NZ tv

There aren't a lot of things on  NZ daytime tv that I actually enjoy but I do watch (or listen to while I do something else) some of the cooking competitions. I watch them mostly because I don't have to see what's going on to understand where things are headed.

Of course, there are ads for other food competitions on these programs and some of the trailers just make me roll my eyes to hear them.

One is 'Jr. Master Chef', a British show. First of all, as I have mentioned before, I can't see NZ kids being participants because real competition is not encouraged in the schools as far as I noticed. Everybody gets a reward. In fact, what we used to call 'graduation' in my day is aptly called 'prize giving' because--yes, you guessed it, everybody gets a prize, at least in the lower grades!

The other reason this show's trailers make me roll my eyes is one judge complimenting a contestant saying, 'That literally blew me away!' NO, IT DIDN'T! If it did, you would not still be standing there, you dipstick. Look up the word 'literally' in the dictionary.

When someone decides that a program should be mirrored in NZ, like 'My Kitchen Rules' or 'Come Dine with Me', it just doesn't translate well. I really do try to watch them and I try to like them, but it just doesn't work for me.
And so, the previews for the latest 'Come Dine with Me NZ' don't impress me either. See, as a kid, I was taught to always act civilized in public--look your best and use nice words, don't argue without good cause. No, that's not being a hypocrite, it's being respectful and a good representative of the family name. It seems that the NZ contestants have been raised differently because they act less than mature on national television with name-calling and bad manners.

Hubby thinks these shows are all manipulated to put people together who are guaranteed not to get along, thus making for 'good tv'. He might be right when it comes to NZtv. The Aussie and British versions, of course, have clashing personalities but nothing like the NZ shows.

Then there is the NZ version of 'The Great British Bake Off' that I heard advertised. One female judge said, 'That's the worst thing I've ever tasted!' Granted, as a judge, she should let her opinion be known, but it's not very professional for her to be that rude, even if it tastes like dirt.

Whatever happened to dignity and respectability?

Maybe I'm just getting old but I think that some words and actions should never leave the confines of your home--especially, if it would make your mother blush.


JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Well said!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I agree...I don't watch very much TV either. But, I did like the British bake-off show. I thought the scenery was so pretty and they seemed a bit nicer than some of the other competitions on TV

Pauline said...

I agree. I fail to understand why rudeness is entertaining. And as for "literally" - don't get me going! But it's not just Kiwi TV or cooking shows that can stir me up. Last night I stayed up late to watch the tennis from Wimbledon and heard a commentator say how someone "just missed out on a very famous loss". For a minute I thought I was too tired to hear properly. I expect better from Wimbledon!

diane b said...

I don't think it is just NZ TV but all reality shows are unrealistic and ridiculous. Australian and American.

Rhonda Albom said...

Honestly, I have never watched daytime TV and tend to watch too much American TV at night. I have to agree with you hubby although I take it a bit further, I think much if it is scripted.

Aimz said...

ugh...come dine with me nz what a load of rubbish...I much prefer the UK version, much more entertaining :-)

Sue Seibert said...

Interesting. Thanks for the comments...helps me understand New Zealand better!

Chere Mama said...

I love this post! And here here for your thoughts! I am increasingly amazed by the rude and boorish behavior people get away with on TV as well as in real life. Let's hear it for manners and kindness!

Cynthia said...

Literally is one of those words people misuse often, it seems. I had a laugh over your TV person's error. My mom watches the cooking shows here in the U.S. so I've seen one or two, but they were just boring to me. No fighting, though! I like to listen to audio books as I work around the house doing mindless things. It makes the work seem to go faster.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The other day a news article quoted an actress as saying she was so excited to meet the First Lady that she literally died. The AP article reported that with no comment. I was screaming at the paper! Bill said , well no great loss, we have enough celebrities already. "

I'm so glad you had a link to this blog on your other one ... I'd forgotten you had two.