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    The Real Gilligan's Island runs aground

    The Real Gilligan's Island runs aground

    Tuesday, November 30, 2004
    There's an odious milestone accomplished this evening: The debut of The Real Gilligan's Island (TBS, 8 p.m.), which officially marks the first known merging of a reality show and an idiotic sitcom. Rarely is TV this dumbed-down.

    It's dumb and dumber, I suppose, since this concept is based on Gilligan's Island, a low-concept sitcom surely aimed at a dull-witted viewership back in the sixties. It was a hit, of course.

    The original Gilligan's Island concerned a group of people stranded on a remote desert island. For three painful seasons the castaways struggled to get off the island and failed time and again, despite the presence of a scientific genius, the Professor, who could convert a coconut into a shortwave radio but couldn't fix a small hole in the hull of a boat.

    It's honestly disheartening to realize how much effort has gone into mounting this reality spinoff. The series comes from original Gilligan's Island creator Sherwood Schwartz and reality-TV show kingpin Mike Fleiss, and they clearly went to some trouble. Here is what happens when a one-note idea is strained through a desperate, dying genre.

    The reality setup features two teams of contestants -- located after an exhaustive global search -- who allegedly hold the actual occupations of the original Gilligan's Island characters.

    Hence, we have two real-life Gilligans, two skippers, two professors, two millionaires and their wives, two farm girls called Mary Ann and two movie stars named Ginger, both in tight dresses. All the contestants are no-names, save for the movie stars, played by ex-Baywatch babe Nicole Eggert and swimsuit model Rachel Hunter, who was once married to Rod Stewart.

    Unlike the original sitcom, which took place entirely on an L.A. soundstage, the reality show was filmed over three weeks on an island near the Gulf of Mexico. The people on the two teams are introduced with mini-profiles as they're first dropped on the island. The idea is to put them through a rugged Survivor-style boot camp, which means rationed food, sunburns and bug bites, the usual routine. Each is wearing the same silly wardrobe of the original Gilligan's Island cast, which somehow makes the experience even more demeaning.

    But that inevitable, oh-so clever hook: The contestants can earn better food, and theoretically get off the island, through competing in a series of wacky challenges based on plotlines drawn from the original series. Hopefully, they'll re-enact the occasion when the Harlem Globetrotters dropped by the island. I do believe that won a Peabody Award.

    As with previous TBS reality outings, like the despicable Outback Jack and the more recent He's a Lady, expect the worst in the weeks to come. The promos aired so far for The Real Gilligan's Island are fixated on three angles: One of the millionaire's wives, a faux Mrs. Howell, is a high-toned bitch. Both of the Mary Anns bend over -- a lot. And one of the Gilligans is gay. That's reality, skipper.


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    Ah phooey on the writer. It's a fun show. Simple as that. It's at the same level as the Surreal Life is/was, so if funny, non-thinking humor is your thing, then this show is perfect. I think it's a nice refreshing change to some of the other garbage out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompous_killjoy_andrew_ryan
    As with previous TBS reality outings, like the despicable Outback Jack
    Hey, wait just a cotton-pickin' minute, you windbag. There was nothing wrong with Outback Jack. One of my all-time reality tv shows, right up there with Love Cruise.

    obviously this writer is bitter because he has been rejected at least half a dozen times in his bid to be the next Bachelor and after he couldn't even get cast in Mr. Personality, something snapped.
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    Or worse, LG, maybe he was rejected for "Average Joe."
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    I watched this last night, and it was better than I thought it would be. I think it is on the corny side, but I'll keep watching. Of course, I always loved the original Gilligan's Island.

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    And it's one of the PROFESSORS that's gay. I don't think Gooner Gilligan is even sexual ... never mind hetero- or homo- or bi-.

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    Those TV critics must be really bored sometimes. I think they have to come up with something, probably don't really watch the show. Sure, it's no Apprentice or Survivor, but it's fun, I agree........just sit back and relax and laugh kind of show. I'm sure it won't win any awards, but I kind of enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getreal
    I don't think Gooner Gilligan is even sexual ... never mind hetero- or homo- or bi-.
    Oops! Just read his bio. He's proud to have found a wife to put up with him. Unless he meant somebody else's wife ...

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    I watched some of it, and I have to say it was better than I expected. I will probably watch again.
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    That writer needs some Ex-Lax! So there isn't a huge premise to the show--it was entertaining. I actually chuckled out loud a few times. The young millionaires are really cracking me up.

    Outback Jack despicable?
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