Reality television has inspired multiple sub-genres. One of the more interesting sub-genres is the music competition that leads to the creation of a new musical act.
Making The Band had several incarnations.
In 2000, record producer Lou Pearlman (best remembered for creation of The Backstreet Boys and NSNYC) led the search for a new boy band. At the end of the competition, the band O-Town was formed.
In 2002, rap impresario P. Diddy (also known as Sean Combs), took over from Lou Pearlman. In 2006, after the failure the musical acts in previous seasons, Diddy chose to create a girl group. By the end of the series, Danity Kane was introduced to the world.
I have mixed feelings about this show. On one hand, my late teens and twenties self is very happy to revisit shows that were must see TV. But, looking back, I see both shows with a set of eyes that I could not have had back then. At the end of the day, it’s still reality television, which as we all know, it’s not exactly completely real. It’s also noteworthy that the bands that were formed as a result of this show did not stay together for very long.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
The overall narrative of the romantic comedy genre is fairly simple: boy and girl meet, boy and girl have feelings for one another, complications ensue and then finally the curtain closes on a happy ending. That being said, it is up the writer or writers to expand upon this very simple narrative. But that is where the line is drawn in the sand. A good romantic comedy should make audiences laugh and inspire them to believe in love. A bad romantic comedy will make them question if love is real or if it is fabricated for the big screen to make money.
In the 2001 film, On The Line, Kevin (Lance Bass) has just fallen in love with Abby (Emmanuelle Chriqui). He doesn’t know her name or anything about her. He has just randomly met her on the train. His best friend Rod (Joey Fatone) is eager to help Kevin find her. Will Kevin find Abby or is she just a mirage?
I will be frank. This movie is horrible. While I was and still am a huge NSYNC fan, the movie was nothing more a promotional tool for the band. The acting is meh and the plot is beyond predictable.
Do I recommend it? No.