Hello Friends. Thought I’d drop a mid week post on you that may become a regular depending on how it’s received by all of you. The current shows, I’m recapping are going to end in a month so I’m looking for something else to speak on here that hopefully, we can all relate to and enjoy, without having to think too much about it. It won’t always be the same shows I’m talking about, just whatever faux-ality I’ve happened to watch recently.
I encourage you to continue commenting on Empress’s John Edwards blog, it’s an interesting subject. The link should be at the top left of this page that will take you back to it.
Last week I introduced you to the cast on TruTv’s Hardcore Pawn. This week was more of the same craziness. I have to admit that if it were not for the crazy, I wouldn’t watch the show. I mean, I like seeing these ‘clients’ get bum rushed out of the store, talking smack all the way out, and continuing in the parking lot. Last nights’ crazy revolved around other ‘dealers’ trying to poach AJ&P’s customers. There are signs on lamp posts all over the city of Detroit and surrounding areas from people stating they will give cash, for your pawn tickets. While there is nothing illegal about this, other than posting the signs where they do, it’s improper to try and do it in another dealer’s parking lot or on the public street in front of his store. The way this works is people sell their pawn tickets for pennies on the dollar, the buyer will redeem the item from the pawn shop and then resell the item at a profit. People pawn things for all sorts of reasons from cash to pay bills to cash to feed their habits (gambling, drugs, etc). On a side note here, at least on screen, if the crew at AJ&P believes an item is being sold or pawned to pay for drugs, the ‘client’ is escorted out of the store (because they usually refuse to leave without the money). I might be talking smack about all the people who watch these shows but I’m one of them. I watch TV to be entertained. The idea that these shows actually entertain me, sometimes disappoints me, but I watch none the less and will continue to watch. Same reasons I guess, that I still watch some of the HW shows. I enjoy the trash, even if I cringe at it.
Those of you who have TruTv on your cable probably know this is the network with the a lot of Faux-Ality programming mixed in with some real stuff (thank you once again, Lisa Renee). During the early day hours, it is more court TV rather than shows. When allowed, cameras in the court room showing the trial of a hot topic defendant or subject (Casey Anthony for example). Only instead of the C-Span type just place the camera and let it roll, TruTV offers talking head commentary from various people like the cable news shows do.
Back to faux-ality.. One of the seemingly most popular type shows on this network are the repossession type shows. Such as Operation Repo. Yep, I watch that one too. This, if you’re interested in checking it out, is definitely a show for the DVR. It seems that every 3 minutes, there’s a 4 minute commercial break. The show revolves around another family run business. This time in the LA California area. The characters are, Lou (the owner), his sister Sonja, his daughter Lyndah, Sonja’s ex hubby, Froy, and the outsider, Matt. Lou is apparently an ex Marine and if that’s what he says he is, so be it. I don’t see the Marine in him though. It looks like since he got out of the service, he’s been enjoying too many tacos and bean dip. Sonja, to look at her, is a bit frightening to me but she cracks me up. Lyndah, is a beautiful young woman, but seems a bit entitled as the boss’s daughter. I guess rightfully so. Froy, is the level headed one on the crew. He just wants to do his job and we never see him raising his voice to anyone. That leaves, Matt. The hot headed enforcer / protector. Don’t piss this guy off. You’ll end up on the ground in a stranglehold. I’ve only seen one get the best of him 1 on 1 the entire time I’ve watched this show. I’ve seen him tazed, hit with a baseball bat, and he and Froy get the living shit kicked out of them by a motorcycle club when they tried to repo a motorcycle.
Now remember what I said Last week about these fauxality shows. These people, in order to be shown, have to sign releases. We ride along with the repo crew as they go out on calls, sometimes to the nuttiest of places. We’ve seen people get caught cheating in hotel rooms, gangsters, girlfriends telling where to find the vehicles up for reposession after being jilted by their BFs or even husbands and visa versa. Then there are the Real crazy’s. The nuts however are rarely the actual registered owner of the car. They are always some bystander or ‘friend(s)’ of the registered owner. They always act like complete boobs and yet, Sign that release to be shown on TV, looking like real fools.
So friends, with that synopsis, I invite you to DVR it on Monday Nights (new night for the show) if you like your trash TV completely mindless but still filled with drama.
On a not so Fauxality note, I had thought perhaps about recapping shows like 16 and pregnant and it’s spinoff, Teen Mom. I just can’t do it however. I mentioned it because I see my DVR is still recording it (have to remedy that). It just kind of saddens me that this show is in it’s 6th (I think) season and all I can picture is these girls lined up around the block at MTV to get on a television show. I can’t put it out of my mind that Some of them, purposely got themselves preggers just in hopes of getting on a ‘reality’ show. Not all of them, mistakes happen but, Some of them. If I talk about Any MTV show when it comes back, it’ll be their Challenges. A show where there is plenty of debauchery and fighting for anyone who wants to see it. In addition though are the challenges these people face and go through to stay in the game and win cash. Absolutely insane.
I doubt I’ll have much to say about it but for you fans of Survivor past seasons, Russel Hantz is doing a house flip show on A&E. Consult your listings if you want to check it out.
I am going to take this opportunity to publicly, if I haven’t already, thank Empress for giving me the space to speak my reality show mind on her blog site.
Til next time friends,