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The Curse of the UAE “Reality” TV Scene

The Curse of the UAE “Reality” TV Scene

Is the UAE reality television scene cursed? Whether this is a good or bad thing is a different question altogether...

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January 16, 2012 4:25 by



“Reality” television is on the decline. In fact we’ve been trying to pretend that nightmare of ignorant programming never happened, even though the sight of a high-pitched Kardashian keeps us mindful. And so, while we have been casually observing the scene from a safe distance, Kipp thinks we might have spotted a trend: The Curse of the UAE Reality Scene. If it so pleases the honourable court, here’s the Kipp’s list of evidence:

1)      Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF: Although this series was shot in the summer of 2009, it would be another two years until the series was aired. The reason behind the delay? According to these sources, the show was in the middle of $8-million legal dispute between the producers. Lionsgate Television claimed Dubai’s Uniqon Emirates failed to honour a signed agreement to co-produce and distribute MTV’s Paris Hilton’s My New BFF in the Middle East when Uniqon failed to cough up $4.7 million for production and distribution costs. Now we aren’t going to get into the long and short of it, but there could be no doubt that the two-year delay severely cost the show. Paris Hilton isn’t quite what she used to be two years ago and the local interest concerning the show had significantly died down.

2)      Kim takes Dubai—where cracks begin to show: Isn’t it interesting that the first time the cracks of Kim’s short-lived and much-talked about marriage began to show on the seventh episode of Kourtney & Kim Take New York — Kim Takes Dubai? Recently aired, Kim confides to her mother that ‘she feels more herself when she is not with him: “There’s something in my relationship that I just feel isn’t right. I don’t know. I’m just learning certain things about him that I didn’t know before. I don’t know, married life isn’t what I thought it would be with him.” Kipp’s not yet had the pleasure of watching the episode but Gulf News tells us: “At one point Kardashian even admits she was enjoying being away from Humphries during her Dubai trip, describing it as a “huge relief”.

3)      Hydra Executives battle it out in court: The winners of the UAE’s very own version of ‘The Apprentice’ are going head to head over the prize money. Last week Hannah Dodkin, one of Hydra Executives, lodged a California court case against Richard Best—her fellow contestant who won the competition with her. Dodkin claims Best is not handing over the $500,000. Guess the ‘Best’ competitor didn’t quite win, ay? See what we did there?

Are you convinced? Do you think the UAE Reality TV Scene is just a tad cursed? We are not quite sold on the idea, but Kipp can’t see how limiting the amount of “reality” television on the airwaves is necessarily not a bad thing.



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