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You're fired! [Sep. 22nd, 2004|11:09 am]
Zoethe
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Monday evening when I got home from work, I informed Ferrett that we needed to start watching "The Apprentice" on Thursday evenings after class. "Everyone in the office who hadn't caught it last Thursday watched the rerun on Saturday, and it was all anyone was talking about this morning. Next week, they'll all have seen it Thursday night and it'll be Friday morning's hot topic."

Ferrett nodded. "Okay, we can do that. Cool that a TV show can help you out in the workplace socialization thing."

"Oh. Yeah that's right. I just wanted to make sure they didn't spoil it for me!"

I didn't watch The Apprentice last year. I am not much of a TV person and generally only have one or two shows that I watch. Farscape was it for a while, then Buffy and Angel. They're all gone, though, so I don't really have one. I don't care for the stiltedness of sitcoms and have no interest in the soap-opera nature of most popular dramas. I'm kind of a TV snob.

But give me a good reality show, and I'm a total sucker.

This fact caught me by surprise. I didn't watch the first "Survivor" until the last couple episodes, but when I did I was hooked. We watched Survivor: Australia religiously. The back-biting viciousness of it appealed to the same sort of instinct that used to lead to Christians being Lion Chow, I'll admit it. When the third Survivor came along and everyone was being so nicey nice, I lost interest and haven't watched since.

I tried watching a couple other shows and was totally turned off. I thought maybe my reailty TV fascination had been an abberation and that I was over it, but then "Joe Millionaire" grabbed me. I have no idea why; it wasn't that good of a show. There was just something about the sneakiness of the whole thing that amused me in a schadenfreude sort of way. Once again, I had no interest in subsequent shows like The Bachelor.

"The Apprentice" may have staying power. It's bad enough (in that gleeful way) to watch all these huge egos going at each other, and I might have lingered for a season for just that. But I wasn't expecting the final hook.

The Donald. The Donald holds the power of decision-making in the palm of his hand. This is no egalitarian society where a Richard Hatch can rig the votes. It's the week's losing Project Manager on the hatchet block, along with whomever zie drags into the boardroom as a shield. And once they are there, no velvet glove comes between them and Trump's honest assessment. He castigates, insults, barrages. He's merrily ripping new ones right and left.

He's a bastard. It's great.

I know that, for myself, there is no way that I could sit in that room and come under fire like that and turn into a blubbering fool, tears streaming down my face until he, mercifully, canned me and I didn't have to go through it again. I admire the chutzpah these people show, sitting there and taking it.

I know it's stupid, and a waste of time. But I think I have found this season's addiction.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2004-09-22 03:18 pm (UTC)
I liked:

Joe Millionaire
Surreal Life
Amish in the City

That's pretty much it for reality TV for me. I guess I watched the first Real World now and then, but only because it was here in NYC.

I don't much care for Trump, but since Dan worked on one of his buildings, I guess he's kind of paid for something in this house, so I should just HUSH. :P


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[User Picture]From: aehallh
2004-09-22 03:45 pm (UTC)
I can't stand reality TV. Ugh. Something about it just irritates me to no end. I did watch Amish in the City. Once. I stared at it, feeling a sense of disgust grow...yet, I kept watching it. It was like a trainwreck. It was horrible, but I couldn't make myself look away. I've made sure since then to just not have the TV on when it comes on. No hard since I watch mostly sci-fi (Trek and Stargate) and CSI (and spinoffs).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 04:12 pm (UTC)
Would that I had the strength.

Amish in the City held no interest for me. There's exploitation and there's exploitation.
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[User Picture]From: aehallh
2004-09-22 04:20 pm (UTC)
And exploitation was the biggest reason I watched that one and only episode. Having been around Amish in one way or another most of my life, I wanted to see how badly they'd be exploited. It ended up being about as badly as I'd pictured. Bah.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 04:27 pm (UTC)
That's what I figured. Glad I didn't participate.
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2004-09-22 03:52 pm (UTC)
I have a a good friend, an MIS major, who loves to say "You're fired!".
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From: leozz
2004-09-22 04:03 pm (UTC)
I am a huge fan of 'The Amazing Race' FWIW. Used to watch 'Survivor', but finally tired of it now.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 04:27 pm (UTC)
Don't know anything about "Amazing Race."
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From: leozz
2004-09-22 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ah! Was wondering whether you watched it and nixed it or just haven't tried it.

Unfortunately, the latest season just ended (and I haven't seen the final yet, it's on our Tivo). I'd highly recommend it for future though.

Basically, they take a bunch of teams of two people and have them travel all over the world trying to achieve tasks. Skills required in addition to being in reasonable physical shape are the ability to find decent plane tickets, local transportation, directions, choosing the right challenge to do.

One of the nice things about the show is the fantastic places that they visit.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 04:34 pm (UTC)
Huh. I'll have to watch for it next time around.
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[User Picture]From: pkthunder
2004-09-22 05:41 pm (UTC)
Luckily you won't have to wait until next summer. CBS has The Amazing Race 6 all ready to go, but I heard they might be waiting for one of their new shows to bomb and then they'll drop it into that time slot.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ooo, remind me when it comes up. Not watching TV means not watching commericals, means never knowing when anything is on.
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[User Picture]From: crystalvh
2004-09-22 04:55 pm (UTC)
We love Survivor. We would all talk about it at work so much that we finally forced Ben to watch it and now he is the biggest fan. Pete and I also loved Joe Millionaire. But, I swore that show off after the second "Joe" lost to the vapid hunky guy.

I like reality shows, but the show I am anticipating most this season starts tonight! CSI: New York. Two words for you: Gary. Sinise. :-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 06:14 pm (UTC)
Meep. I do not have time. I have avoided CSI despite all my friends' rants. Don't make me go there!!!!

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[User Picture]From: dream_labyrinth
2004-09-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ew, another CSI spinoff? I didn't particularly like CSI Miami, even though I pretty much watched the whole first season. Just couldn't reach the original.
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[User Picture]From: crystalvh
2004-09-22 08:12 pm (UTC)
I tried really hard to watch CSI: Miami, but could never get into it. I think part of the reason was David Caruso. He has just always seemed pompous and annoying to me. On the other hand, I think Gary Sinise is an incredible talent. But, I probably have a bias toward actors that have been trained and/or started their careers in the theatre (another reason I am also partial to Jude Law). I have my fingers crossed that CSI: New York won't disappoint me tonight!
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[User Picture]From: dream_labyrinth
2004-09-22 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely going to look out for that show. CSI: Miami was broadcasted in Germany shortly after it started in America, I think, so I'm hoping we're going to be equally quick with CSI: New York.
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From: lethecerulre
2004-09-22 05:51 pm (UTC)
I only mostly listen to it while it's on and watch the stuff that seems interesting. A lot of the people in this group for The Apprentice are annoying in my opinion.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 06:14 pm (UTC)
They are. They're petty, whiny brats.

Therefore, it is amusing to see them skewered by The Donald.

Is it vile of me to feel this way? Of course! [g]
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2004-09-22 06:28 pm (UTC)
There have been only three reality shows that I've enjoyed watching. One was Survivor (which I still watch, but not with as much interest as I used to). The Apprentice is the second. I watched the last few episodes last season and like you I loved watching Donald rip into these people.

The third was already mentioned here: The Amazing Race. I only watched a couple of episodes. I missed the last season because I have trouble watching shows with any regularity in the summer. But what I did see I enjoyed.

Other than that they all suck.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2004-09-22 06:36 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaaat? You didn't use to watchThe West Wing??? And you a Dem and all? That show (the first four seasons, natch; the minute they fired Sorkin the show jumped the shark something chronic) was so good I didn't mind its politics!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 07:30 pm (UTC)
Nope. I don't watch TV. I don't have time.

Even as a Dem, I'm a hard worker. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: spydielives
2004-09-22 07:05 pm (UTC)
The Apprentice has been the only reality show that I have been glued to the set for. I caught it midway through last season and I was immediately hooked. Enough that I was thoroughly pissed off at DT for firing Bradley this past week, even after admitting he was the strongest candidate in the room.

I will also admit to watching Last Comic Standing, but I am not so sure that counts as "reality", though it is classified as one.

As for what else is "quality tv" I can always count on Law and Order...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he made an example of Bradley. Kinda harsh, but The Donald is a showman. The best move would have been to dump Stacey or Ivana, but their continued presence will make it much more entertaining. Dumping Bradley created buzz.

Never discount the inner workings of that mind.
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[User Picture]From: sarahshevett
2004-09-22 07:40 pm (UTC)
I was pretty shocked at who got fired last week.
But, he had definitely made an extremely bad tactical error. An error you wouldn't want someone you were in business with to make.

Like the cops say, if a guy is pointing a gun at you don't say.
"Go ahead, I dare you."
They will
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[User Picture]From: teague
2004-09-22 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad someone else is admitting it. Reality TV was like a guilty secret. I too love the Apprentice, and tonight I will be watching America's Next Top Model. I'm sure that will get a groan, but hear me out here. There is nothing like an appartment full of bitchy, catty women who each week *have* to perform up to a certain standard, or goodbye. Unlike some of these shows, Amish in the City perhaps being one, none of these ladies are unaware of what is expected. If they get in over their heads, it's their egos who lead them there. Same applies to The Apprentice. I also enjoyed The Restaraunt. Really, I like the shows where some sort of work is going on. Not the overly dramatic popularity contests like Big Brother. And FYI I think Survivor this season will be delicious. The guys are already chunking young turks, and yelling at each other. I don't think nice will be a problem.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 07:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Tempting me back into Survivor, eh?

Part of my problem with it is that the challenges are getting pretty repetetive.

It's plebian, I know. I just can't help myself.
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[User Picture]From: lysana
2004-09-22 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, "The Apprentice." I watched it from the first episode last season. I still want Omarosa's head on a pike.

My husband said that Bradley got fired for acting with honor. I can see his point. I also see Trump's perspective. He had a sure thing and he chucked it. Two angles on the same act.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-22 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was a risky move to try and show his confidence, and I sort of expected Trump to reward it, but he saw it from the other point of view.

And I think he knows that Ivana and Stacie J will make for better TV than the guy who really had it together. But that's just my cynical self.
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