Browsing through Google Trends today I found a plethora of news reports and blog posts on the season finale of The Bachelor (ABC). I’m not a fan of the show, never watched it, nor have I seen The Bachelorette. I guess the premise is a bunch of greedy, backstabbing women fight for the attention of the “bachelor” and are voted off one by one until—yep you guessed it—the bachelor chooses one and proposes. Same deal for The Bachelorette.
Reality show stars are making big bucks these days. A blog post on Chron.com by Amanda L. Grossman, “How Much are Financial Reality TV Stars Paid, and Does it Interfere with Reality” said many stars can achieve up to $750 a week where top stars (think Jon and Kate) asked for and received around $75,000 per episode—well maybe some agents were involved to gain these big bucks but $750 a week ain’t bad.
How to Get In
Do a Google search and you’ll find casting offers for these reality shows—most require a video of how stupid (or interesting) you are which to me means the weirder you are, the better. These casting directors look for nerds, bullies, bitches (think Snooki here) and those who are well, just plain stupid. And—they pay them!
So, the opportunities are there but whether you get in or not depends on the casting director, the show and I guess your reality “Q” rating. I don’t think I’d be good on a reality show but my daughter came up with a grand idea for a reality show and we’ve even scripted some of it!
Premise: Billy’s first wife (Joanne) and second wife (me) and our daughter (Rachel) and our life lessons, triumphs, sad times and the humorous of living in Billyland. Actually “Billyland” is a pretty fun place and we think it would make for great entertainment and pull in huge ratings for whatever network picks up our show. You can get an idea how funny we Scheids are by reading this post!
You see, I get along fine with my husband’s first wife and she, my daughter, son-in-law Alan and grandson Gabe all live in Wasilla Alaska—in fact the ex does lives right across the street! I have often said if something ever happened to “Billy” I would move in with the ex. I mean they say when people remarry they often choose similar personality types and me and Joanne would get along fine sharing expenses in our older years.
We’d have scenes where Joanne and I could fight over who had the best times with Billy. Ones where daughter Rachel would step in and plead with us to stop arguing and son-in-law Alan would mostly hide in his man cave, appear on an episode or two and if things were slow he could initiate a fight or two and return to his solace.
We’re not sure we’d want to include Grandson Gabe—that might be a little like child abuse (at least we think so). As far as appearances by the man himself—“Billy” would it be best to have him appear on the show or just have pictures of him everywhere? Again, it’s still in the idea stage.
What Are You Watching?
I’m simply amazed at how many reality shows are on TV these days and they’re not confined to just one network—they’re everywhere!
I must admit I have been a fan of Survivor (CBS) since its inception and I do tape it if I’m not home or if I’m involved in something else making it impossible to view it—but that’s really it. As far as Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Jersey Shore (Style) and any of the “Real Housewives” (Bravo) I skip all those but it does seem like more and more are popping up all the time.
The lesson here? There is a lot of Hollywood money in this type of entertainment and some reality show stars have become quite well known. As far as this writer goes, however, I don’t need to watch American Idol (FOX) or The Voice (NBC). I figure if a star is born, I’ll find out on Google Trends and the reality show loop searching will begin again for me—it’s actually pretty boring but a good time waster during lunch.So, what reality show do you watch? Come on, be honest, you’ve got to be hooked to a least one! Drop me a comment and let me know—I’m trying to conduct a non-scientific poll here! You can remain anonymous, I swear by my Survivor official buff!
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