Perhaps we're doomed. Reality "competition" shows have reproduced and mutated to leave us with a frightening Tuesday night lineup.
HELL'S KITCHEN - 8 pm - WHNS To be honest, I've not seen a whole lot of this show and I just don't understand the appeal. This Gordon Ramsay fellow sure seems like a jerk. He appears to be a ranting sociopath who obviously has some anger management issues to work through. And speaking of work, I can't think of a more poisonous, demotivational management style to work under than this guy's thrown pans, reactionary shrieking and contemptuous superiority. But I guess someone enjoys watching this stuff, because he's being given yet another hosting job. Can someone explain to me the appeal of this guy? Does he have some redeeming qualities? Is this show worth watching? What am I missing here?
AMERICA"S GOT TALENT - 9 pm - WYFF That may be so, but you wouldn't always know it from this show. Actually, this one is relatively harmless, with very few tears and some interesting variety in the acts. And the designated jerk, judge Piers Morgan, is less caustic than he could be, resulting in a much more supportive atmosphere. Or maybe I'm getting too touchy-feely for me own good.
WIPEOUT - 8 pm - WLOS The antidote to touchy-feely. This oddball Japanese-style competition features people getting injured in a variety of ways, all of them allegedly hilarious. It's not exactly my cup of tea, but I can at least understand the sort of train-wreck appeal of watching folks fall face first into mud pits and such. That's the same thing that's kept America's Funniest Home Videos on the air for 20 years.
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