A really surprisingly thing happened on television last night.

A show appeared that could’ve been a disaster – well, we have been seeing the promos for seemingly the last two years – but it absolutely killed the ratings, all thanks to a gaggle of kids with some fairly obscure talents.

No, there were no trumped up, smarty-pants chefs who think their wagyu and truffles are the penultimates of life. There wasn’t a pergola being erected in the backyard of a suburban home. There were no ‘housewives’ abusing each other for the sake of abusing each other. And there were no bachelors and bachelorettes using their time on the telly to eventually land a radio gig.

There were no conflicting characters who had all been told to take on a ‘roll’ in order to ‘succeed’ in their respective program.

Yes, the promo for Little Big Shots – which rated a mammoth 2.619m (nationally) seemed to go on for months and months and to be honest I was getting bored with the same old clips featuring Shane Jacobson talking to kids about backflips, staring competitions and dance moves.

But when the show finally came on last night, simply, it just made me smile. And it did the same for around 2.7 million other Australians.But I have a theory. And I think it will be one other networks whether free to air or subscription or digital sites will be looking at.

Could this be the beginning of a new realm of ‘real’ reality TV? Here we had just a group of gorgeous kids who are talented in some fairly obscure fields – like the Rubiks cube teen who managed to sort one cube out with his feet while his hands sorted the other two at the same time. I had never seen anything like it before.

It was kind of like a fun freak show but done in a really cute & comfortable way. There was no real competition between the kids; there was no prize at the end and there was no trumped up conflict created between each of the kids.

The other thing is, Little Big Shots crosses a gamut of age groups. Kids loved it; I’d imagine ‘older’ peeps did to and I reckon those in between were pretty mad about it as well. It is a show that doesn’t require much brainpower from the viewer – and with most people dealing with enough crap in their lives – that is one of its redeeming features.

I didn’t have to invest in it. We sat on the lounge and we looked at it, usually with our mouths wide open and eyes in awe. And yup, it just continued to make us smile. I didn’t invest myself in any characters. I didn’t worry that the kids will be used as some sort of pawns by mentors.

Purely, it was simple entertainment and when it returns next week we will watch it, just expecting equally as crazy, often kooky but some bloody obscurely talented kids.

I don’t know about you, but it’s kind of old school material it’s just all worked. I’m putting it up there with Gogglebox.
And it sure beats all of this concocted conflict, scripted reality and overproduced stuff that keeps getting rammed down our throats. It was simply good fun and a soon as we turned it off, then moved on to the next thing, there wasn’t one moment where I thought ‘god, wasn’t that a waste of time?’

And really, you could not have picked a better host in Shane Jacobson – he wasn’t patronising, he just got it and seemed genuinely happy to be hanging out with a whole lot of kids on the couch as they quickly told their stories and delivered their very interesting tricks and talents.

I know there will be a few networks looking at that and thinking, yes, let’s get back to a better ‘real’ life in TV land.
Forget the nasty, forget the bitchiness and ghoulish behaviour and let’s just have a bit of total simple happiness – just for a change in our TV viewing habits.

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