SBS Showcases 2013 – Aim Is To Push Boundaries And Inspire Change
SBS showed its 2013 schedule last Thursday and as the role of any good public broadcaster it stated their aim was to “push boundaries and inspire change”.
Obviously there was not a lot of reality TV announced however there were some definite links to the genre.
One show that looks extremely interesting is a new cooking show starring Shane Delia, of Maha restaurant in Melbourne. He has appeared as a guest judge on Masterchef Australia. Not only does he appear to have charisma in the bucketloads but also he journeys on a gastronomic pilgrimage that will trace the development of Middle Eastern cuisine, seeking out its authentic origins and flavours.
In other food show news Food Safari and Gourmet Farmer will return, and also Luke Nguyen who is now a judge on Masterchef Vietnam will being doing some specials also. No news on whether Destination Flavour the show with Adam Liaw on it would get a second series.
It would be great if SBS or SBS could show an asian version of Masterchef China or Vietnam or The Amazing Race Asia.
Jabba former reality TV star and all round nice guy will be seen in controversial comedy series Houso’s. This is the second series of the show which is set in a fictional housing estate. It is written and directed by Paul Fenech.
After the successful Once Upon A Time in Cabramatta there will be a second series this time focusing on Punchbowl to screen in April next year. The four part series Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl tells the story of Australia’s Lebanese community and the challenges they have faced and overcome. This will also be a cross platform initiative for SBS with an online documentary – Cronulla Riots – The Day that Shocked the Nation – also commissioned to run alongside the series.
Also highly regarded Who Do You Think You Are? returns for series five. Don Hany, Asher Keddie, Adam Hills, Rove McManus, Michael Caton, and Lex Marinos take a journey into their family history which chronicles the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia’s national identity.
In a show that is not reality but looked like it is really going to push the boundaries of comedy, meaning you are either going to love it or hate it is Canadian series Bullet in the Face – described as a viciously funny action, wildly violent, bloody and unabashedly politically incorrect comedy series starring Eddie Izzard and Eric Roberts.