Thursday, January 19, 2006

American Idol

I think I speak for every thinking person in America when I say that the first week of American Idol is TV nirvana. Screw Masterpiece Theatre and CSPAN. When TV was first invented, this is exactly what what's his name had in mind.

The first week is that rare combination of circus freak show, talent show, scantily clad women, complete dorks, travel channel (hey, I got to see what Gainsville looked like. And I am noticing a slight but incredibly interesting change in hotel conference rooms in each region. Aaaa, America, your beauty is wide and deep), angry parents and relatives who are so deluded by their little angel that they can't see how much they suck and the people trying to become the next William Huong (spelling?) by impressing America with their ability to be both tone deaf and entertaining in a creepy sort of way. And some skinny color commentator. And let's not forget the underlying sexual tension between Paula and Simon and Randy.

I will lose interest when they actually start singing for real. But for now, throw away the controller and get out of the way. There maybe a 300 pound man about to mime out Kenny rogers tunes while wearing a pink tutu.


At 10:26 AM, Blogger DougH said...

AI's true contribution to television was as a lead-in to first, "24," then "House," pumping up the audience numbers for 2 far superior hours of television. Any familiarity I have with this travesty is seeing the last few minutes while waiting for the actual program to start. I'll take with amusement the William Hungs of the world, but the actual winners skew towards that particular brand of bland that threatens to destroy music, if they can ever trap smart people into listening to it.

Did I mention I hate "reality" TV?

--Proudly approaching my 6th anniversary of never having watched one minute of "Survivor."

At 10:53 AM, Blogger The Optimist said...

It is people like you that have kept good circus freak shows from making money.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger DougH said...

I do admit that I might watch "Sakting with Celebrities" but only if it were a live broadcast. Sharpen those skates, people!


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