CITY PRESS REVIEW: SABC3 should rethink The Scoop with Khanyi Mbau

2017-09-17 00:00
Khanyi Mbau

Johannesburg - SABC3 and any show with a talk format are basically in the same WhatsApp group ... there’s Real Talk with Anele, #WTFTumi, Afternoon Express, Trending SA and now The Scoop, a show that covers 

The latest trends in local and international fashion, music, movies and celebrities. The host is none other than the comeback queen, Khanyi Mbau.

The show’s crew cover all the hottest Mzansi events and parties, interview celebrities and socialites on the red carpet, and check out trending topics on social media, as well as gossip pages. But for these shows’ target audiences, the content really doesn’t warrant a 30-minute weekly episode.

Inserts played throughout the day on the channel would be preferable as this show offers nothing new or unique. Most of the content is old by the time The Scoop makes it on air on a Wednesday night. That’s just the unfortunate reality for shows like this one, which have to compete with social media and other digital platforms.

Or, perhaps, the producers just aren’t offering anything original with the content that they have.

Everyone loves a good celebrity scoop, but, alas, they are nowhere to be found on this show. It’s just a glorified curation of local and international celebrity news that you already know.

I don’t even want to deal with Mbau’s comments, such as: “Nicki Minaj, Nicki Minaj ... will you ever have a baby? You’re at the age where women look at you and think: ‘Baby girl, tick-tock, tick-tock.’ When will you get a bun in the oven?

Watch a clip of the show here:

It’s awful that I’m not even shocked that someone who is constantly ridiculed on public platforms and has her womanhood attacked regularly would think that it’s acceptable to utter such statements.

Sure, there is the Mbau shock factor that we all expect, but there’s a way for SABC3 to be spicy and smart about it.

This isn’t it.

What I do enjoy, aside from Mbau’s fashion sense, are the snappy yet detailed celebrity biographies. But does a local audience care to watch such content about US actresses Zoe Saldana and Kerry Washington?

In general, the show has way too much international news – so much so, you may as well switch to E! Entertainment, where it would be more current than these Wiki-type inserts. This is certainly not how I’m going to spend my Wednesday evening. 

Where to watch the show The Scoop with Khanyi Mbau:

Channel: SABC3 (DStv 193)

Day and time: Wednesday, 21:00
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