Reality Television

Reality TV turns surreal as Robert Mugabe and family open their doors to the cameras

Robert and Grace Mugabe, with Rachel and Dali Tambo. Photo: SABC

Flowers, silverware and a box of tissues adorn the spotless white tablecloth. The family say grace and "bon appetit!" before tucking into their vegetables. Sitting at the head of the table, dad worries aloud about his son's schoolwork and his daughter's boyfriends, while mum chortles about confiscating the PlayStation.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 5:59am

Rival celebrity diving shows fail to make a splash with critics

Actor Niu Qun, 64, about to dive from height. Photo: SCMP

Two rival television variety shows about one of the mainland's favourite sports premiered last weekend to generally poor reviews, despite having star-studded rosters of contestants, including some from Hong Kong.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:03am

Reality diving show makes tepid splash on China television

Mainland actor Niu Qun, 64, prepares for a 10-metre dive. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Celebrity Splash China, a variety show about diving produced by Zhejiang Satellite TV (ZJSTV), received mixed reviews after its Saturday premiere.

9 Apr 2013 - 2:43pm

French 'Survivor' doctors commits suicide after contestant dies

The doctor for the French version of hit reality TV show Survivor has killed himself in Cambodia, saying in a suicide note that the media had "sullied" his name after a contestant in his care died of a heart attack.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Contestant dies filming French version of Survivor TV show

Gerald Babin was airlifted to hospital. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Filming of the French version of the television show Survivor has been cancelled after a contestant died of a heart attack on a Cambodian island on the first day. French broadcaster TF1 said it had axed the series of the reality show after 25-year-old Gerald Babin fell ill on Friday during filming on Koh Rong, off Cambodia's southwestern coast.

27 Mar 2013 - 2:48am

Reeva Steenkamp talks of 'good exit' in TV snippet

Reeva Steenkamp on the set of the reality show. Photo: AP

"Not just your journey in life but the way that you go out and make your exit is so important, you have either made an impact in a positive way or a negative way," Reeva Steenkamp said in a snippet of a celebrity reality TV show set to air later yesterday.

17 Feb 2013 - 6:35am

Tycoons' court cases are a bit rich

The city's tycoons are providing real-life amusement to the rest of the world.

Our entertainment industry may be in the dog house, but our city is providing real-life amusement to the rest of the world, thanks to some of the wealthiest people in town. We have, it seems, become a reality show - you just can't make this stuff up - with the main actors being our tycoons, their children and grandchildren.

14 Oct 2012 - 8:23am 3 comments

The Voice of China reality television show attracts more than 120 million viewers

Zheng Hong, 19, sings Adele'sSomeone Like Youon the show.

The Voice, an internationally franchised reality television show, has been a big hit on the mainland since its launch last month, with The Voice of China attracting more than 120 million TV viewers and 400 million internet users - and topping the ratings.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:23am

TV that's just too real for the comfort of Chinese censors

After seven years, it is farewell to the super girls. Last weekend it was confirmed that the mainland reality TV show Happy Girls, which was formerly known as Super Girl and is the local version of American Idol, will not be returning next year. The show has fallen victim not to slumping ratings, but to State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) regulations.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Reality TV shows allow room to dream

I am writing to comment on whether children should be allowed to watch reality television shows.

Shows such as Britain's Got Talent and America's Next Top Model have become popular all over the world.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Do you watch reality TV shows?

Ira Chan, 14

Top tunes: Pop

8 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Is reality TV real-life art or dumbed down entertainment?

Benjamin Siu, 17 St Joseph's College

Reality TV is real-life art. It features characters who are not professional actors or actresses. They are people off the streets who go to auditions.

Then they are given a scenario, and act according to their free will. They make decisions on the spot, not mapped out to a script.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

Take a chance

Reality shows are popular, but is it a good idea to appear on such television programmes? There are advantages and disadvantages.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Save me from reality TV

Being less than a month off two score and three years of age and having so far survived the occasional personal tragedy, child-rearing, Hong Kong's air and the rush for Disneyland tickets, I would have thought that I had seen and done it all. Then I read an article about Dutch television.

2 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Singing the praises of democracy

Do reality TV shows, such as Pop Idol, Survivor and The Apprentice serve to promote political rights and participation? Well, no one in America would dare make such a claim. But the supporters of a recent hit reality show in China - the oddly named Mongolian Cow Sour Yogurt Super Girl contest - did.

22 Aug 2005 - 12:00am