In my mind, Reality TV can be broken down into two seperate categories: Watching those with talent and watching those who have self-percieved talent (Ameican Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Amercia's Got Talent.. you know), and then there are the Darwin-esque shows who test the beauty, strength, wit and ability of the contestants (Survivor, Bachelor, Deal or No Deal, and the like). There is nothing wrong with Realty TV. I enjoy the occasional summer night wasted in fron of Last Comic Standing myself. There are just A LOT of realty shows, ya know? For this reason previews for Age of Love fell upon blind eyes in this household. It wasn't until I saw clips of the show on E!'s The Soup, that my interest was piqued.
The premise is simple: parade beautiful 40 something and 20 something women in front of a 30 something guy and see who he goes for. Admittedly, I tuned in. From the first scene, the glaring theme of age is so in your face, you wonder if the show was produced by a team of eighth graders. There is much to comment on from the obvious editing of "confessionals" to the women that were picked in the first place. What I want to talk about, though, is the man they picked. What I think is so funny about these shows where many are vying for the attention/love of one is not only is that situation in and of itself ubsurd, but who is to say that this man is even deserving of the women's affection? In my mind, this guy is a dork. The 20 year old women are clearly just eye candy. They are, at least portrayed as, catty, emotional, and flighty. But, why would the casting crew have chosen this man as someone the 40 year olds would even want? Most of these women are not only gorgeous, but have great jobs, and provide for themselves. I mean, honestly, they say he is a tennis star that is looking to settle down after having many failed encounters with women. Pshaw. A non-committal, inarticulate 30 year old? Every 45 year old cougar's dream, I am sure.
I guess they signed up for the show, plus they are less than mature. They quicky revert to cattiness when the "race" begins. In typical reailty tv fashion, the first couple rounds of eliminations went off with tears and broken hearted cast offs. I wonder what it is that makes reasonable adults behave this way.
Okay, I dis it, but my tivo is still set.