The New York Times has posted a four-minute video entitled “What’s on China’s TV Tonight?” It’s narrated by David Barboza, an NYT writer based in China, and focuses on Hunan province, which, thanks to mega-hit Super Voice Girls, is the epicenter of China’s television boom. The video shows clips of SVG — including eventual champion Li Yuchun’s awful rendition of Bryan Adams’ awful “Everything I Do” — but it also mentions a couple new shows, like the Gong Show-esque Who’s the Hero?, where one guy tried to undress women and serve tea to them using a forklift and another bloody-mouthed guy set some kind of record for opening bottles with his teeth, and another show that tries to find China’s next young ping pong star.
Please don’t get Shanghaiist wrong — we have been known to enjoy some trash TV. We still love you Nick and Jessica!
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