Whew it's been ages since I did one of these. I am still a reality TV watching fool, I just don't post about it like I used to. But I miss our discussions!

The first thing that's been on my mind, thanks to The Real World: Brooklyn, is the fact that our country has been at war for 7 and a half years. According to my in-house military contact we had people on the ground in Afghanistan by September 13, 2001. So that's just over 7 years and 6 months. Almost twice as long as we were at war for WWII. About half the time we were in Vietnam. That's a lot of soldiers to put through the ringer. And what this war does to our soldiers is hard to ignore. Allen got lucky, I know that and I thank God for it. There are so many out there who didn't. Anyone watching the Real World this season that didn't know it before is getting a look at it now. Ryan, one of the castmates, is a Veteran of Iraq and from the past two episodes is either back in Iraq or in training to go. He's obviously suffering from PTSD. He's trying to cope, but you can tell. It really became obvious to me when he was sitting on his bed talking with one of the girls after he found out one of his friends from the Army had committed suicide. Ryan kept playing the same chords on the guitar, rapidly going "I'm fine. I'm fine." No, honey, you're NOT fine and it's evident! Ryan is the third soldier MTV has cast on a show and ALL of them are veterans of that war and ALL of them have some sort of PTSD. Rachel from Austin had a hard time not losing her stuffings on both shows she's been on so far. Dan the Marine was fine on his Road Rules season, but on the Island he stayed drunk the whole time. Even for that party atomosphere, that was excessive (and as an aside, on an island where they supposedly had no power, how did they have such bright lights and were they drinking WARM beer and liquor????) So, yeah, you've got Rachel who had no control over her emotions, Dan drinking his life away and now Ryan with his wall and his dark movies. That's what's happening to our soldiers coming home. It's scary. This country became famous for how well we cared for our soldiers. I fear they're not getting the same benefits anymore. And yeah, part of that fear is very personal and a little selfish. I'm married to one of those veterans. He's a decorated veteran of a foreign war. Will he be treated accordingly as he gets older? We'll see.....
As for the rest of this season's Real World.... It has been interesting watching Katelynn's journey. She was still recovering from her surgery when she moved in. Kinda like a baby colt or something. I like her, for the most part, but she does have her moments. Like the cleaning thing. I admit, I'm not the neatest person, but good lord, I wash my dishes. Anyway.... She seems pretty cool. Actually, I pretty much like the cast, except for Chet and JD. They're a pair of asses and it's hard to say which is a bigger jerk! Honestly, Chet is one of the most judgemental people I've ever seen. And he sounds off about things that do NOT concern him in the least. "If I were Scott, I'd demand that money back from Katelynn. I'd be angry that I loaned her money and now she's gambling it away." Okay, first of all, Scott GAVE Katelynn the money. She is the one who said she planned on paying it back. It was given as a gift, and therefore, Scott may not LIKE what she did with it, but he GAVE it to her. And two, Chet, NO ONE ASKED YOU. Also "Devyn shouldn't be dating two guys at once." What business is it of yours? You're not one of the guys! I personally think if Chet had not been in the house, there would have been a lot less tension between the "sexes" in the house. Also, Chet is obnoxious to the people he interviews. I'd hate to be interviewed by him for a show. Of course, with my luck, if I ever get famous, Chet will be one of my people I have to talk to and he will probably have found this blog while researching me. So, Chet, if you ever read this, I hope you've grown up since your stint on the Real World. Because you were pretty UN-Christian on that show. And as for JD, he's a real Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde. He gets drunk and trashes his roommates to their faces and tells their secrets to other housemates? I hold the philosophy that our true feelings come out when we're drunk. JD is mister sweet and sensitive when sober, when drunk his manipulative conniving side comes out. Of course, after a few binges, he dropped the act. The whole thing with the rat? What a terrible thing to do. That's not funny. That's just cruel. Cruel to the animal and to the roommates. And they just let him throw tantrums where he breaks things? In other houses, when people act like that, they send them to a hotel for the night. Anyway, I haven't seen the last episode or the reunion yet, but it's been an interesting season.

Top Model has been interesting to watch. Tyra is so crazy. Crazy as in Joan Crawford crazy, except I don't think she's beating the models with wire coathangers. Well, not literally. No, her words are her wire coathangers. And riddle me this friends, why have the three girls from Africa that have been contestants on this show been the biggest bitches on the show? Seriously, Nneena was terrible, although she hid it when she started. Fatima was just awful, at least from the gate. I think she got a little better as the show went on. But this Sondra girl is just.... a real piece of work and not in a good way. She pushes peoples buttons. Some of them realize it, other haven't and it cost them. Of course, Sondra's performance has been lackluster lately, so maybe she won't stick around too long. So far, my favorites are Aminat, Tahlia, London (how could you NOT love a street preacher?), Fo and Tiana. I liked Celia until she pulled the little "Tyra, it's not fair, Tahlia said all week she wanted to go home" thing. The judges obviously hadn't heard about it and so it looked like Celia was doing it out of jealousy, even though it was true. It wasn't brought up before the judges made their decision, so it made Celia look bad and probably caused tension in the house. I haven't watched last night's episode yet (I love my DVR) but I know it was probably chock full of cat fights. My favorite discussion blog is Four Four. Google him and prepare to laugh!

Survivor has been it's same old dramafied self. Honestly, I don't think I could ever do that show because 1) I love the conveniences of A/C, a modern bathroom and my washer and dryer. I could probably handle the foods, but not the other "roughing it" crap. And B) the people would made me totally lose my stuffings. I am a lot better than I used to be, but I still get frustrated by difficult people. My anger management issues would probably re-surface full force the first time Coach went all condescending on me. Seriously, the challenge on that show is not killing a tribe-mate. Starting out, my favorites were Taj, JD and Jerry. Poor Jerry got sick and was voted out. Too bad, he's a soldier, so I bet he knew a trick or two about surviving. As the show has gone on, I've come to like Sierra more. I think she's a good person. I still dig Taj and JD. I just wish they didn't seem to be at odds! It's going to be interesting to see how the rest of this season plays out.
Oh, and Deborah the Principal? Totally crushing on Tyson the Mormon. Here's another aside, what's up with the Mormons on reality TV these days? Although if I had to choose, I'd take Tyson over Chet any day. As long as he promised to keep his clothes on. And who else's gaydar has been pinging with him?

One of my favorite reality shows is The Amazing Race because I think it's one of the most intelligent ones they've come up with. I'd love to do that show, because I'm pretty sure they get showers and the use of washers and dryers on the pit stops! And I'd love to see the world. I think if I could conquer my emotions, Allen and I would be a great team. Anyway.... we'll see what happens with this Curves thing. ;) As for this season's cast, of the teams left, my favorite is probably the sisters, Kisha and Jen. I also like Tammy and Victor and the brothers, Mike and Mark. I liked Luke and Margie until the whole yield thing. That was completely unneccessary. They didn't do it to save themselves. They did it for the rude redheads. And I don't think the RRs would do it for them! That one redhead, I just want to smack her. How dare she treat the natives like she does in their country? Thanks for reinforcing all the "Rude American" stereotypes. I can't wait for them to be eliminated. I can only hope it comes soon. I also liked the dad and son and the flight attendants. I was sorry to see them go. What I loved about Mike and Mel was how much of a team they became. I really loved Mike on the leg when they came in first. He held his dad's hand when they ran up the hill to the Pit Stop mat. It was nice to see him be so respectful and loving. Anyway, go sibling teams!!!!

I've been watching the TVLand show High School Reunion this season. I didn't watch the last one (that was the first one, no?) but I caught the first episode one Saturday night (cause broke couples like us don't go out, we stay at home and take advantage of the cable TV we pay for) and got hooked. It's been interesting to see. I wonder how it'd been to have a high school reunion with my class. I've found several of them on Facebook (and some on myspace in the past few years - before the FB craze) and it's been cool to reconnect. I wonder if I'd even be chosen for the show? I don't know. Heh, like my school would ever be selected. Anyway, it's interesting to see how people in their late 30s can still act like teenagers fresh off the school bus. I'm actually three episodes behind, but there is a marathon Saturday and I've set the TV to record the episodes so by Sunday, I'll be all caught up. I do think Tom and Kara are still in love and it'd be nice to see them reunite. I also hope Maricela and Scott can work out their issues, because they're a cute couple.

Now on to the BEST show: Dancing with the Stars!!!!! I've been a lover of the show for several years now, but this season has been even more personal because Steve-O is on there! For those of you that don't know, my sister-in-law and good friend Jennifer is good friends with Steve and lives in Hollywood. She was his personal assistant for a year. She and Steve are like siblings and so it's been like watching a family member on TV. He got her tickets for every episode and it's been so cool to see her in the crowd cheering him on! I've been so proud of him. He's been sober for just over a year and he looks so healthy and amazing. I'm so happy he's stayed in as long as he has and I hope this week he's able to overcome the injuries that plagued him the first couple of weeks and also his nerves. It's great to see him and I think each week he stays in is another stomp in the face of his addiction. He does have talent and I think he'll get better, now that he knows he can make it through a routine without missing a step. He's getting there. If you're watching, please toss a vote or two his way! My other favorite is Ty Murray, the bullrider. I have a soft spot for cowboys ANYWAY, but Ty has shown that he is a good dancer. I hope he makes it to the final four. I actually get teary when he does well, because it moves me so much. Steve and Ty get all my votes. :) I think Gilles is an amazing dancer, though, and I think the trophy might be his to lose.
Shawn and Melissa are both good, but Shawn has her age and her "gymnast hands" to overcome. Melissa might be the contender that can swipe the trophy if Gilles isn't looking. Imagine how good she'd've been that first night if she had had the full four weeks to train. She went out and got second place with TWO DAYS worth of practice time. Wow. So I've enjoyed watching her. Surprisingly, I also have enjoyed Lil'Kim. She is very good. The other night, I was watching her and Derek's Argentine Tango and there were several moments where I just said "Wow, that's pretty!" It was just so nice to watch! I almost like her.
The one thing that I just can't STAND, though, is the Chuck-Julianne situation. Julianne had said she was taking a break from the show at the end of last season. And then she comes back dancing with her real life boyfriend? That is MESSED UP on so many levels. First of all, they didn't have the chemistry challenge the other couples face. They know they have chemistry because they're dating. Imagine how tough it has been for Shawn to have that chemistry with Mark. She's still so young. But then Julianne and Chuck already have it. And then there is Chuck's attitude of "dancing isn't manly." Oh really? Have you MET Maksim or did you just drift along beside him. Maks EXUDES manhood. So does Tony and Jonathan and Alec. You don't see Lawrence and Ty, two total tough guys if there ever were any, bitching about how it doesn't make them look manly! And honestly, Chuck wasn't that manly to begin with. Really, eliminate him and set him adrift with the RRs from the Amazing Race!!! Anyway, my final four prediction is Gilles, Shawn and Melissa with either Kim, DAG or Ty. Although I'd love it to be Gilles, Melissa, Steve and Ty. Well, actually, honestly, Melissa and Shawn are interchangeable to me. I think the finale will be Gilles and one of the girls, although I'd love it to be Steve and Ty! I don't know if Steve can get it together for that, though. His injuries set him back. :( But I think Ty has a real shot at it! We'll see! PLEASE VOTE for Steve and Ty! :)

Oh, and shows that are coming soon that I'm looking forward to: Pretty Wicked on Oxygen Network. Mia Tyler is involved with this and I'm eager to see it. The first episode already aired. I have it on my beloved DVR. And they're running repeats all weekend. Basically, it's a Top Model style show, but it's about who has the most INNER BEAUTY. Caridee from ANTM Cycle 7 is the host. Deadliest Catch is back on Tuesday April 14th on Discovery Channel. I'm excited! I love those Alaskan Crabmen! I can't wait to find out how Capn Phil is and see the Time Bandit crew again!!!! Set your DVRs!!!! :) Also, a new RW/RR Challenge is coming up! That starts next week!!! I'm excited because RUTHIE is going to be on it. Ruthie is my GIRL! She was on RW Hawaii and I cannot WAIT to see her in action again. I hope she does well on this show and shows all the newbies a thing or two. Also, Mr "I'm retired from the Challenges" Mark Long is back. We'll see how he fares. Better watch it Mark, you might become the next Beth. By the way, that RR stands for Road Rules, not to be confused with the Rude Redheads from The Race.

Whew, my fingers are tired. :)
It's been a month or so since I posted one of these, so I figure I'm due! :) There's some gooooooooood stuff that's been happening and I just HAVE to dish!!!

A few weeks ago, it was bad for my favorites.... First off, Steve Gutenberg got kicked off Dancing with the Stars. Then the next night, Claire got eliminated on Top Model. And THEN, Amie got voted out on Survivor. GAH! And I bet THAT decision is coming back to haunt some people!!!

There's some new shows out that are good. And an old favorite is back. :) So let's get started.... ;)

Dancing with the Stars got sad for me when the Gut was kicked off before Adam Carolla. I didn't find Adam offensive, but he wasn't a good dancer, so he didn't deserve to stay over the Gut. Finally, though, HE went. But then it got bad... Priscilla went. And then MARLEE went. That just made me so sad. I loved Marlee and thought she was such an inspiration. It's just sad that she had two bad weeks in a row. I think had she gotten back to ballroom dances, she would have been back on top. :( I am so happy she was on the show. She's definitely a role model for anyone who is struggling out there. My favorite is Marissa, I think she's adorable and so fun. I also like Jason. Actually, I like most of the rest of them, except Cristian. And something about Mario bothers me, but he is a good dancer. So if he won, I'd be disappointed that my favorite didn't, but it'd be okay. Kristi, though, is the front runner. She's such a joy to watch, because she's so good! There are, of course, some people who think that because she was a figure skater she has an unfair advantage, but I don't agree with that. Yeah, if she'd been an ICE DANCER, then it'd be unfair, but she wasn't. So Kristi shouldn't be on the show because she has a good work ethic? I also don't think Derek and Shannon are horrible people because he spoke out of frustration this past week. Half the people online think he was out of like and insulting toward the other dancers. I completely disagree. He was upset because the judges were scoring inconsistantly. It's not fair to blast Shannon for something, but then they're giving out nines and tens to people that are stumbling or not technically deserving of the scores. Could he have been more tactful? Sure. But he's human and I happen to agree with him. I think Shannon has a lot of talent and I can't wait to see what she does this next week. :)

Top Model has been crazy. I think they were nuts to kick Claire off, but they finally rectified that this past week. Seriously, though, she was FIERCE! But, of course, TyTy and co can't let a baby momma win! What I can't understand is why Lauren NEVER got much crap for her failure to improve her walk. In the past, a girl with a walk as atrocious as hers would have been lamblasted! And they were just sort of ho-hum about it. What the hell? And she NEVER practiced. So I'm glad she finally was eliminated. I don't think she was Cover Girl material. She can take some great pictures, but she wasn't, overall, the best all-around model. Plus she cussed during the comercial!!! She dropped the F-bomb! Of the girls left, I think Dom, Anya or Kata deserve to win. Fatima is okay, she's gotten better. Whitney is a right bitch and it'd bug me to high heaven if SHE won. She's pretty, but she's a terrible person on the inside. Cover Girls are supposed to be sweet and not back-stabbing.

Survivor has been one blind-side after another this season. I do think it's hilarious that Penner was right and now it's coming back to haunt people that they didn't listen to him! He told them all that Parvati was manipulative! And she IS!!! I bet he's sitting at home laughing his ass off! I loved Ozzy's fave when he found out during tribal that Parv is the one that spearheaded his ousting. I wish those idiots would have gotten together to get her back, but I guess they felt like "Oh, she has the numbers, so we can't do anything." But seriously... Does Amanda REALLY think that Parv is taking HER to the final?! No! Because of all of the women left, Amanda would win hands down. Amanda has, once again, trusted the wrong alliance. I do think that it is hiLARious that they did the same thing two weeks in a row, though.

The Real World is back and this time they're in Hollywood. MTV is doing the show in hour long episodes, so there will be less of them. So far, I like Joey and Brianna. I don't know if I like Greg and Dave or not.... I do NOT like Sarah, Kimberly or Will. UGH. I do think that Greg has been hurt really badly in his past, so that is why he is so aloof. I've seen signs that deep down he is a good person. I hope that comes out more. I really like Joey and I hope he can overcome his problems and get back to being the sweetheart he obviously is. And I think he and Bri would be cute together. She needs something to help her rise out of the life she's got in Philly. Poor girl. I think Kim is ignorant and needs to grow up. She's got the same problem the Miz had. Alas, there is not Coral to straighten her ass out... Yet? ;) Maybe on a future challenge.... I think Will is just a douche. And Sarah is... immature maybe? Who knows. It's good though. :)

The BIGGEST YAY about Reality TV is that Deadliest CATCH is BACK!!! :) I'm so excited that the Catch is back! My favorite guys, Johnathan, Andy and the rest of the Time Bandit crew, have been keeping me smiling. :) That boat is run by a well-oiled team in a relaxed atomosphere and I think it'd be the best boat to work on. I love them! They did the funniest thing! One of the other boat captains, Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie, had been looking for a new truck. So Johnathan found this torn up king cab truck and took it out with them. They found one of Phil's crab pots and attached the truck to it. It was so hilarious when they pulled that truck up!!! You gotta love awesome guys like that. If you've never seen the Catch, check it out! It's a very cool show!!! It airs on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights. Also, I think the episodes are available online....

Fit Club ends this week. I'm eager to see the before and afters on the gang. What I can't figure out, though, is whether Erin or Dustin is the biggest whack job. Seriously, Erin is a total kookpot. And she's a disappointment. I'd like to know what her deal was... I love Toccara and think she is so amazing. Now SHE should have been the first Plus sized girl to win Top Model. Anyway, she's still FIERCE and she's hot and she's so cool. And tough! Good Lord, the girl is tough. A couple weeks ago they had some self defense instruction or something and she body slammed a dude! That's just... wow! Dustin still has the drama-llama-ding-dong going on, but at least he's following the diet this time and meeting his goals. But every time he feels a little tired, he punks out on the workout. And then he'll call his lawyer. Or his manager/girlfriend.... "Harvey called me names." "Harvey threatened me." By offering to PAY a professional wrestler to slam Dustin?!? How is that a felony threat Dustin? Sheesh. What a big old goober! I will say that all of the "Second Chancers" have been blowing the rookies out of the Water. Tina and Willie? I wish I had their dedication. Hell, if I could just work out like those two, I'd be happy. The last thing I want to say about the show is that Dunkleman is a tool. He is NOT funny. He has his occasional moments, but for the most part, dude is just... a loser.

MTV has started a great new show, called Rock the Cradle. It's a contest between the musically talented children of MTV "icons" for money and, I think, a recording contract. They started out with 9 people - Jesse Money (daughter of Eddie Money), A'keiba Burrell-Hammer (daughter of MC Hammer), Lil B'Sure (son of Al B'Sure), Landon Brown (son of Bobby Brown), Jesse Blaze Snider (son of Dee Snider from Twisted Sister), Chloe Lattanzi (daughter of Olivia Newton John), Lucy Walsh (daughter of Joe Walsh), Lara Johnston (daughter of Doobie Brother Tom Johnston) and Crosby Loggins (son of Kenny Loggins). So far, Jesse M (who has the BEST ROCK voice of the girls), A'keiba, Landon (who was such a gentleman) and Lil B have been eliminated. Next week, two of the 5 that are left are gone. I've been voting for Lara and Crosby. I love them both. I think Lara has, overall, the best voice of the girls. But it is more of a pop/R&B voice. Crosby is the most talented all-around. Lucy's good, too. Jesse S is a good performer, he can really work the stage and please the crowd, but his singing voice isn't that great and he's a total ass. He thinks he's being honest. I think he's just being rude. Chloe is okay. Her voice is different and interesting. But it's not really suited to Rock, in my opinion. Her pitch is great, but her tone is... strange. It's weird to listen to. I think Crosby or Lucy would be the best winners. You can see the full episodes and vote at rockthecradle.mtv.com if you're interested. I know Crosby and Lara have myspaces, the rest probably do, too.

Trading Spaces is over for the season. The other week, though, Hildi actually did a GREAT room. I loved the walls she did. It was this beautiful wood set out in diamonds. GORGEOUS! And then last week, DOUG compromised. Stop the presses, somebody call Ripley! ;) Heh. I love that the show came back. I can't wait for the new season.

And I gotta say something about all these "love" shows that are on. Like Flavor Flav, Brett Michaels, Tila Tequila. Give it UP. None of these people are interested in finding LOVE. I think they're all a bunch of tools and so are the "contestants" on the show. Really, if they didn't find love the first time, they're probably not going to. And what kind of idiot would subject themselves to such degradation? Oh, right, because the BACHELOR is such a hit... Uhm... At least it's a new person each time, not the same loser over and over again...

Now if you'll excuse me, I gotta go get in some last minute votes for Lara and Lucy. :)

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