2013 wasn’t really too bad of a year for television.  If anything, free to air broadcasters have struggled the most with much of the new drama content, particularly out of the US, being substandard to the likes of what the cable channels and digital networks are providing.  In any case, here are ten things that didn’t do it for me in 2013.

# 3rd Degree
Where do I begin.

# The Vote
Sensational, poorly put together and unsurprisingly cancelled.

# Seven Sharp
What TVNZ told us they were bringing to 7pm on weeknights and what they actually delivered were quite different things.  The implementation of their grand plan has fallen rather short and I’m not entirely convinced that the new, new plans for 7pm in 2014 are a step forward.

# Miley Cyrus
I still haven’t actually seen the “twerking video” from the VMA’s but I’ve seen and heard just about every other reference to it made on countless other TV programs and awards shows.  It amazes me how often child stars end up trashing themselves without any obvious prevention or intervention by those who should have been looking out for them.

# The X Factor New Zealand
I had such high expectations for this show and while there was real promise at the beginning, the producers dragged it off to be mercilessly slaughtered like every other local music reality TV program.  Apparently I lost a few friends over some of the things I said but anyone who followed my commentary closely enough would have noticed how much constructive criticism and advice I offered.  If X Factor gets another season, I’d be open to providing some services.  My phone is on.

# Mitre10 Dream Home
TVNZ bought back their home renovation show after Mediaworks’ success with The Block NZ but they failed at the casting hurdle.  The lesbian couple were never going to win against the foster parents and it felt contrived and forced.  This is where The Block’s four couples works really well.

# New Zealand’s Got Talent
If ever there was a series that celebrated the sob stories of average people, this was it.  Regardless of whether any of them had any real talent, the judges on NZGT swooned over some terrible acts that should only have been invited onto the show for some incessant bollocking.  I really wish TV producers would stop pretending like Kiwi’s are too fragile to take constructive criticism.

# The Radio
I tried so hard to like this show.  So hard that I forced myself to watch every episode in the hopes that one of them would be funny.  None of them were.

# The ongoing attitude by some at TVNZ
After dealing with TVNZ for more than ten years now, it still amazes me that there are still a few fossils that need to be excavated out of there.  Throng continues to ridiculously be viewed by a select few as a major impairment to TVNZ.  Thankfully we’ve seen a few of them depart.  A few more and the world will be a much better place.

# The Mediaworks Receivership
What a complete debacle.  Firstly losing Home and Away and then the massive delay in finalising a deal with Fox, resulting in shows like Homeland, which was fast tracked last season, completing its run before a home was announced for it here.  I see TV3 have been promoting a new 2014 video.  Sadly it still lacks any Fox content.  However, I’d like to think that this drama has ultimately left the broadcaster in a better state for 2014 and the trouble is behind them.

What about you?

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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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  • Jeseta

    NZGT for sure. Such a waste of time to just follow the sob-story trend set by the overseas versions. NZers aren’t into that stuff and the producers should have realised that and adjusted it for the local market.

  • David Finch

    3rd Degree and The Vote amongst the worst? Really? Whatever missteps TV3 may have made with these shows they don’t deserve to be on the same list as Seven Sharp. Good on 3 for sticking with current affairs in prime time. More please in election year.

    • Regan Cunliffe

      This isn’t a list of 10 things with exactly the same problem is it? Of course they can share a spot on the list.

      I agree that it’s good that 3 are still committed to current affairs though.

  • Maggie

    Fantastic article, Regan.
    I thought The Vote was too much like a sixth form debating competition. It was no doubt very expensive to do, and embarrassing to watch.
    The blonde woman (Amanda) on Mitre 10 Dream Home was terrible, with her tantrums galore and bad attitude; but her partner (Jay) was really lovely. I warmed to them more than I did the other couple, mostly because the wife kept playing the sympathy card with her fostering of the kids. I quickly became sick of her doing that – and her constant warbling.
    Whenever I hear people criticise Miley Cyrus I just think ‘meh’ – she had to do SOMEthing to disassociate herself from ‘Hannah Montana’. And her twerking wasn’t that bad. The only criticism I have of her is that I wish she’d stop promoting ‘Molly’ as it’s pure evil!
    I think NZ is too small to have an X Factor or Got Talent type show … the same old people seem to appear on both shows and they’re not even that good. Jackie Thomas was terrible; as were Benny Tipene, Tom Batchelor and those dreadful Gap 5 girls. As for the judges on that show – horrible. And Dominic Bowden was far, far better on Idol (it seemed like he had his wings clipped on X Factor).
    I agree with you about TVNZ – there are some real old dinosaurs over there who need to go, and I’m not just talking about at executive level. I won’t name names, but there is a good handful of reporters and newsreaders who do not give the network a good name. Giving credit where it’s due though, Simon Dallow is just so lovely – very genuine and down to earth; as is Rebecca Wright from Campbell Live (the scary one who asks the hard questions!).

    • Trevor Ashman

      Don’t agree about Jackie 🙁

  • p.b.nightline

    your list is spot on regan

  • Trevor Ashman

    I don’t agree about X Factor NZ…..I actually enjoyed it and also looking forward to Jackie’s new album in 2014 🙂

    • Jeseta

      Is that still happening? Have you heard any updates on Jackie? No second single yet…..

      • Trevor Ashman

        Jackie’s new album is coming sometime in March and I think they are all new songs 🙂

  • anon

    What credentials do you have to be able to have your “services” used on X Factor New Zealand?

    • Regan Cunliffe

      More than enough