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5 Shows After Dark: Was Nothing Real?

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | April 26, 2012 |


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"Community" on NBC at 8:00pm ET.

"Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding" on Bravo at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. A new reality series revolving around the wedding of yet another one of those "Real Housewives" people and my questions about how you can be a "Housewife" if you're not actually a wife will likely go tragically unaddressed. The Truman Show saw this coming, but it was EdTV that predicted people would actually sign themselves up for it. Neither seemed to call the specific personality types that would feed off this sort of thing like some kind of reverse vampires who are vanquished when you turn all the lights off.

"Grey's Anatomy" on ABC at 9:00pm ET.

"7 Days of Sex" on Lifetime at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is a series in which couples who feel their relationships are in trouble are challenged to have sex with each other for seven days in a row (I'm assuming like, at least once per day, not constantly) in order to bring them closer together. I see what they're getting at, but I think the concept is more about titillation than actual work. Also, it's a fairly reductionist solution to a whole host of complex problems. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure you can make yourself physically have sex with someone and simultaneously still find their approach to your relationship overall problematic. Oooo, what if the sex actually drives them apart? "Yeah, I thought this was worth saving, but after a week of looking at them naked and having perfunctory and unsatisfying sex things have become very clear. Best we go our separate ways." Also, what if they're having problems because one partner is coming to grips with the fact that their sexual preference is the opposite of what they thought it was? I don't think 'MOAR SECKS!' is the magic bullet for that relationship. I don't know if I've mentioned this lately, but I'm a bad person.

"The Mentalist" on CBS at 10:00pm ET.

Genevieve Burgess does not appreciate your sass. (That's a lie.)



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