Love the Ducks by Tara Randel

I was surfing the Web the other day and saw an announcement for the casting of a new season of Dancing With the Stars. I have to admit, I’ve never watched an episode of the show. My mother loves to keep me informed, but I still don’t tune in. I’m more of a Voice girl, since I get a kick out of Blake Shelton. And I’m a singer, so I’m drawn to the musical talent. Not American Idol though. I watched a few of the early episodes and wasn’t impressed so I never continued watching. 

After reading the big deal made over the new cast of DWTS, I couldn’t help but think about all the different types of reality shows available on network television, as well as cable. My daughter used to love watching any of the Housewives, didn’t matter which city. I could never figure out the appeal. My husband likes any of the outdoorsmen/critter catching shows. Or anything to do with car restorations. Add in Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, American Pickers and any other show with people collecting stuff. He even went so far as finding a local company that does storage auctions in our area and went along to see what the fuss was all about. He has enough stuff at home so I encouraged him not to buy. Thankfully none of the storage units were interesting enough for him to part with his money.

When I think about my reality show choices I chuckle at the diversity. I watch Pawn Stars too, but also enjoy Project Runway, house projects on HGTV and yes, occasionally entertainment shows on E!. But my new favorite is the most unlikely show of all.

Duck Dynasty.

Yep. I simply love the Robertson family. I love rags to riches stories. People who accomplish much because they have drive and ambition. (To be an author you have to have those same qualities.) The Robertson’s make me laugh. Most importantly, their love for one another, and their faith, shines through each episode, no matter what kind of mischief they get into. Why can’t we have more television shows that feature functional families? I would say because viewers aren’t interested unless there’s all kind of self-absorbed drama going on, but Duck Dynasty has one of the highest ratings for cable television, so people are watching.  Which is good for fans of the show because they’ll keep taping.

BTW, the books about the Robertson family are good too. Just a tidbit for all the readers out there.  

So it seems there are reality shows for every type of viewer. What kind do you watch? Share your favorite show to be entered in a contest to win my book, Orange Blossom Brides. The winner will be announced tomorrow.


  1. Like you, I love rags to riches, but I want to read it, not watch it! :-)

  2. My husband and I love Faceoff, heroes of cosplay and beauty and the geek, as well as the profit:)

  3. I've watched every season of Dancing With The Stars. I also like The Voice, but I'm not as religious about watching that. Have to admit I just don't see the appeal in most other reality shows which I hope are not reality but made up for shock value on TV. Really dislike the cat-fighting housewives.

  4. Generally, I don't like reality shows, though I've found two exceptions this year. I like - now I'm going to blow the name - I think it's Secret Millionaire. It's about a wealthy person who goes to a poor neighborhood undercover and looks for non-profits and other good places to leave money. And The Long Island Medium. She has teased hair, a broad Brooklyn accent, connects with the departed, and seems to be able to assure the family member that their loved one is happy and still loves them. She cares, and I like that.

  5. I started watching DWTS in the third or fourth season. My sister loved it so much that I finally started watching it. It gives us something to talk about other than her kids and grand kids. (Not that I don't like talking about them as well) Other than the award shows, I don't watch any other television shows. I think I love seeing the outfits in both DWTS and the award shows.

  6. I'll just come out and admit it! I'm a reality TV addict. I watch Project Runway, Million Dollar Listing, Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice... phew! Okay. The first step is admitting I have a problem, right? lol. I haven't tried the Duck Dynasty but I will now. I love a rags to riches story and the picture you posted of the family already intrigues me. Thanks for fueling my habit, Tara- haha.

  7. I've never seen DWTS, but I love Pawn Stars and American Pickers. I loved Dirty Jobs and wish Mike Rowe were still on the telly. I can totally live without the Kardashians. And I'm glad Paris Hilton no longer dominates my PEOPLE magazine. But, PEOPLE has really sunk low these last few years. I used to read it faithfully, but now I can let months go between reading it and not.

    I'm loving Kate's baby.

  8. Thanks for all the great posts. And congrats to the winner...Jen!


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