Okay, I admit it. I've been known to watch a little reality TV. I have a hard time airing this dirty laundry, as the whole idea of reality television seems to spit in the face of the creative process, which I hate. Can watching people go about their day-to-day lives really be all that interesting? Well, yes, if your name is Snookie or Spencer, Omarosa or Kate. Or you're a Mormon with 19 children.
For the record: I haven't seen a single episode of Jersey Shore and the amount of Duggar kids makes my head hurt.
I can't pinpoint exactly what it is that makes some reality TV appealing to me, but there you have it. I guess we all have a curiosity about how others live? Who knows... but if there's a "16 and Pregnant" marathon on MTV, Husband has to pry the remote out of my hands.
This is all a build up for my full admission that YES, I watch "Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood." And I like it. I can't help myself... which is why I was really excited to be invited to a "Tweet & Greet" with Tori & Dean at the offices of Oxygen on Monday afternoon. We watched the premiere episode of Season 5 (which aired Monday night) and afterwards, the couple came by for a brief chat about the show. I have to say, since you're never quite sure how much "reality" is actually REAL, I was happy to see that they both seemed like normal people, and more importantly, it seemed obvious to me that they absolutely adore their kids, Liam and Stella. Tori is no question a hard worker... between the show, various acting jobs, her jewelry line on HSN, author to several books (including an upcoming children's book called Presenting... Tallulah), girlfriend has got a lot on her plate. Maybe that's what I like about her. And she's funny! The two of them seem to have a pretty solid relationship (for Hollywood standards, of course), although this season there appears to be a bit of drama in that department. But judging from their talk with us on Monday, they seem like just another couple who understand the importance of communication, especially after having children.
Tori seems to have done something interesting with the show... she's made herself relatable. Her life (& bank account) could not be further from mine, and yet I feel like we could enjoy a glass of wine and conversation about our kids any day of the week. So with that said, and with full disclosure... I'm looking forward to this season of Tori & Dean.
(Please excuse the unclear/grainy photo I took of them...)