Gogglebox has returned - and so has a whole host of pretty ridiculous reality TV. From the bizarre to the dramatic to the downright outrageous, will we ever tire of watching fellow humans battle it out in not-so-real scenarios?
Every evening in Australia, more than four million of us choose to spend a night in front of the telly. Have you ever wondered what other people are watching? Or what they think of the new season of My Kitchen Rules?
A touch of reality
This week, the Goggleboxers tuned into three of Australia's most popular, top-rating reality TV shows. Yes, My Kitchen Rules has returned for its ninth season, and we're back into the spills, thrills, spats, tantrums, and awkward unrequited love in Married At First Sight, and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
For the Goggleboxers, the MKR series is just tired. The show's contestants feel like they fit a very specific and repetitive profile, and the (pretty explosive) drama at the dinner table seems to outweigh any cooking action in the kitchen. There was also the moment in this week's episode where the MKR host rings a doorbell that isn't there.
Preeminent Aussie drama, Home and Away has adopted Sam Frost, whose reality TV CV includes The Bachelorette, but, unfortunately, she hasn't earned her our respect as our next greatest soapie star. And while no one was expecting Married At First Sight to be drenched in real romance, groom number one does seem to have some pretty out-of-touch views on the role of his bride-to-be.
Are we fed up with reality that's not very real? Maybe we're just starving for something a bit more authentic, or in the case of MKR, hungry for a bit more convo on the food.
I thought #Mkr was about cooking and people with a decent amount of cooking skill dispointed in this year's casting— DeepikaL (@deepz_789) February 7, 2018
The Goggleboxers also watched Lisa Wilkinson's first day on The Project. Lisa, who left Channel 9 after learning her male counterpart earned exponentially more than she did, presented a moving real-life story on a family rocked by the reality of surrogacy. Without doubt, it was a strong, heartfelt beginning to her place a the bench on The Project - maybe Lisa is the hero Australia needs.
In an era of social media movements, statements like Time's Up or hashtags like #MeToo, it's pretty refreshing to see Lisa stand up for some real change.
And a new show with sort-of Aussie icon Dave Hughes and a panel of comedians hits the mark with the Goggleboxers too. Hughesy...We Have A Problem is an 'Agony Uncle' of sorts (possibly fIlling the gaping void Dolly Doctor has left some of us with), where real people with really awkward questions phone or video in for some real (read: really funny) advice.