I am addicted to reality TV. Well not all of it.
In my case, the main source of my affliction (and my enjoyment) is NBC’s The Biggest Loser.
I know I am not alone. Millions of people are tuning in each week, making this one of the most popular shows on TV.
But it goes beyond entertainment for me.
I actually feel like I am accomplishing something, each week as the contestants face difficult challenges and transform their bodies.
I know this is a bit absurd (especially as I often watch lying on my bed eating my dessert).
But I can’t stop watching and I get this perverse thrill at every successful weigh in.
Like I’m the one slimming down in front of America instead of 15 virtual strangers.
The only other reality show I have this kind of addiction to is American Idol. And I guess it’s driven by the same vicarious thrill…transformation.
I love seeing the contestants all raw talent (but little poise) during the auditions and Hollywood week..and then by the finale they are transformed into veritable super stars.
For me, I guess, reality TV is about putting myself in the shoes of people that I can identify with and watching them accomplish something I aspire to.
Which is why I don’t really understand the train wreck like appeal of other reality shows like the Jersey Shore or John and Kate Plus Eight.
What am I missing? This is a judgement free zone. I’d really like to hear from fans of other reality shows and understand what drives your interest, and perhaps your addiction.
That’s my point of view. What’s your twist?
Which reality TV shows are you hooked on?