MTV’s ‘Big Tips Texas’ turns reality-TV lens on Dallas

Posted 6:25pm on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

And we thought reality TV shot in Texas couldn’t sink any lower than Most Eligible: Dallas, A-List Dallas, or Big Rich Texas.

We were wrong.

MTV -- the network that got the whole reality ball rolling with The Real World more than two decades ago -- is premiering Big Tips Texas this fall, a series focusing on the lives and loves of a group of waitresses at the North Texas “breastaurant” chain Redneck Heaven.

According to the MTV promo, these “girls” like to shoot guns, drive fast, drink hard, raise hell and walk around without much clothing. Think of them as the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants without the pants part.

Dallas and Atlanta -- which has the likes of the The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Married to Medicine, and the latest Dixie shoutfest The New Atlanta as its public face -- are now rivaling each other for which city can generate the loudest, trashiest, guilty-pleasure reality TV.

From Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo to Duck Dynasty and the now canceled Buckwild, the national TV audience seems to love watching Southerners do stupid stuff, especially if those involved are drunk and half-dressed. Not that I want Bravo televising staged readings of William Faulkner, Alice Walker and Flannery O’Connor but this trading in Dukes of Hazzard stereotypes gets old faster than a 1971 Dodge Challenger on a beer run.

But, as I climb down off my high horse, the question remains: will I be watching? Abso-freakin-lutely. So there’s that.

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