7) America’s Next Top Model

It was strange at first, to not only be watching a show about aspiring models, but to find myself caring. Taking sides even. By now though, Cycle whatever, I expect it. Which is dangerous. Because by all rights, this show should be pretty boring by now. They don’t even try to change things, not even when circumstance (like a departing judge or reconstructive dental surgery) might appear to deem it necessary. Yet the two cycles of 2006 were among the best ones yet. And only partly because the two winners were people you might actually like.

But let’s not kid ourselves. This show isn’t about the models or their respective growth processes. It’s about Tyra Banks. And Tyra Banks doesn’t let her show get boring.

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