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2014 – The year of trashy TV

2014 – The year of trashy TV

| On 23, Jan 2014

Why bother with My Kitchen Rules or The Block when 2014 has some truly trashy reality TV on offer, grown on our very doorstep. 

This week we investigate two controversial shows popping onto our screens – both are home-grown, tasteless and guaranteed conversation starters at your next party.


Real Housewives of Melbourne

While this show is sure to offend 99% of the actual real housewives of Melbourne who spend their weekends weeding the garden as opposed to wearing garish dresses while the pool boy makes cocktails, I personally think it will be a hoot.

Real Housewives of Melbourne is, of course, the demented relative of that hit American show – Real Housewives of Orange County, which then mutated down the line to Atlanta and even New Jersey.


A realistic look at Melbourne life, this show is not – Image by


Australia’s version takes a look at the lives of six women who appear to be successful, loaded and very busy – it therefore defies logic that they would agree to appear on a show which is the very definition of ‘social suicide’.

Perhaps the trailer, which features a lot of twirling, posing and champagne bottles, is actually a joke, and the show is in fact a look at independent women who juggle home and work life with pizzazz and flair.

I doubt it, though.

If the trailer is legit, Real Housewives of Melbourne is a misleading title. It should be called ‘five successful women from Melbourne seeking attention, localised infamy and general scorn from the entire nation’.

Regardless of the large pickle these women have gotten themselves into by agreeing to film the show, I’m very keen to see how it all unfolds, and just hope it’s more entertaining than Celebrity Splash.

Real Housewives of Melbourne airs on Arena in February.


My Bedazzled Life (Season 2)

This show seems like a cry for help, attention and probably a way of raising money for her divorce lawyers, but I just can’t look away.

My Bedazzled Life is a reality TV documentary, chronicling the daily life of Brynne Edelsten.

Brynne’s bedazzled life – image by


Brynne is the 30 year-old-wife of Geoffrey Edelston – the infamous doctor who was deregistered in two states, but who also happens to be a medical entrepreneur.

If you didn’t know, Geoffrey is 70, which makes things a bit more interesting.

This is the diamanté studded, pink faux-fur covered Being Lara Bingle of 2014, and I can’t wait.

Just in case you weren’t already sold – here’s the real kicker.

In a real-life plot twist that sounds straight out of Days of Our Lives, Brynne’s 70-year-old hubby has been cheating on her with a woman he met online.

Also, he’s bankrupt.

There’ll be ruffled feathers, divorce, lots of sequins and a few (many) tears.

Get keen Australia – My bedazzled Life will air early 2014 on channel 7.


Leave your standards at the door, and embrace these guilty-pleasure reality TV shows!