Lebanese entertainment shows hits and misses in 2016

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It is time, ladies and gentlemen, to lay down the final judgment on this year entertainment shows on Lebanese channels.

After a survey conducted over a long period (15 minutes), involving thousands of people (me), we got the final results. Here are the hits and misses of 2016, in my opinion.

Best (not necessarily in order)

1. Lahon w Bas (LBC)

The whole show works. Hisham and Jad make a perfect duo on screen, due to their off-screen friendship, natural sense of humor, and good stand-up comedy skills. Guests seem to enjoy the interview and Hisham always succeeds in making them feel home, shedding the light on their cute and funny side. I even enjoyed Maguy Bou Ghosn’s interview.

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2. Menna w Jerr (MTV)

I love this show. Pierre Rabbat is probably “the” guy you go to when you want to buy a format and execute it in Lebanon. The co-hosts are doing their jobs right, especially Mona Saliba and Rola kaady. I even enjoy Ghassan Rahbani’s lame jokes. But the real star of the show is probably Elie Sleiman.

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3.Hayda Taba3 el akhbar (Al Jadeed)

When smart meets funny. This show is basically a history-politics class delivered with smart humor and extensive research put into each and every episode.

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4.Metl al amar and Amir el Leil (MTV and LBC)

Yes, they are crappy series, full of mistakes, bad acting, and lame storylines, but hey, that’s what makes them GREAT entertainment shows! Thank you for making 2016 enjoyable.

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Worst

1. Bala Teshfir (Al Jadeed)

Tammam Bleik should be banned from TV. His questions and interviewing approach stopped being interesting in 1992. Regarding his guests, eskot ya lsani…

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2.Hayda Haki (MTV)

Adel Karam is a great actor, but he failed as a late night show host. Successful hosts might suck in acting as well. Maybe it’s time to take a break. Even the new additions, Adele and co, couldn’t save the show from sinking into a lame 2-hour trip.

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3. Basmat Watan (the new format)

Copying Abla Fahita was not a smart move. The old format was better, wittier and funnier. While doma kratiyé, created by the same person, is brilliant, Basmat watan fails to deliver this season, let alone the racist jokes.

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4. Take me out Na2ashit (LBC)

The show’s idea is not bad itself. I find it entertaining. The execution however, is disastrous. Sexual jokes stopped being funny in 2002. Sexism is not funny. The staged performances of Fouad Yammine, the girls, and the guys are ridiculous.

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3 comments

  1. Nkx

    Very reasonable assessment. I can’t agree more on ‘Hayda 7aki’ the whole show is a snooze fest and Adele is far from funny or an addition, the show must be axed especially when the competition is Hicham Haddad who is naturally funny and above all close to his audience. I do enjoy ‘Mena w jerr’ and Pierre is a great host very vibrant and leaves no room for boredom but the show needs to become more interactive and some criticism seems to be more targeted than genuine evaluation. Jad Ghosn is very smart I wish they’d give him prime time and more budget to work with its the only show on Al jadeed with true potential to capture consistent audience.

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