Ryan Lochte Reality TV Series Makes Complete Sense Considering the Competition

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Ryan Lochte of the United States looks on after winning silver in the Men's 200m Individual Medley final on Day 6 nof the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Chances are, if it sounds like a bad idea and looks like a bad idea, it's pretty much guaranteed to be an amazing success as a reality TV series. 

Enter Ryan Lochte

The Hollywood Reporter reports the famed Olympic swimmer and lover of shiny things to stick on his teeth is being hit with numerous offers to star in his very own reality TV show.

"Two different reality show concepts have been offered and one additional is being discussed," the swimmer's agent, Erika Wright, tells THR.

Seems par for the course. 

Sure, Lochte doesn't seem appear to be the most engaging person. Remember, there is the now-famous mashup of great interview moments for evidence.

There also is the admission from the superstar that he tinkles in the pool

In short, he is New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski—who posed nude for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue last month—with a Speedo, a brother who makes a splash with people in and out of the pool, and for some reason, draws interest.

The sad fact is, we shut off our brains when we watch TV. Those who enjoy most of these reality-based television shows never care to switch their brains on much, anyway. 

It's a delicious treat for the masses who don't want to think. 

Call me a hater, but this is the engaging entertainment that is being spoon fed to us. 

We start off with Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a spin-off from the hit show Toddlers and Tiaras, a reality series dedicated to beauty pageants for little girls.

Really, America?

Did I step out of the country just long enough for you all to regress to a slobbering mass of apes enthralled by bright lights and fire?

Of course, there is the granddaddy of bad television, E! Entertainment Television's various series featuring the Kardashian clan. 

Let's escape our own lives by finding out what happened in the next episode of everyone's favorite rich family with fake problems.

Sounds like fun.

As you can see, the premise for a reality TV series revolving around Ryan Lochte is dumb, misguided and not the least bit intellectual. 

So it should do well on prime-time.

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