ABC gives Reality TV the Gruen treatment
Tom Ballard will host a new panel discussion on Reality TV, joined by experts, producers & former participants.
Host Tom Ballard will joined by three industry experts, from producers to ex-contestants and judges, revealing what really happens behind the camera.
“I couldn’t be happier that CJZ and the ABC TV accidentally came across my audition tape for Australia’s Next Top Model and decided to give me this job,” said Ballard. “I’m looking forward to celebrating and laughing at the inner workings of this cultural phenomenon. I’m also excited to be able to finally count live-tweeting The Voice: Kids as ‘work’ and to claim all my Justice Crew merch on tax.”
“Reality is TV’s 800 pound gorilla,” says ABC Head of Entertainment Jon Casimir. “It’s the most successful cultural force of the last decade. It’s the ABC’s job to examine the world we live in. We hope Reality Check will give ‘Reality TV’ its due, acknowledging its drawing power and asking why it works and what that says about us.”
Nick Murray, Managing Director of CJZ added, “Reality is dramatic, funny, poignant, and in many ways, reflects our community more accurately than any other genre. This series examines how it works and asks the question: if Stephen Spielberg is a genius for making audiences cry, why shouldn’t reality producers be lauded for doing the same thing?”
While CJZ (and its various incarnations) have never produced a big reality franchise it has dabbled in Reality hybrids and factual offshoots including Go Back to Where You Came From, Dumb Drunk & Racist, Recruits, Hardliners, AFP: Australian Federal Police and Country Town Rescue. ABC has previously aired a number of Reality shows on both ABC1 and ABC2.
It will air in coming months on ABC.