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Matilda Dixon-Smith: “The Voice” and Our Collective Fascination with Spinning Red Chairs

May 14, 2013


Let’s talk about Ricky Martin, his flawless skin and his flamboyant button pressing. The world’s premier reality TV machine, The Voice, is back on Australian screens. True to form, the ruthlessly intelligent program has tightened the reins since last year’s successful outing—this year the show is even more prescriptively, unconsciously, robotically enjoyable than the last. […]

Will Kay: The Breezy “Great British Sewing Bee”

April 10, 2013


The Great British Sewing Bee is most certainly both great and very British. It takes a little of the self-deprecating British humour and combines it with the archness of British critiques to produce what is a light and entertaining TV program. The Sewing Bee is a competition based reality TV where home-sewers from all around […]

Taxidermy “Immortalized” on Reality Television! by Will Kay

March 7, 2013


I am warning you, I am one of those weirdos who loves taxidermy (in my case especially insect mounts and aquatic animals). It comes from an interest in states of being and transition states (I was all about kinetics in Chemistry at school). So when a fellow YDE contributor Paul Burgess alerted me to a […]

Tehrangeles: Persian Paradise for the “Shahs of Sunset” by Will Kay

February 20, 2013


What separates Shahs of Sunset from other semi-scripted reality shows is that it focuses on a diaspora, the Persian diaspora of Los Angeles (aka Tehrangeles). In many ways this frames the struggles throughout the show; most of the cast are trying to reconcile their Persian heritage with living in the US. The fascinating parts are […]

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

February 5, 2012


I’m trying to figure out why the Real Housewives franchise started existing. Am I right in thinking, like, early 2000s, maybe some smart executive had a nightmare about a cross between Desperate Housewives and MTV Cribs with a little bit of Laguna Beach thrown in…? All I know is, this show is spin-off CITY, and […]

Beating the…Cold: The Best and Worst of US Summer Ratings TV by Matilda Dixon-Smith

August 7, 2011


While the whole of Melbourne moved to Europe for the winter holidays, I stayed in my cold house and watched a tonne of US Summer Ratings television online. (N.B. Summer Ratings is US networks’ off-peak season, so the best/worst of the crap that doesn’t make it to peak ratings) Here’s what I watched, and what […]

“Masterchef” or “Wheel of Fortune”? by Braam Smith

June 9, 2011


Huzzah! This television addict just scored roughly six hours of his week back. Thank you MasterChef producers for … yet another … MasterDebacle. Let’s get the record straight. I’m a bloke. Cooking has never really interested me – there I said it. Oooh, Good! I can feel you judging me already!! That’s fine, it’s probably […]