »
Ohhhh well we have a few of those types of reality shows too, but then it depends on where you draw the line for reality TV. Would you class ground force as reality TV? (for those who dont get it its when some gardeners do a massive rennovation of peoples gardens while they are away then suprise them when they get back)
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« Reply #73 on: July 02, 2004, 09:53:57 AM »
Heh, my sister loves all those gardening/redecorating/ambush makeover shows.  ::)
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« Reply #74 on: July 03, 2004, 12:25:23 PM »
There are Dozens of reality shows here... I guess that's because there's so many 12 year old girls...   ;P
Actually i think its more 16 to 18 year old girls :P

But Yeah we get alot of Reality crap in Australia and not many of us like it (except 16 to 18 year old girls :P) :suffer:
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« Reply #75 on: July 03, 2004, 06:38:18 PM »
There are Dozens of reality shows here... I guess that's because there's so many 12 year old girls...   ;P
Actually i think its more 16 to 18 year old girls :P

But Yeah we get alot of Reality crap in Australia and not many of us like it (except 16 to 18 year old girls :P) :suffer:

Oh so true....

My sister ( 18 ) watches BB...  as long as she's watching it in her room, then none of us care, if she sticks it on in the loungeroom, we all smash her head in.   :suffer:
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« Reply #76 on: July 05, 2004, 09:33:30 AM »
Luckily my sister doesnt watch it ;D, she thinks its crap :suffer: ;)
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« Reply #77 on: December 28, 2004, 04:52:28 PM »
We've just our annual portion of Idiot(2004) (actually it's called 'Idol' but that just shows you how I think about it), and the most important lesson I learned about that, whilst not watching it, was that the contestant with the largest fan-base won the final, while the best singer was only third. :-X
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« Reply #78 on: June 29, 2005, 05:58:55 PM »
My girlfriend likes reality shows... >.<

I'm gonna have to learn to deal... but at least a couple aren't too bad...
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