Hopefully, you've seen my article in today's Telegraph about the Lizella couple that's appearing tonight and tomorrow on two different reality series. If not, here it is: http://www.macon.com/2012/12/03/2272110/bibb-county-couple-appearing-on.html
You can catch them tonight on "Tattoo Nightmares" (Spike, 11 p.m.) and then tomorrow on TLC's reality pilot, "Neat Freaks," at 10 p.m.
Personally, I've never been a fan of the genre, but it's undeniable the impact it has had on TV. From the Kardashians to "Jersey Shore" to the midstate's own Honey Boo Boo, these are the shows and characters that have people talking at the water coolers.
I'm not really sure what it says about our society that it's become so popular to look into the lives of others even as people across the nation want their own lives to turn into a fishbowl for public consumption.
The only shows I watch that might be considered part of the reality genre are "The Amazing Race" and "Shark Tank," which has a special episode tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC. But I don't consider those to be true reality shows. The former is a massive game show, while the latter is more a series about business and creativity. We aren't following the lives of the contestants of either show beyond the scope of that series.
The reality genre is only going to continue to grow, as more and more ideas get tossed out there. My colleague Jim Gaines told me a little while ago that MTV is planning to do a "Jersey Shore"-style show set in rural West Virginia.
I'm sure it will have its audience. Me, I'll be watching anything else.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: CBS airs the Victoria's Secret runway show tonight at 10 p.m., which is some reality TV I can get behind.
After the special "Shark Tank," in which contestants learn what to say and what NOT to say to Mark Cuban, there are new episodes of "Happy Endings" and "Don't Trust The B--" from 9-10 p.m., followed by "Private Practice."
NBC is new with "The Voice," "Go On," "The New Normal" and "Parenthood," while Fox has its Tuesday night sitcoms from 8-10 p.m.
Though it's been cancelled by The CW, "Emily Owens" is new at 9 p.m., following a new "Hart of Dixie."
On cable, TNT has new episodes of "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Leverage" from 9-11 p.m.
However, the pick of the night is the season finale of "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 10 p.m.) as we see Jax (Charlie Hunnam) going down the path that makes him the new Clay. Meanwhile, he's got to contend with the old Clay (Ron Perlman), the ticked off IRA, the CIA, gangster Damon Pope and a really ticked-off ex-marshal (Donal Logue).