'Most Eligible Dallas': When reality TV goes horribly wrong

If there's ever a class on the delicate art of making addictive reality television (and who knows, there probably already is), "Most Eligible Dallas" (Bravo, Mon. at 10 p.m.) will undoubtedly be part of the curriculum. Unfortunately, the show will be included as part of the lecture on how ideas that probably looked good on paper can become unwatchable crap. I'm sure "MED" seemed like a natural to Bravo; attractive young people with more money than sense swan around Dallas, riding mechanical bulls and doing charity work when they're not busily pumping up their muscles (the guys) or hair (the girls). Actually, even on paper this show seems like a pretty bad idea, so I'm not sure I can make a lot of excuses for Bravo here.

When I tuned into the first episode of "MED," I found it so thoroughly boring I kept trying to think of other things I could do while the show was on, like sock sorting or transcendental meditation. Ultimately, I gave it about forty minutes before conceding defeat. Perhaps it will get better with time, I told myself. Watching it again last night, I can say with some certainty that the level of suckitude has remained constant. That level, of course, is set at a "Spinal Tap" worthy 11.

Our six core "MED" stars, a "Friends"-like mix of three girls and three guys, are so achingly dull that they lack even the good time gaucheness of Snooki and company on "Jersey Shore" or the campy drama of "The Real Housewives" franchise. But dullness isn't the only problem here. Having too much money may be a burden (one I think most of us wouldn't mind carrying for a while), but having too much money, little common sense and a lack of interest in the world at large makes for people whom you'd like to hold under water until they stop moving, just so you don't have to listen to them speak. Oddly enough, these people do not make for great television. Read More...



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