Thursday’s Toss: Confessions of a reality TV junkie

As I see it, cutting back on your television intake is just like dieting. If you go cold turkey and deprive yourself of the things you like to eat, you will binge. And so it is with TV.

I was never one to indulge in reality-TV. I thought it was the result of television executives running out of things to produce, so they think of shows like Keeping up with the Kardasians.

And while my daughters were glued to either Jersey Shore, (Still trying to figure out what the heck a Snooki is.) America’s Top Model and even, Project Runway, I was turning up my nose and heading to my office to write. “I’m not into that stuff,” I remember telling them.

Oh, how the high and mighty must recant.

I put my guard down for one minute and 12 months later–BOOM! I’m a reality TV junkie. It all happened so fast!

My affliction hit me over the weekend when my daughter and I were watching TV and I was trying to get my “line-up” in order for the coming week. I couldn’t remember when Modern Family came on, and my daughter scrolled through all the programs from Saturday to Wednesday (because she’s a good daughter!) to find the channel and time for me. Something’s wrong.

My shameful itinerary includes:

Shark Tank– Five billionaire “Sharks,” which includes Mark Cuban, outspoken owner of the 2010-2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks, hear pitches of the best business and product ideas from some of America’s brightest entrepreneurs, ranging from start-ups from stay-at-home moms and dads, to simple yet brilliant ideas in a wide range of areas including children’s products, music, sports, automotive, and even the nightclub scene.

Plain and simple, this is Business Management/Entrepreneurship 101. I love this show! I’ve learned so much about manufacturing, patents, merchandising. Heck, I want to invent something and go to the Shark Tank and see if they’ll invest in MY company!

Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) – I love ballroom dancing, okay? 🙂 This is one classy show. And even though it’s primarily made up of celebrities whose careers have waned or those who have retired from the limelight, it’s still exciting. Emmitt Smith, Jennifer Grey, (yes, from Dirty Dancing), Apolo Ohno, Jerry Rice and Kirstie Alley are just some of the celebs who dance their butts off!

The Voice – Besides having the opportunity to see Adam Levine each week, I LOVE this show. Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green, along with Adam, are great coaches. And the talent is unbelievable. There are contestants as young as 15 years old, singing like seasoned professionals! I actually choose this over DWTS, which I record on DVR and watch later.

The Real Housewives of …(most of them) …- This is just WRONG! I know. But I became hooked on this show when I went on vacation. Don’t ever go to a cabin in the dead of winter and watch TV. You never know what you’ll come home liking. Uggh!! Now I watch Real Housewives of Atlanta, Orange County, and New Jersey. Can’t get into the NYC wives yet.

Other shows not considered reality, but I watch (or record on DVR for later)

Scandal – I’ve talked about Scandal before. Simply love, love, love it! It’s an education in relationships and intrigue. The writing is brilliant.

Major Crimes – Follow up show from the “The Closer,” which I loved watching. Was a little disappointed when Kyra Sedgwick left The Closer. However, Major Crimes is intense and still has the cast of characters that viewers have grown to love.

Modern Family– which I actually blame on master story and script consultant, Michael Hague. If he hadn’t shown a clip of the show at his seminar, I would NEVER know about them! (By the way if you ever get a chance to go to one of his workshops–do it! He’s phenomenal.)


There you have it–my sordid little secret. I take full responsibility of my actions. My only saving grace is that I’m not glued to the television, so I’m still writing. (I record a lot of the shows and watch them later!) So, for this Thursday’s Toss:

I hope I’m not the only reality TV junkie out there. And if you’re thinking that you can’t participate because you don’t live in America. Forget about it! 🙂 Reality TV is spreading like a virus! I know for certain “The Voice” is in the UK and Australia. So share what you can’t seem to stop watching.

Misery loves company (and reality-TV)!


Dirty Dancing with Patrick …

Okay, I’m sure most of us have seen “Dirty Dancing” with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, right?

Do you remember the scene where “Baby” is taken to a party with just the hotel workers and she dances with “Johnny” for the first time? His hips are plastered to hers, and he teaches her how to move them in a sensuous dirty dance.

The dance ends and she has learned the moves (lucky girl). However, he leaves her standing in the middle of the floor exhilarated, and looking like a nut because she doesn’t know what to do next.

That’s how I feel right now.

After two weeks, I’m finally coming off the RWA Conference high. After two successful pitches, and a slew of wonderful workshops, and my winning honorable mention in the Stroke of Midnight contest, I’ve had a little trouble staying focused. A pure nut.

I have managed to complete the first three chapters of my second manuscript, (Woohoo) but it’s been like pulling teeth.

I’m probably trying to do too much at once. My new office is coming along, but it’s taking a lot of my writing time because I’m moving shelves and setting up printers. I need to be settled in one place so I can focus.

I’m going to keep plugging away. There will come a moment when I look at the sign hanging over my computer, which reads, “ASS IN CHAIR” –a piece of advice I’ve borrowed from Nora Roberts, and get busy. So, enough blogging for today. It’s time to get my AIC.

Care to share? How do you stay focused after doing something equivalent to dirty dancing with Patrick Swayze?