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October 6, 2012 2:25 PM
Can someone please explain to me why TruTV felt that there was a massive deficiency of "car-towing drama" in American broadcasting, such that they felt compelled to fill the void with inane, absurd, laughably staged "reality shows" that center around Neolithic imbeciles who pretend to tow cars for living?

I am of course referencing:
- South Beach Towing
- Lizard Lick Towing
- Operation Repo

Why do we need a show comprised of this stupidity, let alone multiple shows? Is this what we as a society have come to? Asininely fake Jerry-Springer-like storylines about tow-truck drivers? Cubed? Really?

For those who haven't yet witnessed these intellectual gems, basically the producers "recreate" real-life car-towing "drama" with an array of the worst high-school-drama-club dropouts, ever. Yet, these steaming piles of high-definition-doo are marketed as "reality shows." And please know, I don't want to underplay the "acting" in these wastes of bandwidth... these monkeys make Professional Wrestling look like Shakespearean tragedies.

And ironically all on a channel that dares to call itself "TruTV." Are you kidding me?

Ok, I feel better.

Happy Saturday.
October 6, 2012 2:28 PM
Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?
October 6, 2012 2:29 PM
Posts like this reassure me that I haven't missed a thing in the 9 or so years I haven't wasted time watching TV.
October 6, 2012 2:29 PM
Quite simply, stupid sells.
October 6, 2012 2:30 PM
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Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?


mmmm, cupcakes!!!!
  17449093
October 6, 2012 2:30 PM
i've only watched long enough to notice the bad ***** with the sharpie brows drawn on like commas.
October 6, 2012 2:31 PM
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Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?

I KNOW RIGHT?? Everything is now "wars." Cupcake Wars. Cake Wars. Whogivesacrap Wars. You know what's missing from all these shows??? F**king WAR!

When they start actually blowing up bakers and chefs with landmines and RPG's, call me.
October 6, 2012 2:32 PM
QUOTE:

Quite simply, stupid sells.

This makes me sad.
October 6, 2012 2:32 PM
QUOTE:

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Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?

I KNOW RIGHT?? Everything is now "wars." Cupcake Wars. Cake Wars. Whogivesacrap Wars. You know what's missing from all these shows??? F**king WAR!

When they start actually blowing up bakers and chefs with landmines and RPG's, call me.


im working on a show idea right now....let me get back to you.
  8452390
October 6, 2012 2:36 PM
QUOTE:

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Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?

I KNOW RIGHT?? Everything is now "wars." Cupcake Wars. Cake Wars. Whogivesacrap Wars. You know what's missing from all these shows??? F**king WAR!

When they start actually blowing up bakers and chefs with landmines and RPG's, call me.


im working on a show idea right now....let me get back to you.

Me too... "Heart-Disease Wars." The contestants runaround for 60 minutes beating each other with bacon and summer sausage.
October 6, 2012 2:38 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?

I KNOW RIGHT?? Everything is now "wars." Cupcake Wars. Cake Wars. Whogivesacrap Wars. You know what's missing from all these shows??? F**king WAR!

When they start actually blowing up bakers and chefs with landmines and RPG's, call me.


Oh, I thought you meant porn competitions for a minute.
Edited by sleepytexan On October 6, 2012 2:38 PM
October 6, 2012 2:39 PM
2 things.

1)They make it because there are people who like to watch it. (I'm curious who. We need a public list...)

2)Thank Jennifer Lopez. She's behind half of the towing shows. Seriously.
October 6, 2012 2:40 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

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Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?

I KNOW RIGHT?? Everything is now "wars." Cupcake Wars. Cake Wars. Whogivesacrap Wars. You know what's missing from all these shows??? F**king WAR!

When they start actually blowing up bakers and chefs with landmines and RPG's, call me.


im working on a show idea right now....let me get back to you.

Me too... "Heart-Disease Wars." The contestants runaround for 60 minutes beating each other with bacon and summer sausage.



and tossing granades made of pork rinds at eachother.
  8452390
October 6, 2012 2:41 PM
QUOTE:

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Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?


mmmm, cupcakes!!!!


I don't have cupcakes, but I just bought two tubs of ice cream if you're interested.
October 6, 2012 2:42 PM
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Because they ran out of cupcake show ideas?


Hey now. I love me some cupcakes.

Actually...the winner of Cupcake Wars is a local chain. The cupcakes there are delicious~
  20460497
October 6, 2012 2:43 PM
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2 things.

1)They make it because there are people who like to watch it. (I'm curious who. We need a public list...)

2)Thank Jennifer Lopez. She's behind half of the towing shows. Seriously.



Jennifer Lopez?? What?? LOL!
October 6, 2012 2:43 PM
same with the fake pawn shows like Hardcore Pawn. fake Storage shows etc...
October 6, 2012 2:45 PM
All that stuff is CHEAP to produce....which is why 3/4 of all the tv shows are reality crap. And, for some reason, people eat this stuff up.

That's not to say I don't watch ANY reality stuff. I do like Pawn Stars (love to see the historic stuff people bring in...NOT the dialog between the people that work there) and the one about the aquarium builders. But that's about it. The b/f is crazy about Ice Road Truckers...I don't see the fascination, myself.
Edited by Crochetluvr On October 6, 2012 2:46 PM
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October 6, 2012 2:45 PM
QUOTE:

Posts like this reassure me that I haven't missed a thing in the 9 or so years I haven't wasted time watching TV.


It's been 4 years for me.....I would probably be scared to turn on a TV now, if this is what I would be exposed to! Sounds dreadful AND stupid. noway
  28498868
October 6, 2012 2:46 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

2 things.

1)They make it because there are people who like to watch it. (I'm curious who. We need a public list...)

2)Thank Jennifer Lopez. She's behind half of the towing shows. Seriously.



Jennifer Lopez?? What?? LOL!


http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/06/jennifer-lopez-reality-show-south-beach-tow-fake-scenes-video
October 6, 2012 2:50 PM
QUOTE:

All that stuff is CHEAP to produce....which is why 3/4 of all the tv shows are reality crap. And, for some reason, people eat this stuff up.

That's not to say I don't watch ANY reality stuff. I do like Pawn Stars (love to see the historic stuff people bring in...NOT the dialog between the people that work there) and the one about the aquarium builders. But that's about it. The b/f is crazy about Ice Road Truckers...I don't see the fascination, myself.


I watch things like pawn stars but I actually learn things while watching that! And I love the history quizzes they give before commercial and give the answer when they come back from commercial. So reality TV like that I am all for. The towing crap and the like are dumb. Unfortunately I have watched them several times because that late at night (I work 3-11 so I stay up til about 3am) it's either things they want to call reality TV, paid programming, or the TV evangelists.
  20093528
October 6, 2012 2:51 PM
Aw come on now.. I love these shows.

Why? Because it's trashy "reality" TV and they provide comic relief to my other wise boring day.
  6370231
October 6, 2012 2:51 PM
You seem to be surprised.
October 6, 2012 2:58 PM
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Aw come on now.. I love these shows.

Why? Because it's trashy "reality" TV and they provide comic relief to my other wise boring day.

I think what bothers me about these shows the most is the marketing... they're marketed as "reality" shows. They're not. I know this because of the legal disclaimer that run at the beginning of each show that states the scenes are "reenactments."

I'm not sure why this even bothers me... but it does.
October 6, 2012 3:00 PM
Thank you for this, I was starting to think I had lost my mind. Makes me wanna toss my TV out the window sometimes. Of course, then I'll miss all the cool shows on my DVR so I'm glad that I control my distress.

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