Megan’s sudden departure exposes the artifice of #TheBachelorAU

“It’s a television show!” Haymitch Abernathy, The Hunger Games (2012)

“It just seems like drama for the sake of drama,” Megan, The Bachelor Australia Season 4 Episode 7.

When Channel Ten teased that one of The Bachelor‘s contestants was going to walk out last week, I assumed it would be either Keira or Alex. They’re the show’s two most reliable sources of drama, and a walkout because of intruders is definitely a source of drama. The last person I was expecting to leave was Megan, who was my pick to win the season after watching the premiere. I was 100 percent wrong in my prediction, and I couldn’t be happier. Megan’s reason for leaving the competition is that the Bachelor mansion isn’t a conducive environment to falling in love. She’s right. Australia’s Bachelor/ette franchise has been successful with people staying together so far with the exception of Blake’s after show choice to dump the winner for the woman who came third, but it’s not going to stay that way.

 

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Megan doesn’t accept Richie’s rose. Image courtesy of Network Ten.

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Emmy nominations 2016: Dramas

The 2016 Emmy nominations were announced at 1:30am local time yesterday, and I decided that I’d sleep through it. I’m perfectly happy with that decision. I don’t really have much to say about the Emmy nominations that haven’t already been said, but as usual there are some things that are great, and some not so great. You can find the full list of nominations here (okay, it’s not the full list, it excludes the Creative Arts categories, which I’ll peruse later).

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UnREAL, Season 2 Episode 3: “Guerilla”

Coleman: Good God, she’s good. And the two of you together are terrifying… Remind me never to get on your bad side.

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Michael Rady and Shiri Appleby. Image courtesy of Lifetime Entertainmennt.

In the first season of UnREAL, we were simultaneously in awe and terrified of just how Rachel and Quinn are good at their jobs. Thanks to Chet, the fourteenth season of Everlasting was off to a rocky start, but even the network’s golden child Coleman Wasserman is aware that his version of the show is a terrible idea. He’s just waiting for Chet to screw up so Rachel and Quinn can save the day. After all, Chet’s friends with Gary. It’s the way things work. Coleman has no experience making reality television, he makes documentaries with important subject matter, like refugees. The networks had a bidding war over him, and now he’s producing Everlasting. But more on Coleman later.

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UnREAL, Season 2 Episode 1: “War”

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Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby. Image courtesy of Lifetime Entertainment.

Rachel: I’m making history.

Rachel Goldberg is now the showrunner of Everlasting, and before they’ve even started filming, her colleagues and the audience can tell she’s out of her depth. In season 13, Rachel was the Comeback Kid, and with Quinn she produced a fantastic season of television. Now that Chet’s (briefly) out of the picture, Quinn and Rachel are both promoted, which led to my favourite line in the episode:

“I’m Chet, you’re Quinn. I say crazy shit, you make it happen”

The line that’s more telling however, is Rachel’s insistence that she’s making history. In the first season we saw Rachel struggle with the fact that she’s morally compromised, but at the end of the season she had no trouble ruining Adam’s life after he dumped her. Nine months later, all of Rachel’s scruples appear to be gone, and it’s scaring people.

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Top 10 television shows for 2015

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It’s December, and the thing the internet loves the most at this time of year is the end-of-year Best Of list, so they can disagree with them. This is my first time writing such a list, and it’s difficult. I thought about writing a separate list for Australian shows, but I don’t want to ghettoise them, so they’re in here too. There are things that aren’t on here because I don’t watch them (The Walking Dead, Hannibal) or haven’t had time to catch up (Transparent, The Leftovers, Parks and Recreation), so just know I haven’t forgotten them. I didn’t forget anything, there’s a reason I left it off. Fargo isn’t on here because while I thought it was very good, I didn’t love it – although Kirsten Dunst did give one of the best performances of the year. My favourite show of the year has the top spot, everything else is in alphabetical order. Hopefully the shows I’ve collected here are a good range of the different things I’m enjoying right now. Writing a Top 10 list is hard, and while I’m only super passionate about half to two-thirds of the shows on this list, they’re all here for a reason. I’ve written about all of these shows previously, so there’s just going to be a paragraph about why each one is there, with some links to some things I’ve written. My only warning is that if you watch the “Best episodes” of the show, you will be spoiled for some plot developments.

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SBS line-up for 2016

The full list of dramas, documentaries, reality shows and movies coming to entertain you next year.

Source: New on SBS in 2016 – we dare you to watch all of it | Guide

The upfronts are perhaps the strangest time in the television season, when the networks announce their lineups for the following years. In the United States, this means the release of a full schedule, which is subject to change, especially if a show gets cancelled after a few episodes. In Australia, it’s rare for the networks to release a full schedule, but they provide a description of their shows, the month it will premiere and the occasionnal trailer. Foxtel had their upfronts a couple of weeks ago and pretty much renewed everything it already had, so there were no real surprises. I have found that the SBS Upfronts are usually the most exciting, because they’re committed to telling a diversity of stories.

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UnREAL, Season 1 Episode 10: “Future”

Rachel: You know I love you, right?

Quinn: I love you too. Weirdo.

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Everlasting is a show that sells the idea of true love, and even its producers are so wrapped up in what they do that they start to believe it. Quinn thought that she could live happily ever after with Chet, but then realised she’d just be his replacement ‘wifey’, it wouldn’t be a true partnership, especially now that he’s promoted his new squeeze to field producer. Rachel fell in love with the suitor and was going to run away with him before he dumped her at the last minute thanks to some last minute producing from Quinn. Adam told Rachel what Quinn told him, and in that final scene between our two leading ladies, she wants Quinn to admit it. She doesn’t have to admit what she did outright, she said “haven’t you made enough [mistakes] already?” and “blame me if you want”. Quinn knows that Rachel knows. In that scene everything that was said was subtext, right until the end. True love doesn’t have to be romantic; it’s never said, but Quinn apologised and Rachel accepted and then they said they love each other. UnREAL shows us just how fake Everlasting‘s idea of true love is, just before we have two women display some emotional vulnerability and tell each other how they really feel. Also, they pulled off the finale of the century.

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