On Saturday, April 07, CMT will debut its newest reality show, "Southern Nights;" which will bring together fan-favorite cast members from the CMT original reality series, "Sweet Home Alabama." "Southern Nights" will follow returning Alabama stars Devin Grissom, Cassie Rupp, Collin Varallo, Tristan Smith and six others as they live together in a historic mansion in Savannah, GA. Viewers can catch "Southern Nights" Saturday nights at 10pm, followed by "Texas Women."
Although "Southern Nights" has yet to premiere, we've caught an advance look at the first episode and it lives up to its tagline: “It's Real, It's Raw & It's Rowdy." In honor of CMT's "Southern Nights," we've assembled a list of the 5 Rowdiest Reality Shows on TV. And chances are good that you're already watching all of them.
Sweet Home Alabama
Picture "The Bachelor" with a touch of Southern class and you'll get "Sweet Home Alabama," a popular dating series on CMT. The show just wrapped up its third season in which city guys and country boys competed for the heart of the lovely Paige Duke, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ambassador. Like the best of reality shows, audiences fell in love with many cast members over the last few seasons, many of whom will be back for "Southern Nights" later this month.
The Real Housewives…
"The Real Housewives" franchise is the reality TV equivalent of "Law & Order." At this moment, there are six different versions of "The Real Housewives" airing on Bravo throughout the year, along with two international spinoffs and two former series that ended after one season. As the name suggests, "The Real Housewives" follows rich and powerful women from Orange County to Miami as they experience what some have called "First World Problems."
The women of "The Real Housewives" may be closer to the 1% than the rest of us, the but the backstabbing, gossiping and snipping are universal. We know we shouldn't watch, but we can't look away.
Among dating shows, "The Bachelor" is the big daddy of Reality TV. Since 2002, there have been sixteen seasons of "The Bachelor" on ABC and two spinoff series. The setup is deceptively simple, as a number of women live together in a majestic mansion while competing for the heart of the latest eligible bachelor. The women are usually the most popular performers on the show, with several former contestants moving on to star in "The Bachelorette" as they try to find love again.
"The Bachelor" can definitely get pretty rowdy, depending upon who the current bachelor is. Not everyone can get away with going on a date with two women at once or coaxing the girls into increasingly naughty situations. "The Bachelor" is a man's dream come true, but on "The Bachelorette" the women turn the tables and live out their fantasies as well.
When it comes to global dominance, nothing tops "Big Brother." The series began as a Dutch Reality TV show and expanded into dozens of international spinoffs, including the U.S. version on CBS that has run 13 seasons since 2000. Each season of "Big Brother" follows a new group of house guests isolated from the outside world and filmed 24 hours a day for three months as they compete for a $500,000 reward while attempting to avoid the weekly eviction.
"Big Brother" is notorious for its hookups between contestants, wild arguments and the occasional outburst of real violence. Let's just say that some people don't react well to the Orwellian conditions. But there's no question that "Big Brother" is still a hit and it will be back with a 14th season later this year.
"Jersey Shore" is a phenomena that is so pervasive that it's possible to know everything about the show without ever having watched an episode. Somehow, a reality series about eight housemates in New Jersey has become iconic on a level that few TV shows of any genre ever achieve. It also seems to redefine the limits of TV raunchiness every season.
You know a show is a success when almost the entire cast has found fame outside of the series. For example, take Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino; a man who parlayed his genetic disorder of never being able to pose for a photo without flashing his abs into a stint on "Dancing with the Stars." Or Nicole Polizzi, who is better known as Snooki; as she makes waves for being pregnant and thus starts the early casting call for the next generation of "Jersey Shore." I swear that kid's first words are going to be "Crib's here!"
In short, its a "Jersey Shore" world and we're all living in it. And it's only a matter of time before MTV spins it off into a new series or brings in a new cast to keep the show alive. But if you're looking for the Rowdiest Reality Show on TV, this is it.