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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.


March 15, 2012   2 Comments