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Saturday, July 26, 2003

(blogathon 2003)
I'm sure that's not an accurate Spanish transliteration of the phrase "reality check", but it's as close as this gringo can get. So much for three years of Spanish Honor Society study in high school.

Anyway, for as much as I've said that the reality TV craze is winding down, it appears that the most successful variant of it might have some lasting power. The dating "reality" show, with all its Bachelors/Bachelorettes/Cupids etc. and the soap opera-ish trappings, looks like the most successful formula. I'm guessing it'll even outlast the original king of reality, Survivor.

How popular is this soap reality format? Enough so to inspire a Spanish-language entry from NBC's Telemundo, with the requisite Latino socio-cultural adjustments.

It's going to be called "La Cenicienta", Spanish for "Cinderella" (I wonder if that means the girl will be down-and-out, or homely? An underdog, at least?). They're really going to pump the telenovela (soap opera limited-run series) angle on this.