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Postby EPAF » Sun May 20, 2007 10:20 pm

albino.black.sheep wrote:I only know about them because I wrote a 5000 word essay last year about why they're bad for the TV industry and audience.

Besides, you should know your enemies.


You wrote an essay on Reality TV...and you were ONLY given 5000 words to do so? I could write a 10,000 word essay and still have loads to say - I can rant that much on the topic. :roll:

Anyway, since I am allowed to do so, I'm gunna share some opinions on fly-on-the-wall based Reality TV:

I'm so sick to death of the major TV corporations in this country (especially the BBC) for re-hashing the same style of 'programme' but just basing it on another type of occupation/job.

It was OK back maybe 5 to 6 years ago when the only real fly-on-the-wall programmes were Airport (BBC) or Airline (ITV) & Street Crime UK (Bravo) - hell, they were quite enjoyable to watch at times because of the way you could watch just how ignorant, stupid and loud ordinary members of the public could be.

But I draw the line right there - it's become much more than just 'pathetic' in which maybe three times a weeknight (maybe Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays most of the time) there's always this type of programme on which seems to just be the grass-stain on the shirt of nightly TV (apologies for the metaphor :lol:)

And like I've mentioned before, this country has already had programmes on: (up until the present day)
Airports
Hospitals
Vets
Air Rescue Service
Bus Drivers
Taxi Drivers
Hospital Ambulance Staff
Driving Instructors
Police Forces
Traffic Wardens
& now......Demolition Workers *taste of vomit comes back*

Now.....is that ridiculously pathetic......or IS THAT ridiculously pathetic?! People don't want to watch three half-an-hours a week about how staff get on with their normal jobs........FOR...GOD'S...SAKE! :roll:
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Postby albino.black.sheep » Sun May 20, 2007 10:25 pm

I know! I wanted to do reality TV and the notion of celebrity for my dissertation (which was 12,000 words) but my tutor said that dissertations aren't the place to be settling scores and bitching.

I guess that's why there's the BBS. :lol:
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Postby albino.black.sheep » Tue May 22, 2007 11:48 pm

EPAF wrote:
albino.black.sheep wrote:I only know about them because I wrote a 5000 word essay last year about why they're bad for the TV industry and audience.

Besides, you should know your enemies.


You wrote an essay on Reality TV...and you were ONLY given 5000 words to do so? I could write a 10,000 word essay and still have loads to say - I can rant that much on the topic. :roll:

Anyway, since I am allowed to do so, I'm gunna share some opinions on fly-on-the-wall based Reality TV:

I'm so sick to death of the major TV corporations in this country (especially the BBC) for re-hashing the same style of 'programme' but just basing it on another type of occupation/job.

It was OK back maybe 5 to 6 years ago when the only real fly-on-the-wall programmes were Airport (BBC) or Airline (ITV) & Street Crime UK (Bravo) - hell, they were quite enjoyable to watch at times because of the way you could watch just how ignorant, stupid and loud ordinary members of the public could be.

But I draw the line right there - it's become much more than just 'pathetic' in which maybe three times a weeknight (maybe Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays most of the time) there's always this type of programme on which seems to just be the grass-stain on the shirt of nightly TV (apologies for the metaphor :lol:)

And like I've mentioned before, this country has already had programmes on: (up until the present day)
Airports
Hospitals
Vets
Air Rescue Service
Bus Drivers
Taxi Drivers
Hospital Ambulance Staff
Driving Instructors
Police Forces
Traffic Wardens
& now......Demolition Workers *taste of vomit comes back*

Now.....is that ridiculously pathetic......or IS THAT ridiculously pathetic?! People don't want to watch three half-an-hours a week about how staff get on with their normal jobs........FOR...GOD'S...SAKE! :roll:


God dammit with all your adding loads to your posts later. :P

Like I've already said, The Osbournes was, and still is, one of my favourite programmes. With The Osbournes at least it ended before the novelty wore off and it was one of the first reality shows. Well, I guess it's more of a docu-soap/drama. Plus, I've been listening to Sabbath and Ozzy since I was about 3 years old, so I had invested interest.

The BBC's array of sh*tty fly-on-the-wall programmes aren't worth the TV licence. Most of the time the people being filmed don't even do their jobs because the situations which are worth being filmed are created or exacerbated by the camera crew, who actively go searching out filmable problems and then throw the "stars" into them. That is not the subjects' everyday situations.

At least Dog the Bounty Hunter films a job which isn't seen on the average career survey.

By the way, there's a new Big Brother spin-off programme presented by Davina McCall, called Big Brother: On The Couch which shall clutter up the Saturday night schedule. :cartmansopissedrightnow:
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Postby KennyGotServed » Wed May 23, 2007 1:35 am

Wow. I didn't think people could feel so strongly about Reality TV. I honestly don't mind most of it - nearly every channel has it. I just got used to seeing the shows I guess.

To tell you the truth, I do watch a lot of the stuff on MTV & VH1. Pretty pointless, but when I have nothing else to do, I end up watching whatever's on.
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Postby BRMBug » Wed May 23, 2007 5:23 am

albino.black.sheep wrote:By the way, there's a new Big Brother spin-off programme presented by Davina McCall, called Big Brother: On The Couch which shall clutter up the Saturday night schedule. :cartmansopissedrightnow:

That title sounds like it's [ll] that far from being porn.
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Postby EPAF » Wed May 23, 2007 8:53 am

BRMBug wrote:
albino.black.sheep wrote:By the way, there's a new Big Brother spin-off programme presented by Davina McCall, called Big Brother: On The Couch which shall clutter up the Saturday night schedule. :cartmansopissedrightnow:

That title sounds like it's [ll] that far from being porn.


Hello, I'm Davina McCall, you're LIVE on Channel 4, please do not f*ck, sh*t, shag or bugar one another. :roll:

If what I'm predicting is right, and that this is gunna be some kind of chat-show-style programme, than Channel 4 should have learned from BBC's mistake of giving Mrs. McCall her own chat show. :roll:

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I agree with Kate - I really enjoyed watching The Osbournes even if it was less of a fly-on-the-wall soap and more of a docu-soap/drama...slash comedy. :lol:
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Postby albino.black.sheep » Wed May 23, 2007 1:36 pm

EPAF wrote:If what I'm predicting is right, and that this is gunna be some kind of chat-show-style programme, than Channel 4 should have learned from BBC's mistake of giving Mrs. McCall her own chat show. :roll:


That's immediately what I thought when I heard about it.
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Postby Jay C » Wed May 23, 2007 7:44 pm

BRMBug wrote:
albino.black.sheep wrote:By the way, there's a new Big Brother spin-off programme presented by Davina McCall, called Big Brother: On The Couch which shall clutter up the Saturday night schedule. :cartmansopissedrightnow:

That title sounds like it's [ll] that far from being porn.

Oh my God, incest porn. :lol:

I f*cking hate Reality TV. With a passion. I just feel that anything I say here will just be a repeat of something Jordan or Kate has already stated, so I won't bother. :B
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Postby Taranis_Music » Wed May 23, 2007 8:04 pm

Yeah, I used to watch survivor. But eventually I lost count of the seasons.:roll:
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Postby love*metal » Wed May 23, 2007 9:23 pm

EPAF wrote:I agree with Kate - I really enjoyed watching The Osbournes even if it was less of a fly-on-the-wall soap and more of a docu-soap/drama...slash comedy. :lol:


It still seems very strange to me how Ozzy Osbourne, once the front man of Black Sabbath, and who also has a great solo career did a reality show. But thats just me.
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Postby EPAF » Wed May 23, 2007 9:49 pm

love*metal wrote:
EPAF wrote:I agree with Kate - I really enjoyed watching The Osbournes even if it was less of a fly-on-the-wall soap and more of a docu-soap/drama...slash comedy. :lol:


It still seems very strange to me how Ozzy Osbourne, once the front man of Black Sabbath, and who also has a great solo career did a reality show. But thats just me.


Because I think America especially admires him for who he is...and not because of his obvious condition.

Anyway, I'm reading in a TV mag now that that goddam programme Big Brother: On The Couch will be a Sunday night 'Psychology' show. Bloody hell, just when I thought they couldn't get any more thorough about how each housemate is doing, they're gunna go into extra depth about maybe how their hand movements portray their future desires or maybe even how the shape of their own toilet sh*t will affect their overall emotional states. :roll:
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Postby albino.black.sheep » Wed May 23, 2007 10:11 pm

Aaaaaaaaah! Now here's my type of TV programme. There's a documentary/countdown on Channel 4 right now about non-entities who "star" in their own sex movies.
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Postby missycartman » Tue May 29, 2007 4:18 pm

Win my Kidney

A show in which a terminally ill woman gives her kidneys to one lucky contestant has sparked controversy in the Netherlands.


Broadcasters BNN are set to air The Big Donor show on Friday where the 37-year-old woman will choose from three people with kidney problems.

She will make her decision based on the contestants' history, profile and conversations with their families and friends. Viewers will be able to send text messages advising her during the 80-minute show.

BNN says it wants to highlight the challenges in getting donor organs as a tribute to BNN founder Bart de Graaff, who died of kidney failure five years ago, despite several transplants.

But ruling coalition parties Christian Democrat (CD) and the conservative Christian Union have called the show "wretched" and "unethical".

The show is produced by Endemol, the company that pioneered Big Brother in 1999.
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Postby EPAF » Tue May 29, 2007 4:36 pm

^ I saw this on the afternoon news today and nearly choked on my lunch in doing so.

If Endemol think they hadn't already pushed it too far by introducing Big Brother to the World, then they certainly do take the biscuit for going way over the top in Reality TV.

I don't care if the TV company have set up the public voting so that people ring in and text to 'give advice' tot his woman who's giving the organ. To me, it just sounds like while Endemol are reeling in all the money they get from public voting, they're simply using nice and pretty words to cover up the solid stone fact that the Dutch public are merely deciding who deserves to live and who doesn't.

And just like what the news said, it's time Reality TV gets a Reality Check.
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Postby albino.black.sheep » Wed May 30, 2007 9:49 am

missycartman wrote:Win my Kidney

A show in which a terminally ill woman gives her kidneys to one lucky contestant has sparked controversy in the Netherlands.


Broadcasters BNN are set to air The Big Donor show on Friday where the 37-year-old woman will choose from three people with kidney problems.

She will make her decision based on the contestants' history, profile and conversations with their families and friends. Viewers will be able to send text messages advising her during the 80-minute show.

BNN says it wants to highlight the challenges in getting donor organs as a tribute to BNN founder Bart de Graaff, who died of kidney failure five years ago, despite several transplants.

But ruling coalition parties Christian Democrat (CD) and the conservative Christian Union have called the show "wretched" and "unethical".

The show is produced by Endemol, the company that pioneered Big Brother in 1999.


I just this minute read an interview in the newspaper with a woman who needs a kidney but says she would rather die than have to participate in that farse.

The concept of that programme sinks to its own new low.
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