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I’ve harped many times on this blog about reality shows like American Idol and how I can’t understand why people watch them. But it has a massive audience, so I guess I’m in the minority.
Last night, I saw a couple of minutes of a poker show. Apparently, people will now watch people play cards on television. This astounds me. Are there people so lazy that they are not willing to move their own wrists and play cards themselves, preferring instead to watch strangers do it? And they’re not even dogs.
I understand why these shows appeal to producers; there are no production costs other than the equipment they shoot with. No writers, no actors, no sound effects or even editing to speak of, just a pack of cards and a TV studio. Half of Hollywood’s on- and off-screen talent is out of work because of this kind of programming. And the vast majority of them aren’t wealthy stars, but just working stiffs like you and me.
Those of you who enjoy this kind of show are perhaps saying that if I really enjoyed playing poker I’d find it fun to watch others do so. Perhaps, but I enjoy lots of things – eating, riding a bike, reading – but I can’t see myself watching others do these things on TV. Even when you make a game of it, like those wretched eating contests, I am nonplussed. I’d almost rather be waterboarded than forced to watch gluttonous twits cramming hot dogs down their throats.