As Reality TV goes, last night was pretty excruciating.
Big Brother and I Will Survive served up some startlingly vapid telly as primetime entertainment.
Nine’s Big Brother, having teased us with the arrival of new Intruder Ava, proceeded to unravel this week’s challenge: a ludicrous “animal wilderness documentary” that saw housemates mimicking jungle animals in the backyard.
Under instruction from a ‘David Attenborough-mimic’, they were down on all fours wearing animal headgear. Michael roared like a lion. Angie smeared banana over her body. George and Josh rolled around in the mud. After some clever challenges in previous weeks such as the “Yes / No” task and the fake second house, this was banal primetime entertainment.
There were even moments of Bradley and George in drag (shouldn’t they be on TEN or The Footy Show?).
Nine appears to be borrowing some inspiration from The Block, which attracted a large following amongst kids for the moments when adults adopt very silly behaviour.
The whole time Intruder Ava -who could have added some conflict- was kept away from the pack, now to be revealed tonight.
I can’t help but wonder whatever happened to Andrew Backwell’s claim that, ““We’re casting for interesting debate rather than mindless chat” and ““We want relationships, adults who relate to each other, rather than just people looking to hook up.”
It’s not what I’m seeing on my screen.
I’m seeing people actively encouraged to hook up.
Please address the storytelling.
Meanwhile I Will Survive threw up some improvisation acting monologues in the outback, that were larger than life on the small screen and awkwardly intense. One bloke was even playing two roles in a break-up scene at the same time. Triple threat or triple personality?
Ok maybe this show isn’t vapid, but it is decidedly awkward. Hugh Sheridan is awkward as host in this premise. I Will Survive strikes me as the ultimate “you had to be there” show, but I just find the whole thing over the top under the magnifying glass that is TV.
Thank goodness The X Factor stumped up with some A-List stars and some talented kids instead.
Maybe I should have been checking out Poh’s Kitchen?