January 17, 2008

Good News Week to return!

Posted in Network Ten at 12:51 pm by Give Me The Remote

I was really tempted to make the title of this post a pun.. you know it’s been a good news week etc, but then I thought ‘i reckon every other single outlet with this story is going to do the pun.. why bother. be original. say no to puns’

So Channel 10 is bringing back Good News Week. Apparently due to the lack of US content coming through (something about a writers’ strike? i haven’t heard much about it?) they have decided to give GNW another go.

Good News Week

Paul McDermott never seems to stay off television for very long. He may be annoying, but he’s definitely a talented fella. He could bring vibrancy and wackyness to any dull show and make it half interesting.

Now let’s be honest. GNW in it’s 10 reincarnation wasn’t exactly great, hence it flopped last time. Please Channel 10 learn from the mistakes of yesteryear and bring this show back to its salad days. I guess it will never have the ‘cred’ that it had whilst on ABC, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be good.

I am very excited about seeing this again. Now Channel 9, bring back Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush with Tim Ferguson (and even Miss Wendy) and I will be a happy chappy. I don’t think it’s gonna happen. But I can dream.

Whet your appetite..

Source: Herald Sun, 17/01/08

Picture from Epod

January 16, 2008

Australia Week 08 – Sam Kekovich Lamb Ad

Posted in Advertisements at 10:10 pm by Give Me The Remote

Well, Australia Day is almost here again. This means that Sam Kekovich is once again gracing our screens plugging meat in his annual Australia Day address.

Australia Week 1

This year sees him sitting at his desk in many various picturesque locations throughout Australia, whilst a choir of children sing in the background. Think Qantas ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ advertisements.

The spot got a bit of press mainly because of the Helen Clarke jibe. “Even APEC gets a week. But that’s just a bunch of blokes in funny shirts. Apart from Helen Clarke, who does a passable impersonation of a bloke anyway.”

Australia Week 2

The main contention of the ad is that Mr Kekovich wants an Australia Week, not just one day. i.e. 7 times the amount of lamb eating opportunities.

I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of this dude. I find him quite annoying. These Australia Day lamb advertisements basically play off his old controversial monologues “You know it makes sense. I’m Sam Kekovich.” There’s only so much yelling I can take from ageing shock jocks..

Check it if you like to be yelled at..

And here’s the narrative..

My fellow Australians, it is my solemn duty to inform you that it’s time to abolish Australia Day.

Our annual lamb-fest hasn’t stopped unAustralianism racing through the land like horse-flu through a Japanese jockey club.

For example, if I see another binge-drinking, pill-popping, powder-sniffing footballer making a tearful television apology – I’ll blow a fuse.

Australia Day has had its day. We need Australia week. A 7-day lambathon to properly celebrate our great nation. Instead of one public holiday, we need seven. Instead of one lamb barbie we need 21 lamb meal opportunities – not including snacks. Which imbecile thought one day was long enough anyway.

Look at the Olympics, Octoberfest, the Turkish Oil Wrestling Festival. Even APEC gets a week. But that’s just a bunch of blokes in funny shirts. Apart from Helen Clarke, who does a passable impersonation of a bloke anyway.

The placard-waving, police-bashing, weed worshippers may protest about it, but it’s nothing a few blasts from a water cannon can’t fix. They could do with a wash. And if they’re still too unAustralian to chomp a few chops with the rest of us, send them to Nauru. The refugee protesting centre has plenty of palm trees they can hug.

I’ll be petitioning our new PM to officially recognise Australia Week. If you still call Australia home, stack the fridge full of lamb, take the week off and celebrate with me. Any boss that won’t let you is a bum. Just chuck a week of sickies instead. What could be more Australian than that?

So don’t be unAustralian, serve lamb this Australia Week. You know it makes sense. I’m Sam Kekovich.