This season, I think there are some shows that reality TV fans should be watching and some that they can skip. Below are my thoughts on what to watch, what skip and one show that I'm super excited about.
Beverly Hills Nannies. As the season progresses, it gets better and
better. The nanny/mama drama is fun to watch, and the emotions we see
are very real. This show does a good job of making us feel like we
really know the people on it. For example, I'm rooting for Kristin's
business to succeed, want to tell Lucy that she would be more likeable
if she didn't talk as much, and comfort Amber when Ari said they're
practically the same age (I don't believe it) and that she needs to get
her life together.
The Glee Project. While the season's just about over, I'd recommend
catching up on this before Tuesday's finale. This season featured a lot
of emotion, some brutal challenges and some surprise eliminations. It's a
good watch even if you're not a Glee fan.
Dance Moms. While Dance Moms Miami didn't hold my attention after a
while, I can't get enough of the original dance diva: Abby Lee. I'm
always excited to see what semi-real, semi-staged scenario will come up
next, and it's fun to cringe when Christi goes from zero to sixty in
seconds. Plus, hearing Christi insult Abby is highly entertaining.
I'm Having Their Baby. This show features pregnant women as the prepare
to give their babies up for adoption. This show provides an interesting
look into why women choose adoption for their children, the pain they
feel when they have to make this choice and the bonding moments between a
birth mother and a child's adoptive parents. In an episode I watched, I
gave 22 year old Sydney so much credit for choosing a transgendered
person as one of the parents for her baby. She knew what a gift it was
to give that family the gift of a child. It was heartwarming to watch.
Real Housewives of New Jersey. While I'm kind of over this show and have
been ever since Melissa and Joe Gorga were added, the upcoming episode
is one you don't want to miss. On this episode, we'll hear Joe Giudice
answer the phone by saying "hi, baby" and call his wife Teresa Giudice
the c-word. I'm not going to say Teresa hasn't made a ton of mistakes,
but I think she's done them because Joe hurts her and she thinks she has
to act strong and combative to get through it. Hopefully this episode
will allow the viewers, and her co-stars, to see what's really going on.
American Gypsies. While the first episode was novel, the following
episodes became stale. After the extreme glitz and glamor of My Big Fat
American Gypsy Wedding, the more relatable topics shown on American
Gypsies just don't hold up.
Mama Drama. I was so excited about this show when it was supposed to
come out, and was disappointed when it was pulled from the lineup and
delayed. Now I see why VH1 put it on the back burner. I got through half
of an episode and couldn't stand watching it anymore. I tried a second
time with the same result. Sorry, cougar moms!
Toddlers and Tiaras. I'm not going to lie - I watch this sometimes. But
we're going season after season after season of the same petty stuff. I
don't necessarily think this a show that you should avoid, but it's not
worth watching if you have something better to do.
Wait excitedly for:
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition. This show will feature moms and
their exploited, er, talented children as they battle it out to win a
$100,000 cash prize. Each week, a mom-and-kid duo will be kicked off, a situation in which I'm sure we'll see children handle with
grace while their moms scream in anger. This show seems to be reminiscent of VH1's I Know My Kid's A Star, on which we met crazy mom Rocky who later appeared on Tough Love. That show was absolutely crazy, and I'm sure this one will be the same.