Thursday, December 11, 2008

Summer Viewing Guide: Ten

Now that the "Silly Season" of TV in Australia is well underway, there's only a select group of shows which are worth watching. Amongst all of the channels, Network Ten has the least to offer, serving up viewers mostly repeats of shows seen earlier in the year.



The Office: Pushed way into the depths of a Sunday Night, this show was tried by Ten a couple of years ago and was removed due to poor ratings. But don't be fooled by the lack-lustre First Season, most of the episodes of the Second season and currently airing Third Season are absolute gold. It may take some getting used to, as it has no laugh track it is filmed in a mockumentary style, but it is just as good, if not better than the highly acclaimed UK version. The best thing on TV at the moment by a mile.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Global Edition: I only recently rediscovered this show and realised how sharp not only the writers are, but also Jon Stewart. It is a highlights package of Jon Stewart's show, so you only get the best bits, which are very good. Also on a Sunday night.


Don't Forget the Lyrics: American gameshow featuring Americans unafraid to embarass themselves on National TV.

Rush RPT.: Great Cop show with a difference, but they are repeats of episodes seen only months ago. Watch only if you missed it earlier.

America's Next Top Model: I can understand if you like this type of show but women encouraged to be naasty to each other (and be stick-thin) is not really my idea of entertainment.

The Simpsons RPT.: What's new?

The Bold and the Beautiful: Again, not really my thing but can be a guilty pleasure for some. Doing OK in its new 6:00 timeslot, hovering around 500k.

How to Look Good Naked: Hmm. A show solely aimed at women and making them feel better about their bodies, which is never a bad thing. If you enjoy seeing Carson Kressley poke at women's bodies... then I'm sure you'll love this show. Not rating too well.

Out of the Blue: Banished to a 10:30 PM timeslot without even given a chance at 6:00 or 7:00 this is really just your average Aussie soap with a hint of murder mixed in. I'm sure if you like Home and Away or Neighbours you'll like it... but I don't. Not rating too badly considering the timeslot, about the same as Bold, if not a touch less.

Friends RPT.: Replaying episodes from the sixth season. It wasn't bad watching repeats of the sixth seaosn when they were aired earlier this year, but who wants to watch repeats or repeats? Obviously 600,000 or so people.

Rules of Engagement RPT.: Mostly a rubbish sitcom, of the same ilk as Two and a Half Men. Stars David Spade and that guy who you recognise from some other show (Patrick Warburton who played David Puddy on Seinfeld).

NCIS RPT.: A show growing in popularity every week, but not for everyone, including me.

Law and Order CI, SVU RPT.: More of the same from Dick Wolf. Not rating as well as it once did.

Ice Road Truckers and Orange Roughies: Why would anyone bother to watch this show, let alone make it? Two of those shows that I didn't watch solely based on their titles.

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