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5 Shows After Dark: I Watch TV to Relax, Not Feel Sympathetic Shame and Embarrassment

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 28, 2013 | Comments ()


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"So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox at 8:00pm ET.

"Family S.O.S with Jo Frost" on TLC at 9:00pm ET. 90 minute series premiere. I don't understand how people can watch these shows. They just make me so unspeakably uncomfortable with myself, the people on the television, the poor camera people and other production personnel, EVERYTHING. I also can't understand how people would let that side of their lives be seen, but I have long since given up attempting to understand people who go on reality shows willingly.

"Girl Code" on MTV at 9:30pm ET.

"Body of Proof" on ABC at 10:00pm ET. Third season finale.

"Brooklyn DA" on CBS at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. Alright, here's a little experiment: I'm not going to google this series and I can't remember seeing any commercials for it so I will predict the plot based on my knowledge of current and former law-enforcement procedurals. So, I predict this show will involve a DA that for some reason goes to crime scenes, helps collect evidence, participates in questioning subjects and takes cases to court. We will get no scenes of them prepping for court other than throw-away lines like "I'm getting ready for court!" every few episodes. They will have some personality 'quirk' that is played up as though it's something that makes them a genius at their job, and we'll get a healthy handful of New York jokes each episode. I'm about 70% sure the lead will be a woman, but not 100%. You can watch and report back on your findings, or sit back in the comfortable knowledge that whatever I'm wrong about probably isn't worth your time to find out. After all, it is a procedural on CBS.

Genevieve Burgess does not need another run of the mill cop show in her life right now. Or ever, really,




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  • chrisahl

    Is it necessary to confirm that 70% is not 100%?

  • Mr_Zito

    I'm 30% sure, but not 100%.

  • John W

    " I don’t understand how people can watch these shows."

    Amen.

    If I were King of the World I would either outlaw them all or at the very least confine them all to a single channel at the very, very, very end of the channel spectrum.

  • PDamian

    I understand people watching these shows. There will always be a segment of the population that's titillated by the family messes of others. What I don't understand is how/why people consent to be filmed for these shows. After so many reality shows in the past ten years in which the participants' dignity, privacy and sanity have been stripped away, leaving slobbering, embarrassing wrecks (and broken families, more likely than not), haven't folks learned by now that NO-ONE comes out of those things unscathed? Is the mania for cheap, tawdry fame that strong?

  • Guest

    Awkward. @ 10 PM on MTV.

  • carrie thompson

    Brooklyn DA is actually a six-part "behind the scenes" look at several Assistant District Attorneys in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn District Attorney is up for re-election in September, and another candidate has gone to the State Supreme Court arguing that the show shouldn't be aired as it gives an unfair advantage to the incumbent.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Now, see that sounds interesting! If the networks hadn't burned me out on cop shows I might give more a chance and discover fascinating little things like this. Although I suspect what's happening off-screen is far more interesting than what's happening on screen.

  • BWeaves

    I just googled Brooklyn DA. Interesting twist to what's happening in real life as someone vying for the real position is suing to get the series off the air.

  • e jerry powell

    And the art thief they're after in the first episode wants all the scenes involving him cut out.

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