New Year’s Resolutions: What ‘Survivor,’ ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and other reality shows should consider
Happy New Year’s Day to everyone! This is a chance to celebrate a fresh start, a clean slate, and a chance to do things differently. Sure, you can be really cynical and claim that it’s just another day and there is absolutely nothing special about it, but where is the fun in that? A part of making resolutions is that we’re accepting that we’re all imperfect, and that we all have many different things that we’d like to be better at. This should also apply to various forms of TV.
Below, you can see some specific resolutions that we’ve got for some of our favorite reality shows out there — think of this as a response to our piece on what certain dramas should look to change from earlier in the weekend.
“Survivor” – Bring back immunity idols in challenges! While this was a pretty good year for the most part for the game, the idol twist in particular during “Millennials vs. Gen X” only had excitement to it because of David making a fake idol for Jay to find near the end of the season. The “Cambodia” was of doing things was by far the most excited we’ve ever been about an idol hunt because there were such high stakes.
“Big Brother” – A way to somehow hypnotize the fans into remember that this is just a game, and not something to get so angry or emotionally invested over. In between the name-calling, the “receipts,” and various people trying to get houseguests fired from their jobs, parts of the internet community have taken some of the fun out of the show.
“The Amazing Race” – To get to season 30. Nothing more, nothing less.
“Dancing with the Stars” – Establish greater parity in the casting. As great as Laurie Hernandez was, don’t cast someone who we know from before the premiere is going to win your season.
“The Bachelor” – No more aftershows … unless you find a way for Jimmy Kimmel to host all of them.
“Ink Master” – To have Dave Navarro stop announcing what the grand prize is before seemingly every challenge in the exact same way. We get it, dude.
“The Real World” – To stop acting like they are against fighting, only to then cast people who have incentive to want to fight each other.
“America’s Got Talent” – To actually find another great comedian! We don’t seem to have “Last Comic Standing” anymore.
“The Voice” – To abolish the dreadful Battle Rounds once and for all and replace them with something that is at the very least remotely interesting and a showcase of an artist’s true talent.
“Project Runway All-Stars” – To remember that it’s not an all-stars season if you’ve already used a huge percentage of your alumni.
“Top Chef” – To change up the sound cues. It’s always obvious when a winning dish is getting served to the judges.
“MasterChef” – Break from form for a change! Everything feels so predictable week after week.
What do you want for some of your favorite reality shows in 2017? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the comments below! (Photo: CBS.)
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