It's always worth prefacing anything like this column with the not-at-all surprising revelation that the real world is an absolutely ridiculous place. This is a world where Tumblr thinks it's above porn, where Arnold Schwarzenegger's desire to travel back in time to delete fossil fuels is actual real news and where a group of ten football players from a Northern Illinois high school were suspended from the team after they ran across a field naked with Oreo cookies wedged between their buttocks.
Oh and kudos to the Nebraska man who crashed his car into a tree when broken windscreen wipers made him believe that driving with his head out of the window "like Ace Ventura" (his words, not mine) was sensible. Humanity doesn't deserve this Earth.
And the world of cinema and TV didn't let us down on the bonkers front either. As well as news of Rob Zombie's scrapped but colourful looking The Blob remake and the Bahrainian royal being sued for not paying MILLIONS to meet his Bollywood idols as agreed, we got this little lot...
11. Celebrity Deathmatch Is Returning
It's 2018 and inevitably, the approach to what gets made for TV is subject to lots of stringent checks. Not only are show-makers at the mercy of advertisers who don't want their name associated with certain... provocative content, but there's the whole minefield of avoiding offending anyone that simply wasn't a consideration even a few years ago.
Would the likes of Jackass be made now? Would South Park get greenlit? Who knows, but it's probably fun for people who use the word "cuck" on Twitter to get triggered at. Now it seems we're getting an answer to a similar question, though, because it seems that MTV are reviving the outrageous, deeply provocative Celebrity Deathmatch after years of flirting with the idea.
According to THR, MTV Studios is planning a reboot with hip hop icon Ice Cube on board to executive produce and lead the new series’ voice cast. MTV president Chris McCarthy revealed the news by calling it "the meme before memes which "will be a smart, funny way to tackle the over-the-top rhetoric of today’s pop culture where it belongs — in the wrestling ring.”
Considering actual wrestling rings are avoiding pretty much everything that made Deathmatch so impactful - the gore, the controversy, the adult-oriented material - it's a bit of a weird one. Let's hope it's better than the other reboot and they get Stone Cold Steve Austin back.