Peace and good will to all channels? No, Christmas is long gone and readers don’t rate what’s on offer when the ratings aren’t running
Who’s kidding Who?
from Nick, Wangaratta WHAT a shame the ABC isn’t showing the Doctor Who Christmas special (again), preferring to wait six months until the ratings are back on. Where’s the Christmas spirit? Guess I’ll be watching it on YouTube again.
Give us an Ed start
from Jim, email I AGREE with the readers who wrote in supporting Temptation and Ed Phillips— let’s get him back. Two and a Half Men is a good show, but after the first half-dozen repeats of the same episode, it’s quite boring. I thought Channel 7 was bad enough with M*A*S*H repeats, but Nine is worse. I also fully support the people who have had enough of shows running overtime. Would someone please tell the TV stations it doesn’t work. I’ll watch what I want to watch, not your next program because you have run overtime with your last one.
Beyond the Fringe
from Janette, Wheelers Hill WHY do Nine persist in taking off Fringe? It’s one of the best shows on TV and gets stars all the time. But when you turn on the TV to enjoy it there is a replay of an ACA report about Ivan Milat. For the life of me I don’t understand why they would prefer to air a repeat and not a first-time viewing of such an awesome show. Shame.
Ex marks the spot
from Clare, Box Hill North SERIOUSLY? Looks like Ten has again axed a program before giving it a proper chance. The Ex-List has disappeared from Monday nights after about two weeks. Who cares about the ratings, Ten? It’s the non-ratings period. Just play the show. Ten keeps The Bold and the Beautiful in prime time and constant re-runs of Friends and The Simpsons, but can’t play more than two weeks of an original show that we haven’t seen 1000 times.
from Tony, Seaford SO THE end of the year is here and channels 7, 9 and 10 all scored an ‘‘F’’ for failing everything. Their love of money is slowly killing them off. If they hold shows back, we watch them on DVD or the internet. SBS and ABC both get a ‘‘B’’ for taking risks and showing programs that start and end at the time they advertise. They also get an A-plus for documentaries and daring to run some of the more unusual shows. Keep it up next year.
Grant can’t hack it
from Kerry, Tatura I THOUGHT you would have to have some personality or charisma to be a presenter on television. Was Grant Hackett behind the door or, more to the point, in the back room when they were handed out? Try another profession, Grant, please.
from Stanley Moon, Dandenong I WAS horrified to read that Channel 9 was inflicting Karl Stefanovic on us as host of Carols by Candlelight. Surely Suzie Wilks would have been a more appropriate choice.
from David, email WHAT are the producers of Prison Break up to? Don’t they care any more? They seem to have remembered that Teabag has a prosthetic hand, but not that Michael has tattoos. In a recent episode, he had his sleeves rolled up and no tattoos. Did he have laser surgery?
from Marjo, email I SUPPORT Janine Bajowski ( Guide, Nov 26) about the return of The Young and the Restless. I have also been following that program for a long time, three decades in fact. Kindly reconsider putting The Young and the Restless back on. Here’s hoping.
Playing a rating game
from G. Knight, Cheltenham. I’M sorry to kick a dead horse but the TV rating system continues to interest me. I am a fit fortysomething, reasonably intelligent company manager who is into most things but only ever watches one or two of your ‘‘top 20’’ shows. I like to watch TV but most of these shows are a joke— local-content fillers and American crime crap. I’m sure 99 per cent of people out there don’t watch drivel like Packed to the Rafters and Find My Family. Are these figures just to con the advertisers? I think so.
from Vera, Vermont I AGREE with M. Greening (Guide, Dec 10) regarding Karl Stefanovic. He is irritating and pretentious. And can anyone please tell me why he annoyingly calls every male with whom he comes in contact ‘‘Big fella’’? This includes the Today weatherman, who can hardly be called big— he’s shorter than I am.
from B.W. Samaki, email THE episode of Face Painting with Bill Leak featuring ‘‘Boy’’ Charlton was brilliant but for the outdoor sound recording that suggested someone was grinding Corn Flakes nearby. But then ABC-TV doco narration is often drowned out by music anyway. Very unprofessional. SBS does it better.
Bill Leak’s a hit but the sound on his show isn’t.