When It Comes to Reality TV, At Least, Dallas Is the New New Jersey, Part II

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While Anna wraps up her redistricting brouhaha recap from last night, start your day with this: yet another story comparing Dallas to New Jersey when it comes to our burgeoning reality TV scene. The Los Angeles Times, taking note of such shows as Bravo's Most Eligible Dallas and Style's Big Rich Texas and Logo's last-night-premiering The A-List: Dallas, went there in August. But this one's special: It's actually from New Jersey -- The Star-Ledger of Newark, to be precise, whose Amy Kuperinsky goes to great lengths to compare and contrast Most Eligible's Courtney Kerr (you say so) to Jersey Shore's Snooki. And, of course, Dallas to Joizy.
Christopher Willey, head of East Coast development and production for Logo, says that until now, Texas has been "underexploited" when it comes to reality TV. He attributes the delay to the fact that it's more expensive to haul a production crew to Texas than to set a show close to New York or Los Angeles, where most television production companies are based.

"The people we found in Dallas were fresh," says Willey, who adds the network also considered Austin as a possible location.

"Texas in particular has its own mentality," he says. "They don't think of themselves as Southerners as much as they think of themselves as Texans."

Hmmm, sounds familiar. After all -- are we Northerners, or are we Jerseyans? Exactly.
Which doesn't even take into account the next-gen Dallas, which starts shooting here any day now, much to the delight of Brits. After the jump, the cast of A-List Dallas -- which debuted last night amongst allegations that one of the cast members faked a "gay-on-gay hate crime" -- plays Dallas trivia. Awesome.

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Mike
Mike

These shows are strung together scenes composed by mediocre writers performed by non-actors.  Many times physical arrangements do not make any sense since the scriptwriters don't care.  Consequently do not waste time comparing the people to anything real any more than comparing Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd to a working farm.  It's a story that a 10 year old could follow blocked out over the 10 episodes. 

The shows serve a function in that they portray a Dallas that has more happening than reality. 

LaceyB
LaceyB

there is no writing. Just editing in final cut, silly. No writer could be that bad.

LaceyB
LaceyB

At least Snooki is fun to watch. Courtney is just a bitter, aging, jealous icebag full of botox. I don't mind watching "Most Eligible" because, I have a superiority complex (workin on that--we all do deep down--don't deny it), and, it's mind-numbing TV to cap off my killer Mondays. But, if Dallas is gonna be shot for everything it's worth, can't we be more interesting? More watchable?

ChrisU
ChrisU

has Dallas County Commissioners Court been renewed for another season?

John_McKee
John_McKee

I went in prepared to be appalled, after actually seeing it I would be embarrassed for these people if I thought they had any dignity. I'd say this reflected poorly on Dallas but there is no way anyone could think these people were anything but delusional fools in an indeterminate setting besides establishing shots.

Could anyone seriously buy the idea that these people anything but living in a joke that they are not in on that could have been set anywhere?

Rangers100
Rangers100

A little exaggerated of course, but I don't see how these reality shows are all that far off from Uptown/Park Cities/North Dallas culture.

Very embarrassing for Dallas, of course... but then again, Uptown/Park Cities/North Dallas are very embarrassing places.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Um, not all of us. Have you been here lately? It's way more fun to watch the f'ed up ones with a drink in hand. That's what true locals do. You have been watching too much "Most Elligible Dallas". Flip. The. Channel.

MattL1
MattL1

So Texas has been "underexploited?"  Geez, can't let that happen.  And here I thought that exploitation was a bad thing...

As always, it's not the networks' fault.  It's all you idiots who watch this crap.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I would be for some sexploitation, though.

MattL1
MattL1

Some, of course.  Let's remember that a little bit of sexploitation goes a long way.

Montemalone
Montemalone

What's it called when you gag, barf, and scream all at the same time?

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Waking up in an Oreo situation with Herman Cain & John Wiley Price????

Montemalone
Montemalone

Fuck!

Now I have to soak my head in bleach and ammonia to try to get that visual out of my brain!

Which way am I facing?

LaceyB
LaceyB

To the right, presumably.

Jason
Jason

I'm not sure what the medical term is but I'm going to start calling it A.L.D., short for A-List Dallas.  I experienced it last night while watching the slow backwards crawl of the progress that's been made for mainstream gays in society.  

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