Make it stop… we’re at peak Celebrity shows now, thanks!
Will the list of Celebrity reality shows never end?
Australia, your celebrities are ready….
And they’re ready whether you like it or not, in every second reality series invading our screens.
Hot on the heels of Dancing with the Stars: All Stars and a Celebrity special of Holey Moley we have Celebrity Apprentice and plenty more celebs in store. Then there were also Celebrity editions of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Yet to screen are new celebrities in SAS Australia, The Masked Singer, Big Brother: VIP, Celebrity Gogglebox, The New Full Monty and Celebrity MasterChef.
Even SBS has Celebrity Mastermind on the way back.
Before you know it we’ll be back to I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
We’re already seeing celebs appear in multiple franchises: Michelle Bridges was on DWTS on 10 and is now competing on Celebrity Apprentice. Paulini was in Masked Singer and I’m A Celebrity, Schapelle Corby was on SAS Australia and DWTS. Manu Feildel and Bonnie Anderson, from DWTS and Masked Singer respectively, are headed to SAS Australia.
In almost every one of the above shows it is inevitable that celebs are also eliminated, which is very predictable. Same for making us play guessing games on who is in the cast (it was fun for the jungle, it’s essential for Masked Singer, but let’s not make it mandatory please).
Sure we’ve got a pandemic and production has been challenging, but Australia is also producing so much TV.
Networks are clearly hoping that familiar faces will ensure shows have a fighting chance in a competitive and diminishing landscape. But I reckon they overlook what happens when viewers latch onto new characters.
We’ve seen time and again reactions to surprising individuals in reality shows whose behaviour or moral compass is off the charts (MAFS and MKR have had plenty, or Angela in last year’s BB, for example). Watching real people in the unscripted field is a bit like peeling back onion skins. When casting gets it right they can underpin an entire season and draw out watercooler conversation.
If Schapelle can cook we’re in big trouble.