Good, bad, ugly sums up latest reality TV tidings

Posted June 11, 2009, at 8:08 p.m.

This is a good, bad and ugly week for reality TV.

The good: “American Idol” contestant Allison Iraheta has signed a recording contract with 19 Recordings and is to start working on her debut album, according to Reality TV World’s Web site. This is great news for the girl who had dreamed of being on “Idol” since she was 9 years old. And yes, for those of us who have watched every season of the show, it does make us feel a little old. Best of luck to Allison and I can’t wait to hear her rocking it out on the radio. As long as she can stay true to herself and not get wrapped up in all the drama of the industry she’s sure to go far.

Runner-up Adam Lambert also has signed a recording contract, but that comes as absolutely no surprise to those of us who were sure he would do great things from the time we heard his first audition.

The Bad: Well, there’s lots of bad when it comes to reality TV, but I’ll try to limit it.

Quite a ways back I wrote about a show on Animal Planet called “Housecat Housecall.” Think “Super Nanny” for your felines. Yeah, you heard right. Each week Dr. Katrina visits two families and attempts to understand the quirks of their cats. The goal is to “bring peace, harmony and well-being back to the homes of cats and owners.”

Seriously — I can see having dog problems, but cats you should be able to figure out. Yes, they may claw furniture and do their business in naughty places, but if you’re going to take on the responsibility of owning one you should know what you’re getting into before the kitty police are called in. If you think I’m wrong and can’t wait to check it out, tune in to Animal Planet at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.

The Ugly: Ugly rumors continue to spread about Jon and Kate Gosselin of “John & Kate Plus Eight,” which has turned into Jon & Kate Plus Nine (if you count Jon’s mistress).

Jon supposedly spent Kate’s birthday with his mistress instead of with his wife and family. Now, I know I’m just as guilty as the next person, but isn’t it time we left them alone? I’ve stopped watching the show because it’s heartbreaking to think of what those poor children must be going through. It’s difficult enough on children when parents have problems without them being dragged through the media and constantly in the public eye. If the show gets renewed for another season, I’ll be disgusted.

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