Ok, I have to admit, I have some terrible TV guilty pleasures… when I hear someone talking about TOWIE or Take Me Out or even New Girl, I feel secretly smug inside that probably what they just said, I totally agree with because, yes, I watch all of these programmes weekly and I do love them to pieces.
I like to think of it as that little bit of girl within me, screaming to get her side of the personality shown. The same one that fantasises over burlesque and vintage clothing and the same one that idolises women like Hayley Williams and Zooey Deschanel – this isn’t just them, it is their clothes, their voices, their quirkyness. I can’t get enough and if I felt ok saying it was ok to want to be like another person, it’d be them.
I know I know, I can’t quite justify TOWIE really, it is crap. Awful programming and even worse acting. Cause of course, I’ve been told by Green Ranger many a time, it is all set up. In my head, I like to think it’s not. It’s like when I used to be addicted to soaps, it’s like getting gossip. It’s like opening GLAMOUR or MORE! and reading something and thinking, ‘Wow, I know something seedy’. TOWIE is like watching people’s dirty laundry in public and it is oh so cringeworthy. Of course, if you were to ask me my favourite, I’d have one and I’m aware this makes me as bad as the characters themselves for watching such dross but it draws me in. I can’t even say that ‘real life’ is what draws me because it is anything but real. It is just the ‘brain switch off’ it provides, or that’s what I like to think – that or the fake scandal….
Secondly, Take Me Out. Now… who remembers Blind Date or StreetMate? Yes? Weren’t they wonderful? I love dating shows mainly because I love the idea of people getting together and although these shows have no romance whatsoever in them, it shows me people can be happy, maybe. I like seeing who could be best suited to one another, who should be with who and did they work out? To be honest, the disasters are often funny too, like the guy who was on a couple of weeks ago, an ex of Jodie Marsh and he slagged off every girl on the panel because the one he wanted turned her light out. The date, needless to say, was a disaster. It made me feel like he had got what he deserved. Whereas women like Gracie are still on the panel – cute as a button and personally, I find her funny as hell – yet, no fish… what is this world coming to?!
And New Girl. This jem of a comedy is all I want on a friday night. Who needs to club and go spending money when this programme is on. It has perfect casting, a cast of attractive people who are funny, unbelievably funny and a great story so far. Everyone may have been there, dumped by a cheating ex and trying to move on with your life… yup? This sitcom brings this painfully to life, from the awkward ‘getting the stuff back’ to the ‘new first date/sex’. Zooey Deschanel is my new all-time favourite Girl Crush. From when I saw her in ‘Yes Man’ with Jim Carrey, the spectacular 500 days of Summer and her band She and Him. It has been love at first sight. The kooky title song that she wrote makes its way into my head most days and fills me with absolute joy. The social awkwardness of all the characters has me in stitches most weeks and I would never apologise for watching this programme – it makes me down to the bottom of my tummy happy. I just can’t wait for her to ditch Paul and move on with Nick… he’s cute, witty and makes frowny faces… what more can a girl need?