It’s Casual Thursday, and you know what that means…

It’s Casual Thursday and you know what that means…uh, wait a minute, you have no idea what I’m talking about. The term “Casual Thursday” came about a few weeks back when I showed up at my friend Julian’s house at 10am to pick up two cases of wine glasses he was loaning to me for my Wine and Chocolate party.

Julian answered the door in his bathrobe, and I must have looked a bit shocked because he said, “What? Didn’t I tell you? It’s Casual Thursday.”

Julian works from home a lot, so he can go to work in his bathrobe whenever he pleases.

But that’s beside the point. The point is that today is Casual Thursday, which means a casual blog.

Today’s topic: Strange TV Shows I’ve Come Across While Channel Surfing Lately

Cash Cab
Discovery Channel
Another British reality show import. Can we Americans not think of any original reality shows ourselves? Please. Okay, there is The Bachelor, produced by my good friend Sam Korkis, and I use the term friend loosely. We had lunch once and signed a business deal, but I digress. Back to Cash Cab. If you get into the Cash Cab (one of many cabs in New York City) you are bombarded with trivia questions and rewarded with money if you answer correctly. However, should you answer three questions incorrectly before you reach your destination you get kicked to the curb and you have to catch another cab. Who thinks this stuff up?

Moment of Truth
Fox (are you surprised?)

American version of the Columbian game show “Nothing but the Truth”

Prior to the show, a contestant is hooked up to a polygraph and asked 50-70 questions, and their responses are recorded. Without knowing the results of the polygraph, the contestant is asked 21 of those same questions again on the show, each becoming progressively more personal in nature. If the contestant answers honestly as confirmed by the polygraph, he or she moves on to the next question; however, should a contestant lie in his or her answer (as determined by the polygraph) or simply refuse to answer a question after it has been asked, the game ends and the contestant loses all of the prize money accumulated. That’s not the worst of it. The most important people in the contestant’s life (usually a partner, parents, siblings, best friend) are sitting just a few feet away on a couch watching all of this.

I have seen two episodes, and witnessed a 23-year old guy admit to having sex with over 100 women, admitting to never being able to be monogamous, keeping a spreadsheet of all of the women he had had sex with, and all of this within earshot of his girlfriend of two years. I’m sure she’s his ex girlfriend now. I also saw a married man find out a lot more about his wife than he wanted to in the first 10 minutes of the show. I’m guessing they’re not married anymore either.

All of the contestants had one thing in common: over confidence and extreme arrogance. I guess they all thought they could beat the polygraph. Ha!

I just took a look at the application form to be on the show, and here’s what you have to have on your submission tape:

(d) CONTENT: Please include the following in your video: When answering the question, please incorporate the question first than give the answer for example: Do you consider yourself an honest person? I consider myself an honest person because I haven’t told a lie in 20 years.

Please state your name, occupation and where you live. Describe your personality and why you would be a good candidate for The Moment of Truth.

Do you consider yourself an honest person? Describe WHY do you want to be on The Moment of Truth? Explain why you can win the $500,000. What would America say about you if you were on TV? Tell us about your past 3 relationships? (e.g.. are you currently married, divorced, who were you married to, who are you dating, etc.) List your talents / strengths in your life in order of what you do best. Describe your personality at work. Describe your personality when you are at home. Describe your relationship with your Parents. How many brothers and sisters do you have and describe how you feel about each one.

How many friends do you have, and who are they? Describe your last 3 bosses, who did you like best? Least?

Tell us anything else you think we should know about you.

Wow. No thanks.

Deadliest Catch
Discovery Channel

This show follows crab fisherman in the Bering Sea. So you think that sounds boring? My kids were riveted to the screen for the entire episode, watching the crews work five days straight (the length of the season) with almost no sleep, in a boat being tossed around the Bering Sea like a cork. Six crew members died, yes DIED, on the episode I saw. It is an incredibly rough job that pays each crew member about $25,000 for five days work if they get a good haul. I’ll keep my desk job.

Flavor of Love

This reality show stars Flavor Flav of Public Enemy. Do you remember the series Strange Love with Brigitte Nielsen and the short guy with grilles? That’s Flavor Flav, and I believe he’s done three seasons of this Flavor of Love show so far, so he’s had roughly 60 women try to win his love in the past year. The women are given nicknames like Grayvee, Hotlanta, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 (a pair of twins competing as one contestant). Instead of a rose ceremony (ala The Bachelor), there is a clock ceremony, where the contestants are given a giant clock to hang around their neck. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. I don’t see the attraction with Flavor Flav? Am I the only one?

So, there you have it. Casual Thursday. Any strange TV shows you’d like to share?

P.S. Here’s a lousy picture of Jackie Greene and I at KINK yesterday (thanks to my S.O. for inviting me, muah). Jackie played three songs off his new CD “Giving up the Ghost.” I’m a big fan, and Jackie has been in my Top Friends list since we first met two years ago (I saw him open for B.B. King). Better pictures coming from the photographer who was at KINK. Jackie is playing at the Aladdin Theater in Portland on Sunday if you can still get tickets.



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