Wednesday, 29 October 2014

This TLC, June, and Honey Boo Boo Thing

At some point in the fall of 2012, while still living in Arlington, I sat there one night and accidentally flipped over to the TLC, which was running Honey Boo Boo.  I sat for six minutes watching this garbage reality show.  A commercial came up, and I flipped the channel at that point.  That was my full dose of Honey Boo Boo.

I noticed about three months ago that June had dumped her man, or he'd just left.

This week, I noticed that June had taken up with predator guy, and TLC had decided enough was enough....terminating the show.

No one ever said much over how many folks watched the show.  I personally doubt that they ever had more than 200,000 Americans who tuned into it. For kids?  No.  I can't imagine any kid wanting to watch this stuff.  Teens?  No.  Young guys?  No.  I think the bulk of the audience were mostly women over sixty, and they thought it was cute.  Beyond that....nothing.

This is the problem we have with TV today....reality TV is blooming and you can create a bogus show on gold prospecting (Gold Rush), a fake dinosaur hunt, truckers hauling weird stuff around America, amateur scientist talking myths, ghost patrols, and even fake lumberjacks.  I sat last year and watched some trailer park saga from South Carolina's beach area.....with mostly trailer folks talking trashy stuff and having dramatic lives laid out in six entire minutes.

The truth is....reality TV is cheap to produce.  You hire a crew, get some gimmick, hire some fake actors, and with $200,000....you can get a decent episode of fake car repossession produced or some homeless guys living under some bridge in Birmingham.  None of the facts have to be true.  Acting can be marginal.  The story can be half-witted or dismal.  You just need to get the whole thing told in 22 minutes and keep folks interested.

My brother could lead some camera crew around the farm, noting various local emergencies (fence posts need replacing, yard needs mowing, the light burned out on the drive-way pole, or the septic tank backed up).  It'd kinda work for a while.

Some other guy could run a twelve episode season over his flea-market empire and his wife who is three-timing him, along with the nephew who is getting charged up to become a fake Baptist minister.

Some gal might run three seasons with a fraudulent body massage studio, which is really a cheapo bordello which the local cops are bribed to just overlook.

The issue to me....it's all less than entertaining, and in some ways....it's fake.  It's so realistically fake......you know it's fake.

June and Honey Boo Boo?  Well, if the CNN legal guy is right....Boo Boo is likely to end up with relatives or some foster home.  June?  You'd just sit there and wonder how she picks so many loser guys and if it's just dumb luck.  Maybe June will eventually recover, marry some radical minister guy from El Salvador, lose forty pounds via the local fake fitness studio, and get picked back up for TLC.  Stranger things have happened.

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