Sunday, February 05, 2006

Reality TV Makes it’s Way to Canada

a post by Calvin

For the last couple of months billboards, magazines, and television commercials have been filled with Much Music’s promotion for this years VJ search. But this year is different than the past VJ searches. This year they have made it into a reality series. So reality TV finally makes it’s way across the border. It just seems like we’re a few years out of date from our American counterparts. Is it too late for us Canadians to pick up on the reality shows, or will they still be ‘in’ for a while longer? Not that we haven’t been watching American reality shows, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Canadian reality show. But like most Canadian programming, will it be any good? Will people really care who the next Vj is? Is it worth watching for the next ten weeks to find out? I’m not sure Much Music VJ’s are placed at the same level of popularity as MTV VJ’s are placed at for Americans. I guess we’ll have to wait and find out. Maybe this is Much Music’s way of trying to bring a higher level of popularity and attention to Much Music VJ’s and the station since for the past few years we’ve seemed to have a shortage of memorable VJ’s. Currently I couldn’t tell you one of the VJ’s names, whereas if you saw Rick the Temp walking down the street a lot more people would be able to say ‘hey that’s Rick the Temp,’ as opposed to seeing a current Vj walking down the street where the most they might get is, ‘hey, isn’t that a Vj from Much?’ Or maybe I just watched Much Music more when Rick the Temp was Vj. Who really cares...

2 Comments:

Blogger blair said...

Been trying something with my youth group that relates to this. I'm having them make videos based on the Bible. One of the groups decided to do a reality TV show parody. Kind of an interesting take when they the reality show parodies real life and now they are parodying the reality show. Two steps away from reality.

Also recently read an essay written by a high school student who was trying to explain why reality shows suck. It was brilliant and well written. If you are really interested, post another comment here and I will find the source for you. It was a from California and it was about reality TV. Google might be as fast.

4:42 PM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger blair said...

The details on the essay by the high school student are: Jessica Lipsky, a senior at California High, San Ramon Calif. The Contra Costa Times ran the piece originally but sure you could pick it up numerous places.

12:04 AM, March 13, 2006  

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