June 9th, 2011
09:41 AM ET
That country's ban on television and radio news reporters using the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” on-air unless specifically referring to those companies in news stories got me thinking about what I’d like to see banned here in the good old U.S. of A.
There are a few things in the world of entertainment that I absolutely could do without, and given that my last name is “France” it seems only fitting that I follow in the footsteps of that nation and get my ban on. To that end, here are some things I think we can do without – at least for the foreseeable future:
Performances by Beyonce – I love you Mrs. Jay-Z, I really do, but lately you have been everywhere except on my milk carton. Videos, interviews, the cover of Essence magazine, I just can’t seem to escape you while you “Run the World.”
The pièce de résistance was the not one, but two performances on the season finale extravaganza of “American Idol.” Please take a seat and allow your fans to miss you a little bit B.
Olivia Munn – I just don’t get the appeal.
Do not get me wrong, she’s a doll face and totally deserved to be on the cover of Maxim, but why all the overexposure? The nearest I can tell is that the geeks who shall inherit the earth love her from her time as a co-host on G4’s “Attack of the Show!” and her cleverly titled book “Suck it, Wonder Woman.”
I get that she's hot, but so are countless other women in Hollywood who don't get the same breathless, constant attention over who she may or may not be hooking up with (remember the original alleged sexting scandal involving Munn and Justin Timberlake who totally denied it), a prime spot as a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" or a supposed parody on "30 Rock."
Call me a hater if you will, but I'm having Munn of it.
Food shows – When it comes to food TV, I am just about stuffed.
There was a time when I was super hungry for more “Top Chef” spin-offs and such, but now with Gordon Ramsay’s “MasterChef,” and the coming of “Famous Food” featuring Danielle Staub and Heidi Montag and the Mario Batali hosted “The Chew,” it’s starting to look a little gluttonous.
Most times, less is more.
Hyperbole in reality shows – How many times can you have “The most dramatic rose ceremony EVER!”?
Time to jump on the banned wagon and demand a little truth in advertising with reality shows. And yes, I can hear you griping that there is already not much “reality” in reality television, but a girl can dream, can’t she?
Reality show spinoffs – Speaking of dreams: Lord, please deliver us from another “Jersey Shore” or Kardashian spin-off.
The TV programming plan appears to be take one successful show and then see how many iterations you can cram down the viewing public’s throat. After awhile, it’s becomes super diluted so enough already.
Reality TV period – Now that I think about it, how about we just ban all new reality TV shows period.
Is there anything that we haven’t covered with reality shows from little people to pawn shops? The argument can be made that once we get to the point of producing shows about people who clip coupons, it might be time to move on.
Besides, does the world really need another “Housewives” franchise or some such? The only thing we haven’t seen so far is a reality show, about how they go about producing reality shows.
And now that I’ve put that out in the universe, there is probably just such a show currently in development. *Face palm*
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