Your wish list
Viewers tell us what they want, or don’t want, to see on television in 2009:
from Rob Curk, email
I WOULD like to see more real-life (not CSI or Bones-type shows) forensic-investigation shows on TV, where people can see real crimes that were committed and how they were solved by police. There have been two good series on TV in this area, Forensic Investigators, hosted by Lisa McCune, and Criminal Investigations. I saw a great TV series on holidays overseas. It was a US program about a coroner who filmed the autopsies of people who died for unknown reasons. It was very interesting and I think people in Australia would tune into such a program. Reality shows rate, but you must have an interesting topic and not always try to repeat the same style of show season after season. The type of shows I mentioned would rate because each case is so different and so interesting.
from Ann McMillan, Lara
1) A full list of credits at the end of films and shows to be shown and not compressed or speeded up for TV promos that are on half the screen. 2) Fewer ads and not a whole bunch of them about two minutes from the end, which make the show run over time and ruin the continuity. 3) Twenty minutes of a film to be shown, minus ad breaks, instead of every 5-10 minutes, again ruining the continuity. These days a scene or even a sentence is abruptly cut into.
from Craig Bee, Belmont
1) Channel 9 to bring back a show like Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush and chat to Daryl Somers again regarding Hey Hey It’s Saturday. They have nothing to lose. Go for it. 2) Channels 7 and 10, when covering the footy, must stop using the highest camera to show the game. Use it for the occasional replay, but that’s it. 3) Channel 7 to finally get their act together and give Foxtel digital satellite subscribers access to Seven. 4) All networks to be on time with the evening news. It would be nice to see a rule brought in so networks are forced to start and finish on time. 5) With Chris Lilley unlikely to be in a new comedy series this year, perhaps the Comedy Channel can offer him an opportunity. 6) Time for the axe to fall on Australian Idol and Dancing with the Stars. Both shows are now scraping the bottom of the barrel.
from L. Black, Blackburn
1) 90 per cent fewer US products. 2) TV presenters who are well trained and can speak English, not American. ‘‘Live life to the full’’— not ‘‘fullest’’. ‘‘Have your cake and eat it’’— not ‘‘eat it too’’. ‘‘Maths’’ instead of ‘‘math’’ and ‘‘mathematics’’ instead of ‘‘math-er-matics’’. 3) Stop rearranging programs at the last minute. 4) A brief description of each movie, even if it’s just to let us know it’s a comedy/sci-fi/drama, etc. 5) Stop the pseudo ‘‘news updates’’ advertised before and after each program. 6) Stop calling sports people ‘‘heroes’’.
from Viv Tudor, St Kilda
THAT Channels 7 and Ten show AFL football ‘‘live’’ in Melbourne, and stop showing it on delay and pretending it’s live.