Read­ers are up in arms about too many ads, the re­lent­less dom­i­na­tion of re­al­ity shows and the demise of Gos­sip Girl

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Keep it per­sonal

from R.K., Wer­ribee PLEASE, please scriptwrit­ers, don’t change the style of All Saints. I don’t en­joy the episodes that have a lot of action, res­cu­ing peo­ple and so on. There are other shows on tele­vi­sion that are all about res­cue. I’m much more in­ter­ested in the per­sonal dra­mas and sit­u­a­tions be­tween the peo­ple in the show, as well as the med­i­cal sit­u­a­tions that arise. Pop­u­lar shows such as Neigh­bours or Home and Away fo­cus on the dra­mas, not the action. Please leave it alone. Do any other read­ers agree with me?

Rex still has his bite

from Tri­cia Kris­tensen, Croy­don I CAN’T be­lieve the Rex fan from Hamp­ton Park dis­likes Rex in Rome. I love it. It has com­pletely fresh­ened up an old but en­ter­tain­ing show. The in­spec­tor is very easy on the eye and it looks like a real po­lice depart­ment in­stead of just a three-man po­lice depart­ment. Keep them com­ing SBS.

McKinnon not so grim

from Ian Isaacs, Caulfield South A CUR­RENT Af­fair has been good over the hol­i­day pe­riod with Leila McKinnon in the host chair. She makes a pleas­ant change from Tracy Grimshaw. Also, Leila does not run over time the way Tracy al­ways does.

I can’t face re­al­ity

from Peter Har­ri­son, Yar­rav­ille I’M A fan of the Masterchef UK show and was ea­gerly await­ing the Aus­tralian ver­sion. How­ever, af­ter see­ing Chan­nel 10’s pro­mo­tional ads on TV I’m con­cerned they are go­ing to ruin a great con­cept. What makes the show suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able to watch is that it’s a show more about the cook­ing than the peo­ple do­ing the cook­ing. The con­tes­tants are am­a­teur cooks and when they are in­tro­duced you are told what they do for a liv­ing. Af­ter that, it’s all about the cook­ing. I be­lieve Chan­nel 10 is go­ing to try to turn this great con­cept into a re­al­ity show where we have a large num­ber of try-hards looking for fame rather than want­ing to change their lives and be­come a top chef. Please Chan­nel 10, give us a cook­ing show rather than one of your poor re­al­ity shows.

He’s ’ad enough

from David Walsh, Car­rum Downs ON THE evening of Thurs­day, Jan­uary 15, I was pa­tiently await­ing the start of How I Met Your Mother on Chan­nel 7. Be­tween 6.57pm and 7.09pm there were three com­mer­cial breaks. That’s at least six min­utes of ads in a 12-minute pe­riod. An­other break at 7.15pm and again at 7.25pm. Surely that must be con­tra­ven­ing some broad­cast­ing laws?

Mind your lan­guage

from Royce Turn­bull, War­bur­ton I NEVER miss Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia, how­ever I’m be­com­ing in­creas­ingly an­noyed by the per­sis­tent use by some pre­sen­ters of botan­i­cal names. In my opin­ion few peo­ple un­der­stand th­ese ti­tles and fewer still are in­ter­ested. It ap­pears a bla­tant at­tempt at air­ing of knowl­edge. Much could be said for Peter Cun­dall’s down-to-earth ap­proach.

Gos­sip. Gone. Grrr . . .

from Travis But­ler, Hurst­bridge HEY Chan­nel 9, what hap­pened to Gos­sip Girl? Without warn­ing, it dis­ap­peared. Nine, pay at­ten­tion, be­cause this is im­por­tant: if you’re go­ing to buy the rights to a show, sit on it for 12 months, then play three episodes be­fore drop­ping it so you can play dou­ble episodes of ER, you have no right to won­der why view­ers are de­sert­ing your chan­nel. Ei­ther play it, shift it to your HD chan­nel or sell it to Ten so that they can play it. You may re­mem­ber the same thing hap­pened to a show you had the rights to a few years ago called The O.C.

Bring back the bitch

from Stephanie Corsetti, Strathmore LAST Wed­nes­day (Jan 14), Chan­nel 9 com­mit­ted the ul­ti­mate so­cial crime by yank­ing Gos­sip Girl off screens. Do we re­ally need two episodes of ER in a row? I’ve 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 back the bitch­i­ness.

Sick to the sole

from Nau­seous, Frankston AT­TEN­TION TV sta­tions and ad­ver­tis­ers. Please re­move the PedEgg ad from our screens. Watch­ing that woman per­form­ing her pedi­cure makes me want to be sick.


Gos­sip Girl is yet an­other show yanked by Nine, to the dis­ap­point­ment of view­ers.

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