The Power is off and the forecast is bleak
WHEN the teams of bright and talented people who run our increasingly bright and talented free- to- air television networks sit down at the end of each year, they think about next year’s shows.
Before them are dozens of ideas: many good, many bad, some interesting, some not.
They come from their internal production teams and the independent production houses that produce many of our best shows.
The decisions they make depend on a range of things, such as quality, demographics and cost.
They must balance revenue potential, sponsorship opportunities and, increasingly, the prospect of residual sales and interest on the internet.
One can only hope that this dreadful show is cheap because it takes only about five minutes to realise how truly awful it is.
Power of 10 is not a sequel to the Bryce Courtenay potboiler that starred a talking chicken but a game show format that is a throwback to the wretched Family Feud , in which the contestant must guess the answer to a consumer poll.
What percentage of men think they have manboobs was a choice question from the first episode. Hilarious. You get the drift.
Clearly it’s designed to replicate the success of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and there are similarities in that there is a potential prize of $ 1 million, the contestant can have a family member or friend help in the studio and the audience gets polled on its response, which can be a form of help.
For the first answer the winner gets $ 10, then 10 times $ 10, and on it goes, to the power of 10, until the prize reaches $ 1 million, geddit?
So, to the host, the slim little weatherman from Nine’s perennially underperforming morning show Today , Steve Jacobs.
I’ll be nice: he’s inoffensive enough but underwhelming.
Actually, it’s hard to tell if he has any future beyond the high- pressure cell off the coast as he is trapped with this awful format and a frightful, ickyblue set.
Jacobs is perhaps most famous, as far as it goes, for dressing up as singing budgie cum sexpot Kylie Minogue during his early, more imaginative days on Today .
Perhaps a way to boost the entertainment value of Power of 10 would be to poll the audience members each week and see who they would most like him to dress up as, then have him come out for the last set of questions in drag.
At least with that other tired old revamp, Gladiators , on Seven, there is something to look at.
Stormy weather: Steve Jacobs is sunny but his show has cloudy periods