I've got the attitude of "If that's what people actually want to watch, they deserve it". I blame the people for watching it (even if it's for irony or as a guilty pleasure). If people didn't watch it, the network wouldn't run it.
I still think that television delivers some great shows today that even the most ridiculous show can't eclipse. Of course, it's crap like this that makes close minded people say all TV after 1960 or 1970 or 1980 is bad.
> If people didn't watch it, the network wouldn't run it.
They have to create and air the show in order for us to watch it. You make it sound like people are demanding shows like this.
Also, the network has no way of knowing what you watch unless you're one of the few Nielsen households, so I don't follow your logic. Even then, they don't know if a show will be watched until they put it on the air.
And the network is spending money on and airing this because they think there's no market for it? If this show gets a deserved 0.0 rating in its first night, it'll never be on again and the networks may see that people want quality over a freak show. Of course that won't happen because people will watch this crap.
If they have crossover event, making Olivia, Kristin, Morgan, and Layla hork their groceries everywhere, I might actually consider watching it.
Otherwise..."pass." Or maybe, this might paradoxically end up being the greatest thing ever created by man in all of history, by crossing over the curved space-time event horizon of crapulence, and arriving on the other end at total epic awesome.
There is definitely a market for all this new "crap" on television. Sadly, it does seem to be something more and more people are getting into. I'm sick of reality television, personally, but I know so many people who are just loving every minute of it.
I do also have to say that while I do see that there are some networks trying to put out some smart shows, I haven't been interested enough in them to really bother with them. Maybe that is just because I have found other ways to entertain myself (reading, running and the wii) and I don't have the time to sit and watch what is on.
I will say that I truly miss certain types of shows and I wish someone would come up with something so entirely new and intruiging for me to really want to just stop and watch.
I know I have said this before in other threads, but I think that the writers strike really changed my viewing habits and most of the shows I was really into (Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Jericho) have just been put on the backburner for other things. I am slowly losing interest in television all together and come October I am getting rid of my digital cable.
That is not to say that I haven't at one time or another sat down to watch some mindless television programming such as I love the new millenium or Rock of Love, but it's all the same old recycled crap now.
They are just modern day game shows. If they are all competing for a prize, there is nothing reality based about it. True Reality television is stuff like Deadliest Catch, 30 days, The Alaskan Experiement and so on....