Quick Takes

Jan 27, 2003  •  Post A Comment

“Reality shows are giving us a candid look at the kind of foolish, fame-crazed people who live among us. Too far? Maybe. Scary and disgusting? Definitely.”
Ruth Butler, columnist, The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
“Fox’s `Joe Millionaire’ is deceptive. NBC’s `Fear Factor’ is disgusting (chowing down on a horse’s rectum-with not a bottle of A-1 Steak Sauce in sight). And ABC’s `Bachelorette’ has set dating back 20 years. Yup, the envelope has been pushed.”
Bob Betcher, media columnist, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Fla.
“Most American TV viewers seem to want mindless, cheap-thrills viewing, which these shows offer in spades. It’s too bad, especially since this often means the death of other worthwhile shows in other formats.”
Jennifer Wendt, research industry specialist, First Marketing, Fla.