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- Botafogo - 09-16-2003 11:08 PM

I just watched the first episode of the show chronicaling opening of Rocco deSpirito's joint Rocco on Bravo. Three HOURS before the opening they are still installing major kitchen equipment? Boys and Girls can you say Health Inspection and Permits??? I don't think so.

The real reality of this business is crazy enough without making stuff up....


- winoweenie - 09-17-2003 07:21 AM

'Hit done gets no better either Boto-Baby!! ww

- Thomas - 09-17-2003 07:58 AM

That so-called reality show had already been outed as a phony in the New York Times; but then, Roberto, you and I may be the only two people in the US who are aware that reality shows are NOT.

- Kcwhippet - 09-17-2003 08:17 AM

I read that they were hit with a number of health code violations at an inspection after the show finished shooting. I only watched two episodes and determined this was the least real of all the reality shows, and I don't think any of them have too many real shreds of reality anyway. This one looks way too scripted and not very well done, either.

- wondersofwine - 09-17-2003 08:48 AM

I still vote for Amazing Race as the most interesting. However, I sometimes wish they would linger at an exotic spot a little longer (the point is to rush around the world and finish first but when they have stopovers it would be informative to take a little more time on the culture.) For example, on one episode they visited an orangutan sanctuary (in Malaysia or Singapore?) and I would have like to see more of that. Also the Buddhist temple they visited in another episode. I'd like to see it as a combination team competition (which it already is) and a National Geographic travelog (which it isn't).

- stevebody - 09-17-2003 10:11 AM

I don't get the "reality" of most of these shows. Survivor? Where's the reality in that? If you're shipwrecked, you seldom have guys following you around with cameras, number one, and almost never get guys in pressed khakis emerging from the bushes to offer you a night of beer and pizza. And a true castaway would KILL AND EAT anyone who showed up and tried to make him do an "immunity challenge"...not to mention that a real castaway, asked to vote somebody off the island, would vote themselves off first. I'd be fascinated by a show that just featured sixteen people surviving for two months on a deserted island, in cooperation with each other, facing down the real challenges and working at a social dynamic that didn't have the element of competition and deception involved. The whole concept of tribalism and mutual reliance is engrossing stuff. Why tart it up by appealing to our base instincts? All these shows, with the exception of American Idol - which is nothing more than an old-fashioned talent contest - baffle the hell out of me. If you really need to see how devious people can be, look around you at work, in your garden club, or in California (or any) politics. THERE'S your reality show.

- ShortWiner - 09-17-2003 12:20 PM

>>Why tart it up by appealing to our base instincts?

Because it's TELEVISION! [img][/img]

- winoweenie - 09-18-2003 07:08 AM

Thank goodness there's " I Love Lucy " re-runs on and Feetballs on Sat & Sun, udder-wise I'd have to read a book or sumpin'.WW

- Drew - 09-18-2003 11:44 AM

....and there's not many books written in your language. [img][/img]