Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Has the CW found a reality show I'll watch?

I got a press release from the CW yesterday detailing the four - FOUR - reality shows they're airing this summer, which . . . yeah. Three of them sound so dumb I can't be bothered to finish reading the descriptions, never mind tell you about them, but one - perhaps by virtue of the monkeys-with-keyboards rule - actually sounds interesting:
BREAKING POINTE goes behind the stage curtain for an intense, unfiltered look at one of the most competitive ballet companies in the country, Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beneath the beauty and glamour of the dance and costumes is a gritty dog-eat-dog world of extreme athleticism, focus, dedication, passion, pressure and, of course, the hunt for the unattainable…perfection. Kate Shepherd (“Big Brother: According to Russell Brand”) and Bill Langworthy (“The City”) are executive producers. Izzie Pick Ashcroft and Jane Tranter are executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions. BREAKING POINTE is from BBC Worldwide Productions.
Ballet! Whee! This is the sort of reality show that actually makes sense to me - the people involved have a specific skill or talent, and are going about their careers, and the "show" part is just that we get a window into an already-existing world we don't normally get to see. That's way more interesting than most "reality" shows, which put people into carefully constructed situations that are in no way real..

On the other hand . . . this is the CW, and while I love some of their dramas, their reality shows are generally awful. (Though this one seems to have been made by the BBC, so, again - hope!) I guess I'm saying that I'm more or less expecting to be disappointed and give up two episodes in, but for the moment, I'm enjoying the idea of what this show could be.

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