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Reality TV – viewers don’t want “normal”

All-American Muslim, which screened on TLC in the US, purported to

take a look at life in Dearborn, Michigan–home to the largest mosque in the United States–through the lens of five Muslim American families.

Seems like a good premise for a show, right?  Well, possibly, but it wasn’t embraced by audiences. As Stephen Colbert explained in his Threat Down last night the families were just too normal to appeal to audiences used to excessive levels of reality-TV-crazy (the video is unfortunately geo-blocked here).

Promising to be less boringly normal – and therefore more successful – are the Shahs of Sunset, a new Bravo show from Ryan Seacrest Productions. It focusses on a group of socialites in LA

who are trying to juggle their active social lives and up-and-coming careers while balancing the demands of their families and [Persian] traditions.

The Iranian community in the US is calling for a boycott of the show, claiming that it “caricatures” Iranian-Americans. This echoes the concerns of some Italian-Americans when Jersey Shore first debuted – if the Shahs take off like the Shore did, Iranian-Americans might have to resort to some counter-programming.

Check out the preview clip for a taste of the Shahs.  I’m hoping it gets picked up here – it looks so trashy!

Two things I don’t like?  I don’t like ants, and I don’t like ugly people.



1 Chunks { 03.15.12 at 12:29 pm }

I don’t know what they’re worried about. If they come off looking like the Kardashians more than the mad mullahs of Iran, it can only help their image. Sure everyone thinks the Kardashians are famewhores and moneygrubbers, but they don’t think they’re terrorists or trying to undermine American society.

2 Allan { 03.15.12 at 5:32 pm }

No one does reality TV like the Italian-Americans. They just have that loud personality, they love getting drunk and having sex and they’re just basically wild and everyone loves a hot Italian girl (Or guy) as they’re generally attractive people. A reality show on Muslims… errrrm, no thanks, give me Italian New Yorkers any day. P.S- Look out for Brooklyn 11223 and Mama’s boys of the Bronx, the latest Italian themed reality shows to make it big (Hopefully in Australia like Jersey Shore)