Project for Ten: hire Shaun Micallef
IHAVE often wondered why Shaun Micallef isn’t hosting The Project. I’ve often wondered — or every time the Olympics are on anyway — how pole vaulting actually works, too.
Some of life’s mysteries will never be explained. Maybe a show every night of the week with only Saturdays off is too much work for Shaun. For anyone. But he’s in that special low-oxygen area occupied by Logie winners, and has certain duties and obligations to us, to the staff of TV Week, to the publicists at Ten who voted for him, over and over.
And now, more than ever, to Ten the network. Plus when you earn your living as a comedian, you’re not allowed to stay home and, I don’t know, Google yourself. He lives in Melbourne. The Project is in Melbourne. I’m assuming Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation is over.
S’pose that’s why he went off and made his news show on the ABC. That, and because news is his thing. Oh, you didn’t see it? It had the world’s worst time slot— 8pm Friday. During football season. No wonder it was called Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell.
Gee, it was a good show though. So here we have an allied Ten employee, more or less, doing a news show on another channel in that bent, smart way The Project is trying to do, but not quite managing. This is how it should be: Charlie Pickering goes to Breakfast. He has entirely the right tone and hair.
Hughesy to Your Generation’s replacement if there ever is one, and all sporting events. Shaun Micallef to The Project and no more invisible ABC shows. And no more dramatic roles— he just makes me laugh.
Homeland is the second prong in Ten’s rejuvenation plan. There are only two prongs. They only need two. Especially if one of them is on six nights a week. Besides, one of these networks has to come third. I mean, seriously, we should be all be doing this amount of screaming about the ABC, and SBS.
SBS, you may have noticed, has stopped running RocKwiz on Saturday nights.
Ten, unless something goes terribly wrong this season, is going to have the best show on TV when Homeland starts on Sunday. And even better, people have now realised this. Between the end of the first season and now, something has happened with this show — people started hearing about it.
They hadn’t watched it, but friends had, or they’d seen one or two episodes and liked it but missed the rest. Then they caught up with it when Foxtel ran it (it ended last night) and found they loved it. Then it won all those awards, because Hollywood and the Pentagon decided it was OK now to hand out trophies, now that US forces had killed Osama bin Laden. Probably.