Happy Wednesday friends. I think this is going to be my last post on a Wednesday for this feature. Looking at the numbers there just isn’t very much interest in it. Probably due to the shows I’m writing about here. At least I hope that’s all it is. I am not too surprised by it. The thing that brought most people together in the beginning, including myself, was the housewives shows and particularly, at least in my case, the love to hate JZ. That is after all how I found all of you. So you can either thank JZ for that or kick her in the teeth for it. I’ll leave that to you 😉
My original intent for this feature was to talk about shows that are shown on networks, primarily, Non Bravo networks but still, ‘unscripted’ programming. Programming that at best, is a re-enactment of something that May have happened but with the usual made for TV embellishments. These shows typically revolve around some sort of family business so they always include a little bit of drama along with the day to day operations of the business. They’re all the same in that way and as such are somewhat predictable. Once in awhile, there will be a twist that no one, or at least me, saw coming. Truthfully though, many of these shows are forgettable to me so I forget to record them. If you know me by now, you know I don’t watch Anything in real time. I Hate commercials and enjoy the ability to skip past them with a couple button presses on the remote.
Yesterday, in response to a poster, Empress laid out the plot for each episode remaining this season for RHONJ. As much of a joke as I’m sure she meant it to be, it was also fact, I’m certain of that. One of the shows I’ve been talking about is Hardcore Pawn. Even that, is very predictable. Baby Seth bashes his sister, Ashley, She bashes him, they tell each other to eff off, Les tries to make them work together. Mixed up in all of that, some asshole brings something in and demands money for it resulting in their ejection from the store. The End. Even with the ‘normal’ clients, staged for the cameras. Hence, FauxAlity (thank you once again Lisa Renee).
Then we have the Repo company programs. Operation Repo, South Beach Tow (which I’ll talk about below), Lizard Lick, and the like. We see things on these shows that would land a normal citizen in a prison cell. Last time I checked for instance, it’s illegal to fire a gun at somebody under any circumstance. If a person is Going to fire a gun at somebody, it better be to protect his/her own life or someone is going to jail. I would think that firing explosives, like fireworks at somebody would fall in a similar category. FauxAlity. Bottom line is though, People don’t seem too interested in talking about these programs. Perhaps because they Are so ridiculous. So from this point forward, I’ll be moving this feature to Saturday when there are no Bravo type shows to be reviewed and it will be whatever is in my normally empty head that I talk about.
Here’s a show for today.. South Beach Tow. Another family run business with an eclectic cast of characters. The business is run by Robert and his two kids are with him. The repo footage on this show is somewhat believable. The company’s primary focus though is to tow vehicles from where they aren’t supposed to be parked. I mentioned above, Twists. Rob, had hired a driver (Perez) that for some reason, Robbie, his son, hated. Didn’t trust him. It turns out that this guy was dating Robert’s daughter, Christie, with his permission. That isn’t all that was going on though. It also turns out that Perez, was helping the competition steal Robert’s tow contracts, apparently with Christie’s knowledge. The last episode ended with Christie walking out on South Beach Tow, With Perez. Is it real or is it made for TV? The best part of that show for me is Bernice. One of the drivers who absolutely in no uncertain terms doesn’t take shit from Anybody. Even with her footage though, a lot of it is simply staged. Has to be.
Another show I’ve been talking about is American Chopper- Jr vs Sr. This show ends its season this coming Monday. Mikey is leaving the show, he says 100% certain of that. A couple weeks ago, Sr and Jr met privately to discuss what kind of relationship they would have in the future. Apparently, the two saw the results of that meet differently so next week, Jr will go To OCC to talk to his father face to face, with the cameras turned On. The reasoning as I get it, is to have a video record about who said what. Jr wants to whole Sr vs Jr thing done. He’s finished with it he says. I don’t know about everybody else but if it weren’t for the conflict between the two, I would have lost interest in the show years ago. I don’t think this really fits with FauxAlity because I know this feud is real. The motorcycles the two of them build, are real and for real clients. Michael in the heyday added levity to the show but as far as I’m concerned, with him leaving, and this feud ending one way or another, there really isn’t a point to the show anymore. Just like Empress laid out the season of RHONJ, I can lay out the American Chopper show as it would exist without the Sr vs Jr conflicts and Mikey’s contribution. OCC builds a motorcycle for client X. PJD builds one for Client Y. Both present or unveil their projects to the clients. The clients love them. The End. I don’t see it lasting another season if that’s all they have to offer.
Of interest perhaps to you SAMCRO fans, Kurt Sutter has a new show on Discovery. Outlaw Empires. Our DesignDiva pointed this out to me. the show airs Monday nights at 10pm. The show revolves around Kurt’s research into criminal empires. Apparently he’s been compiling this information for years from the people who are/were actually There. Sutter narrates the show as he takes us through the history of these criminal empires. This week’s show focused on the Crips. From beginning to now. Like most gangs, this group has spread like a bad plague and was Really thrust into national and even worldwide attention during the 1992 LA Riots. Apparently this group started around 1972 and was begun for self preservation in the violent neighborhoods. Unfortunately (My observation) these groups have become the source of the violence they once sought to protect themselves from. Perhaps they always were. Even within the gang(s) there are too many different groups or sets as they call them. No central leadership and as such, will never be taken apart. It’s an interesting show if you’re into that sort of thing.
That’s about it for this week’s FauxAlity Wednesday. Have a great rest of the week.