Thursday, July 20, 2006

When that show about cutting hair is too exciting for you

There are "reality" shows where the cameras just follow around C-level celebrities. There's some showing the inner workings of hair salons, restaurants - and now a subset of that, a restaurant kitchen. There's one coming up about a newspaper, with The Daily News to be featured on a show to air on Bravo. And now there's one being planned about a goddamn department store. The Times is reporting that there will be a new reality show revealing the inner workings of Macy's:

Set for broadcast in September, “Unwrapping Macy’s” will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the retailer operates its stores, selects merchandise, creates a catalog and runs events like the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, said Steven Weinstock, one of the producers behind the show.

The show, which is still being edited, will be on WE, the Women’s Entertainment network, whose viewership overlaps with Macy’s customers, executives at Macy’s and WE said. The first of eight 30-minute episodes will appear at 10 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Mr. Weinstock said life at Macy’s was “inherently dramatic,” because of creative conflicts between staff members and the deadline pressure of each passing fashion season.


Remember when TV drama actually meant Martin Sheen as the president, or George Clooney as a doctor? Now it's some salesgirl from Queens chewing gum and gossiping about that bitch in Accessories.

I've got to get in on this reality show gravy train. These people are making money by having cameras follow some schlubs around doing their jobs or even just living their lives. There's money to be made here, folks, and I demand some of it

28 comments:

megster said...

lol - how about one following me as I answer phones and accept lunch deliveries for the people here too lazy to come up to the reception desk to sign for it. That's a thrill a minute!

Anonymous said...

Send cameras to my office where you can thrill to the sight of everyone hunched over their computer screens, not talking to each other, IMing their friends, looking at non-work web sites, and it's broken only about once every couple of months when everyone gathers to have cupcakes for someone who is leaving the company because they CANT STAND IT HERE ANYMORE! That can be "A Very Special Episode".

barbie world said...

hehe you can make a show about me and my friends when we go out and have guys buy us lots and lots of drinks and we end up making out with each other just to see their faces. Do you think that would get an audence :)

l.w.t. said...

The networks love these shows though. They don't have to pay Martin Sheen or George Clooney millions of dollars or spend a bundle for writers, set builders, props, etc. Reality shows are here to stay.

Anonymous said...

Barbie world no offense but you sound like a slut

brooklyninthehouse said...

Chill out anonymous. Barbie World I would watch your show! lol

Not a hipster said...

I doubt there'd be a show I could be on. Wiping old people's butts, cleaning their dentures, and taking out catheters isn't anyone's idea of good television.

lulu said...

lol ew not a hipster that's gross. I dont know how nurses can do that stuff.

jill g. said...

My life, get up, go to work, eat crappy lunch, come home, either make crappy dinner or maybe if lucky have a date or go out with gf's looking for date, come home,sleep, start again next day. Now there's a show! haha

Not a hipster said...

Lulu, I've built up an immunity to most of it. Sometimes though, I still have to leave the room for a minute if something is particularly gross.

I'll put it this way: once I finish nursing school, I will never work on the unit I work on now.

Not a hipster said...

Jill, what do you do?

pbl said...

They should do a show about my sumer share. It's a riot drinking and debauchery! You wuld love it:)

smooshie said...

I'd always rather see shows about real people like in the the hair salon or the resturant staff than shows with "stars" like Paris Hilton or the Gastanou (sp?) Girls who are phonies and just acting for the cameras.

jill g. said...

Not a Hipster, I work in the research dept. for an ad agency. We analyze surveys that sample groups fill out on commericals or print ads the agency's created before they run anywhere, telling us if they are moved by them, if there's brand name retention, etc. It's not a bad job, it's my personal life I have to get out of a damn rut from lol

JBK said...

Wow, reading the sad sack lives of you people I guess just turning a camera on real folks maybe isn't as easy as it seems. I may have to rethink getting on board the reality show gravy train.

KIDDING!

Jill G. I have to get out of my damn rut too.

peabo said...

The best reality show is still The Real World. I think they were the ones that started it all, its been on so long now!

jenn said...

No-one wants or NEEDS to see my real life, it's not for viewing!!! lol

dawn's secret said...

lol I love this! How about a show with my family and whenever we get together at major holidays and the interaction especilly at dinner - you get comedy, tragedy and fighting like you would NEVER believe! :)

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