Nope. I don't have a punch line to my title, but it felt appropriate since so many reality shows are in full swing this month. You may or may not watch them, but I find certain ones enthralling. Keep in mind, I'm a professional trainer, so human dynamics and team work are my bread and butter. And, as a writer, I study how people interact and think. It fascinates me!
First of all, there's Survivor. I don't think I've ever missed more than two episodes since the show first aired twenty-two seasons ago. I'm so glad I didn't miss the defeat of Russell, the ultimate bad guy, last night!
Then there is The Apprentice. I prefer the show without the celebrity cast, but it still fascinates me. Professionalism and business savvy require certain skills, and I often wonder how the candidates manage to get selected. Granted, we only see what the TV editors think will make for a good show. What hits the cutting room floor in any of these shows probably sheds truer light on the situations. Still, as a trainer, I get so many good ideas from this show, and I use them in my training classes. Even with the celebrity casts, I find nuggets to use. I haven't decided yet whether I'm glad Richard Hatch, the first ever winner of Survivor, is on this season, but it does make for interesting TV. I hated him in Survivor, and I'm pretty sure I won't like him on The Apprentice, either.
What else rounds out my reality likes? The Amazing Race and American Idol. I don't get into Dancing With the Stars or any of the other dance-related shows. I can't take the judge who adds her shrill squeals to her evaluations of the dancers. For a true confession, I did get sucked into The Bachelor this season. I don't typically watch it, but the publicity prior to this season intrigued me. Bring back a bachelor who didn't pick anyone last time? Hmm, interesting. To be honest, I've found Brad Womack a bit annoying this season, but thanks to Michelle, the show entertained me. Seriously ladies, this is NOT the way to meet your future spouse!
OK, so an Apprentice, a Survivor, and an American Idol walk into a bar? What's the punch line? Anybody?