Go Girls' series 4 and ratings graph

The fourth series of Go Girls ended last night with an average audience of 338,900 but it was its lowest rating series to date.  While the numbers haven’t been bad for TV2, Go Girls hasn’t delivered the season upon season growth that Outrageous Fortune did.

Here’s how the different series ratings compared (purple being this year’s series):

While there are many ingredients that combine to make a great TV show, two of the most important are character development and story arcs.  It must be hard enough for writers trying to squeeze a series into 13 episodes without knowing if the show will be renewed, let alone know which storylines should be tied up and which should be left open as a potential cliffhanger to lead into a subsequent series.  In addition, there’s future plans for individual character storylines which can be thrown amiss with actors that may not be available as they look to further their careers internationally.

Amy and Kevin finally getting together was possibly the major arc of Go Girls.   It was the relationship that most viewers would have been hoping for.  However, when one lead actor lands an overseas acting role, that does tend to throw a spanner in the plot.  While a clever writer can work with that – as many of us do with what life throws at us – when that actor then returns and the relationship potential is reignited, it’s more than a little frustrating when the same thing happens again but to the other actor.  Will we ever get real Amy and Kevin screen time?

Now we’re at the end of the fourth series with no word yet on whether there will be a fifth.  There’s seemingly more predicament for the writers as to how open ended they leave the script.  Is it no surprise that fans write things like this:

“Brad FINALLY realises he wants Britta back. About time.

And he goes on this large manhunt to get Britta to call off her wedding to Banker Ross by getting her a better bouncy castle – which in this case meant finding Britta’s estranged father. And he does that. She loves the gift.

But she doesn’t stop the wedding cause apparently she loves Ross and sees him as a better father figure. And this is after TWO months of being together and deciding to get married.

So the adorable and loveable Brad can’t stop the wedding.

and Britta gets married to Banker Ross.

AND I BEGIN TO GET ANNOYED.

It’s like suddenly EVERY story line that exists is wrapped up within 5 minutes. Olivia has married Will, who’ll be going off to rehab. Cody is moving in with NSB. Amy and Kev are together (Though I do love them). Brad’s forced to accept the fact Britta’s married. And then this weird scene comes up where Britta’s irritating sister Candy has a scene at the beach where she is telling her friends about having year goals like her sister.

The only story line that hasn’t been wrapped up is Britta telling Kev that her kid is hers.

For pretty much every situation to be solved in the last two scenes, without a kickstarter/cliffhanger for a possible season five is just irritating. All of it just built up for a quicky wind-up. (Like Pushing Daisies. :/)

And if Britta’s sister is their chance for a spin-off and new cast – I WILL BE ANGRY. Had Candy been around for longer to create a transition towards the next season (if that’s their plan) maybe I would be  more open to it, but it shouldn’t have been done in the last minute of the scene.

But I think I’m just most annoyed with Brad not being able to get Britta.”

Personally, I’d love for more production companies and NZ On Air to take the JJ Abrams approach:  here’s a basic plot and how we want to develop it, give us funding for 5 seasons. Do it properly so that fans aren’t left wondering if they should be investing their time in the storylines and give the actors some certainty of work.  Give the roles to new stars and support the growth of our talent base.  At the end of the five years, let them loose on the world.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Completely agree, Regan – good piece. Even if funding was granted for just 2 or 3 seasons, it would at least make things a little easier for the writers. We’re about to see the same thing happen on The Almighty Johnsons, too. That said, the problem is audience size, right? And couldn’t the networks get more involved in funding local productions, or at least helping guarantee multiple seasons?

  • Simon

    NZOA can only commit money they actually have, and Networks already pay a lot more for a local show by way of licence fee, than they would an international one.

    No network would guarantee an unproven show multiple seasons.

    It’s all about ratings.

  • David Finch

    Funding for five seasons, for an unproven show? Heck no.

    • 1. I’m not advocating for unknown, unproven production and writing teams to be given millions of taxpayer funding without a real vetting system that ensures the underwriter is getting value for money.

      2. Our funding model is a little different to the US.

  • reece_555

    Not even in the states would many shows particularly network ones get multiple season commitments.