Why is Chinese TV so Bad?
China’s government needs to loosen the regulatory noose they have tightened around the neck of China’s TV industry. Can you guess why?
TV in mainland China really is bad
Can you count on one hand the amount of mainland Chinese TV shows you have enjoyed? I count two… two shows in three+ years. And your not going to hear which two, because frankly they aren’t that great.
The movie industry is starting to get a little bit better (with more than just a handful of excellent movies), although Imagethief (who inspired this post) made a good argument for why China needs to throw away patriotism as a requirement for blockbuster movies. He also had some more advice on other things to do to improve China’s movie industry – this advice also largely applies to China’s TV industry. Head over for a good read.
How do you make Chinese TV better?
There are a lot of things that could be done to make Chinese TV better. Ben Ross suggested pooling all of their talent in a kind of superstar collective where all of the best talent in Chinese TV could duke it out for shows that would be broadcast across the nation.
Personally, I just think the Chinese government needs to get rid of most of the programming guides and regulations it has established for Chinese TV. Then they need to sell off all of the government owned TV stations and producers – privatize everything, and let the free market determine what succeeds on TV in China.
In the meantime, though, I’ll keep suffering through TV shows my girlfriend somehow loves.
Or maybe it’s just the cultural gap: Chinese might really love much of Chinese TV.
Nah, that’s impossible.