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Pads, Sweet Reality Pads

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Topless mannequins, a suit of armor and a duck phone do not a home make By Diane VadinoSpecial to MSN TVOur favorite reality TV shows present audiences with a previously unknown bounty of open-air drunkenness (and subsequent arrests), drug-fueled nightclub hookups and life-destroying moments of public mortification -- and of course, that's just "Jersey Shore." Let's call these the "cons." On the (shorter) list of pros, the constructed communities of reality shows -- specifically, those that require a shared apartment, house, or even a "Bachelor Pad" -- often call for outrageous and unusually interactive set design. Who can imagine the "Jersey Shore" beach house without that infamous, fear-instilling, germ-filled hot tub? How would ABC have produced "Bachelor Pad" without a pool? "Real World" built an empire on the idea of seven strangers sharing a tricked-out house, while shows like "Real Housewives" and "Cribs" have given viewers seemingly unfettered access to the home-decor stylings of a range of celebrities, from list A (Mariah, 50 Cent, etc) to Z (the collective Bravo housewives of America.) "Bachelor Pad," which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, is the latest show to exploit the now-iconic formula of rounding up attractive exhibitionists, plying them with alcohol and filming the results -- but it's far from the first: These shows have all showcased interiors as outrageous as the reality TV stars who inhabit them. "Bachelor Pad" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.(ABC)
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