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Request to readers: WIMN needs your reality TV DVDs. Put ‘em to good use, why don’tcha?

jpozners Icon Posted by Jennifer L Pozner

July 11th, 2007

Regular readers of WIMN’s Voices know that I’m working on a book on gender (and race and class) issues in reality TV. The working title is, Bachelors, Bridezillas and Beautiful Corpses: Unraveling Reality TV’s Twisted Fairy Tales.

I’m taking the same thorough research approach with this reality TV book as I bring to all the news media analysis I do for Women In Media & News — reading hundreds of articles in Nexis.com news database searches every time I do a critique of inaccuracy in trend stories, etc. — which means that I need to watch endless amounts of mind-numbingly boring, exploitative, degrading and bigoted so-called “unscripted” programming.

I know, trust me I know. Before you offer to buy me some bourbon to help numb the pain, there’s something I’d prefer from you, dear reader. Reality TV shows on DVD. Anyone have any? I’m looking for everything from box sets (ideal) to one-off episodes of any of the series listed below — any others you might have on hand that might suggest. I currently have around five years worth of episodes — probably thousands of hours — of reality TV shows, but they’re all on VHS tapes. Hundreds and hundreds of old, some even unmarked, hard to fast-forward through VHS tapes. They’re difficult to work with, and it would be a huge boon to the research process & a great time saver if I had more of this stuff on DVD.

So, fess up. Anyone have a secret addiction to “America’s Next Top Model,” “American Idol,” “The Apprentice,” “The Bachelor” or “Age of Love“? Did anyone’s nerdy younger brother burn all the episodes of “Are You Hot: The Search for America’s Sexiest People” onto DVD because he was too young to buy porn and it was an easy prime-time network substitute? Do any of you have a hook-up at Television Without Pity or any of those reality TV fan forum recap sites, where folks tape this stuff religiously?

I don’t care if they’ve been watched before - used is fine. Personally recorded is fine (hell, better you burned a DVD from TV than gave Fox or ABC your cash, right?)

OH - and if anyone has any footage from the Texas news station that hired a WWE wrestler and bikini model to “anchor” a month’s worth of “news” as the groundwork for an upcoming Fox reality show called “Anchorwoman” — send it to me! I’d be your best friend…

Please circulate this call as far and wide as possible. The research process will be so much less painful if I can replace these horrible, space-wasting, impossible-to-wade-through video tapes with easy DVDs. Anyone who helps will get thanked in the book! (As if me being your BFF isn’t enough…)

Got reality show DVDs you’d rather put to good use, or leads on a friend who does? Lemme know. Email
info[at]wimnonline[dot]org

Incomplete list of shows I plan to review for the book:
1. Age of Love
2. All American Girl
3. Amazing Race
4. American Idol
5. America’s Next Top Model
6. Anchorwoman
7. The Apprentice
8. Are You Hot?
9. Average Joe
10. The Bachelor
11. The Bachelorette
12. Beauty and the Geek
13. The Biggest Loser
14. Blind Date
15. Black/White
16. Boy Meets Boy
17. Bridezillas
18. Cathouse
19. Celebrity Fit Club
20. Dr. 90210
21. Extreme Makeover
22. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
23. The Ex-Wives Club
24. Flavor of Love
25. Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School
26. For Love or Money
27. Frontier House
28. Gay/Dar (now in production)
29. Gay, Straight or Taken?
30. The Girls Next Door
31. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
32. I Love New York
33. I Want a Famous Face
34. Joe Millionaire
35. Lady or a Tramp?
36. Last Comic Standing
37. Love Cruise
38. Married by America
39. Meet My Folks
40. My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé
41. Mr. Personality
42. Nanny 911
43. On The Lot
44. Playing It Straight
45. Popstars
46. Profiles From the Front
47. Project Runway
48. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
49. Seriously Dude, I’m Gay
50. Supernanny
51. Survivor
52. Temptation Island
53. The Real Housewives of Orange County
54. The Real World
55. The Restaurant
56. The Scholar
57. The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll
58. The Simple Life
59. The Starlet
60. The Swan
61. Top Design
62. Trading Spouses
63. The X Effect
64. What Not to Wear
65. Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?
66. Who Wants to Marry My Dad?
67. Wife Swap
68. Work Out

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