Today I would like to welcome author Nicole Helm who is joining us with her fun contemporary romance, Seven Night Stand!
In my current release, Seven-Night Stand, the heroine, Vivvy, is trying to get the hero, Nate, to agree to do a reality TV show on his family business. Nate is less than thrilled about the idea, sure that a reality show will try to show his family at its worst.
Can't blame him there, but I do love a good reality TV show. I think they're fascinating, especially the competition type shows. So, I thought I'd share with you guys my top ten reality TV shows.
1. Top Chef: Everyone in my family makes fun of me for loving this show (and any cooking show). You see, I'm a picky eater. I can't think of a single dish on any of the many seasons I've watched that I'd even dare try, but I find cooking and food fascinating, even if I won't eat eel risotto or beet purees. (And if I ever see Marcel again, it will be too soon).
2. The Voice: This is one of the few shows I make sure to watch these days. (I have small children who hate sleep. The amount of time I have for TV is very limited). I've become a little less vested as the people I like never seem to make it, but, I'll admit it, I find Blake and Adam hilarious. Good thing they're the judges who stayed!
3. Iron Chef America: Another cooking show. Another array of dishes I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. But I think it's so fun to watch the chefs run around and the innovative ways they use the secret ingredient.
4. Pawn Stars: This is one of the only reality shows I can get my husband to watch with me. And it's one of the few non-competition reality shows I find compelling enough to watch. A mix of the history nerd in me and finding "The Old Man" hilarious.
5. Dancing With The Stars: I have no rhythm, and half the time I haven't even heard of the "stars" on the show, but I love watching people dance. Kind of the same way I feel about figure skating.
6. Project Runway: Another show I get made of for. My fashion sense is grey sweats and more grey sweats. I couldn't sew a handkerchief, but there's something fascinating about what people pull together with the limits of time and whatever else the challenge requires.
7. The Biggest Loser: I've gotten kind of tired of the game playing on this show, but the first few seasons I was enthralled. I think it's pretty amazing what these people accomplish, especially the ones who manage to stay healthy after the show is over.
8. Ace of Cakes: I miss this show! I love baked goods and decorating them, so it was always cool to see what they came up with. Also, the people on the show seemed genuinely entertaining.
9. Jon & Kate Plus 8: I'm guilty of loving this show before it became a total train wreck. And yes, I am ashamed. I'm not even sure what it was I found so compelling about it, but I watched it--a lot.
10. America's Next Top Model: I haven't watched this show in ages, but there was a time I wouldn't miss Tyra and all her craziness.
In the end, I think I like reality TV for the same reason I like any TV, movie, or book. People are fascinating. Scripted or not, reality TV tells a story like any other medium, and I can't resist a good story.
So, what are your favorite reality shows? What makes a good reality show for you? Would you ever consider being on one?
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