Old shows return to TV, new shows begin

It’s a busy week in reality TV land, with Australian Survivor finishing and a slew of new shows hitting our screens.

SAS Australis is back at 7.30pm on Seven, going head to head with the Masked Singer starting on Ten.

The local version of Making It kicks off on Ten on Wednesday. I watched the first season of the US original (mainly because it was hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman – an actor who is a fabulous woodworker) and it was a good bit of fun. Expect many puns about sewing, wood etc.

Will you be tuning in to any of them?



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  1. I’m probably not going to watch The Masked Singer, because I’m not very familiar with modern day singers. But I do think one of the promos for it is cute – at least until they start beating the crap out of the pinata.

    Making It sounds as though it would be entertaining, so I will give that one a go.

  2. I’m not watching SAS.
    I heard an ad in the car where the highlight seems to be the pain and suffering inflicted upon each contestant.
    There is something wrong with thinking of glorified torture is entertainment.

  3. I’ll also be passing, hard, on SAS.

    I’m not interested in watching famous people be tortured on-camera for my amusement. I think that’s a little messed up.

    I’ll probably give “Masked Singer” a try, I quite enjoyed the first two seasons. Even if Dave keeps guessing the most unlikely, ridiculous names.

  4. Anyway, in TV-related news, today I watched the first episode of a new five-part drama series on cable, “Scenes of a Marriage”. Foxtel advertises these big American productions, and last year, I started hitting the little green button on my remote control which records them, so I can watch the first episode. I’ve watched some good TV that way.

    Anyway, this first episode wasn’t very interesting, and it had lost me by about the half-hour mark, so I’m probably not going to follow it.

    But I will say this. The opening 30 seconds of the first episode was a scene of the main actress arriving on set (and all the production assistants around her are getting the set ready, and wearing masks, and being covid safe, and everything), and the very last thing she does is put the prop wedding ring on her finger, before the director yells “action!” and the actual show starts.

    And I found this, unnecessary, and maybe a little pretentious, but it was such an interesting choice. Rarely will a serious production even acknowledge the fourth wall (you know, the screen that separates the actors from the audience), let alone set fire to the damn thing, right off the bat. And I couldn’t help thinking, is this making a point that the marriage we’re about to see is just as much a production — a contrived and forced act, put on by the players, ie, the husband and wife — as the actual television show we’re about to watch, being put on by the actors? A reminder for the audience to step back and remember we’re just watching a performance, whether it’s a dramatic production or an actual marriage?

    Like I said, I didn’t much care for the rest of the first episode, but I thought that was a really interesting way to start the show, because it made me think.

    • Windsong, I think this is a remake of an old Ingmar Bergman film. I usually found his films to be hard going and I haven’t seen this one.

      It might be worth sticking with it for a couple of episodes, or it might be too much like hard work. I am not a fan of remakes.

    • I saw about 20 minutes of the Scenes of a Marriage later on in the episode and it is hard going because it sounds like there’s no script so the actors are the writers and writers they’re not. It’s basically yea, no, okay okay, etc. inane. So it’s still a hard slog and it’s a hard no from me.

      I saw most of SAS last night because the interesting parts are background stories that sound authentic rather than the ones you see on teh Voice, Idol etc where they try and milk the melodrama.

      HOWEVER, one of the trainers got into Alicia Molik’s face spitting and yelling at her for what seemed ages and that was confronting. There’s trying to treat both genders the same on the show and then there’s the data of at least one woman being murdered by a partner or ex partner every week in Australia. Those idiots don’t need to see their opinions on the treatment of women validated.

  5. I’ll tune in to The Masked Singer. I find Dave Hughes a nob and his “guesses” are contrived and not funny. And the other judges reactions just as contrived and not funny.
    I’ve never been a Jacquie O fan.
    Still, I do enjoy the performance and the game of trying to work it out. Sometimes it’s obvious – people have surprisingly distinct voices – and some people just sound same-same.
    I can’t wait for MakingIt. I so have my fingers crossed that it doesn’t disappoint.

    • My first thought for this season of “The Masked Singer”?

      The mullet is Jay Laga’aia.

      We know the guy can sing. And when he was talking to the panel, he mentioned that he doesn’t have to get his hair wet, anymore (when Danni asked him if he was a swimmer). Jay used to be on “Water Rats”, although I know him from being one of Xena Warrior Princess’s arch-enemies.

      • That all makes sense. I thought there might have been a football connection but I can’t pick it.
        I have no clue with this lot but at least they can all sing.
        I thought it was a stretch calling Vinnie Jones a Hollywood A Lister but, in spite if that, I was pleasantly surprised. He seemed to be very good natured about it all.

  6. Until something comes on, maybe Big Brother, I will stick to my daytime TV recordings and Netflix etc.

    We watched Good Girls and are now giving Mind Hunter a try.

    • Daisy, Mind Hunter is a slow burn but gets really good, then slows again. I am sad they only made two seasons. We are currently hooked on Vigil but I think it is only on pay TV.

    • I tried Mind Hunter. I like psychological stuff but I found this one unrelentingly miserable.
      If you watch it for to long, you will be looking at your neighbours through the blinds and you will never leave your house again.
      Maybe it was because this one was loosely based on real people. Horrifying thought.
      I am starting to wonder if there is something particularly awful about Americans. It might be the nature of publicity, but do they have more than their fair share of horrendous.

      • Is it going to be all serial killers because I don’t like serial killer movies/series, or ones about people being kept in a basement or cupboard. Weird because I can watch docos about them.

      • I can’t remember for sure but it felt like it. From memory, the real people interviewed real serial killers to find out if there were common threads. It was used for the basis of “profiling” which, as you know, has good aspects and bad aspects.
        So interesting from that point of view. And these people should be admired for their work but I can’t imagine how they sleep at night. They must be the very definition of PTSD.
        So if you like true crime, this should be right up your alley.
        It was just a little too up close and personal for me.

        • I like crime docos but for some reason entrapment/imprisonment and serial killer series, no. I couldn’t even watch Hand Maid’s Tale because of the entrapment theme.

    • Some of these people look like they are desperate for any sort of publicity – has Dan Ewing’s name been mentioned more than once? – but Sam Burgess takes being oblivious to a whole new level. I can’t see what he hopes to gain from this shmozzle except a truckload of money. He seems to be the poster boy for domestic violence. Out of his own mouth.

      • I’ve always had a soft-spot for Dan Ewing.

        He played Dillon, the Black Ranger, on “Power Rangers RPM” the 17th season of the show (and the last season that was owned by Disney, before Haim Saban bought it off them in a partnership with Nickelodeon. Yes, I know these things).

        • I didn’t mind him in H & A.
          I get that referring to yourself in the third person is a form of self control. It’s just irritating.
          And how lovely that he was a Power Ranger 🤣. Oddly, so was that previous contestant who ruined his career by going on this show.

          • Oh! I totally should’ve remembered that.

            Firass was in season 14, “Mystic Force”. It was a season mostly disliked by the majority of the PR fandom, but I thought it was one of my favourites. Firass did a really great job there. Plus, he was so pretty.

  7. I watched the first episode of Making It. It was a bit of fun.
    I think it has potential.
    The hosts were easy to watch and mostly charming.
    It was long but I’m guessing that was because there were 13 contestants and we had to be introduced to everyone.
    There is a huge gap between the best and the worst so I am also assuming, as the numbers get whittled down, that the episodes will get better.
    I don’t think that it’s as good as Lego Masters but I’ll tune back in.

  8. Making It.
    Episode 2. Sill too long.
    I can already pick the final three contestants.
    My favourite contestant was eliminated tonight. I shed a little tear. Maybe I am getting invested.

    • I’ve been watching, too. Sometimes it seems to drag and sometimes I think I’d like to see more of how the contestants make their things. I was sad that Russell was eliminated last night. They were good value and an entertaining competitor.

      • Using that pronoun made my grammar eye twitch. But, that is their choice, and I think I should respect that. It costs me nothing to be courteous.

      • I did not know that they was a they.
        I see your twitch and up it one.
        But I, too, think that that this is a minimum level of good manners and I am happy to comply.

    • I have been watching on fast forward. Mr Juz and I started the first one together but he dropped out halfway when we kept discovering new contestants. I swear the US one only has about eight. It’s obvious there are some talented artists in there and then some crafty types but good on them for having a go

    • I quite like DWTS. There’s something comforting about it.
      You dance, you hum along to the tune, you tap your feet, you admire the costumes, you get cranky with Todd (if he wasn’t a greyhound owner, I would have no time for his snarkiness), and, generally, you are happy the end result.
      What’s not to like?

  9. The contestants on The Voice have been a surprise this season. Must be all those people available due to lockdown.
    I know who two of them are, btw. Just sayin’ 😄

  10. I really enjoyed Making It tonight.
    I am either getting into the rhythm of it or it has found it’s feet.
    Not quite at the delightful stage yet but certainly very enjoyable.

    • I watched most of Making It and am enjoying it more as it goes along. I think it is easy to watch because it’s pretty laid-back, and the hosts are playful without being too corny. The contestants seem like nice, normal people, much less inclined to turn into conceited twats than other reality shows.

      I changed over to Lost For Words on SBS. It’s a 3 part series about a group of adults who struggle with reading and writing, who are taking part in an intensive course to help them improve their literacy. I was in tears at the first part, not from pity, but from seeing the battles the people went through trying to cope with everyday life, and the systems they each had come up with to get by. I’d never thought much about it; what would I do if I couldn’t read the destination on a bus or train?

      • I had to stop watching because I got teary.
        I decided it’s a morning show for me and look forward to watching it over coffee and scones.

        • I have seen bits of the UK version. Like Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds I end up bawling. Same with some of those ambulance/emergency dept shows

  11. Another enjoyable episode of Making It.
    I was hoping at the beginning of this show that there would be no eliminations and the winner would be the one with the most number of badges. Of course it couldn’t be so. The episodes would be just too long.
    Another of my favourites has been sent home.
    I am really liking these people. They are all my favourites.

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