Big Brother 2014 winner Ryan Ginns. Supplied by Channel 9.
Big Brother 2014 winner Ryan Ginns. Supplied by Channel 9. Paul Broben

Reality TV pumps out big-dollar prizes

RICH prize pickings on reality TV this past week, with no less than $1.2 million and a very fancy glitter ball trophy handed out.

Former AFL star David Rodan won Dancing With The Stars, raising money for Bravehearts; Sunshine Coast boy Ryan Ginns won Big Brother's $200,000 first prize and Mark Sellar won The Big Adventure and a cool $1m for his trouble.

I remember Seven pumping the promo world with gallons of hype fuel before The Big Adventure premiered, and then flinting a hopeful spark of interest.

Wasn't it a fizzer? Persistent denial of the show's similarity to Survivor, a confusing format, lacklustre host and not overly compelling casting took the shine off the big cash prize.

The lesson to learn from The Big Adventure? If it walks like a duck, don't tell the world it's a purple unicorn with eight legs and a birthmark that resembles Kevin McCloud wearing a baseball cap.

I get a feeling this Gatsby-esque cash-splashing is reality TV's last hurrah. I doubt we will see prizemoney this large ever again and I seriously doubt reality will rate with its heyday strength from now on.

Good luck MKR, Masterchef and others. I fear you will need it.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and TV Arts (AACTA) nominations came out this week. Gee, wasn't it easier when they were the AFIs?

Among the TV highlights are 10 nods to The Code, six to Josh Thomas' Please Like Me and best TV drama finalists being: Puberty Blues, The Code, Janet King and Rake.

The Broken Shore (brilliant and unique) and Carlotta (ambitious but well done) scored five nominations each. The latter is likely to lose to either Devil's Playground or INXS in the best miniseries category, in my opinion.

Ashley Zukerman may be up against Richard Roxburgh and the INXS Michael Hutchence lead (Luke Arnold), but he should win best actor for his star turn as Asperbger's-afflicted computer hacker Jesse in The Code.

And my tip for best actress is Marta Dusseldorp for Janet King, although awards love Kat Stewart.

Nominated for best TV comedy are Please Like Me, Utopia, The Moodys, It's a Date and Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell.

I'd like to see Utopia win.

We have to wait until January 29 when the winners are announced, and broadcast on Ten.



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