Celebrity Splash, the show that is apparently not one of the year’s biggest TV blunders last night filmed 2 different endings for rescheduled Grand Final, in order to try and keep its winner under wraps.
That means judges have altered scores across phony endings in which everybody wins and everybody loses. Not a great night to be in the audience when one dive was repeated four times.
Filming fake endings is no longer an industry secret now that it has become par for the course on Reality shows such as My Kitchen Rules, Celebrity Apprentice and MasterChef: The Professionals. This impacts on the audience’s suspension of disbelief about the way the genre is manufactured.
It contrasts with the same-day judging on MasterChef finals, The Block Auctions filmed the day before and the live-to-air winner announcement in the US on Survivor (GO! airs this tonight in Australia).
Meanwhile The Australian today referenced the slap directed in TV Tonight‘s direction at the House Rules launch, after branding the show “one of the year’s biggest TV blunders”:
Launching the show, (Brad) Lyons quite rightly pointed out that recent reporting of Celebrity Splash had been unfairly harsh given its ratings. In fact it had been “unproportionately out of line”. It was no secret his comments were aimed at TV Tonight editor David Knox, who later tried to placate the affable Lyons. Let the record show Lyons was not placated.
But after contestants quitting, injuries, ratings slides, expense, semi-finals dumped, grand finals buried, negative reviews, impacting on Revenge and potentially losing the network momentum to Nine (….jump in here anytime), let the record also show I stand by my prediction.