Readers, I present you with the apotheosis of nerdiness. Behold, the new Comedy Central show Secret Girlfriend:
|Secret Girlfriend||Weds 10:30pm / 9:30c|
|Red Band Trailer|
The premise of the show is that the nameless protagonist was dumped by an emotionally unstable girlfriend, girlfriend then wheedles her way back into his life, but in the interval he acquires a replacement. Nameless protagonist is flanked by his two loserish buddies who, like nameless, spend their nights (and days too, for that matter) chasing random females. But the conceit of the show is that nameless protagonist is . . . you, the viewer. That's right: the entire show is shot through the eyes of the viewer himself as he vicariously plays kickball / drinks beer / has sex in the shower.
TrumwillSheila mocks about The Invention of Lying is present here: There are no ugly women. Only young beautiful women. And little is seen of any other guys except NP and this buds. So, despite having no obvious social skill or prospects, they all seem to get plenty of female attention. All told through the eyes of you, the viewer.
If any of this sounds . . . voyeuristic, then I think you've achieved an important insight into not only Secret Girlfriend's appeal but The Invention of Lying's appeal as well, and an element of the appeal of the kind of movies we discussed in the last post. In Trumwill's comments, Sheila complains that these movies give their male viewers a highly distorted picture of their real-life prospects in the dating market should look like. I think this isn't the point. Viewers aren't looking for a guide to reality; they're looking for a replacement for reality. A lot of viewers, I imagine, watch Secret Girlfriend ironically, kind of like everybody knew that The Man Show was a farce. But a lot of others watch the show because their romantic reality is so bad, that they would rather abandon it altogether in favor of pre-holodeck virtual version. And hey, if you're making your own reality, why not create one in which beautiful girls are falling all over you?