I write here as an out-and-out, big Survivor fan (watched all the US series) and someone very excited about the new Survivor South Africa. But it has been shocking. The host has been terrible (he can’t speak properly and my ironing board has more personality), the shows have been dreadfully boring, the quality of production (especially the sound and editing) has also been poor.

The second show held promise, but ever since it has just plodded along, almost mirroring the mono-tone of the host Mark Bayly. The warning signs were there, starting with Bayley’s first promo where it somehow felt like his mouth was separate from his body when he delivered the first promo. He looks low on confidence, self-conscious and feels like he has practiced his lines a million times. No spontaneity. We knew Jeff Probst was a hard act to follow, but this host doesn’t get out of the starting block.

The fact that all the contestants are from similar middle-class backgrounds with similar ages means there has been very little tension or flash points. I believe this was the first criticism levelled at the show before it even started. The editing is slow and laboured in sharp contrast to the US survivor. Why are the tribal councils so long? Why are they devoid of any kind of tension?

The ultimate sign for me? We forgot to watch the last episode. We even forgot to watch the catch-up series. Which is strange for an obessive-compulsive survivor fan. I may continue to watch it while I flip between channels, but I am doing it only because it is a “South African” survivor and have a morbid fascination.I watch under protest.

I may not watch at all. I don’t really care. Like the very average show it is, it fails to ignite any strong feelings either way. Pity. I was so looking forward to it.

Comments (3)

  1. Kate wrote::

    That’s the weird thing about SA tv, or at least SABC tv. Stuff doesnt get pulled. In the UK, a couple of months back, Davina Macall (or something)’s terrible talk show got cancelled after about a month, because the ratings were low enough to warrant it. And yet Noleen’s damn talk show is still going, when the only people who seem to watch it are little old grannies (how many people can that be?). They even re-scheduled Oprah to an earlier time, in what appeared to be an attempt to lessen the comparison (at least to these cynical eyes). Maybe I’m wrong, maybe it has high ratings – which is definitely more worrying.

    Monday, October 2, 2006 at 8:09 am #
  2. Verge wrote::

    Congratulations on the bouncing baby girl

    Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 4:06 am #
  3. faz wrote::

    Survivor SA was really not great, the host was so boring , i say get collin moss to host it atleast he will add some personality.
    The only thing that kept people (i should say women) glued to thier screens for survivor was Gareth – the charming & gorgeous doctor. If it wasnt for Gareth Survivor would have alot less ratings. Next time guys get people from all walks of life to star in survivor & change the boring host

    Monday, November 27, 2006 at 3:35 am #

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