Posts tagged ‘reality TV’

“The Real World” is taking over my world

Photo courtesy DCist. See that white brick building on the left? My apartment building is behind it - way too close to MTV.

The location of MTV's "The Real World" in D.C., which is way too close to my apartment. (photo courtesy DCist)

Most DC residents have already figured out the location for the filming of MTV’s “The Real World.” It just happens to be a two-minute walk from my apartment.

The reality – pardon the pun – of this situation didn’t fully sink in until I was going for a long walk/run one morning. I began to think about all the places I frequented near the future MTV landmark: the Safeway convenience store, the CVS, the yummy Asian fusion restaurant a few blocks away (Banana Leaves, for those who live here) … Pretty soon I found myself jogging faster and faster, increasingly annoyed at the prospect of having wanna-be MTV stars living in my neighborhood. (Although not immune from the tourists, one of the reasons I chose to live in Dupont was because of its eclectic community, the opportunity to shop local and support non-chains, and experience part of the “real” DC.)

On the other hand, giving this situation more thought, I decided it also provides a great opportunity for blogging. Real-time blogging of the reality TV show, if you will.

Thus, my exploitation of MTV (through words written in a private blog) begins now. *Fanfare*

So far, the only activity at the house is construction. Shoddy construction. All the windows have brown paper over them to prevent curious persons such as myself from seeing in. However, during the daytime most of the doors are open, providing a well-lit view of the house’s inside. All I have to say about the interior is: Drywall. White drywall. And lots of it.

I’ve never actually watched an episode of “The Real World,” only hearing about the show’s premise third-hand. But for some reason, I always thought the houses these “contestants” lived in were a lot classier – sturdy construction, maybe something other than a white built-in wall for decor, things like that. Right now, MTV’s renovators are making the house look like the spitting image of a frat house. Very fitting, don’t you think?

I’m hoping that my neighbors won’t be too intrusive, or that at least my 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. job means I’ll be operating on different sleeping patterns from their 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. drinking duties.

I’ll just have to wait and see.


June 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Does D.C. have housewives? Bravo thinks so.

It wasn’t my intention to become a reality TV blogger when I started “Politics and Quirk.” But I’m already one post into the subject and about to embark upon a second.

I blame Bravo.

Earlier this week, DCist broke the news that the network was pursuing another extension of their “Real Housewives” project, this time focusing on the District.

Before I go any further, I’ll take a silent pause to let any and all District residents get out their screams, sighs and other expressions of terror.

**Silent pause.**

OK, back to “The Real Housewives of D.C.” (more…)

May 27, 2009 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

Fledgeling anti-socialite seeks opportunity to mock DC reality TV

Is this the new face of reality TV? #bedhead

Is this the new face of reality TV? #bedhead

I have a new project. A new goal. Or, really, I should just say I have a new distraction. It involves reality TV.

This morning, I was sitting with my boyfriend and noticed a gem in his blog reader from the DCist – details on casting for a new reality TV show (title still undetermined) that supposedly will feature “a range of women from DC.”

I quote, from the press release, “We are currently looking for a range of women in DC, from young up-and-comers (determined staffers, aspiring politicians, fearless journalists, and fledgling socialites) to the real powerbrokers on the Hill (commanding congresswomen, sassy socialites and dymanic divas in charge) We want the wonder women of Washington who know the ins and outs of both the political and social scene. The show will follow the lives of these high-octane women as they tackle the daily dramas that only DC can dish out.”

(As an aside, someone has to tell the producers that they’re going to find it pretty difficult to find a “commanding congresswoman” to appear on the CW. Second, I strongly object to anyone terming anyone from my gender “high-octane.” There’s just something about comparing women to a grade of gasoline that’s just so unattractive. Not to mention environmentally unfriendly. But I digress.)

DC, unfortunately, is no stranger to bad reality TV. The show “Blonde Charity Mafia” is scheduled to start on the CW in July. And I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before Bravo unveils “The Real Housewives of Washington, DC.”

Nevertheless, I feel the need to embark upon an experiment and throw my hat into the ring for this show. All I have to do is, “Please include: Name, age, occupation, give a brief bio of who you are, tell us why you think you should have your own show. Don’t forget to add recent photos, and a contact number where you can be reached.” No problem. Especially on the photo end. I hope they like bedhead. (more…)

May 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm 1 comment