This article caught my eye today, if for no other reason than it was centered around one of my favorite actors of all time, the legendary Dick Van Dyke.
Apart from some other humorous anecdotes, he mentioned that he really dislikes reality television. He was quoted as saying:
“Yes I do hate it I must say. I know it’s inexpensive to do but I don’t think it’s entertainment. We watched Donald Trump’s ‘Apprentice,’ whatever it is, I’ve never been so bored in my life! That’s not entertainment. Those shows encourage bad behavior“.
He did, however, go on to say:
“I get a lot of scripts but as you say they are not exactly my cup of tea. They did ask me to do ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ I said I can do one show but on that show you have to come up with a new number every week and I told them that I think I’m a little past that stage.”
Now, after I read this, I was left wanting more. It begs to question whether or not he enjoys the entertainment reality shows, such as The Voice and American Idol? He is the consummate entertainer and is a well- rounded, gifted performer, so I feel his opinions matter.
What do you think of Dick Van Dyke’s comments? Do you feel that the reality shows have diminished the quality of television in general?
I know I miss the variety shows developed by such artists as Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Carole Burnett. And comedy shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show seem so limited now.
Do you find yourself watching reruns of reruns? Please share your thoughts.