SA Needs A New Celebrity Gossip TV Show
Rumour has it eTV is working on a brand new celebrity gossip show and that they are currently casting for the presenter/s. A month or so ago while watching a Khanyi Mbau surgery insert on Real Goboza, I tweeted that eTV needed to do something and have their own show so I welcome the news of a new show.
I am especially happy that the show will not be on SABC, because we know true freedom is found on the other channels. You only need to look at shows like Loyiso Gola’s LNN to see how great it is to watch a show where you can see there is no “you can’t do this, you can’t talk about that, you can’t say this.” Headline is not brilliant television, but it works, simply because there aren’t restrictions and the team is FREE to do the show the way they want to.
While getting ready to launch this new show, I hope eTV will look at Real Goboza (which seriously needs help), V Entertainment (which is actually a good show), FLASH, which was previously on SABC 3 as well as Headline, and see what works and doesn’t work.
What the new show should definitely NOT even attempt is to cover events. We have a situation currently where you watch V Entertainment, Headline, Real Goboza, All Access and you are guaranteed to see the exact same faces at the exact same events in the exact same outfits. IF the new show decide they have to cover events because we lack celebrity content in this country, then they have to insist that they get exclusive coverage and are the only TV crew covering whatever event they go to.
One other important decision is the choice of presenter.
A channel should leave casting to the production company. I honestly believe that’s the only way you can blame the producers if your show doesn’t perform well. Channels in this country look at who’s in the social pages or on twitter (recent trend) and then tell producers we want so and so… It is at the producer’s best interest to have the show perform so it can be on air for long, coz that’s how they make money so they can be trusted them to choose the best candidates for the job. If you’ve ever heard of “It’s who you know.” trust me, it exists. Often people get TV jobs because they know someone and that’s what keeps the real talent on the streets.
We have so many talented youngsters out there and what’s even worse is when people are told to come audition when the producers already know who they want. Sad.
Eh, I seem to have slightly deviated from the point…
I wish eTV all the best with the new show… there is definitely space for it in the market. RGB has lost the plot, it is a little too slow, perhaps they need to jack up the pace a bit, stay true to the show’s name by focussing more on news, lose the international news report Phat Joe does if they don’t buy footage, get Phat Joe to stop interrupting his guests, 2 minutes is short enough as it is, worse when the host talks for 1:15 of the time.
Headline & V Entertainment are on DSTV so I can’t talk much about them.. the majority don’t get to see them. We need a FRESH celebrity gossip show on welfare TV.