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Archive for Monday, March 5, 2012

Bachelor’ hides nothing

March 5, 2012

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According to the stuff the network feeds me, the women on tonight’s two-hour helping of “The Bachelor” (7 p.m., ABC) will “tell all”! As a less-than-regular “Bachelor” watcher, I’m a bit perplexed. How can folks who live under continual surveillance, whose every utterance and banal machination is documented and dissected, have anything more to divulge? And why would anybody besides the very bored and undiscerning want to listen to people who never shut up “tell all”?

• On a similar note, “Love Broker” (9 p.m., Bravo) debuts. New Yorker Lori Zaslow brings a brash, near-pathological self-assurance to the world of matchmaking. As if to compensate for her intense, type-A personality, she takes her male clients out for casual strolls in the park, where they stare at female passers-by with the clinical scrutiny and dark intensity of a cat sizing up sparrows.

• It’s mentoring time on “The Voice” (7 p.m., NBC), when the coaches recruit fellow talents to nurture their proteges. Hired hands include Lionel Richie, Jewel, Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

• One thing struck me last week when I read about the death of Davy Jones, member of the Monkees and star of “The Monkees.” Buried in all of the personal tributes and fan nostalgia was the simple fact that “The Monkees” itself ran only for two seasons. Yet more than 40 years on, many remember it fondly.

When people rhapsodize about television, music and pop culture of yore, they tend to forget the brevity of most old trends. Things were hot, then they were not and then they were over. Of late, pop culture phenomena tend to drag on forever and lose whatever resonance they once had. Madonna didn’t make a comeback at the Super Bowl; she never went away. Does anybody care that “Rules of Engagement” is now in its sixth season? Much like “The Monkees,” ‘‘iCarly” is a surreal, cartoon confection aimed at tweens. But it’s been on for five years now. Will we follow Carly to grad school? Yet 44 years after “The Monkees” went off the air, some of us are still humming “Daydream Believer.”

Tonight’s other highlights

• Violent brothers behind bars resurface a generation later on a two-hour “Alcatraz” (7 p.m., Fox).

• Karen entertains at a party on “Smash” (9 p.m., NBC).

• “Bizarre Foods America” (8 p.m., Travel) visits Charleston, S.C.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

"How can folks who live under continual surveillance, whose every utterance and banal machination is documented and dissected, have anything more to divulge?"

I am absolutely sure that there was some "banal machination" that was not "documented and dissected", at least not on the publicly broadcast television show.

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