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China to Limit Reality Shows on TV

By October 28, 2011

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Reality television is the latest programming facing cutbacks on Chinese television, according to the Associated Press.

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has said shows that are vulgar and "over entertaining" will have to be scaled back by next year. That includes programs with people dealing with marital issues or matchmaking, and all talent, game, variety and reality shows - basically, nearly all programs that aren't what viewers typically find on CCTV, which shows state-run news, sports, and opera programming.

The latest rules target mostly satellite television stations that will now have to replace the existing offending programming with news and cultural programming.

SARFT routinely revises its programming rules. Earlier this year, SARFT halted production of time traveling shows and banned crime dramas, spy thrillers, and romances in the run up to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party in July. This latest ban comes a week after the country has been questioning its morals after 2-year-old Wang Yue was run over by two drivers and lay dying in the street as bystanders looked on. The toddler died last week.

While the latest ban is sure to frustrate fans of popular shows like 'Super Girl,' a singing contest similar to 'American Idol,' 'China's Got Talent,' the Chinese version of 'America's Got Talent,' and 'Pick One from a Hundred,' a dating show similar to 'The Bachelor,' I think it will drive more viewers to watch television online where most of them watch television already. I just hope these shows don't get canceled altogether as I find 'China's Got Talent' especially entertaining.

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