Aussie TV – has wednesday night become the new saturday?

September 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm (awesome pile, fail room, Television, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Tonight saw the launch of two new shows and the reunion of an old Australian Favourite in Hey Hey it’s Saturday. Personally I’m quite pleased to see it back on temporarily and would like to see how well it went in the ratings. Maybe we’ll see it come back in the 2010 line up for Channel 9.

On Channel 10 we saw Celebrity Masterchef start which was also quite good, and really well set out. Kudos go to them.

Unfortunately for me, the ABC’s new 9pm show The Hungry Beast, for me was an epic fail.
Why?
Well I had high expectations, I thought it might be a mix of Jtv and the Chaser but alas all I got was apathy with a title sequence that sneakily familiar to Jtv’s except for it turning into a “beast”

Yep apathy.
Now I’m a cynical malcontent, but seriously, a whole show on apathy is really only going to entertain for so long, maybe the emo’s will find it ace, but that’s all. Whilst I like the fake report about gulibilty, the bagging out of internet support for social/political issues is a kinda lame bird to shot at, and wtf was that thing about the cat.
This show should’ve had a first season launch on ABC 2 just to test the waters before going to ABC to work out the kinks.
till next time kids!

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Media Watch – 20 years of trying to tell the truth

May 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm (awesome pile, internet, politics, radio, Television) (, , , , , , )

On this day in 1989 a show called Media Watch screened on ABC in Australia for the first time. It sent a shiver down the spine of every dodgy newspaper editor, radio shock jock and shonky Current Affairs journalist in the country. Highly critical of blunders in the press, it has shown the other side to the story, most of the under handed dealings, such as John Laws and Alan Jones infamous cash for comment stoushes and pissing off the likes of Today Tonight and A Current Affair with a few laughs along the way. Thanks Media Watch May we hope you proOn this day in 1989 a show called Media Watch screened on ABC in Australia for the first time. It sent a shiver down the spine of every dodgy newspaper editor, radio shock jock and shonky Current Affairs journalist in the country. Highly critical of blunders in the press, it has shown the other side to the story, most of the under handed dealings, such as John Laws and Alan Jones infamous cash for comment stoushes and pissing off the likes of Today Tonight and A Current Affair with a few laughs along the way. Thanks Media Watch we hope you prosper for another 20 years!

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The Logies

May 4, 2009 at 4:21 am (fail room, radio, Television) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Australia’s answer to The Emmy’s were held last night in Melbourne, and they were the Biggest sack of fail I have ever witnessed.
Now dear reader allow me to rant for a while.
First things first; you got a never was been in Gretel Kileen hosting the debarcle, a woman whom is annoying and smug and completely lacking comedic timing, trying to be funny, and failing miserably.
Then you have the awards itself.

WHY OH WHY DO WE LET THE TAMMY’S AND THE BOGANS SMS?
The three major television shows to win last night were Channel Nine’s Underbelly, Channel Seven’s Packed to the Rafters and Channel Ten’s Rove.
Now, I bear no malice towards Underbelly or Rove, both are brilliant. Underbelly, whilst being highly explicit show sthe history of Victoria’s gangland wars brilliantly, it was well written, well acted and deserves all accolades that come its way. Rove is Australia’s best talk show/light entertainment show and always has a diverse range of guests.
However Packed to the Rafters, despite having a few good actors in Michael Caton and Rebecca Gibney, falls flat dreadfully.
The younger actors over act like it’s the end of year play in Primary School and it’s plot lines seem to be recycled plots from Home and Away and now defunct show Always Greener. It may have deserved “Most Popular Drama” but nothing more or less.
Rebecca Gibney walked away with the Gold Logie, which normally would not worry but, She actually had the majority of Launceston voting for her, through a campaign on the local radio station LA-FM.
Now for those who don’t know, Gibney lives in Tamar Valley and is quite vocal about making sure there’s no pulp mill built (which she should be applauded about) but also does a lot of promotional things for LA-FM
so it seems one hand gives the other a gold logie in Launceston today.

Whilst the ceremony was incredibly lack lustre there was four highlights
Dave Hughes’ Monologue
Wil Anderson’s Monologue
Peter Phelp’s trying to find Humphrey B. Bear a job
and Bill Collins, Australia’s ‘Mr Movies’ finally being inducted in to the hall of fame”

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