Wednesday, 18 March 2009

A Healthy Dose Of Non Reality

I’ve found a way to get the ironing done so much quicker – escapism TV! Nothing cuts through a pile of laundry faster than the little gems currently found on my new best friend, SkyPlus. Knowing that my obsessions of Gossip Girl, Brothers and Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives are series linked, meaning I can watch them as and when, helps me to sleep at soundly at night. There is another recent addiction that is proving to be more than a fair substitute for the sadly missed Lipstick Jungle, The City… but more on that later.

Just my personal opinion here and no disrespect intended to anyone who feels differently but I don’t understand the attraction to the likes of Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale etc. The “Ay Up Chuck” worlds portrayed in these dismal little melodrama’s makes me want to….  well ….. up chuck actually! It’s slit your wrists TV at its worst. Why would you slop heaps of badly acted misery and gloom onto your plate when you could be presented with a gourmet arrangement of delicacies from the world of the beautiful, fickle and glamorous?

Lets face it, life has a few of its own mundane moments, tackling the ironing pile ranking right up there at number one. I would far rather let the antics of New York’s elite teen set ease out the creases on my shirts or let “Forever Ally” Calista Flockhart, the better with age Rob Lowe and the slightly unhinged Sally Field assist with pressing my trousers, than listen to another ear bleeding shout of “RICKYYYY” from that ginger one!

And so in my ongoing quest for more fantasy TV, I find myself glued to The City, starring Whitney Port of The Hills fame. I never saw the Los Angeles based escapades but have it on good authority from Grazia that they made excellent water cooler TV fodder. The new MTV series portrays a totally unrealistic turn of events that involve Whitney leaving L.A. and getting a job in New York working for Diane Von Furstenberg! I take it you no longer need to ask why I’m watching this?

It’s so obviously contrived, out of touch with the reality of living in New York if you’re a mere mortal and ever so slightly annoying in places due to the number of times the phrases “Like…. Totally” and “Oh My God” are uttered…. but nonetheless, I love it! It’s full of beautiful people, Olivia the NY socialite being the most beautiful of all, great Manhattan locations, and bucket loads of to die for fashion.

And if you fast forward the adverts, it’s a twenty minute, quick and dirty escape from the reality of ironing the sodding duvet cover… and that I would pay good money for! 


notSupermum said...

I love The Real Housewives of New York. They're so rich and spoilt, and bitchy to each other while smiling all the time. Fab.

Tara@Sticky Fingers said...

Blimey, you're a worse TV junkie than me!
I have to link record Desperate Housewives, Pushing Daisies and 30 Rock because hubby says no way jose is he watching them and then I download Lost because we can't afford Sky but there is no way I'm going to miss it now there is an end in sight

galinthecity said...

Ha! Did you read my post about the show last month after I spent five hours one day watching a marathon of it on my laptop? It's ridiculous and addictive. I'm totally bummed the season's already finished!

that girl? said...

NSM - Oooh... thats one I hadn't heard of before; I just googled it and it looks fab. Off to see if I have Bravo!
Tara - Yep - there are only certain things that Other Half will suffer with me and The City is not one of them! I wish I'd persevered with Lost but I got bored mid way through series 3. Perhaps it will be one to add to my Every Box Set Ever list one day!
Galinthecity - I did! And it was your post that prompted me to check out The City!! You know me... a sucker for anything New York related! We're only on episode 7 here so I have plenty to fuel my addiction yet!

thejulesspot said...

We're kindred spirits! I watch all kinds of unfortunate shows like this one. I was hooked in way back when Lauren Conrad was on "Laguna Beach". If you get Bravo, you'll also see "The Real Housewives of Orange County". That is the area I live in. It's like a train wreck. You want to look away but you can't! I agree with notSupermum - "The Real Housewives of NY" is a wonderful guilty pleasure!

A Confused Take That Fan said...

Ooooh to have sky+, sky, living etc...
I miss out on soooooo much. Still waiting to catch up on Greys...hmph. C'mon Channel 5!!!

Yummy Mummy said...

If it's "reality tv" than I heart it. As in tivo can't miss heart it!

I so wish we could be watching such highbrow television together!!! W so need to live on the same continent!


that girl? said...

Jules - That's it... I so need to get Real Housewives of NY!!
Confused - Hello long lost friend - good to see you back!! I had it on good authority (from the wife of someone who works at Five) that it was going to be shown. How dare they make you wait for your McDreamy fix! x
YM - Tell me about it! What ya doin' all the way across the pond... move over here! Hope Maui was truly Wowee... sure looks it from the photos! Good to have you back! x

Looking Fab in your forties said...

I've spent all bloody night catching up on your blog and now I find "The City"! That bloody Olivia is a complete bitch, how could she take all the credit for that cover shoot outfit, I will never know!
Assume you are now catching "The Hills" if you need the box sets of the previous series, just let me know!