Posted by Alan
I've never considered myself a big reality TV guy. I watched the apprentice, but didn't love it, and could never get into survivor or the bachelor. (I don't consider talent competitions reality TV, so Idol and So You Think You Can Dance don't factor in here, both of which I enjoy, btw).
However I like the trashy one offs of reality TV, and Pirate Master delivers. It's summer, so pulpy nonsense just seems appropriate, and I love pirates. To me, reality TV is best when it's like a televised ropes course with a dysfunctional team. Of course there is no team, since no one knows each other, but it's fun to watch when they do something well, and inevitably the crazy (who finally got voted off first for once!). This past season was Treasure Hunters which was just what I wanted it to be. Best ever was Murder in Small Town X, but I wouldn't want it as a series, and apparentely no one else did either (I'd buy DVDs, if I could find them). I'm less into the relationship-based ones, though Love Cruise and especially Joe Millionaire were good distractions.
Anyway, let's hope Pirate Master continues, and they figure out a way to get another Treasure Hunters. Burnett knows what he's doing, and Bruckheimer makes (mostly) crap movies but his style is great for TV.