Networks channel the ability to get it right once in a while
THEY’RE setting a bad precedent for themselves here, the television networks, giving us so much stuff to watch. Nice to know they can actually do it when they want to.
I can’t remember it being like this for a while though. Not at the beginning of the year, when the ratings started, that’s for sure. That’s just become a soft launch, a testing ground for shows, a holding pattern, the TV equivalent of that body of water out over Wollongong where the planes hover until air traffic control says it’s OK to land in Sydney. But these next couple of months now, it’s bordering on congested with new and even high-quality TV shows.
It’ll be like during the Olympics, how you had to get your viewing/life balance right. You’ll soon sort it out, there’ll be some shows you really like and ones you only think you like but don’t really once you watch them a bit.
I think I’m going to be like that with Big Brother. Too soon to say yet. It’s one of the best ideas in the history of broadcasting. And what it can say about all of us, as a group, individually, just genius. Sigmund Freud, Socrates, they’d love it. Or they’d hate it, because the wrong people got drafted into the house.
But, gee, Nine’s got a good show with this Underbelly, it makes Underbelly Razor look like a cartoonish, stylised affectation. And given where the people meters are located, how the ratings are skewed, Howzat!— about World Series Cricket — will do the business there for them as well.
I wasn’t that into it. I thought I was going to be but as I watched it I found I didn’t actually care.
Did you watch Anger Management last night? That’s going to be a sustaining hit, even if Charlie Sheen has been neutered. Terrific opening scene too, actually a bit shocking. I’m also shocked — in a different way — that the Farmer Wants a Wife contestants are expected to go up a pole this season. Like professional dancers who don’t let men touch them when they’re working. They didn’t show that in those fake Olympic ads.
But the most impressive new series, the most accomplished and textured, is Puberty Blues. It’s made by a very experienced team of drama producers and, notwithstanding that it came from a great book, their touch is all over it. Ten hasn’t had a series like this. They’re rare even on the ABC.