Reality vs. Non-Reality TV
Woo! Go Team X-Tina!
So, how long did that take before I finally got into the new season of The Voice? In fact, I was prepared to tune out the rest of the season because I had found a new viewing interest on Monday nights.
Perhaps I just needed to wait for the live shows (which I missed part of Monday night on account of my new viewing interests). Tuesday’s show – from the opening ballad with Christina and members of her team to the closing singout and contemporary spin of Nina Simone’s “I Put a Spell On You” – was pure talent gold!
Confession Time: “I Put a Spell On You” is a song I would kill to hear a David spin! 😛
So, what has been distracting me from the reality TV competition overkill?
Two words: Sleepy Hollow! (See above pic)
Starring Nicole Beharie, it’s one of those crazy time-traveling supernatural and biblical tales mixed with your typical detective mystery show. It’s an absolute hoot! Except when some of its more occultist images seeped into my subconscious and gave me a really creepy dream last night.
Between Sleepy Hollow on Fox and American Horror Story: Coven on F/X Wednesday nights, not to mention AMC’s Walking Dead zombie thriller, I gotta ask: What’s up with all these supernatural shows?
Ghosts, witches, and zombies! Oh My!
Another two words: Reality TV.
Think about it: After decades-long bombardment of all sorts of reality programming, while scripted TV shows were on the wane, isn’t it curious and interesting that these supernatural dramas started popping up?
I’m just completely fascinated by this turn of televised events, a wonderful reminder that, sometimes fantasy, myths, and unreality is perfect entertainment.
Granted, they had to get downright spooky just to get our attention away from shows like The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, and X-Factor. Check out the opening credits to American Horror: Coven:
Chill-inducing and demonic looking, isn’t it?
Not to worry! It’s all kinds of fun, campy, bizarre, and over-the-top in its intertwining of history and the present. Trust: after the harrowing viewing of 12 Years a Slave, I’m very comfortable entertaining a character like Marie Leveau who uses voodoo spells to raise the dead and seek justice against racial violence. Angela Bassett’s portrayal of this historical figure is all kinds of amazing! A woman who never ages while hiding her real powers behind being a beauty salon owner? Heh.
So many subversive plots about women’s power and the history of our nation.
Anyway, I was so certain I’d be tuning out from reality competitions until tonight’s episode of The Voice. And then I remembered why I liked the show (and why I became enamored with the likes of David Archuleta). If the reality of talent is on display (whether it’s the genuine makings of a star or the genuine capability of a creative storyline), I’m in regardless of how “real” or “unreal” the program I’m watching.
What are you watching on TV lately?