Fear Factor: Is Fear Still a Factor for TV?

by Angel Cohn December 13, 2011 10:55 am
<I>Fear Factor</i>: Is Fear Still a Factor for TV?

I'll admit that back in the day (you know, 2001), I was one of the millions of people who was grossly fascinated by Fear Factor. Watching people confront bugs, spiders, heights etc. was something relatively new and different for the still fresh genre of reality TV and it really struck a nerve. But by the time the series ended in 2006, I was beyond tired of watching people eat scorpions, nosh on cow testicles, get hoisted by helicopters and be placed in the general vicinity of not-really-near explosions. So now that NBC has brought the show back, I had hoped that they'd found a way to push the envelope and take the premise to the next level.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn December 16, 2011 11:18 am
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

We've got a hunch some of these people will be on Santa's naughty list next week.

Sex With Mom and Dad Is Nearly As Gross As It Sounds

by Lauren Gitlin September 22, 2008 1:38 pm
<i>Sex With Mom and Dad</i> Is Nearly As Gross As It Sounds Few things make me gag and cringe in horror like the thought of parents having sex. Not just my parents, mind you. All parents. I understand that it's silly of me to refuse to accept that people over the age of 50 have sex lives. And I also acknowledge that were it not for that one time my parents accidentally did it, I would not be here today to be grossed out about it in the first place. I get all that, people. But I think there must be an evolutionary basis for why "parents" and "sex" are two words I'd just as soon not have appear in the same sentence, let alone paragraph. And I don't think I'm alone in this.

TWoP 10: Dumbest Primetime Gameshows Ever

by Angel Cohn June 27, 2008 8:00 am
TWoP 10: Dumbest Primetime Gameshows Ever

With the recent addition of Wipeout to the world of stupid shows where people make themselves look like idiots in order to earn some cash money, we've decided to take a look back at some of the really ridiculous shows that involve rewarding those with little or no talent with cash. While Wipeout just barely missed making the cut, there are some others that are horrifyingly bad and are contributing to the downfall of quality television just as much as an average episode of The Bachelorette. That's not to say that some of these aren't entertaining to watch, but that doesn't really make them intelligent TV.



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