Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 7.30pm, Bio Does it seem slightly con­ceited to any­one else that the next any­thing can be found via a re­al­ity elim­i­na­tion se­ries? Yes, Oprah Win­frey is a hugely pow­er­ful woman with enor­mous pull in the in­dus­try, so I sup­pose if any­one can find a new TV star, she can. It smacks, though, even af­ter all the te­dious name call­ing and blam­ing and sham­ing that goes on here, of a cap­tain’s pick. So why not just give a tal­ented per­son a show and be done with it? At least in Your Own Show we are spared the hu­man can­non fod­der of early episodes of mu­si­cal chal­lenges such as Idol and The Voice, where the self-de­luded make fools of them­selves for our plea­sure. The 10 fi­nal­ists ar­rived in last week’s de­but pre-picked and pack­aged for success. Tonight just nine con­tes­tants re­main. Nat­u­rally some­one will be go­ing home and there will be tears and tri­umphs. Ad­mit­tedly this is from 2011, but isn’t it time such old-fash­ioned re­al­ity rub­bish was con­signed to the slagheap of his­tory?

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