Entertainment

Reality shows battle for supremacy

The Voice has taken reality TV to a new level and will be a big money earner for its respective network.
The Voice has taken reality TV to a new level and will be a big money earner for its respective network. Contributed

IT'S official - Toowoomba residents are becoming addicted to reality television.

It is almost impossible to turn on your television at night without being bombarded by a new, sensational and cutting edge reality television series.

From MasterChef to Dancing With The Stars, Australia's Got Talent to The X Factor or The Farmer Wants a Wife to Survivor - the sky seems the limit to what we can tune into.

Love them or hate them, one thing is for sure they are here to stay.

University of Southern Queensland associate lecturer (media studies) Andrew Mason said our obsession with reality TV had stemmed from one show that was set to make a comeback this year.

"There is no doubt that Big Brother was the grand-daddy of them all," Mr Mason said.

"Reality television is hugely popular with audiences because we like to see ordinary people on TV because we can relate to them.

"Economically, reality TV shows are gold mines for the networks," he said.

This week, the reality TV show season kicked off in earnest with all the major networks vying for audience numbers.

New series, The Voice, wiped the floor and set a new benchmark with 4.1 million viewers across Australia tuning in for the premiere on Sunday night.

"If you know a show works in one country, it will definitely work in another," Mr Mason said.

"It is actually a very smart business model.

"However you must remember that while the people are real, the shows are heavily edited," he said.

Irrespective of your views on the shows, Mr Mason believes reality TV is here to stay.

"Ultimately, they are extremely popular with audiences," he said.

"The shows that encourage audience participation are the ones that generally succeed.

"There are two simple reasons why we are seeing a plethora of reality TV shows on our screens at night: a) they are popular; and b) they work."

Topics:  australia's got talent, channel 7, channel 9, masterchef, ratings, reality tv, the voice




Ban makes smokers jokers

See what our readers think about smoking bans

Major events face chop

BRAKES ON: The Yangan Truck Pull would have to be cancelled unless the association receives more helpers.

Group after more help at Yangan

Stop and smell the pot

In this Jan. 7, 2016 photo, marijuana grows at a facility in Markham, Ontario. Neil Closner, chief executive officer of MedReleaf,  had applied to the Kashruth Council of Canada to have MedReleaf's cannabis oils certified kosher. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Man grew marijuana plants on the side of a Pratten Rd.

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa