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MasterChef Australia Is Finishing – However There Is More Reality TV To Watch

MasterChef Australia is finishing tomorrow night. You may have been a first time viewer of reality TV or you could be an obsessive like myself, but chances are you are thinking about how to fill the void that six nights of MasterChef Australia filled.

Well don’t despair there are quite a few reality TV shows that have just started or are about to start on our TV screens.

Australian Idol which will commence in August will  be a regular fixture on Sunday and Monday nights on Channel Ten. It will be interesting to see what it will be like without the witty host James Mathieson.

Channel 9 will start screening Australia’s Perfect Couple on July 22 at 7.30pm. It is a dating/reality show with 8 couples competing for a big cash prize and the title of Australia’s perfect couple. It is based on the US series Here Come the Newlyweds. TV Tonight was not impressed with the episode they saw. More information Channel Nine.

Also Channel 9 has bought a quality TV show (not) called Dance Your Arse Off. It is a show which merges The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance, which will screen at 7.30pm on Tuesday nights starting this week. More info on the Channel 9 website

Also later this year Channel 9 will be looking for big ratings from their locally produced The Apprentice. With Mark Bouris taking on the role which Donald Trump plays, Nine has high expectations of the show.

The Amazing Race, a show where teams race each other around the world, is rumoured to start screening on Channel 7 at the end of July.

Channel 10 will try and continue the success of MasterChef, by making a Celebrity MasterChef  which will be screen later this year. No news yet on who these actual celebs are.

Channel 7 currently have the high rating Dancing With The Stars showing on Sunday nights at 6.30pm, and they will be starting to screen World’s Strictest Parents from this Wednesday at 7.30pm.

The latest series of Hell’s Kitchen is now showing on Lifestyle Channel at 8.30pm on Thursdays. Gordon Ramsay is in fine fettle as he spends 70% of the episode screaming at his wannabe chefs.

Tyra Banks is back being fierce on Tueday night’s on Fox 8 on America’s Next Top Model.

Arena TV is compulsory for any lover of reality TV as it has many great shows screening. They have a deal with Bravo TV in the US which pumps out plenty of high quality reality TV.

Currently the second series of Project Runway Australia is screening on Wednesday nights at 8.30pm. This show where fashion designer’s compete for the prize of $100,000 is highly entertaining, if you have not watched it yet, don’t worry it is only up to episode three.

Also Stylista started last Wednesday on Arena at 7.30pm. It is a brand new series from Tyra Banks in which eleven aspiring fashionistas vie for a real life job opportunity with top US fashion magazine Elle.  Ann Slowey from Elle magazine is the one they are all vying to work for. Ann was in a few episodes of the first series of Project Runway, but Nina Garcia was so good, they just wanted to work with her.

On Thursday, August 6 at 7.30pm; Top Chef: Masters will unite some of the brightest stars in the world of food, including award-winning, widely-renowned chefs, to compete against each other in weekly challenges. Hopefully later on in the year we will se the latest series of Top Chef which is set in Las Vegas. Note to Padma Lakshmi fans she does not host Top Chef: Masters.

 Also in August, Australian hairdresser Tabatha Coffey brings her brand new US show direct to Arena in Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. 

Discovered on Shear Genius, Tabatha was plucked to star in her own series. Tabatha lends her advice and styling expertise to help desperate salon owners all over America as they struggle to turn their businesses around. 

Speaking of Shear Genius there was going to be a local version of the show, however that has now been shelved by Foxtel. 

Returning for a second season on Monday, August 3 at 7.30pm is The Real Housewives of New York City.  This show is a hoot.  It is a show centred on New York ‘socialites’ as they juggle their careers and home lives. There is an Australian connnection with Simon Van Kempen in it who is married to housewife Alex McCord. He manages to snaffle quite a bit of screen time.  

In September is The Fashion Show, a fashion design series that follows professional designers and is hosted by designer Isaac Mizra and actress Kelly Rowland (who featured on the debut season of Project Runway Australia). Bravo made this show to replace Project Runway which was sold to another TV station. 

Hopefully The Rachel Zoe Project will also be screened later on this year.


1 CG { 07.18.09 at 11:46 pm }

Thanks for the rundown RR. The coming reality series I am most interested is in the Australian version of The Apprentice. It will either be a dud like “Home Made” with a bunch of perky and pretty model-types or it could actually be a hit a la MC if they keep it real. We will know by epi 1 or 2 if it is dud or a winner.

I’ll also be interested to see what celebs are recruited for the MC celebrity series. I hope it is not like DWTS and the lineup is not a bunch of D-listers I haven’t heard of and don’t want to know about. It could be interesting and fun if they get the right celebs and not just use the series to promote other Ch10 shows.

2 Kyvyny { 07.19.09 at 12:18 am }

Australia’s Perfect Couple – Only Anglo-Saxons need bother.

So long as the celebs of Celeb Masterchef can cook, then it doesn’t matter what level they are, it should be very interesting to watch.

Geoff Janz, time to serve to the judges!

3 kate { 07.19.09 at 11:16 am }

Thanks for the rundown, but its the cooking element that I think attracts us to MCA. Everyone has to eat.

And its underlying message is that everyone can or should have a go, and if you fail sometimes, its to be expected so pick yourself up and keep going. Can’t see any of the ohters really being able to generate that vibe…

4 Laura { 07.19.09 at 6:10 pm }

Sadly I have already watched many of these shows online (by sadly, I mean pathetically lol).
Tabatha’s Salon Takeover is great. Stylista is disappointing and I hate The Fashion Show, just a cheap, depressing version of PR.

5 Tillydevine { 07.20.09 at 1:04 am }

Stylista is very, very ordinary I have to say. And Anne Slowey is just wrong…
Top Chef Masters is brilliant. It’s really interesting to see top name US chefs go hell for leather with time constraints. Some don’t stand-up under the pressure.
Also, amazing seeing them buying their own ingredients, a couple of them, i am sure, haven’t been in a supermarket for a decade or so!

6 Laura { 07.20.09 at 1:54 am }

I agree Tillydevine, I also loved Top Chef Masters!

7 Sooty { 07.20.09 at 10:38 am }

I quite liked Stylista.

Survivor (yay!) is on on Arena this week too, not sure which series but I am assuming it’s a new one – but maybe not the one I was expecting to watch at different late night times on different days of the week on channel nine, after they shelved it for a week for a special four episodes of Two and a Half Men etc.

Also a new (for us) Bachelorette (yay!) is on tonight on Arena.

8 sourkraut { 07.22.09 at 10:48 pm }

I suppose reading a book is totally out of the question?

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