DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE OF SNUGGLING UP ON THE COUCH TO WATCH THE NEXT INSTALMENT OF A REALITY TV SHOW? TURNS OUT YOU’RE NOT ALONE
Honestly, I thought reality TV was dead until Married At First Sight came onto our screens. But, here we are once again as the nation talking about these “reality” shows. I think that’s my biggest problem with it, it’s not reality.
It’s completely scripted and designed to look like reality but in actual fact, every moment of the show is planned out. We can sit here and blame the networks for airing this stuff but when it comes down to it, they wouldn’t air it if people didn’t watch it.
If I had to pick a favourite reality-style TV show it would have to be
Yes, this show plays on scripted drama as well, but at least the contestants are working toward something positive.
Plus who doesn’t love Scotty Cam. These shows are perfect for actors because that’s what they are - scripted drama shows.
That said, I guess that’s the way the world is headed with social media too.
This hyped-up consequence-free world is the new normal.
We see people put fake/scripted lives on Instagram which is meant to be reality but it’s quite the opposite.
I guess the one change I would like to see in the reality TV industry is that it not be called reality.
It’s drama. It’s not reality.
And for those in our society that are more vulnerable to be influenced by these shows, I think it’s only fair that they can see clearly what is reality and what isn’t.
The cricket is done and dusted, the footy is yet to start, Netflix seems to be going through a mid-life crisis and there are only so many five minute craft videos I can manage on Youtube.
So what are we watching? Terrifyingly, reality TV is representing 89 per cent of the Australian TV viewing audience at the moment, with one of the pacesetters and ratings rulers being Married At First Sight. This show represents everything that is wrong with the world, vile, over-inflated personalities, debauched and contrived plot lines and soulless scenarios centring around hate and negativity. We may as well be watching question time. I can’t stand this style of train wreck TV and yet, with more than 1 million viewers per night, it’s the most popular show of the moment. Next up, My Kitchen Rules, a cooking show, a legit talent/skill based show.
Ok, cool. But wait, the whole show is now promoted around one contestant calling another a “tranny”. All hell breaks loose and we forget about cooking.
Let’s not forget I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, without the celebrities - or audience. Thank god for Richard Reid, at least he brought some class and spunk to the show. However, there is a glimmer of hope and it comes in the form of our local hero, God among men, Adonis, lifesaver and all-round nice guy Jett Kenny, as he takes to the screen on Dancing With The Stars.
Jett’s sister Morgan is the dancer of the family, so here’s to hoping she can pass on a few tips to the little bro as he takes on a genuine line-up of talented celebrities in a show that does actually require some talent, skill and ability.
Gone are the days of Mcleod’s Daughters, where you could settle in on a Wednesday night with your family as you were getting ready for Australia’s most-loved drama. Nowadays, Australia’s favourite drama seems to be Married At First Sight.
Or shows much like it!
Four times a week I say to myself, “Ok, no more of this crap, this is the last night I’m watching this so called “social experiment”. But, I’m glued to the drama!
I can’t look away!
However, for the first time on Monday night I actually turned MAFS off. I’m done. But, did I turn on Netflix and draw some inspiration from Marie Kondo’s show Tidying Up?
No, I did not. I knew it wouldn’t “spark joy” for my Monday night’s viewing, so instead, I flicked from one reality show to another.
Dancing with the Stars! With real celebrities! Shut the front door!
Oh, I was so excited that live, unscripted reality TV had hit my optical nerves. It hasn’t been on TV for a while, but this year’s Dancing with the Stars is hosted by none other than Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller, and I have to say it was sensational! Some of the celebs include Samuel Johnson, Olympia Valance, Michelle Bridges and none other than our very own Sunny Coast boy Jett Kenny.
Man, I was so proud of him last night! We love having Jett on our show, but seeing him steam up the dance floor with his dance partner Lily was just awesome.
It’s fun, there’s no drama and the judges have a great vibe this year. It’s the REAL-ITY show we’ve all been craving!