Quality Television

July 20, 2009 by admncc

I don’t go out of my way to watch TV commercials.  In fact, most of our TV time is done with the help of TiVo anyway, so that’s not a huge concern.  But when the TiVo is caught up and I don’t have anything to fast-forward through, I sometimes find joy in critiquing retail products and TV shows that I see commercials for.

When I get on a roll, the normal comment that comes out of my mouth is, “Are you freaking kidding me?”  Anyway, “Dating in the Dark” was the recipient of some scrutiny from The Constant Complainer last night.

Have any of you seen the preview for this new show on ABC?  If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can view the 30-second clip here.

ABC calls it “the most revealing dating experiment you’ll ever see.”  I call it “the dumbest show ever conceived.”  Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy some reality TV.  But putting people in a dark room together (a true blind date) to avoid them worrying about “looks” is just plain stupid.

I think there are a lot of factors that go into a successful date (especially a blind date) and to handicap one of those will not lead to success in the end.  I think a TV producer is going to get fired over this one…

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  1. The phrase “better late than never” rings very true with my visit to your site today. Snowbound from When Pigs Fly sent me in your direction due to her guest post. I can see why the two of you have gravitated towards one another in the blogosphere. Both writers and both very, very funny.

    There is nothing better than discovering a great blog based on a great blogger’s recommendation.


  2. That sounds so incredibly stupid. I won’t be watching it. On the other hand, what is there to watch if it’s dark?

  3. Extreme John says:

    I would rather close my head in a car door than watch that crap, I agree. Crap.

    On a side note I can’t wait until Direct TV relaunches the Tivo version of their DVR it was the best ever.

  4. I’m sure the draw will be the humiliation of one of the parties when they are abruptly dumped when their face is revealed. It’s the watching a wreck on the side of the rode thing, morbid curiosity. I can’t stand to watch someone humiliated (I read in People magazine at the barber shop this is how it goes down).

  5. Gina says:

    Ok, I’ll play devil’s advocate. Maybe, just maybe, it’s an enlightening social experiment on the ramifications of the perceptions of outer beauty vs relational compatibility based on intellect and personality.

    On second thought…nah.

  6. Hal says:

    Gina, wow, you had me going for a second there, girl. I love it!

  7. NeoConDon says:

    I’m not really a fan of reality shows, so I probably won’t watch this one. But I do know that I would never be on a reality show. I’d do a game show though.

  8. Zig says:

    NCD, nobody asked for your opinion! I think this show looks good. I will set my DVR! Reality TV is “sometimes” good and other times stupid. I like Big Brother. The MTV reality shows are ridiculous!

    I especially like the idea of “dating in the dark.” I get extremely turned on when I hear, talk, feel people’s warm breath on my face in the dark. To FEEL a woman I don’t know and can’t see agaist me is awesome. The whole idea is a total turn on for me.

  9. Dan says:

    What the hell, Zig!!

  10. NeoConDon says:

    Hey Zig,

    Nobody asked you for your perverted opinion.

  11. Jane says:

    I can’t get enough reality tv. I am eating this up an will watch for sure. I think Jennifer is right on what will happen though.

  12. Timmy says:

    I enjoy reality television. I will watch anything once. This show doesn’t seem like it will give me the excitement that its going to give Zig, but hey who knows. I watched some garbage called “Boot Camp” a few years back and that was pure trash.

    Still chuckling at Zig’s response…well played!

  13. C. Princess says:

    Some experts claim dating in the dark can heighten your senses and experience. There’s a similar and concept regarding dining in the dark. In Paris there is a bistro, Dans le Noir. The idea behind eating in the dark is that it enhances the flavor of your meal because you’re relying solely on your sense of taste and smell. I read the whole idea behind the show is to see if strangers(couples) can establish an emotional connection. Establishing an emotional connection is important but I believe it’s a very bizarre and strange way of going about it. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “blind date.”

  14. Sugar says:

    I think they are running out of ‘reality’ ideas….

  15. I agree this show couldn’t sound more lame. It’s not that I don’t get the concept, but really, don’t we have enough of these stupid reality shows that aren’t even reality? As to Zig’s comment Don, don’t worry, with the way he talks about his desires, he may not even be able to count how many of those “she’s” were actually “he’s” 🙂

  16. william gatherer says:

    I don’t usually watch TV other than the news and whatever my wife is watching. Usually, I get stuck in LapTopland. I have been watching the RV show, don’t even know the name of it, but it was entertaining. I am going to guess and call it now that the Fam from Alabama is going to win.

    TV has really hit the low lately, bring back true sit-coms

  17. OKAY.

    Totally saw it. Cus it was on after The Bachelorette, which i had to watch for my job. Anyhow, i have to admit that i liked it. Give it a try, it starts afresh each week. But felt SO BAD for that poor guy who’s girl chose not to meet him. I mean, come on you cold hearted beotch, you can at least go out on the balcony and spare the guy national rejection. It doesn’t mean you have to have his babies.

    He wasn’t even unattractive.

  18. If blunt is recommending it then I will have to check it out at least once 🙂

  19. Zig says:

    I watched the show, Dating in the Dark. I thought it showed the differences, in dating styles, between men and women very well. Men are all about getting laid and don’t really care about much else, i.e. whether the woman is their soulmate. All them men on the show decided to “go out on the pourch.” The men were just thinking about getting laid. Nothing else!

    Meanwhile, every woman struggled, or at least pretended to struggle, with the decision of whether or not to “meet on the pourch.”

    At first glance, all the men were dorks. But, with the lights off, they were good/interesting men. That SAT tutor guy reminded me of Weird Science. It kinda showed that, to most, looks don’t, or shouldn’t, matter. Tell me that British guy wasn’t only thinking about geting laid when he met that woman with the thick/tinted glasses and crazy/uncombed hair on the pourch… That woman from Australia, Leni, with the red hair and nice rack, was the only good looking person on the show!

    I liked the show and will watch it again. That woman who walked out the door should die alone, because no real man will ever be good enough for her!

  20. Zig says:

    Christina, hey, thanks for the kind words about my burning desires. I don’t see what is the big deal… It’s all pink in the middle, right?

    Open your mind. In my mind, reality television is just like sex. If one goes into each with an open mind and losees all our preconceived notions, both make quite an evening. As with sex, once one has been bitten by the reality show bite, they will be a fan forever! Both will blow you away!

  21. I don’t even watch TV anymore. I know what shows I like, and I simply watch them on the internet. As for any new shows, I frequent blogs and see the advertisement. If the show seems interesting, I find it on the internet. Just not interested in TV anymore…too stupid, like the show you described

  22. Tom says:

    Zig! Your a total creep.

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