Thursday, May 25, 2006

See Ma, Books Are Sexy!

I just read this press release for a new reality show called "Tuesday Night Book Club." Suffice it to say that it doesn't sound like much reading will take place.

I'm torn between horror, revulsion, and excitement at the prospect of this show. Not that I'm ever going to watch it, but the book industry has needed a little "sexiness" for a long time. When the most salacious story of the last five years is Judith Regan sleeping with Bernard Kerik, you've got some serious image issues working against you.

But what disturbs me about this show is what, according to the producers, the "club members" will discuss. Direct from the article: Tuesday Night Book Club's cameras will chronicle the day-to-day drama encountered as the women attempt to raise their kids, maintain their households, and satisfy their husbands.

Is that really all there is for these women? Do they ever talk about politics? Movies? The news? Try to figure out whether Anderson Cooper really is gay?

Do we really need another soap/reality/drama where women sit around in a coffee klatch trying to figure out why Derek won't return calls and Biff doesn't show amorous interest? I mean, where's Murphy Brown when we need her?

My mother is in a book club. She enjoys it immensely. But I'd like to think there's more to her life than raising her children, maintaing her household, and...ew. I can't even say it.

I don't really have a point here. But I do have a pretty good idea what the first book the club discusses will be...


Blogger Bernita said...

Just what my children said when they read the sex scenes in my novel.
What's with you virgin birth kids?

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jason Pinter said...

Hey, I'm definitely not a prude, but there are some things you just don't want to know about.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this is one of those time period reality shows. They're all in a book club and living in the 1950's. And I'm not virgin birth kid, I know my parents had sex. Twice. Once for me and my sister. That's it.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Jared Goralnick said...

Somehow this seems like a slightly different demographic than the book clubs I'm involved with...

It's a good thing for books, much as Dancing with the Stars was great for ballroom dance groups, but it's sad how conceptually off it seems right from the starting line...

I'd love a reality series with less drama and more reality, but I guess that just doesn't sell.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Allison Brennan said...

Book club? I don't think so. I can't relate to those women, but I'm probably not in their demographic.

The only reality show that I watched was Joe Schmoe, the fake reality show. OMG, my hubby and I cracked up. The second one was a little too silly, but the original was great.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Jason Pinter said...

I'm proud to say I've never seen an episode of Survivor, American Idol, or any dancing or skating with stars. Though I did watch the first two seasons of The Apprentice. Then Donald morphed into a cartoon character and I couldn't keep up.

It seems these days any book with the words "book club" in the title strike gold. I'll be curious to see if this show flies.

9:50 AM  

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