Thursday, June 6, 2013

Be Afraid....Be Very Afraid.....and Nekkid.

So while watching the fantastic North America documentary on the Discovery Channel Sunday night, I saw several commercials for a new "reality" show airing later this month, called Naked and Afraid.  (Pause for shock....)  The premise of the show is two strangers are dropped off in the wilderness, and are alloted one personal item, rudimentary maps and go-pro personal cameras that are rolling at all times.  And oh yeah, they're naked.  Why do they need to be naked in this show you ask?  Good question caller!  Is it to test the extent of how far the Discovery channel can with the FCC?  Is it so the network can really utilize their sweet blurring technology?  Or is it because nothing on any cable learning channel has any credibility whatsoever anymore (Ain't that right TLC?)

I suppose it wasn't a huge leap for the network, which gained fame with such productions as Planet Earth, Africa and the beloved Shark Week.  If you think about it, those are just voyeuristic shows about survival too.  And I bet none of the sharks in Shark Week are wearing any clothes.  They may be EATING people's clothes, but they'd never claim to wearing them.  So how big of a stretch is it to make humans, the ultimate prey, the subject of their newest program.  And what a boost to ratings if these people actually reverted back to their primal, cannibalistic ways, just like the naked and afraid neanderthals of yesteryear.  Perhaps Discovery Channel can take this concept to their other shows as well.  I mean, how much more exciting would Deadliest Catch be if the crews' junk was exposed to those crab pinchers (ouch!)  And why not then, take it to other networks?  Cooking shows in the nude (hope they're not using hot oil....), or nude Storage Wars!  Just imagine Antique Roadshow in the'd never be quite sure what they're appraising...

It's a sad world we live in, where television keeps find new ways to sink us to even lower levels of depravity.  If I wasn't Keeping up with the Kardashians, or Betting on my Baby, I'm peering into the lives of the 16 and Pregnants, or god forbid, a Real Housewife.  There are shows out there restore my faith in television, like Justified, The Walking Dead, and Parks and Recreation.  But for every one of those, there's 5 terrible shows.  At least on E! and Bravo, you know what you're getting into.  But when a network like The Discovery Channel sells out to strange scripted reality, we should all hang our heads in shame.  At least until the camera stops rolling.

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