Chaser boys’ new spin-off is a funny show . . . inallbut name
WELL, I laughed. I’m just a tiny bit vague about the hamsters, though. The one The Chasers were leaning on as a desk last Wednesday looked like the wombat from A Country Practice.
That was the only thing I wasn’t entirely happy about. The name. Hamster Wheel. I had higher expectations — I mean, Yes We Canberra was so great, so right for the zeitgeist, perfect, really, they were probably never going to come up with a name as brilliant and incisive as that again.
But the content. No problem there. There were a range of reactions after that first episode last week. Such as: the ratings should have been higher. My standard response is always that the ratings have no relationship to quality.
And the other thing is, people maybe just don’t want to watch something they think is a forensic look at how the media works. Or even a show that maybe confirms every terrible thing they think about the media. Some of it was like that.
this: everyone stabs Today Tonight and A Current Affair and their allegedly low-rent journalism. Yet, night after night, both have viewers flocking to them.
They do the yarns people want to see. A lot of people love looking at a cute sausage dog, as newsreader Ron Wilson called them after making sure he’d also used the word dachshund.
So yeah, Hamster Wheel is looking at the media, but the media is only a reflection.
The Chaser’s playing a good game so far. Using YouTube cat videos to debrief us on the Federal Government’s asylum seeker policy was Really, really clever.
Plus they’re just funny. It’s not like Gruen, or Media Watch, or any other show that’s been wheeled out during the course of whacking Hamster Wheel last week.
Some of those fake tweets were gold (Vegans Australia: We want to thank the AFL for dramatically reducing the popularity of Meat Loaf). Not all of them were daisy fresh, but I
genius. feel confident they will address that. These people aren’t idiots. Unlike Stephen Conroy. I’m glad he was singled out for his appalling singing. Someone had to. Karl Stefanovic couldn’t, he has to keep these people coming back.
This is why the ABC exists. It should be able to do things commercial media can’t. The Hamster Wheel, ABC1, Wednesday, 9.35pm