Rocky From Tough Love’s Reality Show History!

I’m sure I mentioned that the second season of Tough Love is on my regular viewing rotation. The show features women who have trouble getting men and the host helps them. One of the women on the show is this rocker chick who claims to be a stuntwoman named Rocky. She looked familiar to me, but couldn’t place her and didn’t do any looking because, hell, even I don’t care that much. It wasn’t until I saw a list of VH1 reality show fights yesterday that I realized where she was from: The Lusty Busty Babe-a-que. Just kidding, I haven’t seen that…yet. She was also on VH1’s I Know My Kid’s A Star, which followed stage moms and their kids. I love when people hop from reality show to reality show, especially when it’s somewhat random like this. There was that one girl from Beauty & The Geek who went on to be on Rock of Love. Anway, Rocky was what the missus calls a hot mess on that whole series.

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All this got me looking around on the internet and boy did I find some interesting stuff. Rocky also goes by Rocky Brasselle, Raquel DeMarco and her actual name Melissa Brasselle. She’s kind of an actress and stuntwoman with a string of movies even I’ve never heard like Demolition High and Raptor. The rest are listed on her IMDb page. She’s appeared topless in the February 1989 issue of Playboy and in the aforementioned soft core porn movie The Lusty Busty Babe-a-que (the title makes me laugh every time).

Rocky’s been fairly normal on Tough Love. She’s gotten in her fair share of fights, but who doesn’t on these kinds of things? She seems to have gotten over her spacey-ness. Well, that’s what I thought until I went over to her YouTube channel dubbed RockyRocknRoll and saw this video where she’s trying to talk about current events, all of which have to do with parents losing their children. Not only does she seem wasted, but her daughter keeps messing with the screen making different frames or graphic elements show up which completely blow Rocky’s mind.

There’s also this NSFW song she wrote about some lady she claims is jealous. Fans of Tough Love will recognize the biting spirit of her music, though this song doesn’t involve a strap-on.

And to think, a nice woman like that hasn’t found a mate. What hope do the rest of us have.

An Interesitng Trend In Reality Shows

A few months back, I wrote a post I never published about how I think the term “reality show” is thrown around a little bit too liberally. Most of the shows we watch that are dubbed as such are really just game shows. Amazing Race? Game show. Survivor? Same thing. Real World’s a reality sow. So is anything Dr. Drew does. Anyway, that’s not really the point of this post, but it is related. This whole trend of voting people off of shows and sending them home has been bothersome to me since Survivor hit so many years back and Road Rules felt the need to adopt a similar concept.

I understand that you need to get rid of people in competitions for money and even for dating shows, but any shows that purport to help people grow or learn should keep people around for long enough to “fix” them (yeah, I know that the odds of someone getting real help on a reality show probably isn’t the best, and also that these competitions also usually involve some kind of financial prize. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be removed from such shows, but I don’t think it should necessarily be a requirement. If Ray J likes all the girls on his show equally, let him keep them all. If all of the Next Iron Chefs really kill it, keep them around and see how they do next time. People will screw up. Sometimes several at a time. Just watch any Real World/Road Rules Challenge for the proof (the last episode of The Ruins saw four people head home, two who broke the rules, two who lost challenges).

So, I was happy to see three different reality shows that recently launched, all with the mission statement of helping people out in various ways, which are not falling prey to the same old boring format that every other reality show seems to subscribe to. First up, Bravo’s Chef Academy. The whole idea of this show is for people to learn how to cook with this big time chef. They’re not necessarily trying to be big time chefs, just to learn how to cook. Each week they’re given a lesson and a test on that lesson and they either pass or fail. If you fail three times, you’re out of the school. This format feels a lot more organic than the same-old, tacked on one you’re used to whether you watch cooking competition shows or not. Plus, I like the main chef guy, he’s fun and dude LOVES Columbo.

I also checked out a VH1 show called Tough Love. It’s the show’s second season and features a matchmaker taking a bunch of lonely women in and teaching them how to find a man. I’m sure the actual show synopsis is more concise and less offensive, but you get the idea. Anyway, since the point is to teach these women how to break out of their shells and learn how to attract the opposite sex, it would seem counter-intuitive to dump them once a week throughout the season. So far, they haven’t said anything about eliminations and I didn’t watch the previous season, so I’m not sure what the deal is. I could see him kicking out some of these broads who are clearly stuck in their ways and not listening to his advice (ladies, calling yourself by an alias and forgetting your dates name are surprisingly not-good when dating).

The third and most obvious non-elimination show is Dr. Drew’s Sex Rehab on VH1. As you might expect, this shows features several people who may or may not be celebrities who are dealing with sexual addictions. While in the program, they must abstain while also going through the therapeutic process. But, if they don’t, it’s not like they’re going to get kicked out, even though I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to punch a few of them in the face.

So, I’m hoping that this branching-off from the formula that’s been brainlessly pounded into every reality/game show of the past 10 years. People give the genre a lot of crap and a lot of it is deserved, but hopefully we’ll see some imagination put into this things that doesn’t involve making people eat strange things.