Monday, January 5, 2015

Actual Reality on Reality TV

Photo credit: US Magazine
I was surfing through the channels over the Christmas holiday and stumbled upon


The Housewives of Beverly Hills.

I was about to turn it back to The Twilight Zone marathon which is infinitely better, by the way.  But then I was watching actress Lisa Rinna talk about her aging parents (they are 92 and 82) and I was struck by the genuineness and seemingly unscripted-ness of the moment.  Lisa talked about how she felt guilty that she couldn't do more for her parents; she talked about the frustration of seeing her once vibrant parents becoming so vulnerable and suffering through strokes and dementia.  She also talked about how she never imagined the day where she would feel like the parent to her parents.  Then she mentioned how she could only see her parents ONCE A YEAR (even though she lived in California and they, in Oregon) and I wanted to shake the television set and yell, "Visit them every chance you get! MAKE time for them like you do everything else! You can probably measure their final days in weeks and months, not years!!" 

Then the show panned from Lisa to some dumb empty party where one of the other housewives was throwing a hissy fit over something meaningless and I turned it back to The Twilight Zone

Anyway, it was a momentous day. Some actual reality from reality TV, if only for a few minutes.  Bravo, Lisa!

Happy New Year!  And hug your parents every chance you get!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My parents are aging and I definitely see them every chance I get.

Karen Walker said...

We can never grab back time lost. You are so right, Liz. And yes, it's a breath of fresh air when someone is real on TV.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I'd rather grab my camera and head for the nearest park on the matter what's on TV....WELL...EXCEPT NFL Playoffs!

shelly said...

Most people are bent on the "Almighty Me!"

LD Masterson said...

Once a year? Seriously? The woman might have been "real" but she still doesn't get it. Maybe she'll realize when she's lost when they're got.

CA Heaven said...

In physics, time runs eirher forward or backwards, but it makes no loop backs >:)