Friday, January 29

Hello, Goodbye, Hello?

Reality truly is smothering primetime television for all we know it more than ever these days. Heck, I catch up on most of my TV via my computer, yet it's still staggeringly tough to snub. I mean, Popstar to Operastar? What kind of schlemiel thought of that tosh? And what sort of schmuck at ITV1 cleared it?! Probably the same schmo that greenlit This Is David Gest, come to think of it.

So we've Operastar come Fridays, So You Think You Can Dance doing Saturdays and Dancing on Ice closing the weekend on Sundays - all while The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are off on their hols. Inordinate doesn't do it justice.

Still and all, this season's Celebrity Big Brother has been little less than tremendous. Its ample assortment of housemates, shrewd editing of its highlights and gosh-darn addictive viewing have jerked it right back to its glory days. Stephen Baldwin steadily converting Alex Reid to Christianity was about the best thing on British TV since David Brent went on a blind date.

With all that in mind, I'll be sorry to see CBB decamp. Well, until about 2014 when it returns in the company of next year's Strictly winner and an extra-disgraced Chris Brown.

Kanye West 'Big Brother'