So, over on our side of the Pacific, a new reality show has been created in what I see as an attempt to cash in on the Masterchef/Top Chef franchise.
They have created Junior Masterchef.
Basically, it works the same as the regular versions, but with kids.
I don't think it will work, and my 5 point plan will run us all through why.
1- Nobody likes to see kids breaking down on national TV.
Reality shows are built on identifying with and loving certain contestants. It is a simple fact that you cannot have heroes without villains. No amount of creative and/or selective editing can turn a 12 year old kid into a villain. Without heroes and villains, a reality show does not work.
2- The gimmicky nature of the show.
Everybody knows that when a show gets gimmicky, the franchise dies (The Apprentice seems to be the exception to this rule.) Junior Masterchef in itself is a gimmick on the franchise, and from the promos (So far) all I have seen is a live chicken, and thousands upon thousands of crates. In one, the host claims to be talking to a girl "Like a fourth year apprentice, not a 12 year old" However, in the same promo, we are treated to the classically corny "Can you do it?" "Yes we can!"
Okay, so it was only a 2 point plan. Anyway, I think the show is doomed.