Marc’s GChat Status Expanded

I’m Surprised It Took So Long…

I’m about an hour and 45 minutes away from a dentist telling me I need to have a root canal to fix a hole in one of my molars, but before that happens I wanted to comment on a story that hit late last week that is shocking but not altogether that surprising.

If you’re an aficionado of all things VH1 reality tv shows like I am, then you reluctantly got drawn into the network’s most recent attempt to capitalize on the success of reality dating shows; Megan Wants a Millionaire.  The star of this debacle is Megan (I don’t know her last name and don’t care), who was one of the biddies from season 2 (I think) of Rock of Love.  She is your atypical VH1 reality show girl; gorgeous, obnoxious, conceded, completely self-absorbed, and a  glutton for controversy. 

In the show, VH1 sends a bunch of millionaires to the standard VH1 mansion where they try to woo Megan by showering her with expensive gifts.  I am sure Vh1 would tell you the show is much deeper than that, but I assure you this is an accurate synopsis of the show. 

All well and good right?  Yea, unless of of the contestants on the show is later charged with murdering his ex-wife, which happens to be what happened this season.  Ryan Alexander Jenkins was charged last week with murdering his ex-wife and fleeing the country. Over the weekend, Ryan Alexander Jenkins was found dead in a Canadian hotel room, apparently having committed suicide.

As I mentioned before, this entire ordeal is sad and shocking and gruesome, but the last thing I would call it is surprising.

People love watching these reality tv shows because of the contestants who find themselves on it. They are literally characters, brought in to play the roles that the producers find essential to ridiculous reality television. The VAST majority of the contestants (and the featured “stars” of the reality shows themselves) are completely unstable. Given the things that these people do while they are on TV, it is not a stretch to imagine that one of them would be arrested for trafficking drugs, fraud, or tragically, for murdering someone.

But I don’t blame VH1 or any other network for that matter when these things happen. I don’t think you can tie the actions of contestants past or present to their publicity from being on the show. Unstable is unstable is unstable, no matter how famous you are.

I’m just wondering if it would be completely impossible to find guys and girls who are not completely insane to populate these shows. Are you trying to tell me there are not somewhat sane strippers and former dancers to populate the male-dating reality shows? Or that it is impossible to find millionaires who are not busy thinking about murdering their ex-wives to do stupid things to impress a dumb blond reality show star? It would be nice to start watching the next season of I Love New York (or whatever), and not have an open bet on which of the contestants will be the first to commit a violent crime upon the show’s completion.

Not that anything is going to change. Sure, VH1 had to cancel Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3, which Jenkins was a contestant on and supposedly the ultimate winner of, but in the grand scheme of things people are going to keep watching the shows. As sad as it is, the publicity of the fall of Ryan Alexander Jenkins may actually draw more people to the shows. Because people love watching to see what is going to happen next.

Shocking, sad, but hardly surprising.

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August 25, 2009 - Posted by | Nonsense, Television | ,

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