TV GUIDE

RE­VIEW: TALKIN’ ‘BOUT YOUR GEN­ER­A­TION

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - with SI­MONE KER­WIN

SHOW: Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion

CHAN­NEL: Nine

TIME: 7.30pm, Mon­day

NEW game show of­fer­ings have pro­vided a mixed bag in 2018.

Now, to Peter Hel­liar’s cringe-wor­thy Cram and Rove Mc­Manus’ en­joy­able Show Me the Movie, we can add the free-for-all that is Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion.

Did we re­ally need a re­boot of the 2009’12 show hosted by Shaun Mi­callef, which pits play­ers from dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions against each other in a series of non­sen­si­cal games?

Af­ter just one episode, the an­swer is no, no we didn’t.

The orig­i­nal series fea­tured sea­soned vet- eran Amanda Keller ( Baby Boomers), and young co­me­di­ans Char­lie Pick­er­ing ( Gen X) and Josh Thomas ( Gen Y) as team cap­tains.

Un­for­tu­nately, new panel mem­bers Robyn But­ler ( Gen X), Andy Lee ( Gen Y) and Lau­rence Box­hall ( Gen Z) don’t have the strong pres­ence of their pre­de­ces­sors.

And this ex­ac­er­bates the in­flu­ence Mi­callef, in the host’s seat again, has over the show.

There are plenty of peo­ple who rel­ish his brand of pre­sent­ing, but I’m just not a Mi­callef fan; he serves up too much waf­fle and too few belly laughs.

For a series based on com­par­ing dif­fer­ent eras, this is a relic that should have re­mained in the past.

MESSY: Shaun Mi­callef leads the cir­cus that is Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion.

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