Keepin’ It Unreal

February 21, 2013
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What is better, faux reality or real reality? Two new series enable us to examine that pressing question. “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.) is a scripted half-hour show that stars real-life famous people (stand-up comedian Kevin Hart, above, Mariah Carey husband Nick Cannon, singer Robin Thicke and others) portraying comically exaggerated versions of themselves. “The Sisterhood” (TLC, just ended) stars real-life wives of pastors who do their thing in front of the reality-show camera. Let’s assess:

Hairdos:

RHH: Thicke’s swirl looks like a sculpted scoop of fro yo!

TS: Preacher’s wife Tara’s weave looks as if it has been dragged through mud and dried with a Taser.

Confessions to the camera:

RHH: Hart’s disgruntled, underpaid assistant “spits on [Hart’s] Cubans.”

TS: Preacher’s wife Domonique: “This was the house where I smoked my first crack pipe.”

Romantic aids:

RHH: Hot tub, alcohol.

TS: Rose petals, handcuffs, “full hunting gear” for hubbie.

Verdict: Real reality is way more entertaining than fake reality.

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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