Why are we so intrigued by makeovers? We wait with baited breath as the contestants weigh in on The Big Loser. We root for simply pretty girls to turn into glamour pusses on America’s Next Top Model. We thrill when a well-deserving family views its spanking new 4,000-square-foot home on Extreme Makeover, Home Edition. And we coo approval when a woman learns how to completely make over her style in What Not To Wear?
And now Tony Robbins (with facial hair, no less) is planning a show, called Breakthrough, where he guides people through crises. Only Tony knows how to give hope to someone who became a paraplegic on his honeymoon. (I kid you not.)
Do makeover shows inspire us and give us hope or are they pure entertainment? Can we actually learn how to lose 150 pounds and gain self-confidence on Channel 7 from 9 to 10 p.m.? We’re excited when someone else does what we wish we could do, but it takes more than a script and cameras to motivate us for more than a few minutes.
I’d like to see a new kind of makeover TV show. It would turn selfish, evil and intolerant people into giving, good and open-minded souls. Now, that’s a makeover worth watching.