The Death of Variety/Entertainment Shows.
The morning dragged for eternity. The sun wrestled with the thick clouds, negotiating an opening to peek into earth but the thick clouds remained resilient. The wind turned cold, unmasking its hot façade. The thought of taking my imaginary dog for a walk shattered. The absence of radio makes the silence louder. The TV stares at me, I stubbornly stare back. I see myself in it. It frames me to the right. I am in torn clothes and looking rather unkempt. The remote lies dormant on the glass table. This is what is in store for me the entire day. TV.
It is midweek; therefore I will be staring at re-runs of re-runs and repeats of old shows. This is torture as I have lost interest in most things television. Amongst other inane television shows Jam Alley is the guiltiest culprit. When Pushy Babe left Jam Alley, I only watched when nothing else was on. She, beyond being pleasant to look at was a good TV presenter. Nimrod when not sounding rather pleased with himself was bearable. Not exciting but bearable. My history is a bit sketchy as to the chronological order of Jam Alley presenters to date. However, when Thwasa joined, my Fridays got really boring.
Things have gone south in most TV shows now. Howling presenters are preferred to presenters who actually present. This habit has spread across shows, from variety shows for adults to kids. The kiddies’ shows are the worst. I am aware that perhaps being in my late 20’s blurs my judgment. I simply cannot relate to them. Howling can be found in most shows and this kills any uniqueness in television variety shows. Hectic9nine which when it started was a good show, even a 20 something chap could sit down and enjoy. Not anymore, either I have terribly outgrown it or it has outgrown me. It has been dumbed down and it watches like a riot going haywire.
Where has the Take 5, 20Something, Street Journal, Keeping it Real, Walala Wasala (old) (for the record, the new was beyond shit) style of presenting gone to? In what rational thinking universe is howling preferred to smart, engaging presenting. With all this, TV shows have become rather difficult to watch.
Smart presenters have been replaced with howling presenters. And they do not get these jobs because they have offered a night of passion to the producers but this is what producers want. There is this thinking that all a presenter needs is confidence and be loud. Watch any variety/entertainment show currently on TV and you will be howled more than your mother ever did. This is the same for voiceover artists. Mzansi Insider voiceover for their movie reviewing, apart from being clueless about how films are reviewed also suffers from this howling habit.
The other shit thing about variety/entertainment TV is the absence of content. Most shows lack content and reading tweets is not by any stretch of imagination content. The features are predictable and sleep inducing.
LIVE for example, what is exciting about it? Nothing. Even the music played on the show is not being properly selected and rotated. I will not go into the music as we all have our preferences when it comes to what music we listen to. However one thing that is apparent is that there is no balance of music and absolutely no thought gone into what music gets played.
Even show inserts have become a drag. Shocking this as their sole purpose is to provide an exciting element to a show. Again mundane thinking treats inserts and we have to sit at home and watch this.
Off course then there’s that simple solution to this problem. Don’t watch then. I refuse that suggestion. I pay my TV licence and deserve good programming.