Watch much TV these days? Personally, I was always the type to avoid the television at almost all costs. TV, just as everything else has it’s trend waves. The game-show era, The talk-show era and the reality TV phase. It’s all enough to make your head spin and keep your DVR working on over-time.
America is now faced with A new thread of shows that cause viewers to lose our selves and turn into drooling, zombie couch potatoes. I refer to them as “talent shows”. Most of them truly are based off of talent, that and the ability to make the viewers swoon or win them over with some other method (Anyone remember the pointless Sanjaiah fever?) So along with all these newly voted for celebrities we have dancers, impersonators and people with every talent under the sun.
After numerous seasons of American Idol, it’s almost getting dull…. And the rip-offs of the show are rising in vast in quantities. What started as a Cinderella singing competition has turned into a joke about hair and David Hasselhoff. I’m forced to question if it’s a singing contest anymore, or a popularity contest. The personality quirks of the judges are old, Simon will always be rude and obnoxious, Paula will always be nice and seem crazy, and Randy will forever be caught saying “dog” every 7 seconds. I think this past year Simon took things past weather a person could sing or not, and made it devastatingly personal. I was honestly dumbfounded this year when Melinda Doolittle was voted out towards the finals. After their new ‘idol gives back” evenings, I had a new found respect for them in a way. I can’t say that its something I would watch all the time though, but its difficult for me to get that into it.
So when Idol took over the nation, what else could TV execs do but create an alter-ego, which spawned another well known TV talent show, “So You Think You Can Dance”. Not A bad show, Entertaining when the people are extremely bad (just like idol), and even entertaining when it’s exciting and good at times, because you can tell how dedicated some of the contestants are. Just like Idol there are two male judges and one female, and just like Idol again one judge is African American and the other is British. Of course SYTYCD is linked in many ways to Idol, after all it has the same creators, same idea, just a different talent. In my opinion it’s so close to Idol, that it’s just as washed up.
A lesser known on the practically skeletal tree of talent shows is a newer program called “The Next Best Thing”. I’m not sure if the season I’m watching right now is the first or not, but I know it’s new. For this show they pick the best celebrity impersonators. Funny, witty, talented and mind blowing would be words id use to describe this program. Its brilliant, I honestly never would have thought that watching people pretend to be someone their not would be entertaining. The impersonators range from Frank Sinatra, to George W. Bush, and how could a show like this be complete with not just one, but two Elvis Presleys.
So you tell me, is this the beginning of a new TV era? Or is it a flame on a candle that’s doomed to be put out just before the decent (yet seemly knock-offs) get their chance to shine?