Tag: Reality TV

Throwback Thursday: Changing Rooms was the OG neighbours-at-war reality show

Changing Rooms was the '90s DIY show like no other. After this year’s Australian Changing Rooms reboot crashed due to low ratings, Tara Ward relives the glory days of the UK original.

Five reasons you should be watching Below Deck right now

Six seasons in, Below Deck remains the wildest drama on the high seas. Now's the perfect time to catch up on this hugely entertaining boat-based reality series, argues Dominic Corry.

Love Island NZ is Three betting its house on epic reality TV

Love Island has smashed streaming records all over the world and Three’s purchase of the global rights, along with pricey a local franchise, will complete a radical transformation of the channel.

It’s true: Heartbreak Island is actually fully hectic

Heartbreak Island is back for another year, bringing more raunch and drama than ever before. Watch as Alex Casey dives in.

What do the Heartbreak Island hotties think about climate change?

Alex Casey went speed dating with some Heartbreak Island contestants and things got real serious, real fast. 

The Real Pod: Counting your chicken pox before your goose eggs

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the third week on Married at First Sight Australia, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Why does Heartbreak Island make everybody so mad?

When reality show mutant Heartbreak Island launched last year, people lost their collective minds. But why?

A whole lot of women, and some celebrities: The TV you’ll be watching in 2019

Will we ever truly reach peak TV? Maybe! And if we do, 2019 might be the year when it happens. Sam Brooks and Alex Casey run down all the things you absolutely cannot miss in 2019.

Will Max Key wash up on Celebrity Treasure Island? I bloody hope so

The most anticipated reality TV event of the year, Celebrity Treasure Island may have just got its first castaway. 

Summer reissue: I dated six of the Heartbreak Island contestants

Alex Casey goes on a speed dating mission to get to know the beautiful brains behind the beautiful bodies of Heartbreak Island. 

The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2018

In the now-annual event of the year, five of our podcasts' hosts join forces like a mighty end-of-year podcast rat-king.

Project Runway Power Rankings, week seven: Watching reality TV in my activewear

In the sixth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make an athleisure look for Georgia. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

Project Runway Power Rankings, week six: Hell is other designers

In the sixth episode of Project Runway New Zealand, the designers had to make a high-fashion look inspired by wallpaper designs. Henry Oliver ranks the results.

The flour and the glory: The Great Spinoff Bake Off

We lured an official judge from The Great Kiwi Bake Off into the offices to critique our cakes, and it was an emotional rollercoaster. 

NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis on fame, hummus and Michael Murphy

Almost 15 years later, NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis is re-emerging onto the music scene with a new song, new mindset, and possibly, even a new tour.

The Real Pod: A scandalous yarn with MAFS AU legend Tracey Jewel

The Real Pod assembles with a very special guest to dissect the madness that was Married at First Sight Australia, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Real life read: I dated six of the Heartbreak Island contestants

Alex Casey goes on a speed dating mission to get to know the beautiful brains behind the beautiful bodies of Heartbreak Island.

Haydn from MAFS joins The Real Pod to talk hidden cameras and behind-the-scenes chaos

In his special guest appearance on The Real Pod, Haydn Daniels from Married at First Sight NZ covered everything from the secret tapes to what happened to his wedding ring.

Married at First Sight and the end of a reality TV era

The contrivances of the first generation of reality shows are being overtaken by higher stakes games, writes Duncan Greive.

Rude? Friday nights on TVNZ2 will show you rude

Where Three have cornered the Friday night comedy lineup, Calum Henderson finds that TVNZ2 are running with a very different, stripped-back viewing experience.

Turns out Andrew from MAFSNZ was an absolute pig on Tinder

Messages leaked to The Spinoff reveal Married at First Sight NZ's Andrew Jury sent a series of abusive and racist DMs to another user of the service in 2015.

Married At First Sight is pretty damn white

The cast of the first season of Married At First Sight NZ has left us with snow blindness, writes Leonie Hayden.

A manicure enthusiast polishes off a whole season of Boss Nails

The Spinoff's resident nail enthusiast Sam Brooks dives into nail salon reality show Boss Nails, and finds someone to model his messy life after.

Set sail for the anthropological reality TV paradise of Love Island

Tara Ward washes up on the shores of Love Island, the British reality sensation that has been compared to the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare.

The tribe has spoken: The Survivor NZ voting papers are simply too crisp

Our superfan think tank weighs in following the premiere of Survivor New Zealand on TVNZ 2 last night.

The Real Podcast of Housewives – A dramatic debrief after lunch with the Housewives

Jane, Duncan and Alex race back to Spinoff HQ for a full debrief of their lavish lunch with The Real Housewives of Auckland.

The Real Housewives of Auckland are coming… and so is our 100% unofficial podcast

With a premiere date set for The Real Housewives of Auckland, we have an announcement of our own...

Why the snobs are wrong about reality TV

Over the weekend Lizzie Marvelly wrote a column condemning reality television, a sentiment which she shares with many. But is reality TV really heralding the end of critical thinking, devouring brain cells as every minute passes? Leah Damm responds.