I just want to pop in and defend JD's "other" show - 'Are You Hot?' I watched it, and didn't mind it at all. I found it more honest than most reality shows. The only reason for any show to be on the air is to attempt to get ratings and make money. With reality shows, the overhead is so low (no actor's salaries) they have a fairly good shot at making money. They're basically exploiting a group of average people, who of course have agreed to the exploitation. Just throw a bunch of folks together, and watch the fireworks.
Now, some shows will try to pretend that they have some valiant goal in mind, such as creating a love match between 2 people, or giving an average person a chance at a big sum of money. But seriously, they don't give a rat's ass about the love match, it's all about ratings.
And that is my long-winded explanation of why 'Are You Hot' was so honest. No hidden agenda. No 'valiant goal' in mind. It was just "Hey - let's go around the country, round up a bunch of really hot people, parade them out on stage, spin them around, and let everybody ogle them." Sometimes simplicity is best.
I appreciated that as a viewer, I never ever felt like I was being manipulated. That being said - once was enough. It wasn't the kind of thing you'd try to build a franchise around.