How to Get a Reality Show: Interview with Mike Wolfe of American Pickers

This fascinating interview was brought to you by blogs, Twitter and my sister, the fangirl. ...more
Can't believe I'm just seeing this post. My husband is and was a picker before we knew of the ...more

Bloggers on Oprah’s Reality Show: Did You Audition?

You've heard of the great reality TV show hunt? The one with the prize being your own show on Oprah's new network, OWN (for Oprah Winfrey Network)? If not, Melissa Ford has the back story. ...more

Congratulations, Liz and good luck!


Check Out the Live-Feed of My Failed IVF Cycle

A woman named Lynsee just gave birth online and I didn't watch. Perhaps it is a testament to how greatly I'm affected by the stories of loss I've read, but knowing what can go wrong in birth, I didn't want to witness a live-feed of emotional anguish. Also a testament to how greatly influenced I am by my own story and those of others in the community, knowing what can go right in birth, I didn't want to witness their enormous joy knowing how out-of-reach it is for 7.3 million Americans. ...more

Non-commercial - just her individual experiences and some helpful ...more

From Happy Days to Hoarders: What Do You Think of What Your Teens Watch?

BlogHer's Shannon wrote an insightful post looking into preschool television shows back in January. But what about television that tweens and teens watch? Television that you and I watch (or will watch someday) with our kids? I'm not talking about individual shows, I'm talking about television in general. With a gazillion channels to choose from and DVRs abounding, one can certain insulate against undesirable shows easily. But what about our kids? ...more

I like a couple of the shows my kid watches -- Phineas & Ferb and Wizards of Waverly ...more

Don't Make Me Put You in the Naughty Chair: Supernanny is Back

ABC's Supernanny is back on the air tonight, launching its sixth season of naughty chairs full of wild things. I'm happy Nanny Jo is returning. I don't watch it every Friday, but I do like a little Supernanny now and again because it stirs up a juicy conflict for my inner reality-show-loving child. ...more

SpendWisely, you don't need to say that "sadly" you use Supernanny to help guide your ...more

The Quotes of Project Runway

Here are a few of the choice quotes that struck my fancy on this weeks episode: "life goes on, its a competition, and someone has to go home" states Korto when describing how "sad" she is that Emily has been sent home. Not looking for life long friends I guess. ...more

10 Reasons Why I Hate American Idol

I hate American Idol. It is vile and phony and destructive. I've never even watched an entire episode. I tried to, but I couldn't take it. I hate "AI" (which is also aptly the acronym for Artificial Intelligence) because of the effect I see it has on people. Here are my particular reasons: Reason #1: Idols are bad and we have too many of them already. ...more
Can't stand the stupid judges! They vote for the ones that are flat as can be and the really ...more

Okay, I did it. I watched Kid Nation.

A month ago, I did a post on the new reality television show called Kid Nation. I was basically horrified as I learned that the children on this show were exploited by their parents, who signed lengthy contracts allowing their children to participate. The kids were given little supervision, and the parents agreed to not hold the show’s producers responsible if the children got sick or injured. The show may have violated labor and safety laws. Yikes. ...more

When Jimmy said he thought there were going to be adults, I cringed. I'm very sure his parents ...more

"Kid Nation" Controversy

I openly admit to being a reality television fan. My favorites are Survivor and Amazing Race, but just about any reality show will do. So when I saw commercials for this new show called “Kid Nation,” I was intrigued. 40 kids, ages 8 to 15, in a “ghost town” outside Santa Fe for 40 days, creating and living in their own little community. ...more