Monday, June 16, 2003
When will people get sick of "reality TV"? Will we ever reach a point when the shows become so dumb, derivative and insulting that nobody watches them? Hey, it could be tonight. Fox trots out two witless features that just could be nails in the genre's coffin.
Let's start with "Outrageous Celebrity Look-Alike Behavior: Caught on Tape" (7 p.m., Fox). People pretending to be someone else embarrass themselves, and I am supposed to care. You sir, are no "Glutton Bowl."
Romance inspires extreme behavior on "Anything for Love" (8 p.m., Fox), from the producers of "Fear Factor."
- Last week, "bachelor" Ron Campos asked his harem on "For Love or Money" (8 p.m., NBC) to remove his boots in a manner that many considered degrading. He later acted like a cad in the hot tub, then sheepishly apologized to the ladies. And that's not including his off-camera scandals. This guy makes Faux Joe Evan Marriott look like a saint.
- What roundup of annoying shows would be complete without the return of "Meet My Folks" (9 p.m., NBC)? Tonight, five bachelors compete for the honor of taking a high-school principal's daughter to Australia.
- The quickie documentary "Reality People" (9 p.m., AMC) catches up with three former stars of the new TV genre to find out how they are coping after their fleeting flirtation with fame. "Big Brother 3" player Tonya Paoni remains obsessed with her looks and hopes to parlay her shapely figure into a Playboy pose. "Road Rules" participant Chadwick Pelletier is in the unusual position of trying to expunge the "reality" from his resume, which includes a stint at Harvard and a black belt in tae kwon do. "Big Brother" goofball George Boswell loved the limelight and will do anything to get back in front of the camera. Anything. His goal is to have his own show about "wacky" American food festivals, and he begins by donning a Pilgrim costume and attending a "Turkey Testicle Festival" in Illinois.
- Corny tearjerker movies about women defying the odds are alive and well on the Lifetime Network. Based on a true story, "More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story" (8 p.m., Lifetime) stars Carey Lowell in the title role as a teacher at a school for the blind who suffers a rare and sudden illness that plunges her into a sightless life. And that's before her husband dies from a tumor.
Tonight's other highlights
- A piece of luggage inspires a silent battle between Ray and Debra on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS).
- Drea de Matteo ("The Sopranos") is host of "100 Greatest Songs from the Past 25 Years" (9 p.m., VH1).
- Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones and Joy Behar are hosts of a primetime edition of "The View" (9 p.m., ABC). Scheduled guests include George Lopez, Kathy Griffin, Andrew Firestone ("The Bachelor") and his bride-to-be, Jen Schefft.
Pack rat fever on "Yes, Dear" (7 p.m., CBS) ... On four consecutive episodes of "My Wife and Kids" (ABC): a Hawaiian cruise (7 p.m.), pursued by supermodels (7:30 p.m.), late for the return flight (8 p.m.), sleepover complications (8:30 p.m.)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jesse Grabow appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Kate Hudson and Cedric the Entertainer on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).
Andy Richter, Snoop Dogg and Brian Walker appear on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Blue Man Group and Gavin Rossdale are booked on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).