December 14, 2011 10:36am PT by Jethro Nededog
Jonah Hill Disgusted With the Kardashians' TV Success
Newly named SAG award nominee for Moneyball, Jonah Hill, says he’s disgusted by the success of the Kardashian family reality shows over scripted television shows.
“I have friends who work in TV and the Kardashians get higher ratings than their TV shows,” Hill, 27, tells The Huffington Post. “Shows that people actually work hard on -- writing and creating and trying to tell stories. The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like Mad Men is disgusting.”
It’s a little bit like comparing apples to oranges and I’m not sure how much of the Kardashian audience – more than 3 million viewers tuned in to Sunday’s episode of Kourtney and Kim Take New York – are the Mad Men-watching kind. I can venture to say that the target demographic audience for each show is probably very different. At the same time, he’s making a point about what the masses are attracted to and I get that. In contrast, Mad Men’s Season 4 finale attracted 2.4 million viewers.
Yet even in his disgust of the genre, Hill admits that he finds himself watching reality TV with curiosity. And that is where the actor says he hits an impasse.
“Whenever I say I like reality TV, people write about it like they're in shock,” he says. “I can't even understand it, so I watch it. I think it's funny and I definitely enjoy it in a making-fun-of-it sort of way, but where does the line sort of end? When do I stop making fun of it and become an actual fan?”
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