Television: Why Reality TV Is Good For Us

Stop whining about how prime time's hottest genre is destroying America, and enjoy some great television

For eight single professional women gathered in Dallas, it is holy Wednesday--the night each week that they gather in one of their homes for the Traveling Bachelorette Party. Munching snacks and passing a bottle of wine, they cheer, cry and cackle as their spiritual leader, Trista Rehn, braves heartache, indecision and the occasional recitation of bad poetry to choose from among her 25 swains. Yet something is unsettling Leah Hudson's stomach, and it's not just the wine. "I hate that we've been sucked into the Hoover vac of reality TV," says Hudson, 30. "Do we not have anything better to do...

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