Monday, January 24, 2011

first food network, now this

I place the blame squarely on the Spousal Unit. If it weren't for his bad influence, I doubt I would ever even turn the TV on, except to catch the odd episode of Daily Planet.

But the Spousal Unit, he'll watch anything. Considers himself to be somewhat of an expert in the fine art of television viewing, he does.

It started out innocently enough. I'd wander into the family room to catch a few minutes of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives with him. Then I'd find myself parking on the chesterfield to see who was going to be eliminated from the appetizer challenge on Chopped. The next thing I knew, I was waiting for Come Dine With Me Canada to come on.

But it gets worse.

It turns out that the Food Network is just a gateway channel. We have now crossed the line of good taste and solid judgment, and we are heading straight for the trailer park. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Storage Wars, Hoarders, and now Operation Repo are all proving to be disturbingly fascinating. Can the purchase of a family pack of Snuggies be far away?

And I know that I am never going to be able to break free as long as Sonia Pizarro keeps enchanting me with those fierce as hell chola brows.

Clearly I am doomed.


John Mutford said...

Debbie's into house shows. House Hunters International, Love It or List It, etc. I have the Daily Show.

Unknown said...

You forgot Billy the Exterminator!

Susan said...

Haha. It's a slippery slope, Barb. And you haven't even gotten to "My Bizarre Addiction" or whatever the show our babysitter was watching the other night when we came home....people addicted to eating Comet and couch cushions, among other things....?!?!

Anonymous said...

those shows can be oddly mesmerizing. Really says bad things about us as a society when we watch these enough for them to be on the air. Really though isn't it just a step further than Survivor? Which I have still never seen, although I do watch Amazing Race

umbrellalady said...

Wow! Those eyebrows are truly a work of "art." I don't know if I could pull myself away from such beauty either.
Guess we will have to sing the Doom song...

Wandering Coyote said...

OK, Come Dine With Me Canada is just frakking wicked so don't feel shame about that (and it's on W not Food Network, but it's an easy mistake to make).

Storage Wars, though? I don't know about that one. I of course know what you are talking about because TLC, A&E, and Slice are my constant companions. I love Hoarders. I enjoyed Heavy the other night. But do think TLC & A&E are getting a bit out of hand with their content. There is also Parking Wars - or at least there was last year. I couldn't watch that one, either. It was a tad too absurd.

TLC & A&E seem to be obsessed with midgets and families with 197325 kids, and people with all kinds of odd abnormalities, like addictions to blow up dolls and people born with no legs. It goes on and on and on.

I used to watch Intervention but then I watched it with some detoxing addicts in the hospital once and I couldn't go back.

And now Oprah is coming out with her own network...I think we are all doomed.

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, have you seen Cupcake Wars on Food Network? Yeah. It's exactly like Chopped only with cupcakes.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I shamefacedly admit that I watch house shows on mute while exercising, John. Currently I love that grumpy bitch on Flipping Out.

D'Oh! How could I forget Billy? The world needs him, Eva, or kids would be dropping out of school like flies.

OMG I have seen the ads for that one, Susan! And I have to confess that I really want to watch the couch cushion eating episode! I mean ... it's couch cushions, what's not to love?

I think they are on the air because they are a lot cheaper to make than a scripted series, Kelly. Although some would say that Operation Repo is also scripted. Controversy!

Are those not the most spectacular brows you have ever seen, Kathy? And she's got the attitude to pull off the look too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love Come Dine With Me, WC! They are so snarky and snoopy. Just like a good dinner guest should be.
Remember when TLC used to be The Learning Channel? And then they became the Disease of the Week Channel, and then they lost me with the 7 million kids families.
And I cannot watch Intervention. Too much crying.
I haven't seen Cupcake Wars. I'm not sure how much non-stop cupcakes I could watch either.

Wandering Coyote said...

Come Dine With Me makes my Monday a good day. I look forward to it every week!

Ooooh, my word verification is "oveness"! LOL!

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel. One day I was happily consuming a marathon of Pawn Stars when it occurred to me that I've allowed myself to be sucked in to cul de sac in the space-time continuum.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well I haven't quite gotten to the point where I know what day of the week Come Dine With Me is on, WC. haha Not judging though!

They should not be allowed to marathon these shows, Mr Anchovy! It's too hard to climb back out of that well.

Allison said...

Operation Repo? You are kidding right? Please tell me you're kidding.

Glad I know longer have cable. I do miss the Food Network though. Although I never watched the shows you listed (except Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). I watched for the cake. :)

Allison said...

*no longer. Oops.

Anonymous said...

Hurl the tele out the window NOW and save yourselves! Don't look back.

Anonymous said...

they are cheaper to produce but...people are watching them! They wouldn't be on the air, cheap or not if that wasn't the case. There was one on the air at one time about 3 transvestites, transexuals, or whatever they were travelling around in a motorhome. It came on after something else I was wathcing. The part I saw was them at a farm learning to milk cows.

S.M. Elliott said...

I scaled back to basic cable just to avoid this. Grey Gardens wannabes and the Medical Anomalies Channel and Divine's little sister are just too dang fascinating.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wouldn't lie to you about such a thing, Al. I've never really gotten into the baking shows on Food Network, but I forgot to mention Restaurant Makeover as being another favourite. Part cooking show, part reno show, what's not to love?

Sound advice, Leazwell, although the Spousal Unit will have none of that!

What were they wearing, Kelly?

Dang those fascinating freaks, SME! Very wise move, cutting back to basic cable.

phlegmfatale said...

Sonia Pizarro. oh. em. gee.
There but for the grace of... uh, lack of money to pay for cable... go I.

*cue guitars*