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Bouquets & Brickbats (An Occasional Series)

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Fair Go (TV1) – Despite the OTT set, had returned to its knitting – sorting out viewer complaints – by programme 3. The yellow circles were gone and none of the stories were split into two or three parts to increase the tension and keep you watching.

Sunday (TV1)  – A really excellent programme which I’ve neglected to praise in the past. Cameron Bennett is the consummate professional and enough time is given to issues at home and abroad to make you feel you’ve had a satisfying meal and not just a side-salad.

Comedy Central – for Live at the Apollo, Saturday Night Live and The Jon Stewart Show (But see below!)

And Comedy Central again for The Gruen Transfer, an entertaining and somewhat enlightening Aussie show on advertising, though host Wil Anderson makes my flesh creep.

7 Days (TV3)  – irreverent humour in the worst possible taste. Perfect.

Desperate Housewives (TV2) and The Graham Norton Show (UKTV) – Oh, you are awful, but I like you!

The Panel on RNZ’s Afternoons with Jim Mora – Great listening and not just because I’m often on it. Well, partly because of that.

Toms Scott’s cartoons in the Dominion Post. Things of beauty and a joy forever.

Throng – ‘New Zealand’s TV watching community’. The essential website for anyone interested in New Zealand television. Find it at http://www.throng.co.nz/

 

m_27d014d6ba8188c17508471047d5f7051 Radiradirah (TV3)  – Drear. I’m with Greg Dixon who wrote: ‘I appreciate that all of the sketches in a sketch show cannot work, but it’s quite a remarkable feat for none of them to work.’  

Comedy Central – running episodes of The Jon Stewart Show that are weeks and sometimes months out of date. Ditto for Saturday Night Live. This is acceptable for classic sitcoms like Third Rock from the Sun but not for topical programmes.

Close Up (TV1) on the hug-a-ginga controversy. Two goes at this largely insignificant dispute which probably didn’t deserve even one. Mark Sainsbury unable to control either. A bloody text poll on the issue. And how does TVNZ justify charging 75 cents for every text sent in?

TVNZ and TV3 news whose field reporters still seem to think their job is to tell Simon, Wendy, Hillary or Mike what happened today, rather than telling you and me, the viewers. ‘Wendy, here at Ground Zero… ‘  ‘Well Mike, more than 100mls of water…’

TVNZ and TV3 news who clearly intend to persist with the ridiculous and grammatically incorrect use of ‘an’ before the vocalised ‘h’ in ‘hotel, horrific etc.’ Pretentious and stupid. And no-one in real life says ‘My wife and I stayed at an hotel in Brighton, where we saw an horrific accident from the window.’

Fox News – proof positive that man has not long descended from the apes.

[What do you love or hate in the New Zealand media? Let me know, so that I can publish your bouquets and brickbats.]

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24 Comments:

  1. Brickback to Talkback hosts who predictably welcomed “Three Strikes” and lamented that it had not been made retrospective.

    Yep, with the emphasis on ‘predictably’. My good friend Bill Francis from the Radio Network wants to persuade met hat talkback is not generally mindless and that the callers are not intellectual thugs. An uphill battle for this highly intelligent man, I’m afraid.

    Brickbat to UK TV for endless repeats, usually of dire comedy series.

    Well yes, but I watch quite a lot of UKTV. Antiques Roadshow, Jonathan Ross, The Weakest Link and many more.

    Nothing to do with the media but widely reported: brickbat to the Pommes for prosecuting two ten year old boys for rape and then putting them on the sex offenders register; made me ashamed of by roots.

    An extraordinary story. Completely incredible.

  2. Oh, and a bouquet to Merv.

  3. Comedy Central – running episodes of The Jon Stewart Show that are weeks and sometimes months out of date.

    It’s what they do in the US. The show airs every night Monday-Thursday, but there are some weeks they have off. During those weeks, repeats are played. Same with Letterman, and a large number of other shows – topical or not. It even happens with your average series: there’ll be a few weeks of new episodes of say, The Big Bang Theory or NCIS, and then they might have a repeat one week, because they’re still filming.

    • It’s what they do in the US.

      Hmmm. Interesting. That had not occured to me. I shall keep an eye open to see how long it is before they get back to running current shows. Overall, I’m grateful to Comedy Central, though the promos still irritate me.

  4. Regarding “The Daily Show”, the only time I’ve ever seen Comedy Central (or C4 before that) play out-of-date episodes is when the show is on a break, such as it is at the moment (until 1 June). This is usually around a holiday (Memorial Weekend this weekend I believe).

    But showing SNL episodes from October 2008 (!) and making like they’re doing us a favour is unforgivable.

    Chances are we’ve seen the best sketches from shows this old as a/ it was around election time, and getting a lot of publicity from Tina Fey appearing as Sarah Palin (not to mention Palin and McCain making appearances) and b/ the quality of sketches is usually pretty hit and miss so a “great” sketch will get circulated around via YouTube (until NBC apply the copyright hammer).

    Related bouquets: Comedy Central for showing (and advertising the heck out of) “Arrested Development”, a show which TV3 couldn’t give away when it was first on; and for showing “The Daily Show” in widescreen!

    Related brickbats: the incessant and unfunny adverts for “Nighty Night”. They did not inspire me to watch the show at all. And also making out that “Police Academy” is worth watching. It wasn’t much when it first came out and, brother, it hasn’t improved with time!

  5. On Monday nights Comedy Central show the “Global Edition” of the Daily Show, which summarises the previous week and gets screened on CNN (amongst other international channels). Otherwise it’s Tuesday – Friday = daily episodes matching (generall) the Monday – Thursday schedule in the US.

    Letterman also tapes his Friday show on a Thursday afternoon which is awfully crafty.

    (Dash it all for writing a long comment before!)

    • On Monday nights Comedy Central show the “Global Edition” of the Daily Show, which summarises the previous week and gets screened on CNN (amongst other international channels).

      Thank you. Graeme Edgeler has made the same point.

  6. I think Jon Stewart said the Daily Show was off for a couple of weeks. If I heard that correctly it should be back on next week.

  7. “The Weakest Link”: are you serious, a man of your refinement; how can you?

    Have you ever seen a programe on C4 UK called Countdown? Now there is a programme that should be shown here. It does require the use of a brain though.

    • “The Weakest Link”: are you serious, a man of your refinement; how can you?

      Wonderful programme. My interest is in the strategies required to win the money and in the bizarre personality that is Ann Robinson. If it were still being made, I’d write a book on how to play the game and win.

  8. “Hug a Ginga” wasn’t much of a story, despite the record email response. Mark Sainsbury was ineffective, with his attempts at imposing control over the exchanges. Allowing himself to be smothered by the father’s machine-gun chattering and continual rude interruptions.

    Good:
    Fair Go — much improved without the segmentation.

    I share your thoughts about “Sunday”. Cameron Bennett is an excellent anchorman.

    Country Calendar — as relevant as it was, when it first aired, many years ago. An ongoing rural narrative, showing us the ever-changing tableau of heartland NZ.

    Saturdays, on TV One, Billy Connolly’s roadie trip up Canada’s north-eastern seaboard.

    Master Chef — well received and deservedly so.

    The New Zealand Herald — reporting of the despair acquainted with the leaky homes; and its diligent reporting of the rogue finance company directors, and the misery that’s been wrought upon the elderly; and our venal pollies, feathering their nests. The Herald features some good columnists (the two Deborahs); as with the SST’s Finlay Macdonald, Richard Boock, and Michael Laws (at times).

    Not-so-Good:
    The name-calling indulgence from TV and radio personalities — “Jimmy”, “Sav” and “Wenders” etc. They are inflicting their puerile conceit upon us, as a means of enhancing their faux “Personality” status.

    Not really a brickbat, but some of TVNZ and TV3 — youthful — reporters appear to be a little over-earnest; lacking the authoritative demeanour, necessary, to impart gravitas. Gradually, they’ll gain that grounded maturity that comes with experience.

    The Apprentice — somehow, less than the sum of its constituent parts: the cool dudes and dudesses, black BMWs, post-modern office with the fluro-illuminated boardroom table etc.

    Desperate Housewives — the cloying staccato-type musical score sums it up. Yuk! Reminds me of mock cream in an aerosol can. Sadly, it “rulez” in my household.

    • “Hug a Ginga” wasn’t much of a story, despite the record email response.

      I’m with you on everything except Desperate Housewives, Merv. A wonderful study in alienation. Brecht would have loved it.

  9. arrgh…the presenters who stand in front of a screen, doing some sort of powerpoint thingy. Aren’t there producers or someone to do that already?

    And the oh so smart Qi. Is Stephen Fry the cleverest person on the telly?

  10. Try watching QI with Stephen Fry and other guests on UKTV – erudite and entertaining.
    Only another month or so to go on Jonathan Ross’ show! Apparently there’s huge speculation in UK about who’ll be the final guests….do hope some other channel picks him up if the Beeb don’t want him. My fridays will be bleak without him.
    Give Radiradira another go – if only for Oscar and Dave Fane’s sake.

  11. Tosh.0 on Commedy Central (Mondays 8pm – then switch to One for Pacific at 8.30).

    That dude is dman funny – he watches Youtube clips then says a few things about them. He cracks me up.

  12. May I add a bouquet to the blogger who exposed the fatuity and unfairness of court suppression orders especially in the case of the recent ‘high profile’ public servant in Wellington. In this case the identity had already been published by two daily newspapers and the identity was still freely available online for one of the papers.

    The process is unfair since suppression violates the principle of open justice. It is as wrong as the habit in UK courts of imposing so called ‘super injunctions’ in libel actions suppressing all details of the action.

    It is also too frequently applied only to those who have a public profile. This in itself leads to speculation of identity that can sully the reputation of those not involved.

    So a very large bouquet to that blogger. The sooner our courts stop handing out suppression orders at the merest whiff of embarrassment the better.

  13. Great recovery by Fair Go! That’s brave!
    House the only USA program that’s worth watching. (Not so much the medical but when you watch Laurie in House and in Blackadder, wow!)
    Still by habit turn on TV for the news but avoid TV1 because of that awful program “Ellen” which precedes the news.
    Still intensely annoyed by pointless TV crossovers to the reporters in the fields. (All good ideas come from USA. Yeah right!)

  14. The Panel is also a favourite of mine especially with inspired combinations like Michelle Boag and Bomber Bradbury .

    • The Panel is also a favourite of mine especially with inspired combinations like Michelle Boag and Bomber Bradbury .

      Ah, but what about the equally inspired combination of Michelle Boag and Brian Edwards? We were actually the very first Panel and sparred (Left versus Right) on numerous occasions after that.

  15. My apologies Dr Edwards.Michelle and Bomber just happened to be together on the panel last Wednesday.I always listen to who your co panelist is ,hoping for a right wing supporter/victim. Please continue the great work.

  16. Brian
    “And Comedy Central again for The Gruen Transfer, an entertaining and somewhat enlightening Aussie show on advertising, though host Wil Anderson makes my flesh creep.”
    I was looking forward to this one .Promos suggested a satire on the direness of this industry. Instead we have a panel who perpetuate the dross by coming up with new ads devoid of any humour and of questionable taste. Oh yes, and a totally unctuous host

  17. While everyone appears to agree that Michelle Boag is ‘charming’, I’m afraid that I find her lack of life experience often pulls the quality of debate down. However, three cheers for Jim Mora and his intelligent guests.
    Three cheers also to the Big Bang Theory, the only thing I would probably watch on TV2. I lead a sheltered life here on four channels (only two have good reception)… not often much on worth the attention.
    Three cheers to Brian for being Brian! (Boy, you can have my 75 cents any day.)
    Honestly Merv … “grounded maturity” ? Alas, you sound so very OLD, no matter how much I agree with you!

  18. @Little Toot: Honestly Merv … “grounded maturity” ? Alas, you sound so very OLD, no matter how much I agree with you!

    Yeah, I have to agree; it was kinda stolid and staid. Boasting the verve of an old man in a rocking chair, out on a porch, with a tartan blanket draped across his lap, having a midday doze :)

  19. Radiradira is growing on me – as the weeks go by there are more funny sketches, better continuity and fewer nonsense sketches (but I admit my favourite is the invading alien and his pathetic jokes!)

    I completely agree that 7 Days is one of the best shows on TV today – hopefully TV3 recognise that we are loving the intelligent humour and bring us more.

    By the by – I was in 4th form many years ago, when our teacher told Jesse Mulligan he’d never make a career out of being funny – look at him now!