*WARNING EMBARGOED CANNOT RUN IN PRINT UNTIL TUESDAY MAY 20, CANNOT RUN ONLINE UNTIL 11PM MAY 19* Melbourne homeowners and House Rules contestants Lisa and Adam with the wallpaper in their renovated home. Supplied by Channel 7.
*WARNING EMBARGOED CANNOT RUN IN PRINT UNTIL TUESDAY MAY 20, CANNOT RUN ONLINE UNTIL 11PM MAY 19* Melbourne homeowners and House Rules contestants Lisa and Adam with the wallpaper in their renovated home. Supplied by Channel 7.

Reality TV: We don't want our time wasted

WE are hardened reality TV watchers now. We want our shows fast-paced and tight.

No time to waste.

But just because we want it fast does not mean we want it fake. Let me give you the tip, the deal-breaking point of difference that sets reality TV apart is, um, reality. It's meant to be about real people. These days, I am not so sure.

Channel Seven, what is with House Rules and MKR contestants starring in commercials in the middle of the show? I may be able to handle - just - Maddi and Lloyd spruiking cars and that's only because Lloyd is a li'l cutie; but Adam and Lisa doing some pretty atrocious acting to sell Panadol? That was the last straw.

What do the clients think about having people who are not qualified actors, but are actually tradies, mums or teachers selling their stuff in cheesy 30-seconders? It is not genuine, it's tacky. And I don't buy it.

Since when did reality TV become such a machine, complete with sponsor contracts and ad filming duties?

Next you'll be telling me they deliberately cast and costume contestants based on a dog-eared playbook of good-or-evil Disney stereotypes.

I am here to tell you it doesn't sit right. We know these people as TV show contestants, not salespeople. Our connection with them is based on a genuine introduction to them as normal people. Treat it with care.

And another thing: the house reveal show Monday nights should be about the reveal. Not another hour of last-minute renovating and then the reveal. And you know what? You don't need to cut together the panic-attack edit counting down the final minutes. We get it.

That show should be done and dusted inside an hour. Although that would slice commercial opportunities in half, wouldn't it?


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