3-D TV: Love It or Hate It?

by | May 3, 2010 at 9:39 AM | TV News

'The Simpsons' (Photo: Fox)

'The Simpsons' (Photo: Fox)

Ready or not… it’s coming. Now that Hollywood’s discovered they can print money at the box office with 3-D megablockbusters like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, it’s not a matter of if you’re getting a 3-D TV, but when. (For those of you who just bought a 60-inch HD plasma: Sorry, it’s just about officially obsolete. Ain’t technology grand?)

In fact, companies like Sony and Samsung are already cranking out the first wave of 3-D TVs. And networks are following suit, with ESPN offering 3-D sports broadcasts by year’s end. Even the Catholic church is jumping onboard, with cable network CatholicTV recently announcing a plan to broadcast in 3-D. (Because you really haven’t experienced the story of Christ until you’ve seen it wearing flimsy colored glasses.)

Of course, the kinks are still being worked out—but the possibilities of 3-D TV are endless. (Just the thought of 3-D Super Bowls and NBA Finals games is enough to get sports fans salivating.) The current TV landscape might not be exactly 3-D ready, though. So let’s take a quick survey and see which shows could really benefit from a third dimension—and which should probably just stick with two.

Here’s What’ll Work, Here’s What Won’t:

BETTER IN 3-D

Survivor‘ (CBS)

Obviously, the lush exotic locales would look all the more inviting in 3-D—especially during those harsh winter months. (As would the scantily-clad contestants.) Throw in pulse-pounding immunity challenges practically happening in your lap, and you can count us in for Tribal Council.

Dancing with the Stars‘ (ABC)

Not that it needs any help in the ratings… but we love the idea of seeing our favorite dancers waltz right through our living room. Plus, the effect of a 3-D Cheryl Burke on the nation’s male populace cannot be underestimated.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘ (CBS)
What better way to revive this old lion than with a dose of technology? We’re betting those trademark CGI autopsies and reenactments will look cooler than ever in 3-D.

The Simpsons‘ (Fox)
The animated stalwart actually dabbled with computer-generated 3-D in a 1995 Halloween episode. But we can’t wait to explore the far reaches of Springfield in all three dimensions. Heck, this could help the show run for another two decades, easy.

Yo Gabba Gabba!‘ (Nick)

The advantages here are two-fold: Kids get to dance around and sing nonsensical songs right next to their favorite robots and monsters. And college-age stoners get to zone out watching all the funky 3-D colors and shapes float by. Whoa… trippy.

'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Photo: Bravo)

'The Real Housewives of New York City' (Photo: Bravo)

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WORSE IN 3-D

The Office‘ (NBC)

We love the Dunder-Mifflin crew—we really do. But most of us already spend 40 hours a week in a dreary office surrounded by lifeless drones; we don’t need to spend another 30 minutes trapped in one. Two dimensions of corporate drudgery is plenty.

Tool Academy‘ (VH1)

This goes for most every trash reality show: The great thing about watching these shows is the ability to observe (and laugh at) the obnoxious and moronic participants from a safe distance. We can’t really see inviting the tool brigade into our homes to throw chairs and spray beer all over the place.

19 Kids & Counting‘ (TLC)

Again, it’s a matter of distance. Watching the Duggars on a 2-D television: cute. Watching a football team’s worth of screaming children run wild through your living room: not so cute.

The Real Housewives of [Wherever]‘ (Bravo)

Pick any version, really: Each has the same shrill wine-drunk arguments, the same scary Botoxed-and-bleached confessionals. HD is tough enough to deal with here—a third dimension would be unbearable.

The Biggest Loser‘ (NBC)

With all due respect to the admirable contestants here… we’ll pass on the chance to see them grunting and straining their way through a rigorous workout regimen in real, lifelike 3-D. Let’s just be thankful that Sweat-o-Vision is at least a few years away.

So which current shows do you think would work best (and worst) in 3-D? Throw on your glasses and join us in the Comments.