For some reason, I happened to watch a lot of the Food Network this week. Not sure why (though if anyone at the network is reading this: more reruns of Good Eats, damnit!). All through the week, the network was heavily promoting a new show called Ice Brigade, a reality show that follows a group of misfits who make ice sculptures, or something like that. Food Network already has two or three shows about people making weird cakes and cupcakes for a living (an idea that I consider to be about one of the most terminally boring things to watch on television); now they’re going to have a show about people who make ice sculptures, which generally just sit around as a display piece amid a bunch of actual food.
Ice Brigade falls into the same category as shows like Ice Road Truckers, Ace of Cakes, Ax Men, and a multitude of other niche cable reality TV shows that bizarrely manage to scrape up enough ratings to stay on the air. All these shows make me wonder: Who watches stuff like this? Nothing about any of these shows seems even remotely interesting; I’ve watched a few episodes of some of them and that’s done nothing to change my mind.
Anyway, so the open thread question: What shows have you either watched or seen advertised that make you wonder (whether you think the show is trash, boring, or simply too weird to get into): Who could possibly watch that?
No offense, guys. What you do looks complicated and artistic, but just doesn’t seem like good TV show material to me.