Scandal tv – back with a venegeance Posted by jennie on Oct 18, 2010 in Culture
“Eight young people who had never met before spent the summer of their lives together in a beach house in Tylösand. We filmed everything. This is what happened. Sensitive viewers are hereby being warned.”
This is the intro and the plot for a new Swedish tv-show called “Kungarna av Tylösand” (The kings of Tylösand) and boy, the term scandal tv has never been more appropriate. One hour every Wednesday evening – anyone who fancies a bit of “real life” can tune in to Kanal 5 (one of the biggest commercial tv-channels) and join the never ending party of alcohol, sex, fights, vomiting, trash, more fights, more alcohol and a more sex. Nothing is being censored, nothing is left out. And I mean absolutely nothing. I thought I’d seen it all, but obviously not, and especially not after living in England, where you are only allowed to say the F-word after 9pm on tv and radio, let alone do it…
The rule model is the American MVT-show “Jersey Shore” and the the casting is similar. The odd one, the crazy one, the girl magnet, the slightly sane one… well, you get the picture. Put them all in a house, provide them with unlimited alcohol and put cameras everywhere and bam, a tv-show is made.
I honestly thought scandal tv had passed it best before date. We saw tonnes and tonnes of it in the early days of the 21st century and Sweden was one of the leading countries in creating new formats and programs. Baren (The bar) – where a group of people get together and run a bar together – is the most successful one ever – sold to hundreds of countries all over the world and it’s still running in many countries yet today. But as with anything you get too much of – the Swedes lost interest in scandal tv and even the big success Big Brother was cancelled back in 2006. Insead, we turned our tv focus to talent shows like “Idol”, “Dancing with the stars” and “Sweden’s got talent”.
Well, the scandal tv is back with a venegeance 2010. But the show is definitely not dividing the nation in two as it used to do, most Swedes seem to have better things to do on Wednesday nights and can agree on that it’s nothing but sad that a big production company are making money by providing young people with an endless supply of alcohol, parties, tattoos and lip injections (!!). But nevertheless, some of the guys and girls from the show are now running super big blogs, touring around the country and being paid to attend parties and are probably looked upon as kings and queens in thousands of young people’s eyes.
Have you seen anything similar? Perhaps even seen the show? Give me your take on scandal tv – has Sweden hit rock bottom or is there similar/worse things out there?