The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

January 21, 2013

Anyone know what is reality?

Monday, January 21, 2013 — I know I talk a lot here about treasure hunting, antiquing, pickin’ or whatever else you want to call it.

I was so ecstatic the other year when “American Pickers” came to film at Red Cross, only to find out that they wouldn’t let the press come out to the shooting. I’m still kind of bummed about that, even though I continue to watch the show and “Pawn Stars.”

But even the diehard collector in me has hit a wall.

These shows must end. I’m not talking about the two mentioned above; I’m talking about all the copycats that sprang up. There’s “Barter Kings,” “Hardcore Pawn,” “Auction Hunters,” “Toy Hunter,” “Comic Book Men” and “Storage Wars,” which itself recently made headlines when one of the “stars” proclaimed that much of the show was faked. There was even one called “Collection Intervention” that I must have missed, where people who have accumulated mass collections try to calm their disease down.

But these reality shows do not end with collecting. There are shows about lumberjacks, crab fishers, truckers and other careers.

All these reality shows took off after the success of “Survivor.” I watched the first season, which was good, but I haven’t been able to tackle another. I still watch “The Amazing Race,” mainly because it shows other parts of the world that I will never venture to and stunts that I would never dare try.

It is cheaper to do these shows, since there is no need for professional actors.

I guess if we look back at history there has always been a different genre craze every few years. We had the western days of the 1950s and 1960s. Game shows have always been popular, except most of the ones today can not match up to the ones of yesteryear.

Soap operas were once all you could find on daytime TV, but now we’re full of talk shows. I do have an admiration for what Oprah and Jerry Springer have done. Each catered to a different audience and succeeded.

Real people are more entertaining than actors I guess.

Real people?

Real people.

I have the perfect reality show for you. No need to turn on the television either. It stars real people even.

You’re looking at it.

Before I could even get this column into print, our publisher spread the word that NBC is looking to develop a documentary show about a community newspaper in the style of “The Office.”

Every issue of the SNAP has stories on real-life, honest-to-goodness, everyday Joes. The subjects are not actors, except in the case of the Uwharrie Players, West Stanly Players, Talent Company and … well you get the idea.

Every issue of The SNAP is like one of those famed shows of the past. It has a little something for everyone.

Tune in two days from now when we rejoin our program, which is already in progress.



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