Viewers are (again) citing an overdose of Reality TV as amongst their biggest criticisms of TV in 2016.
Comments submitted in current voting for the TV Tonight Awards show readers want more diversity of genres in their TV diets:
“Too much rubbish reality shows – networks getting on a bandwagon (food, dating etc). Only ABC really investing in Aus comedy,” says one reader.
“Too much reality with the same show on multiple nights per week on every channel. Enough cooking, singing and renovations. Best place for quality drama is Foxtel and Netflix,” says another.
Other readers reiterated similar thoughts:
“Too much of networks copying each others programming (eg dating reality shows). Too many regional viewers being left behind because of outdated technologies (eg still no 7flix broadcasting in my area).”
“Too many renovation and romance ‘reality’ shows.”
“Too much reliance on reality shows and stripped formats – needs variety.”
“Far too much reality. Far too many repeats of weekday shows at weekends like Morning Show, Home and Away, The Block etc.”
“It is sad that all we have a copy cat back to back reality shows on all 3 channels and the same ones year after year – how boring – I literally live on streaming services – but watch Project and a few things.. on normal TV – but never in real time.”
“Better this year than in recent years, but those dating shows are the absolute pits.”
“Australian tv needs to start moving away from the reality genre. Don’t get me wrong I do like reality television, but I wanna see more Australian dramas, comedies, thrillers, documentary’s and horror. Spice it up a bit.”
However there was strong praise for Australian drama this year, if with a footnote about how they were programmed.
“I am glad there is more Aussie drama but it needs to be spread over the year! Too much reality! We need hour and half hour start times!”
“Despite the shitty year we’ve had as a whole, Aussie (and international) drama has genuinely been on point this year, especially with the likes of The Kettering Incident and Secret City.”
“Great year of Australian Drama this year. Still too many reality shows, especially the dating genre.”
“Great to see more Australian Drama on TV.”
“I have really enjoyed all the Aussie drama and comedy shows produced this year.”
“Great to see more drama and comedy this year… but boo to some of them being screened against each other.”
“In the last couple of years, I’ve only cried twice because of a TV show and both of them were finales from Aussie shows this year (Wentworth and Australian Survivor). This year, we truly showed the international stage how good we can make TV.”
“Australian scripted tv needs to take more risk, especially for male millennials. The only scripted shows free to air make are targeted for women.”
Voting for the TV Tonight Awards closes this Saturday if you still want to have your say.