November 16, 2004

Reality Shows A-Poppin'

Tuesday night is a ridiculous night for reality television.

The big news is the debut of The Amazing Race 6 on CBS (and I applaud the powers that be, even after winning two consecutive Emmies, for not using Roman numerals to number the show)

Will its debut be blunted by the 90-minute running time of NBC's The Biggest Loser? Unlikely.

But just in case The Biggest Loser isn't humiliating enough, there's always Bravo's Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model, for those who feel men have been shortchanged by America's Next Top Model.

Two shows are unlikely to outrate My Wife and Kids (yes, that's still on TV): The Virgin King's The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best on Fox and Al Sharpton and less than stimulating company on Spike TV's: I Hate My Job.

This season's Real World on MTV hasn't generated as much buzz as usual, possibly because a few of the kids actually act like human beings. You could do worse.

In the midst of following its baseball success with countless reality shows, Fox is launching House tonight, which strangely enough, is not a reality show about a bunch of crazy people living together. It's a drama about a doctor named House. It has actors. And a script. And stuff like that. It will get buried.