Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wife Swap

The weather turned pretty nasty here in the DC area tonight. With the rain and wind and weather, came a tornado warning. The twister was sighted maybe a mile and half away from the house. In order to get up-to-date weather information, we had to turn to the local channels -- during primetime.

The ABC and CBS affiliates were doing their civic duty and had weather information constantly on. The NBC and Fox affiliates were running their regular programming. Hopefully no one in Centreville was killed tonight because they were watching NBC.

I stayed with ABC because they had live radar running with the programming. The program on at the time? Wife Swap (as if the title of the post didn't give it away). I actually feel somewhat stupider for having watched it and yet, this is what people watch on a Wednesday night? Yeesh.

The premise, for those smarter than I, is to have two wives of totally different backgrounds change places and hope the respective families learn something from the experience. Tonight's episode involved a somewhat emotionless executive who likes to hunt for ghosts and a Southern housewife. Oh let the hijinks and hilarity ensue. They're both fish out of water! What are they gonna do? Oh look, Jiffy Lube's hiring!

Now I know that it's going to be difficult boiling down two weeks worth of footage into a 40-minute show. However, you're going to tell me that some of this isn't scripted, prompted by the producers, or hammed up for the camera? My first clue that something was awry was seeing the brand names of products blocked out with tape or paper. Unless the production crew did that to every single thing these people owned, I have serious doubts about things not being staged. Tonight's episode had a fairy tale ending where they all learned from each other and lived happily ever after. Pass the insulin, please.

And people buy this crap. It's "reality" TV! They even have a phone number you can call if you want to be on the show! I have no doubts that the people aren't actors and some of the situations may very well be true. But there was way too much convenience for this to be anybody's reality.

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