I was watching television this weekend and saw an advertisement for a new show on Lifetime, Preachers Daughters. I was shocked, to say the least. Another “reality” show that the public does not need. Yes, these shows are inexpensive to produce and provide cheap entertainment for the masses, but what does the public get from it? What do these “actors” get, except being exploited? Most of these “reality” programs only show the basest of human interaction and I have to wonder, are they being paid to make asses of themselves?
Speaking of Lifetime Television, later this month they will be airing a made-for-tv movie about a well publicized murder case here in the Albany area almost ten years ago. Lifetime will be airing Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story on March 23. First, they didn’t even bother to film the movie here in Albany. Second, he wasn’t a Romeo as the title says. This was a cold-blooded murder committed by a son against his father. Here is a good summary of the case from Tru TV. But my question remains: Why, when dealing with a case such as this or other well publicized criminal cases which are then made into movies must the facts and characters be changed? Does that not take away from the “real” life of it?
Finally, the best show on television these days is The Following! If you haven’t seen it yet, catch up with On-Demand. I’m not going to give a lot of details, except to say that is disturbing and brilliant. There are some flaws here and there but for the most part, this show has restored my faith in good television.