Our Guilty Pleasures Reality TV Showdown moves into the Final Four, so we’re analyzing the matchups in the finals (see full bracket here).
Newlyweds: Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson
Wipeout: John Henson, big red balls.
Newlyweds: Have you heard the music of 98 Degrees? Enough said.
Wipeout: Big red balls.
Newlyweds: Hmmm….JSimp and Nick weren’t A-listers, so most viewers were tuning in for the curiosity factor.
Wipeout: ABC runs during the TV wasteland of summer, so it attracts large numbers (around 9 million viewers.)
SO-HORRIBLE-YOU-CAN’T LOOK AWAY FACTOR
Newlyweds: Consider the Chicken of the Sea discussion — there is NO WAY you could pick up the remote during that.
Wipeout: The slips start to feel a little same-y, so, yes, it is possible to look away.
AMOUNT OF “REALITY” SHOWN ON SCREEN
Newlyweds: Did Nick and Jessica go camping because they wanted to or because it would make a good episode? The world may never know…
Wipeout: It’s a game show, so of course it’s scripted and a different sort of reality, but those thrills and spills on the obstacle courses certainly look real enough.
Come back Jan. 4 when voting starts.
Photo Credit: MTV; ABC