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I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

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Diane Mizota: I watch a lot of reality TV. A lot. But even a dirty reality TV whore like myself has standards.

i'm a celebrity get me out of here janice dickinson and frangela

I just finished watching the second episode of NBC's "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" and I have to tell you, don't waste your time. I thought I would love this show, but instead, it just made me want to pick up a good book. Or cut my toenails. Or clean my sock drawer.

An amalgamation of "Survivor," "Fear Factor," and "The Surreal Life" with all the star power of a Bic Lighter, this show had the potential of being the guiltiest summer pleasure, but instead feels like half-hearted basic cable filler. First of all, the use of the word "celebrity" here is a loose application. I mean, Patti Blagojevich? Torrie Wilson? Frangela? Huh? Who?! Even Janice Dickinson, one of the grand dames of reality TV, feels lethargic and like she needs a good producer. How did Lou Diamond Phillips' career become reduced to this? And it's on FOUR nights a week! Live. A total waste of network airwaves.

An avid (former closeted) "Hills" fan myself, I tuned in solely to see Spencer and Heidi, "Speidi," duking it out in the jungle, but they have pulled the rip cord after a couple of gross-out challenges and decided that they were way too famous to be stuck with these D-Listers. I kinda don't blame them. They brought enough drama in the first two episodes to last an entire season, and now that they're gone, I imagine most of the audience will go too.

Anyone got a good summer read to recommend? I've got some time to kill before "Top Chef Masters" starts and "So You Think You Can Dance" picks the Top 20 ...

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MudslideMama June 3, 2009, 9:41 PM

You know, I have nothing against a little relaxation and wasting of time in front of the tv after the kids are in bed and all that. But this show really is so bad, I can’t even laugh at it. I felt my brain cells dying off voluntarily, and won’t be tuning in again!

Annalea June 4, 2009, 1:02 PM

Diane, I am just as disappointed as you are! From the first moment I heard the horrific sounds of Spencer Pratt’s soggy bread attempt at “rap” with the resounding chorus “I’m a celebrity…get me outta heeere”, I had high hopes. However after the second episode, I realized that this show would have all the excitement and jam packed pleasure of an Amish porn…… Now I have to remember to make sure my remote ventures no where near that channel. At this rate I will run out of toenails to clip! So sad, so sad!

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