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.
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.