Hello, all you voyagers out there. This is your captain speaking. No, I’m not publishing every week, but I do have something I’d like to discuss with you. It’s about my complicated relationship with Endemol.
*ABC is planning on working with Endemol for a new talent competition, Sing Your Face Off. It’s based on the hit format Your Face Sounds Familiar, already seen in 26 countries including most of Europe and a good part of South America. Here’s the trailer.
This adds to the glut of music-based reality programs already out there. If there’s one thing the world likes, it’s music. It will be hosted by John Barrowman (Lead tenor stormtrooper from The Producers) and will air sometime next year. Heaven help us.
Here’s some behind-the-scenes footage from the UK version:
* Speaking of reality shows, The Taste returns this coming Thursday at 8 for a two-hour premiere. That’s the show where chefs create mini-versions of their dishes served on spoons. Or, as ABC themselves put it (courtesy of The Futon Critic): “In this exhilarating cooking competition series, “The Taste” puts 16 culinary competitors, who range from home cooks and professional chefs to everything in between, in the kitchen where four of the world’s most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste. In this pressure-packed contest, a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send them packing. […] four culinary superstars and “Taste” mentors will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call, as they vie to create the best tasting dish in a state of the art kitchen. Each week the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors’ dishes blind, with no knowledge of whose creation they’re sampling, what they’re eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be sending home.” Dumb dumb dumb. All that work for one taste. And this is on ABC, not Food Network! Why can’t we get something like Endemol’s Next One!, known in Italy as Avanti Un Altro? Here’s what the bonus round looks like from a British perspective.
* You may wonder why I’m on such an Endemol kick lately. Well, it may have something to do with the fact that I’ve got a petition. I have discovered that Big Brother Australia is pretty cool. In fact, it’s even cooler than ours. While ours (and Canada’s) is mostly a Survivor clone in a house, the rest of the world has a much different format. Everyone votes to nominate in a solemn assembly, and then the public votes to evict via Facebook, text messaging, or calling in. You’re not allowed to discuss nominations at all. That means no alliances, no plotting, no collusion. If you’d like to see the 2013 Aussie launch show and read the petition (and hopefully sign it), here it is.
Anyway, happy new year, and I’ll talk to you later. Thanks for reading.