The Masked Singer

Never has there been such drivel masquerading as entertainment. I just do not understand how any adult can watch this.
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,738

    Never has there been such drivel masquerading as entertainment. I just do not understand how any adult can watch this.

    How do you know?
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • Haven't got a clue what you are on about?
    Sh*te on the tellybox?
    Surely you can find something better to do than satiating yourself watching crap?
    Only yourself to blame :lol:
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078

    Never has there been such drivel masquerading as entertainment. I just do not understand how any adult can watch this.

    I feel the same about all manner of main channel TV programmes, XFactor, the Voice, Love Island, Big Brother, Pop Idol, Strictly, BGT, anything with "celebrity" in the title, any gameshow that has celebs as contestants rather than motp (which is most nowadays), i could go on.
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  • I love it.

    Bushbaby Vs Grandfather clock next week.

    Truly the most batsh!t thing on TV.

    A professional singer first to be unmasked tonight. Embarrassing.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 26,224
    edited December 2020
    (obviously I don't watch it all, it's ridiculous and unbearable)
  • lincolndave
    lincolndave Posts: 9,441
    It’s like the majority of today’s tv, absolute rubbish
  • morstar
    morstar Posts: 6,190
    I get plenty of joy from TV but it takes lots of hunting down to find the good films and dramas.
    The days of being entertained by the main entertainment programmes are long gone.
    My biggest issue is the total lack of imagination.
    Panel shows, judging talent shows, celebrity something or other and so on are so formulaic.
    I used to enjoy some of the panel shows but now find the same people cropping up all over the place on some different iteration of the same thing.
    I can’t decide if the talented writer performers fall into the trap of easy money or it’s simply too hard to get their original content made and broadcast and therefore have no choice.
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078
    I think the only panel show I watch is "would I lie to you" especially if Bob Mortimer is on.
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  • morstar
    morstar Posts: 6,190
    If I think of all the big comedic stars of my childhood, the comedy sketch show was the staple.
    Morecambe and wise, two Ronnies etc.
    Loads of different scenes and locations and although a small team, probably time consuming to make.
    The economics of panel shows make perfect sense. Get lots of comedians together and use a basic premise to get them to be funny. 2-4 hrs filming and your half show is in the bag.
    It’s economically sound but uninspired.
    Four Candles would never have happened in this millenium. I think that is a loss.
  • It's the cult of celebrity that gets right on my wick, famous for doing nothing whatsoever. The amount of times I have to ask my wife who a panelist is, inevitably the answer is "he/she was on TOWIE"
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078
    edited December 2020
    Just seen an advert for a new show called Tom Allen Goes to Town on C4. Just seems to be a blatant rip-off of BBC radio's Mark Steel Comes to Town, but with the massive negative of having Tom Allen in it. I really don't find him funny at all and he seems to be in everything at the moment.
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  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 17,861
    Bring back 'Call My Bluff'.

    Imagine trying to pitch that to a TV company these days. "We're going to take obscure words from the Exford English Dictionary, have old white codgers, one with a stutter, come up with made-up definitions, and the others have to guess the right definitions. The presenter will have an epic comb-over."
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078

    Bring back 'Call My Bluff'.

    Imagine trying to pitch that to a TV company these days. "We're going to take obscure words from the Exford English Dictionary, have old white codgers, one with a stutter, come up with made-up definitions, and the others have to guess the right definitions. The presenter will have an epic comb-over."

    Take my money.
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  • coopster_the_1st
    coopster_the_1st Posts: 5,158
    edited December 2020
    Are the wokey dokeys starting to wake up to the knock on effects of their stupidity?
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078

    Are the wokey dokeys starting to wake up to the knock on effects of their stupidity?

    I used to have some of those in my bike when I was a kid. Think they came in a packet of Frosties.
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  • Are the wokey dokeys starting to wake up to the knock on effects of their stupidity?

    You really hate masks, don't you?
  • Are the wokey dokeys starting to wake up to the knock on effects of their stupidity?

    You really hate masks, don't you?
    I hate the pandering to the always offended while ignoring the sensible demographic.

    The Masked Singer, and lots of other shows like it, is another failed attempt by TV execs to try and get younger viewers. It does not work because that is not how younger consume their media. All it does is alienate the demographic that would otherwise have been a viewer.

    I'm guessing they have to keep trying to justify that all those media degrees are not a failed education.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,479
    Nah the biggest problem is there are too many channels and not enough talent to fill them plus Netflix etc. has destroyed the old TV formula of watching an episode of a series then waiting a week for another but the likes of BBC and ITV haven't learned and persist with having rigid schedules.
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 17,861
    Ah, I see that the bile has infected this thread too.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    MF thought Domenica In wasshite until he started noticing the. British tv schedules.

    If it’s not TOWIE or similar, some tripe attempting to glamorise the emergency services or the Heddlu chasing down errant speeders in Rochdale, something about selling/buying houses or a cooking programme then you really struggle to find anything.

    Even HIGNFY has gone turgid recently.

    Would I lie to you, Mock the Week, errr that really about it. Then it’s back to Amazon/Netflix.
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    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • Criticise it for many things, but with ratings of 8.4 million earlier this year, not having an audience is not one of those things.

  • It's a show where Teddy Sheringham was in a singing competition against Katherine Jenkins. But dressed as a tree. What more evidence do you need that it's the pinnacle of human achievement?
  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,297

    Criticise it for many things, but with ratings of 8.4 million earlier this year, not having an audience is not one of those things.

    People don't like facts that prove their preconceptions are a load of bollox, hasn't this year taught us anything?
    I remember when we had 4 channels and the US had loads, their output was generally lower quality than ours
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,479

    Criticise it for many things, but with ratings of 8.4 million earlier this year, not having an audience is not one of those things.

    I have to say I'm not a TV snob and watch some of the programmes many on here pretend to have never seen (but have an opinion as "[insert relative] had it on and I had the misfortune to see it"). I've always enjoyed Strictly, I watched this year's I'm A Celebrity and found that I enjoyed it much more than expected, in the past I've liked The Voice but it went downhill but the half episode of The Masked Singer I saw was truly awful.

    The singing part is bad enough but the "judges" trying to guess who it is made me want to break the TV especially Ken Jeong (being more annoying than both Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross is quite an achievement).

    I suspect I'm fighting a losing battle in continuing to use series rather than season but will keep the battle going as long as possible.
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078
    Its definitely series.
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  • Pross said:

    Criticise it for many things, but with ratings of 8.4 million earlier this year, not having an audience is not one of those things.

    I have to say I'm not a TV snob and watch some of the programmes many on here pretend to have never seen (but have an opinion as "[insert relative] had it on and I had the misfortune to see it"). I've always enjoyed Strictly, I watched this year's I'm A Celebrity and found that I enjoyed it much more than expected, in the past I've liked The Voice but it went downhill but the half episode of The Masked Singer I saw was truly awful.

    The singing part is bad enough but the "judges" trying to guess who it is made me want to break the TV especially Ken Jeong (being more annoying than both Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross is quite an achievement).

    I suspect I'm fighting a losing battle in continuing to use series rather than season but will keep the battle going as long as possible.
    See the mistake you've made there is watching it.

    It's a celebrity talent contest where you can't see who is singing. Of course it's unbearable. It's beyond ridiculous that it even exists.
  • motogull
    motogull Posts: 325

    It's a show where Teddy Sheringham was in a singing competition against Katherine Jenkins. But dressed as a tree. What more evidence do you need that it's the pinnacle of human achievement?

    Good grief. Is that true?
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078
    oxoman said:

    I blame the Japanese exporting it.

    I thought it was from South Korea?
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  • veronese68
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    oxoman said:

    V you fibber, you should remember when it was 3 channels and kids tv was after school till the news. Nearly forgot the test card and well.

    This is true, but I hadn't seen US TV so couldn't make the comparison then. There was a 4th button on the telly but it was marked ITV2, and you had to get up to change channel of course.
  • motogull said:

    It's a show where Teddy Sheringham was in a singing competition against Katherine Jenkins. But dressed as a tree. What more evidence do you need that it's the pinnacle of human achievement?

    Good grief. Is that true?
    https://youtu.be/Q4jfzzluT14

    He lost a sing off against octopus. Who was Katherine Jenkins.