Alienhits loves… Bridget Marquardt and the Girls Next Door!
My biggest guilty pleasure on TV is the Playboy reality show, Girls Next Door
. Most reality TV, save for my other fav--Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels
, is filled with manufactured drama. Girls Next Door
is certainly manufactured, as are 95% of the body parts on display, but it’s refreshingly drama-free.
Instead, the series relishes in its own campy nature. Episodes are always fun, never a downer. Each of the three main girls has a distinctive personality or (since this is reality tv) “character-type.” There’s Kendra the tomboy, Holly the Queen Bitch (without being very bitchy at all), and my personal favorite, Bridget Marquardt.
From her perma-grin to her obsession with Halloween and scary/campy movies, this is a girl after my own heart. Just looking at her makes me smile.
It’s hard to describe why I love Bridget so much. Maybe it’s her ever-optimistic personality, or maybe it’s the way she gets overly excited and obsessed about things. Maybe she just reminds me a little of myself.
Of course, I’m not a playboy bunny, but it’s amazing how “non-porn” the show is. Nude pictorials and magazine covers in GND
are treated as commonalities--a day-to-day part of the job. It’s not particularly sleazy or glamorous. In fact, despite living in a mansion and traveling and hobnobbing with celebrities, all three girls are refreshingly down-to-earth. They’re the type of people you’d want to hang out with--the kind of celebrities that would gladly stop and pose for a picture because they’re just so grateful that they have fans. (And they should be--I mean, they’re certainly not possessing of some enormous talent, at least in the traditional sense).
And more than that, they’re bubbly. Bubbly and self-effacing, which is a rare combination in reality TV. If they’re stuck up, they certainly don’t act like it (unlike most reality stars). It’s a shame that the series is ending this year, due to all three breaking up with Hef. I heard that Kendra’s getting her own spin-off, and I’m sure I’ll check it out, but I’m really waiting for the Bridget show. From her aversion to hoity-toity foods to her insistence in dressing up in a costume for every event, reality TV needs someone like her. And it’s not like she doesn’t have enough hobbies to base a series around. Maybe she could moonlight as a ghost hunter? Talk show host? Trapeze artist?