Over the course of the last two years, my television habits have changed a lot. I found myself craving more and more scripted drama over Reality TV. It seems like it just one show with a ton of spin offs – the Kardashian Clan and their many shows, Housewives of X (pick a location/sport) and so on. Yes I am going to admit that I watch a few and was obsessed with them for a while but after figuring out their formula they get boring. For example I used to be a huge fan of MTV’s The Real World (the 1st reality show) but after a couple of seasons you figure that every cast is going to have at least one minority – whether its race, sexual orientation or religion. Just the right ingredients to stir up fights and lots of drama, then add alcohol to the mix and the main course is ready to serve.
There were a few shows that capture my attention and I am sad that most of them don’t last very long. This past weekend Centric (sister channel to BET) aired a marathon of Daddy Girl’s a spin off of Run’s House, which followed the lives of Vanessa and Angela Simmons (oldest daughters of Rev Run). I liked the show especially when we got to see how they grown their business Pastry from just a sneaker line but to include fashion as well. Why can’t see more reality shows that depict small business and entrepreneurship, you know something to give us a break from the catfights while learning something at the same time.
Although I didn’t get into it, I know that Shark Tank is pretty popular and Kells on Earth was great in my opinion. On one hand you had individuals looking for investors and the other following the PR company People Revolution. I guess having cameras following you around all in your business’ business can become a pain at some point and maybe that’s another reason why these shows don’t return. I think when done right they can be helpful especially to those of us building our own businesses.
That’s why I have now fall in love with two new shows and hope they stick around for a while. The first is Party at Tiffany’s on Oprah’s OWN, which follows Tiffany Young, Party planner and owner of Pink Pastry Parlor in Atlanta, Georgia. I think its super cute how they sell cupcakes in the front and also thrown parties where you can pick from the different theme rooms. The second is Bravo’s Chef Roble and Co., which follow a young catering business, started by Chef Roble after he quit his job. They are both young and ambitious and I think its beyond great to see them on TV and wish them nothing but successful and air time.
Since people watch a lot of television, it would be great to get more shows around entrepreneurship. I think for some people make “entrepreneurship” out to be a dirty word. I am sick and tired of people treating me like I am Tommy from the show Martin. I have a job, it may not fit your definition of what a job is but without entrepreneurs and small business owners who have come before me, a lot of the things I have and use in my life I wouldn’t have and nether would they. Give me some fresh Reality TV without the nasty sides.