You know what Australian television needs? More reality shows.
Especially when the best concepts have already been and gone.
Eight reality TV shows we would welcome back to air.
Man O Man
Obviously, 1994 was a more innocent time. If this show existed now and eight WOMEN were lined up alongside a pool, judged on their bikini bodies and asked dumb over-sexualised questions, and then eliminated by being pushed into the pool, there’d be outrage.
But Lord O Lord, this show was fun to watch 20 years ago. Rob Guest as host, eight men put in ridiculous flirty situations and having to please a crowd of women, and ending up getting tossed in a pool… we’d tune in again.
This 2005 show was a pre-cursor to Ladette to Lady, and was a reaction to the hype around our Mary Donaldson becoming Princess Mary of Denmark. Twelve Aussie girls were lead by Paul Burrell, butler to the actual royal family, through a princess-style bootcamp. Jackie O was involved somehow. It was a surprisingly good show… although none of the girls seem to have become actual princesses since.
An average Joe (well, an average Evan. Evan Marriott, to be precise – a construction worker from Virginia) was made to look like a multi-millionaire with his own castle in France. A bunch of American ladies were courted at the French château, believing that Evan had inherited $50 million and was looking for a bride. It was basically The Bachelor, with diamond necklaces instead of roses, and a huge lie revealed at the end. FUN.
The winner (or loser, depending on your opinion) was the incredibly sweet Zora Anrich, who decided to stay with Evan even when he admitted he was pretty much broke. Fortunately, the couple got to split a million dollar cash prize. Unfortunately, the couple also split their relationship. They are now both living happy non-television lives in the real world. And doing infomercials.