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'Everest' is real reality show

May 28, 2009 - Lee Smith
Because I work in the evenings, I don't watch primetime TV. Nor do I record it. I don't feel like I'm missing much. The advent of the reality show leaves me flat. My wife and I watched the first two seasons of "Survivor" way back when. Then it was like, this is the same old crap and no one really has to "survive" anything. It's pretty weak as far as drama goes.

I've (proudly) never seen an episode of "American Idol." I can wait until these supposed stars actually do something in the recording industry. Carrie Underwood has achieved. The others less so or not at all.

I can't stand the reality shows where over-emotional people scream at one another, or constantly demand respect (though they don't deserve it), or weep and moan about nothing, or feel "really stressed" about the dessert they have to make. Whatever ...

So that all said, I have found myself interested recently in Discovery channel's "Everest: Beyond the Limit." Unlike "Survivor" the people on "Everest" actually face death and a variety of other health risks. As they climb, they find the bodies of dead climbers. In other words, the peril is real. I find these climbers interesting and, at the same time, nuts. I can't imagine intentionally risking frozen fingers, feet, etc., or death for the experience. While I question the climbers sanity, I also root for them. I suppose that's the draw of the show. Anyway, it's real.

 
 

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