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Reality TV cannibalizes itself

We recall a time when aging models went privately into their days of pills and chardonnay. We remember when housewife drama was kept to the country club. Want a rock-solid sign of the end times? Look no further than the current state of reality TV. What started off relatively innocently with MTV's "The Real World" has morphed into a bizarre alternate universe where competitive shamelessness reigns supreme, and fame comes as easy as eating buffalo balls. Need we say more? -- Emily Christianson, latimes.com Scott Odgers / VH1
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