Underbelly gets smelly, Saturday sport comes up short and another cooking show cops a roasting, but news is the reel deal
Only news worthy
from Barbara, Boronia IT SAYS a lot about our Christmas/ New Year viewing options when six of the top 20, or should I say six of the top 12 programs, last week were news or current affairs. Fortunately, I have discovered ABC2.
No sporting chance
from Kerry, email WHO does the programming for the various networks? Can’t they see a huge potential audience just waiting to be tapped? For example, on a recent Saturday the choices on freeto-air were ABC: basketball; Seven: tennis; Nine: horse racing; and Ten: beach cricket. Wow, what a choice! Not all viewers are into sport, plus when you’re caring for a 90-plus person you’re not going to necessarily be out at the beach or doing other entertaining activities. Which network is going to stand up and provide programming for non-sport lovers?
Murphy’s law for sale
from R. Edwards, Scoresby D. JOHNSON (Guide, Jan 7) is spot on, Steve Murphy has been doing a great job with Buy, Swap and Sell on 3AW. We don’t have to put up with boring diatribe about motor scooters, cats, flying, Collingwood, home improvements and all the other many things that Darren James purports to be an expert at, plus the idea that cars built in the ’80s are ‘‘classics’’. What a laugh! I stopped listening to the breakfast session until Ross and John returned for similar reasons. Also, whose bright idea was it to put Ernie Sigley on with Bruce and Phil on Friday nights? It took years to get rid of him from the afternoon shift, now they inflict him on us during the evening.
from Trish, email SO THE producers of Underbelly are promising more nudity and sex in the new series. Ugh! Do we really need to see criminals cavorting naked? Couldn’t bear to see Matthew Newton in the nude. Yuk!
Cooked to death
G. Aarons, Launching Place THE TV ratings will soon start so good old Channel 10 comes up with a cracker new show, another boring cooking show (MasterChef Australia) five nights a week. Give us a break. How many are on TV already. What next? Australia’s Best Fast-Food Outlets?
A host of a chance
from Lucy, Mt Eliza I DISAGREE with Vera of Vermont (Guide, Dec 31) saying that Karl Stefanovic is irritating and pretentious. I think he and Lisa are great. The reason I turn to Sunrise so often is the loud, over-the-top, really annoying Richard Reid, who can only talk about brainless airheads. Wake up, Nine: no wonder Sunrise wins the ratings.
For crying out loud
from Jill, Dallas PLEASE Channel 9 can you replace Richard Reid on Today? He is so annoying and too loud. Do us a favour and get him off.
Idiot box on market
from David, Carrum Downs I’VE just finished reading the article about the 2009 line-ups on our commercial networks (Guide, Jan 7). Is there anyone out there who would like to buy a 12-year-old Panasonic 72cm television?
A Hughes and cry
from John, email I AGREE with Sally (Guide, Jan 7). Ed Kavalee is great. I loved him on his radio show with Tony Martin and The Wrong Way Home. But the new move has created a dilemma: I like him as much as I detest that whining drone of Dave Hughes and sadly I think the latter will win. He’s a one-dimensional bore.
Hot Gossip wanted
from Stephanie Corsetti, Strathmore LAST week Channel 9 committed the ultimate social crime by yanking Gossip Girl off at the 11th hour. Do we really need two episodes of ER in a row? I waited all last year for Gossip Girl to sass up free-to-air screens and I deserve my weekly dose of teen angst. So please bring the bitchiness back as soon as possible.