Bravo's embracing technology trends, and you should be very worried. Amongst the cable channel's newly greenlit shows are Huh?, a reality show about Cheezburger Network founder Ben Huh, and Silicon Valley, a series about future "techie superstars" produced by Randi Zuckerberg. Groan.
You can't blame people for being interested in the people behind the technologies that are changing the world, but could this be done by anyone but Bravo please? Everything about these shows oozes cringeworthy, hackneyed inauthenticity.
Here's the problem with Huh?: The Cheezburger Network didn't become successful because it's inherently creative or interesting; Huh's genius was to identify a couple of great internet memes and give the masses a platform to participate in them. Huh doesn't make Lolcats funny. Other people do.
As for Silicon Valley, let's discuss the show's description:
Teaming up with internet entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg, Bravo captures the intertwining lives of young professionals on the path to becoming Silicon Valley's next great success stories.
So "Being a geek is like being the new rock stars." Oh god. Horrid! You know what's great about Silicon Valley success stories? They're not TV-hot party animals who hit the club and fuck each other senseless. Well, maybe they are, but they're better known for building the platforms we live in today. What's that you say? The Social Network was really good? You're right. But that movie was made by talented people. [The Wrap]