It’s hard to believe that 2010 is coming to a close, but reality TV was a vital force this year.
Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of 2010:
Best Reality Shows
1) “Survivor”: This show has taken loyal fans through 21 seasons, and it still manages to add unpredictable castaways and plot twists.
“Survivor” played host to the all-star “Heroes vs. Villains” in the spring, and featured a new set of diabolical players in fall’s “Survivor: Nicaragua.” In 2010, the show added new rewards and challenges.
The players still proved you have to outlast, outplay and outwit each other, but this year’s contestants added lots of craftiness and intrigue to the mix. “Survivor: Nicaragua” also proved you don’t have to be a genius to win this contest: Surfer boy “Fabio” Birza won the game with nary a brain cell.
“Survivor” is ready for 2011, and the show will add Redemption Island to the mix. If contestants get kicked off, they could still be in the game.
That’s why I love this show.
2) “Celebrity Apprentice”: By this time, we’ve figured out the civilian “Apprentice” sucks. That’s why Donald Trump’s bringing back the celeb version in 2011.
“Celebrity Apprentice” was one of the top reality shows of 2010, because it brought together a quirky group of celebs. Winner Bret Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, Darryl Strawberry, Sharon Osbourne and Rod Blagojevich all brought the crazy to the game.
It kept us entertained and raised some serious money for charity.
3) “Top Chef”: This cooking competition failed with its spin-offs, but 2010’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” really heated up the franchise.
This year, the chefs were edgier, more aggressive and more talented. The heroes were impressive, the villains stood out from the pack, and some chefs got their just desserts.
“Top Chef Masters” can be seen on Bravo through the winter.
4) “Jerseylicious”: In 2010, New Jersey became the most publicized state in the country — courtesy of reality TV.
The best guilty pleasure the state has to offer is “Jerseylicious.” The reality show capitalizes on the over-glammed, big-haired girls of the Gatsby Salon.
“Jerseylicious” has several factors going for it. The show’s always melding new characters into the mix, the drama keeps building and the program doesn’t take any break time between seasons.
5) “The Sing-Off”: This was the shortest running reality show in 2010, but “The Sing-Off” earned millions of TV fans.
The a cappella contest had a cheesy judging factor, but the show proved that singers of all ages and genres could pull off amazing performances without a band.
Worst Reality Shows
There were lots of bad reality TV shows in 2010.
Where do we start?
The worst reality shows of 2010 include “American Idol,” “The Hasselhoffs,” “Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend,” “Billy the Exterminator,” “Married to Rock,” “Bridalplasty,” “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” and “My Big Friggin’ Wedding.”
And don’t forget all the Kardashian family franchises.
One look at the show titles and you get the picture: Losers.