Taken out dating show channel 10
The network pulled the massive flop after just four weeks.People couldn’t stand the vapid contestants, smug host James Kerley, or the single-episode formula.Several times each episode, a new guy attempts to woo 24 young women, the girls opt out of his affection by turning off their podium light — judging him by onstage manner and video diaries.The girls are fixtures on the show until they score a date or are replaced without mention.Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is shocked when Gypsy’s (guest star Jessica Camacho) father, Breacher (guest star Danny Trejo), shows up on Earth-1.Breacher takes an immediate disliking to Cisco and decides to hunt him.“I think they have nice faces, their faces are three dimensional”, comes the reply. Maybe the show has been constructed to make us think Chinese youth aren’t as shallow and capitalist as we might assume.
‘s cross-section of life is the most revealing window we have into China on TV.
And all three hosts are always ready to throw a bit of Chinese philosophy in (“Pessimism leads to success”, “Every Emperor needs a good general by his side”). The cohesion of old world and new flows so easily, and the ideological undercurrent of the show highlights this. The party said it wasn’t spreading the right values.
The three hosts commend volunteerism and acts of selflessness. The male contestants submit themselves to a type of public self-criticism, something culturally innate — last month top Communist Party officials made headlines as they partook in three days of self-criticism, broadcast on national TV. On the surface it’s Look At How Westernised Chinese Youth Are (yawn) but then the girl described as a “company owner” wearing a mini skirt and stilettos directs a question to the “client manager” on stage: “What is your faith? Since then, things like bank balances are no longer disclosed on the show and the girls are encouraged to be kinder.
I point the finger at highly orchestrated SBS stable mates, the Japanese with much better public liability insurance).
It’s a shock that our first taste of Chinese reality TV comes in such frank packaging.