Reality shows. They used to be just talk shows and game shows, but then they expanded into a series of shows with various themes, e.g. self-improvement or makeover. Some of the most famous reality shows include Cops, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, The Simple Life, American Idol, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Dancing With the Stars, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, Hell’s Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares.
I don’t watch much reality television myself, with the exception of Kitchen Nightmares. In this show, Chef Gordon Ramsey from Hell’s Kitchen helps struggling restaurants get on the right track to success. Some succeed, while others fail (due to severe financial losses prior to Gordon’s arrival). Gordon is more mild-mannered in Kitchen Nightmares. In fact, at times he is more calm than the people he is dealing with. In one episode, he helps turnaround a restaurant in California known as the Secret Garden. At one point, he gets rid of the excessive decorations in the dining area. Such a move was a reminder of my advocacy for eliminating or privatizing various government agencies.
This particular scene can be found here (warning- adult language at the end– for some reason the clip was not edited): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lCiKLuY_cc
In regards to trimming the federal government, I think someone should create a reality show devoted to doing just that. It could be titled Government Waste, and be carried out Gordon Ramsey-style (with Jason Mattera as the main star). In fact, Gordon could join in on the fun if he wanted to. I’d love to see him butt heads with various government officials, presuming they don’t have him arrested in the process (note: some agencies don’t like camera crews in their buildings without authorization).