Richard Roxburgh is over Reality
The star of Rake reckons we are over Reality TV. Is he right?
Really having a hard time agreeing with Richard Roxburgh today, who says audiences are largely over Reality TV.
While his argument in a Herald Sun story may have been steered to give an interview on Rake a sexy print angle, nevertheless he is quoted.
“I think (Australian audiences) are crying out for drama at the moment,” he says.
“Reality TV came and largely went, and in its place there’s been an upsurge of interest in drama and story again – particularly smart story. There’s a really savvy audience there.”
MasterChef Australia producers may disagree. They have more than 3million Aussies to back them up. My Kitchen Rules Producers may join them. It was Seven’s most successful new show this year. Even The Block outrated Rake.
None of this is to detract from the fine contribution of Rake. It has set itself apart from an abundance of procedural dramas, to give us a character drama. And to do so with an anti-hero is a bold move. Even more so, it’s a series that revolves around one central character, belying the usual Aussie move for an ensemble.
But it doesn’t mean we’re over Reality. We’re just over bad Reality, just like we’re over bad Drama (COPS L.A.C. anyone?).
This notion that the Reality wave is over is nonsense and has been dragged out before. It’s been a genre in it’s own right ever since MTV perfected it with Road Rules. Sure there was a surge in the 1990s -just as Lifestyle surged in the 80s.
But Reality isn’t going away. It just needs to tell good stories, bring us interesting characters and peel back worlds in ways that other genres don’t.
It also doesn’t have to be everybody’s cup of tea in order to exist. Television has enough diversity for both Rake and Reality to co-exist side by side. Possibly even in the same timeslot.