Reality television is an never-ending beast. It's kind of like the Hydra: cut off the head and two snakes grow back, and then four, and then eight, et cetera, et cetera. See how it works? Reality television is a flat circle, hence why our culture now has a game show in which celebrities in animal costumes serenade Jenny McCarthy.
China's TV Dating Shows: For Love or Money?
For Love or Money (TV series) - Wikipedia
For a small but increasingly high-profile number of young women in modern-day China, true love is all about the numbers. A potential suitor may have a good sense of humor and reasonable good looks, but what they say really matters is if he owns an apartment and how many square feet it is. A sizable bank account is also a must, and, some say, so is a luxury car. At least, that's the way things look if you watch Chinese television these days. Though China was slow to pick up on the reality-programming trend, a host of dating shows and American Idol copycats have emerged in recent years, capturing millions of viewers but angering critics who say the programs promote negative, non-traditional values among urban Chinese youth.
The wacky 52-year-long evolution of dating shows on TV
The style of TV that most North Americans over 20 years old grew up with may still be hanging on, with popular shows like This Is Us , Supernatural , and Modern Family doing extremely well for their respective networks. But in the last decade or so, there has definitely been a power shift. Scripted shows, with continuous stories and character development that require teams of writers and set designers, have been pushed to the back seat. Now riding shotgun are multiple-baby families, racially stereotyped pastry chefs, and bug eaters. Reality TV shows have practically dominated network and cable TV in recent years, but do these channels really benefit by airing wedding-hungry brides and toddlers in talent shows?
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