Monica Beverly Hillz
People love to demonize reality TV as evidence of decay in Western society, but have these people actually seen a reality show lately? They aren't all vehicles of Schadenfreude and exploitation. And even so, what's wrong with that? Even Jersey Shore has its purpose.
Contrary to popular belief, reality TV serves a variety of useful and important functions and I, for one, am a better person because of it. Here's why:
My Strange Addiction
Bertha loves nail polish, but isn't addicted to manis and pedis.
On Sunday's My Strange Addiction (10/9c, TLC), the 23-year-old reveals that she likes to hit the bottle... the nail polish bottle that is. Bertha got her first craving to drink the colorful stuff five years ago when she couldn't resist the smell in a salon.
My Strange Addiction
My Strange Addiction (Sundays, 10/9c, TLC) can be a hoot, but this is sad: 26-year-old Casie mourns her dead husband by carrying his urn with her virtually everywhere. But it doesn't stop there. In the clip below, she's preparing food for him. ("I cook what he likes. I don't eat it, but I cook for him.") She also confers with his urn on what channel to watch. Finally, she's taken to eating his ashes...
My Strange Addiction (Sundays, 10/9c, TLC) is maybe the most entertaining freak show on television now, and definitely the most guilt-free one.
While shows such as Celebrity Rehab, Intervention and Hoarders enlist subjects whose participation is possibly clouded (or motivated) by substance or mental illness, My Strange Addiction is more of a platform for reasonably coherent people to share their weirdness (since they are, after all, signing up for a show that has the word "strange" in its title).
My Strange Addiction embraces those who embrace their own eccentricities.
And, boy, are they eccentric. TLC will air the fifth and sixth episodes of the show's second season on Sunday, and by then we will have been treated to snapshots of the lives of people who are "addicted" to the likes of cycling, eating dryer sheets, chomping rocks and carrying around a pillow...
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best Kiss: On Switched at Birth, Bay and Emmett continue to get closer, despite the hearing barrier between them. When Bay is unable to understand that Emmett is signing, "I like you," Emmett instead tries speaking the international language... and kisses her. Where words fail, kisses succeed.
13. Most Awkward Dance: During an appearance on Today to promote Crazy Stupid Love, Ryan Gosling mentions that he's able to perform the famous lift from Dirty Dancing. Al Roker asks Gosling to prove it, with Roker standing in for Jennifer Grey....
Jazz from My Strange Addiction
Meet Jazz, one of the subjects profiled on this week's My Strange Addiction (Sunday, 10/9c, TLC). Jazz has been growing her fingernails for 22 years. Her longest is 24 inches long. How she isn't a local celebrity in Atlanta, where she lives, is beyond me. In fact, how she isn't the Queen of the World is beyond me. Like, why am I just hearing about this woman now? Why hasn't she been issued presidencies and Purple Hearts and Congressional Medals of Calcium and Nobel Cosmetic Prizes? She is amazing, and her hands are by far the wackiest things I've seen on TV all week (and I watch America's Got Talent, so that's really saying something)...
Like all good things, Kathy Griffin comes in threes! The brassy and funny redhead's newest Bravo special, Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant, debuts Thursday at 10/9c, the same week the former D-List star is making 'em laugh in her very own Broadway show, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, and after popping up Tuesday as a Sarah Palin-esque regionals judge on Glee (8/7c, Fox). So how grateful are we that she could squeeze ...
Dr. Mike Dow
Whether they shoot heroin, compulsively tan or sleep with a hair dryer on the bed, loving someone with an addiction is a 24-hour challenge. So we asked My Strange Addiction's specialist (and Freaky Eaters counselor) Dr. Mike Dow for tips on being part of the solution instead of the problem.
My Strange Addiction
Since admitting one's powerlessness if the first step in recovery, let's just get this out now: Our strange addiction is My Strange Addiction.
Riveting, eye-opening and at times, straight-up repulsive, TLC's docu-confessional is like Intervention crossed with Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Because, trust us, some of this stuff is completely unbelievable.
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
This episode serves as a lesson in recovery — how to achieve it and how not to achieve it. Dr. Drew takes addicts and their families to a lake house retreat to emphasize the crucial role that loved ones play in the process of retaining sobriety. The dangers inherent in the process are clearly illustrated when Leif Garrett is tempted to defy authority on a Hollywood outing and possibly stumble into relapse. — Fred Mitchell
Read on for previews of Undercovers, Dog the Bounty Hunter, My Strange Addiction, Alamo Bowl, Great Performances and Modern Family.