My aversion to reality TV is long-aged and deep-seated, but I think a lot of it comes down to my inability to stand second-hand embarrassment, which is what a lot of reality TV revolves around. I was at a friend’s house a week or two ago, and they straightforwardly admitted that their television barely ever switches away from Bravo. I managed to watch around three minutes of The Real Housewives Of Orange County before I had to get up and switch it to an infomercial for soul music, which actually wound up being more entertaining and less soul-crushingly awkward to watch, despite the hosts doing their best to smile through the cheesy lines the writers had provided for them.
Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, The Bachelorette is on tonight on ABC at 9, and the gang is in Thailand for some reason. Presumably they’re going to tie their adventures into The Hangover Part II. I am writing very plain sentences because I simply cannot feign any kind of enthusiasm for The Bachelorette, even to mock it. At least ABC has the decency to follow it up with Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which might encourage someone to make a positive change in their life. But I doubt it.
Why anyone would watch any of that when grown men are pummelling each other in Game Six of the Lord Stanley’s Cup Finals is beyond me. Will the Canucks close the series out? Or will Boston tie the series up at home? I don’t know! I’m asking you! If that’s not to your liking, then Fox has a new episode of MasterChef on at 9 PM, where they narrow the field down to 38 contestants. That seems like a lot of contestants, and not much narrowing.
In cable news, new episodes of Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara air on Showtime starting at 10 PM, SyFy has a new episode of Sanctuary, also at 10. I guess there’s also a new episode of Teen Wolf at 10 PM on MTV, after the series premiere repeats at 8 and the second episode repeats at 9. I’ve avoided it, if only because I find the need to sex up one of my favorite childhood films to be a little crass. Have any of you checked it out yet? How terrible is it?