Listen up, networks. Guide readers kindly share their wish lists for this year.
Five of the best
Brenda G, South Morang MYfriends and I have the following wish list: 1. Programs on commercial channels to start on time. They are, until the 6pm news. The delay occurs with 6.30pm programs regularly/ purposely over-running. 2. Lower the background music. It’s impossible to hear the dialogue much of the time. 3. Legible credits. The end credits are either too small or flash past, making them impossible to read. Some of us like to know this information. 4. Keep the programming constant. One loses track of a show when it’s always being moved around. 5. Subtitles. Some flash on and off the screen too quickly.
Kudos for British comedy
from P. Hawkin, email IN RESPONSE to your request for a new British comedy, why not give Gavin and Stacey a go? It’s brilliant, has won several awards and is a standout hit in the UK. Channel 7 is currently showing the first series on 7TWO. I believe if they gave it a go on the main channel it would do well. Hopefully they have bought the next two series, along with the Christmas specials. Because I have no faith in them doing so, I have ordered them on DVD. Please, station executives, wake up and give us some decent television to watch— no more reality TV, cooking or DIY shows: they have been done to death.
Leave ’em behind
from Anthony, Rowville THE Guide wish list (Dec 30) for 2010 has at No.5 the wish to bring Eddie McGuire and Trevor Marmalade back to revive The Footy Show. What’s next, bring back Daryl and Hey Hey? Oh, wait a minute, you didn’t want that at No.4 without new segments. It seems we like the idea of nostalgia, but when it actually happens, we realise it was really best left in the past (see Hey Hey circa-2009). Let’s look forward to 2010 without Eddie and Trevor, Daryl and Ossie, and Kyle Sandilands as well.
Reality is unbearable
from Wendy, email LIVING in Queensland, I would like to see more AFL shows on television. Also, bring back some old shows such as Samurai, The Rifleman, Superman, Get Smart and Frasier. As long as we get rid of reality TV, I will be happy.
Hot for White Collar
from Luke Holmes, email MYWISH list would be for more White Collar. I love this show and despite it being summer it has been a ‘‘must-see’’. Matthew Bonner, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson and yes even Tiffany Thiesen are awesome together and have a real chemistry. Also up there would be anything more with Hamish and Andy. Without Rove as a vehicle for them, I hope they won’t be forgotten. Another wish is for Channel 7 to get rid of Ricky Olarenshaw as a special-comments man.
Nine will shred Top Gear
from Craig, email OH NO! It can’t be. Channel 9 has poached Top Gear from SBS. Well, there goes my favourite show. No doubt Nine will cut the show to pieces. Then when it doesn’t get the ratings it will be shoved into a timeslot that will kill the show. I’m just glad I can buy the DVDs. Fair enough, I’ll have to wait a little longer, but it will save me the pain of Channel 9’s bastardisation of what is undoubtedly the best and most informative show on TV.
Late Show is too late
from Nick, Bundoora PLEASE Channel 10, please get rid of that boring repeat of The 7PM Project so that we can watch the Late Show with David Letterman at its normal time before midnight.
Stations encourage pirating
from Anna, Ballarat WELL, isn’t this just typical? Any decent, original show is removed from air before they even have a chance. I was disappointed to find Stargate: Universe and Supernatural were replaced by a movie. If they weren’t getting enough ratings before, they certainly won’t now, and you wonder why so many people illegally download TV shows these days. They get us hooked or develop a large fan base, then the shows disappear. Or they make it very unpredictable as to when the shows are on next, or if they are coming back at all.
Samoa was a goer!
from James, Bayswater SURVIVOR: Samoa has been one of the best seasons of Survivor ever. Please Channel 9, show the upcoming 20th Allstars season at a reasonable time as well. Can’t wait to see more of Russell.