December 29, 2007

The Year 2007 in Review

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:58 am by Give Me The Remote

.. or not.

Everyone else seems to be making lists and reviews left, right and centre. I never read any of them, so I figure I won’t bore you with my own.

Talking Television has a nice series on the ‘Year that Was’..

TV Tonight has a multitude of posts about the year from dead people to yearly network reviews

Give Me The Remote has nothing (yeah, I know, pointless self promotion)

However, I will say this. My most popular post by a country mile since this blog begun has been this one about ‘The Mint’ and how dodgy the games on it are. Like 3-4 times as many hits as the next best. What does this tell me? A stack of people are really annoyed about the fact that this program is an absolute scam. But seriously folks, was it any worse than National Bingo Night? Actually I think they’re probably just about as bad as each other.

The Mint wishes you a Happy New Year

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December 11, 2007

Andrew O’Keefe gets his tonight show

Posted in Seven Network at 9:03 pm by Give Me The Remote

Andrew O’Keefe has been given the green light for the late night program that he piloted earlier this year. There’s a catch however – it’s only going to be shown on the high definition channel.

Andrew O’Keefe

O’Keefe describes the show as “something like Rove meets Hammer House of Horror”.

Is O’Keefe over-exposing himself? He’s definitely shaping up as the new Eddie Everywhere. His current commitments include regular gigs on Deal or No Deal, The Rich List and Weekend Sunrise.

Victoria Bitter (VB) – Warnie

Posted in Advertisements at 9:03 pm by Give Me The Remote

The new Victoria Bitter has hit our screens in time for the summer cricket season proper. Following on from the popular Boonie and Beefy dolls of last year and the original Boonie doll the year prior, VB have created a Warnie doll.

The Warnie ad begins with Mr and Mrs Warne giving birth to the great man Shane – all played by Shane himself. The narration begins – “A hard earned thirst needs a big cold beer and we’d like to raise one right now, to Australia’s favourite son – Warnie. Yep, when it came to tormenting the top order, Shane had ’em by the balls.” Cut to a shot of two insane batsmen in a padded cell.

VB - Warnie
Mr and Mrs Warne

“Sure, his middle name may be Keith, but the Sultan of Spin could get almost anything to turn.” As a shot appears of Boonie drinking in the pub dressed up in green and gold drag. “Now the great man may have hung up the box. But we can still toast him with an ice cold beer and the best cold beer is VB.”

VB - Warnie

Apart from it being another great ad, the main thing that stood out to me with this piece was the last word (letters) spoken – VB. The slogan is/was “and the best cold beer is Vic.” Is this some sort of new branding rule in all advertising communications?

The advertisement was created by GPY&R Melbourne with creative direction from Ben Coulson and production by Prodigy Films.

Check out the ad:

Check out the website for more information about obtaining your own Warnie doll – vbwarnie.com.au

December 9, 2007

Chaser, Thank God You’re Here expected to take a break

Posted in ABC1, Network Ten at 5:31 pm by Give Me The Remote

Recent mail from the Working Dog and Chaser camps says that they are both considering resting their shows next year.

The Chasers War on Everything averaged 1.45 million viewers an episode in 2007, forming the core of the ABC’s extremely successful Wednesday light entertainment/comedy night. Mostly remembered for its more controversial skits – who could forget the fake APEC motorcade or that Eulogy song that everybody seemed to take offence to – the show did not have the substance this year that it was present last year. There were definitely highlights and many of them, but there were also countless skits that missed the mark by a country mile and appeared to be nothing more than filler.

The Chaser

Channels 7 and 9 attemped to cash in on the Chasers success and seemed to broadcast a ‘Chaser’ story on ACA and TT every week or two – many negative, but also quite a lot positive. This pretty much equated to Chaser, Chaser, Chaser. As they continued to make the news the exposure grew and grew and the boys were just everywhere.

I believe that it has been an incredibly thoughtful move to take a break from television and focus on other things – a nationwide stageshow tour titled ‘The Chaser’s Age of Terror Variety Hour’. I dare say that this tour will be a great deal less politically correct than the show they are forced to air every week across the nation.

If/when they come back, I suggest another format change. Perhaps try the news panel style satire that they had been churning out for years in graveyard slots when nobody was watching. It really was quite good – and a change from the whole house/clubroom theme. CNNNN again?

Then there’s Thank God You’re Here. Michael Hirsh from Working Dog recently told The Sunday Telegraph that “We haven’t made a decision if we’re doing Thank God or not; we’re undecided.”

Thank God You’re Here
Hamish Blake and Angus Sampson watch the Veronicas on Thank God You’re Here

The Working Dog team have always said that they didn’t want to overdo the format. I would be surprised if the show doesn’t come back – but a few months off won’t hurt the ratings when the show returns. I think this show needs some new stars. How about some oversees names trying to plug television programs/movies? Boost the stars up from B-list Aussies to A-list American/UK stars. Would they be up for it? Most – probably not. But I’m sure some would really great – Stephen K. Amos, Jason Byrne are names that spring to mind. Some really crazy guys who would just run amok.

So, the production teams of The Chasers War on Everything and Thank God You’re Here are smart enough to understand over-exposure and do their best to avoid it. With smart people behind these programs, is it any wonder that have been two of the most popular shows of 2007?

December 2, 2007

How good is summer TV this year?!!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:09 pm by Give Me The Remote

Let me just clarify something first.. I seem to always love summer TV. I think it’s all the dodgy comedy that don’t usually rate too well. It’s the comedy’s that are either really ridiculous/stupid or a bit too biting to make it in the cruel ratings season.

30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin

Okay, but having said this.. summer TV looks sooo good this year!!! I’m excited… Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer:

  • 30 Rock – I really thought that this program deserved a ratings period timeslot.. but obviously there’s a bit of a lack of faith in this one to be a ratings killer.. but it’s Emmy award winning! It’s on twice a week.. which personally I think is too much.. it’s sort of like saying ‘We just want to get this program over and done out of the way’ (Monday 10:30pm, Wednesday 10:30pm Seven)
  • The Big Bang Theory – I really have no idea how good or bad this will be but I have a feeling that it’ll be trashy American sitcom.. should be  interesting, no less. (Monday 7:30pm Nine)
  • Kid Nation – Controversial in the US.. curious to see how it goes over here… dodgey timeslot (Friday 7:30pm Ten)
  • King of Queens – This has been Nine’s staple Temptation replacement for the past couple of years. I always have a ball watching this one. The jokes are stupid, but Jerry Stiller is funny. (Weeknights 7:00pm Nine)
  • Weeds – Well this one was already going.. but at least they’re keeping it on. (Monday 10:30pm Nine)
  • Men in Trees – and so it returns.. another one of those US programs that Nine didn’t give enough of a chance. (Wednesday 7:30pm Nine)
  • The Starter Wife – based on the novel, filmed in Australia, stars Debra Messing.. nominated for 10 Emmys.. about a 41 year old lady who is forced to fend for herself (and her kid) after her rich film husband abandons her (Wednesday 8:30pm Ten)
  • Cane – very decent show.. starring Jimmy Smits.. sort of Cuban/American Godfather style thing about warring families in the rum/sugar business in Florida (Wednesday 9:30pm Ten)
  • American Dad – it’s about time that some of Seth MacFarlane’s work got back on our telly screens. I actually prefer this one to Family Guy (Thursday 10:00pm Seven)
  • Friends – not my thing.. but for such a ratings hit of its time, I’m surprised that it’s taken this long to come back to our screens (Sunday-Friday 7:00pm Ten)
  • Don’t Forget the Lyrics – very similar to the singing bee (mixed with a bit of Who wants to be a Millionaire).. hosted by Wayne Brady.. (Sunday 7:30pm Ten)

 Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory – Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg

Not a bad summer lineup really.. can’t wait to check some of this stuff out.