The Best Ex I’ve Ever Had (Television Thoughts: Ex On The Beach Season 2, MTV)

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Apparently, this second season of MTV’s ‘Ex On The Beach’ is a who’s who of reality stars. I guess this just goes to show how out of touch I am with reality TV because I really did not know most of the people in the cast. I was lured into the show by Murray Swanby, who was in the E! show ‘What Happens At The Abbey,’ and I only know that show because one of my best friends practically lives at that bar and goes thee multiple times a week. And Murray is cute, so why not? I had never seen an episode of this show, which I gather has been imported from the UK. Basically, a bunch of people live in a house, by the beach so we could see maximum skin, and their exes start to infiltrate the house, and well, drama.

This cast is hot mess personified. They are all reality show staple – troublemakers, pot stirrers, drama queens. It is led by Farrah Abraham, who I know is from Teen Mom (another show I have also never seen) and here we see her as Queen Bee Diva. Everyone else has big personalities, and not even the first day is through that there are already fighting.

I hate them all. But surely, as drama unfolded, I got caught in it. Some exes come in, and romances get rekindled, only to have wrenches thrown in, and well more drama. I don’t really think all is authentic – I bet a lot of the drama is manufactured, or the situations set up for maximum drama.  But yes, a lot of it is pretty engrossing, and I binged the first three episodes with no problem at all. Does that make me shallow? Yes! I am not even calling this a guilty pleasure, it’s just pure television pleasure. I hope it continues that way.

Naked And Falling In Love (Television Thoughts: Undressed. MTV)

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‘Undressed’ is a ‘new’ series on MTV. At first I thought it was a remake of their own series from the 90s. but this is actually the American version of this franchise, which, I think, comes from Australia. Basically, it’s a reiteration of ‘Love Connection’ where two strangers meet and by 30 seconds they take each other’s clothes so they can interact naked (well, with underwear on) so that take away their inhibitions and be themselves.

It’s a great concept, and this version of the show, because it’s MTV and they want to be ‘edgy.’ is full of diversity. We have two guys who seem to be connecting but then one of them confesses that he voted for Trump, and well can you blame the other guy for giving him a big ‘No’ ? And can you blame him? At the end the Trumpette says ‘I’m starting to regret that,’ and I mutter while watching ‘I hope you learn your lesson.’

There’s a touching pair when a Trans man was paired with a gay men. And while one would think that it would be a mismatch, they had instant chemistry and yesses abound. The trans man thought he would never ever find love again.

It’s nice and cute but honestly I don’t know if I would ever seek this show again.