The Ten Reality TV Franchises That Should Be Benched
The doctor is out: Dr. Drew can enjoy some R&R now that his reality shows are on the shelf (VH1)
10. "Sister Wives"
When this show started, it was filled with promise, but now we're stuck with the Browns house-shopping repeatedly and constantly buying furniture. And we certainly don't ever need to see the wives work out again, or anyone else have a baby. We'd like them to take some time off before we hate them as much as we hate the Gosselins.
9. "What Not to Wear"
This show is beyond stale. Hell, we could do the makeovers ourselves by now: Take people who like sweatpants. Fix their hair, put them in clothes that fit, toss on some high heels, and pound on the pancake makeup. Voila.
8. "The Biggest Loser"
Much as we love to ogle Dolvett's fine physique, two seasons a year and two hours an episode have worn us down. Even watching people get tortured during Last Chance Workouts has lost its luster. And we've developed such unrealistic perspectives of weight loss from this show that if the contestants don't weigh 500 pounds and lose 30 a week, we feel let down.
In a cost-cutting measure, the series has been filming seasons back-to-back in the same location. But, boy, is that boring for us at home. They recycle the challenges as well, which further dilutes the air of originality, plus they keep bringing back former contestants instead of seeking out some unique new individuals. They're so lazy, they don't even seem to do many reward challenges these days.
6. "Top Chef"
There are "Masters," "Just Desserts," and original flavor, and given how dull this current season of "Top Chef" has been, something's got to give. The main series is so desperately trying to hammer home the Texas theme that the show is suffering. If we have to watch one more meat-preparation challenge, we may be out. And while the online Last Chance Kitchen concept could have infused the show with a new twist, it seems like an afterthought on the air.
5. "Project Runway"
The All-Star season just started, but that's a separate series with new judges and hosts. If there's no Tim Gunn, it's not really "Runway." But the original show has gotten so bloated and dull that we could do without it for a while. They need the time to seek out designers who realize the competition is about more than sewing and who have some inspired edginess to their clothing instead of ones who produce things we've seen a million times before.
4. "The Real World"
Seven strangers picked to live in a house and drink copious amounts of alcohol. They've been to every city possible, most of them twice. At this point, the show seems to just be a breeding ground for new "Challenge" participants, and for people who want to promote their lame pet projects in increasingly obvious ways.