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Do People Really Buy Reality Shows on DVD?

Date August 03, 2011
Survivor Apparently, due to viewer demand, CBS Home Entertainment has decided to release two more seasons of 'Survivor' on DVD. Entertainment Weekly reports that the company will use Amazon.com's CreateSpace to release 'Survivor: The Amazon' and 'Survivor: Thailand' (season 6 and 5).

This is great news for the hardcore 'Survivor' enthusiasts among us, I...

Survivor Apparently, due to viewer demand, CBS Home Entertainment has decided to release two more seasons of 'Survivor' on DVD. Entertainment Weekly reports that the company will use Amazon.com's CreateSpace to release 'Survivor: The Amazon' and 'Survivor: Thailand' (season 6 and 5).

This is great news for the hardcore 'Survivor' enthusiasts among us, I suppose, but it leads me to wonder: who on Earth is really clamoring for 'Survivor' DVD sets? Or reality TV on DVD in general?

It would be one thing if the show were some obscure, one- or two-season wonder unavailable for public consumption (this is me trying to say I really miss 'The Mole'), but in the case of 'Survivor,' which is still thriving, or shows like 'America's Next Top Model,' 'Top Chef' or 'Project Runway,' which are regularly marathoned on various cable networks, why would you want a DVD to relive your favorite moments over and over again? That's what YouTube is for.

I'll admit, I did recently re-watch the first season of 'Laguna Beach' when it became available on Netflix streaming, but that's only because I was super bored and had burned through my DVR queue. It's not like I sought it out; Netflix recommended it to me! (I swear.)

It's not like reality shows are full of carefully crafted dialogue or clever pop culture references -- it's usually regular people doing stupid things for money. Why on earth do we need to see that again?

If you're a fan of reality TV on DVD, by all means -- tell me why I'm wrong. And don't forget to place your pre-order for 'Survivor.' According to EW, the first sets will ship in September.

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