Dating shows like rock of love

A little older than most contestants, Rodeo’s motherly qualities and ability to stop fights with her giant muscles made her a favorite on the show and made it all the more bittersweet when Bret eliminated her so she could go home to her son that she missed.Sam from season one proved much too emotional to have to fight dozens of other suitors to win Bret's heart.There’s also an amusement park princess, though I’d like to think that’s an ironic twist.

But in this writer’s opinion, television as art form peaked 10 years ago.

The real golden age of TV began on July 15, 2007, and ended April 19, 2009 – the run of “Rock of Love.”“Rock of Love” was a VH1 reality show where a house full of women tried to win the affection of rock star Bret Michaels.

On , by contrast, the contestants have real careers (though unlike in most romantic comedies, magazine editor is not one of them).

Job descriptions like dog lover, fishing enthusiast, former professional cheerleader, and hot dog vendor are replaced by attorney, radio personality, CEO, photographer, and former member of the Israeli army.

Sure, you wouldn’t want to sit by her in science class or anything, but as far as reality TV goes, she was gold.

”–sized glasses of chilled pinot grigio, a group-friendly entree that’s been simmered in a Crock-Pot all day, carefully filled-out brackets with the statistical knowledge typically reserved for a March Madness office pool … Nobody equates watching network television’s most popular dating show to, say, clubbing a seal.

Instead, an abundance of suitors will rain down from the sky, just like the mythical events described in that Weather Girls song.

“I wanted every woman to have a chance, technically, to end up in a relationship,” says Burnett.

All of these shows have a few things in common: a lack of diversity, a lack of female empowerment, and really cheesy music.

Burnett’s solution to that tired and retrograde formula looks similar to a fever dream you’d have after too much Tindering: Twelve single, 20- and 30-something women are brought to an island (old habits die hard).

Terrence “J” Jenkins — the show’s younger, smoother, blacker Chris Harrison — who promises that soon they’ll all be paired with the relationship-minded, employed men of their dreams.

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