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China Sees Too Much Tacky Reality TV, Decides to Dim Some
October 26, 2011  | By David Bianculli
The Associated Press has just reported that China, with a new Communist Party ruling intended to be enforced by the end of this year, plans to cut back drastically on the amount of reality programming permitted on its satellite networks. Talent shows, matchmaking shows and programs focusing on marital troubles are among those being ordered to cease production.

And you know what? Don't quote me in Red Channels, but those Communists may be on to something...

The order, from China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, singles out shows that are vulgar or, as the story reports, "overly entertaining." I take issue with the latter -- overly entertaining TV is precisely what I'm looking for. And "extreme individualism," another televised sin that China is hoping to eradicate, is something else we can and should embrace, as both a nation and a TV nation.


But China's pronouncement to "resolutely oppose money worship" and "hedonism" -- well, perhaps, in that instance, we can agree to agree. That sounds, to me, like an edict that would eliminate not only MTV's Jersey Shore, but all the shows glorifying the excesses spent on teen birthdays and blinged-out cribs and dating competitions, just for starters.

Perhaps we don't have to embrace elements of Communism to improve TV in our own country. Perhaps we could simply lay down our own set of rules -- TV Commandments -- to make things better, and to protect us from the worst.

I'll start with a few. Please, feel free to write in and add your own:

1) If you can't display an actual talent, don't display yourself, period.
Hi, Snooki. You've got three minutes: Impress us with your best shot. Do something to justify your celebrity status and salary. What's that? You've got nothing? Precisely my point. And that goes for you TV Housewives, and so, so many more...

2) Don't glorify bad behavior.
All you pregnant teens and teen moms, find somewhere else to increase your Twitter followings. Oh, wait -- most of you would already be thrown off TV because of Commandment #1.

3) Date on your own time.
The actual success rate of the people hoping to find true love in TV's dating shows, starting with The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, is so dismally low, the shows are an utter waste of time in that sense as well.

Have your own suggestions for a "China Syndrome" wave of TV rules? Send them in -- the sooner the better, and the more the merrier.




Eileen said:

Thou Shalt Not Have False Gods Before You - Eileen's Commandment #2 -- that means you, entire Kardashian Family.

People, we are in a recession with millions unemployed and without basic necessities such as food and health care. I don't want to see Kim & her (fake) husband putting on the spectacle that was their wedding. Have they no concept of decorum and good taste? Wait, why am I even asking that question, of course they don't.

I don't want to see Kris Jenner pimping out her thirteen and fourteen year old daughters. Where is Children's Services when you need them the most? Shame on you, Bruce Jenner, these are your daughters too, and I gave you more credit than I should have.

Please, God, make them all disappear.

[If it's proper to follow a Commandment with "Amen," count me in. -- DB]

Comment posted on October 26, 2011 11:46 AM

Phillip R. Crabb said:

1.) Don't constantly display your Network Logo on the screen...I paid for my entire 42" flat-screen and want to use it all. If I want to know where I am I'll look at the channel number.

2.) If you are going to constantly display your Network Logo, make sure it's not in the way of subtitles (geesh!)

3.) Schedule Holiday Programming in some proximity to the Holiday. Charlie Brown and Rudolph should not be closer to Thanksgiving than to Christmas.

[I love all three of these! In that, to be precise, I hate all three of these TV crimes. - DB]

Comment posted on October 26, 2011 2:58 PM
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