I’m not a fan of reality TV. Since the Survivor days, I’ve always thought it was scripted and staged, nobody really acts like that, do they?
That’s not to say I don’t have an idea for a hit reality series (The Coach) based on the super hectic life and times of a sports loving friend who happens to coach a girls’ lacrosse team in a small town. The things that happen to her are laugh out loud funny, say much about our modern world and are always very, very entertaining — at least the equal of what’s out there today.
But as far as most of the reality TV shows, I was sure real people are nothing like what you see on TV. Sadly, I was wrong.
It seems I’ve just not been in the right places. I’ve actually been seeing Dance Moms play out for real after my daughter joined a local theater company. If you’ve never seen it, the show is about a dance team made up of charming little girls who’s mothers, all seemingly well-educated, well off, thinking people, allow their little, talented daughters to be abused and berated by teacher and series star, Abby Lee Miller.
It turns out that real life theater moms are just as ambitious, snippy and ready to do whatever it takes to assure their child’s success. They brag, make excuses, push… though not in front of a camera. Truth, it turns out, is stranger than any fiction Hollywood could dream up.
I shouldn’t be surprised, and yet I am.