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5 Shows After Dark: New Ways to Embarrass Yourself on TV! Excellent!

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | June 4, 2013 | Comments ()


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

"Bang Goes the Theory" on BBCA at 9:00pm ET. Second season premiere. As much as I understand that shows like this and "Mythbusters" occasionally skimp on the science or don't thoroughly test their hypotheses in such a way that a definitive conclusion can be drawn, I do appreciate that there are some shows on TV demonstrating the fun kind of science. That there are very few scientists whose jobs actually look like this all the time, we can gloss over. I mean, most professions are misrepresented by TV, why leave the science and engineering fields out of the fun?

"America's Got Talent" on NBC at 9:01pm ET. Two hour eighth season premiere.

"Exit" on SyFy at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. This is a new competitive reality series where contestants have to attempt to escape a series of four rooms rigged with obstacles and puzzles. It's based on a Japanese series called "Dero!" which is apparently where the competitive reality series people are getting all their best ideas from lately.

"Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central at 10:30pm ET.

Genevieve Burgess is pretty sure that the people who come up with competitive reality series are all sadists, no matter what nationality they are.



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  • toblerone

    Awkward @ 10 on MTV.

  • Ben

    So they made The Cube into a reality tv show? I'll watch if they keep the "Kidnapping random people and having them wake up inside" aspect

  • bleujayone

    Unless the losers are sliced, diced and otherwise reduced, it just isn't worth it. We need some pay-off and ultimately scraping the barnacle off the sides of the gene pool is the least they can offer.

  • BWeaves

    I remember decades ago, when Steve Martin did a monologue on SNL that included the line, "I believe (pause) The Battle of the Network Stars (pause) should be fought with guns." It got the biggest laugh of the monologue. And this was long before reality series everywhere.

  • Bert_McGurt

    "...shows like this and “Mythbusters” occasionally skimp on the science or
    don’t thoroughly test their hypotheses in such a way that a definitive
    conclusion can be drawn..."

    As an engineer, I've got to give the Mythbusters credit for being particularly thorough most of the time. Many episodes have caused my yelling at the TV: "Well sure, but you forgot to test...oh, you're going to do that next. Carry on then."

  • csb

    I think they've mentioned a few times that their process is a lot more thorough than what makes it into each finished episode, which is understandable.

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