As a website that is sometimes confused by those of little brain with an American product (yes we are part of the Gothamist network, no we are not an American website) we were amused yesterday to see that some of the worst home-grown telly ideas from the last couple of years have found new life on American television networks. The Guardian reported yesterday:
Over 40 years since the Beatles touched down at JFK, America is in the grip of a second British invasion. But this time it's not our music that's proving a hit but our light entertainment television shows starring faded celebrities.
The Beatles were bad enough, but we really have no excuse for inflicting Strictly Come Dancing on people.
Sure it's easy to say that we've had a lot of American garbage thrown this way over the years too, but with the onset of Bit torrent we can now sample TV that never reaches our shores and find that there's often a good reason for that. We're eternally grateful for Hill Street Blues, but should be thankful that we never got the likes of Blind Justice - the everyday story of a cop with a keen sense of smell - think Blunkett with a handgun.
Of course the danger of flooding homes with TV cocaine is that someone will take it all a step too far and invent crack:
Eyeing the success of Dancing With the Stars on ABC, Fox is already making Skating With Celebrities
There is a two step programme that we find highly successful on both sides of the Atlantic:
1. Turn off the TV
2. Read a book
And the next time someone offers you a reality TV show remember poor Zammo and just say no.