UK reality shows operate somewhat differently than those here in the US.
For one thing, the ordinary people featured on those shows seem genuinely ordinary, not people looking for fame and forture like those here in the US. (Except for the British version of "Big Brother," which is just as crass there as it is everywhere else in the world.)
For another, there's a certain level of fun and charm with the British shows. Those shows are about people trying to sell things in their attic or getting their house clean.
The latest show centered around ordinary people is "The Choir," (BBC America, 10 p.m.), which debuts tonight. The ads have been calling it the "real-life" version of "Glee," in which choir master Gareth Malone tries to build a choir of ordinary people in just nine months to compete in the World Choir Championships.
The key is that he's looking for ordinary, everyday people -- not "American Idol" wanna-bes.
It's an interesting concept which I'll assume will get ripped off by US TV at some point soon.
Meanwhile, I hope you are catching "James May's Toy Stories," which airs every Monday on BBC America. So far, the "Top Gear" co-host has built a life-size house out of Legos (including a working sink and toilet) and rerun a grand prix race over a two-mile area using electric toy cars and track. May recruits entire villages of regular people to help put his projects together.
Anyway, "Toy Stories" is a heck of a lot of fun, while "The Choir" seems to be worth at least a look.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: It's not like there's much on competing anyway. NBC has "Minute To Win It" and "America's Got Talent" from 8-10 p.m., while Fox has "So You Think You Can Dance" for two hours.
TVLand has a new "Hot In Cleveland" at 10 p.m.
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