TV Talk: 24 February 2014

Another Monday morning has rolled around after a rather eventful weekend of news. Charlotte Dawson’s death certainly triggered plenty of online angst. Telecom’s new streaming TV service also picked up a bit of commentary.

Whatever is on your mind today about TV though, this is the place to discuss it.

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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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  • K

    The 4.30 Show starts today…who’s watching?

  • What were House of Cards’ numbers last night??

  • Citizen Cane

    Does anyone know if FOUR are going to put Community back on?

  • Jeseta

    Regan, Do you know how the ratings have been for 7 Days and JABAT since they began? I’m interested to know if they are holding steady, growing an audience or losing them. Local comedy typically has a tough time so it would be interesting to see the stats on that. 🙂

    • Regan Cunliffe

      funny you should ask… that’s something I’m working on atm

      • Jeseta

        Great minds!

        • K

          ooh that would be interesting! Love JABAT, as funny as ever

          7 Days feels very scripted to me & Not funny.. how about you guys?

          • Jeseta

            I agree! The 7 days panelists are so clearly not improvising that it can be painful to watch. They should watch @Midnight to see how it should be done.

            I started watching JABAT last season and I get the feeling the have quite a dedicated fan base that’s why I was wondering if it’s been growing over time. It wouldn’t surprise me if it had.

          • Maggie

            @jeseta:disqus – I guess it helps that Kate Hawkesby promotes the show on Twitter quite a lot, too.

          • Jeseta

            I’m not sure if the shows demographic are really the type to follow Kate Hawkesby on twitter though…

          • Maggie

            @Jeseta – what do you think the show’s demographic is? I’ll make an assumption and say 18-49, male and female, and with occupations right across the board … and that seems to be pretty much what follows KH too (a guess, based on when she asks questions, such as what sort of phone is best, and people respond).

          • Jeseta

            I have no reason to believe I’d be any more accurate than you on this but my assumption would be that the JABAT audience is 14-30ish slightly more males to females and have a less than average interest in current affairs and journalism, at least not enough to consider following someone like KH. In general of course. And maybe I’m completely wrong too.

          • Maggie

            @ K – I have to agree. I wonder if that’s because Jessie is no longer on the show? I thought it was always scripted – well, if not scripted per se, they definitely had time to review the content and come up with funny jokes (they don’t do that on the spot).

            I always love it when that guy who imitates Chopper, is on. He and Paul Ego are the best.

          • Jeseta

            As with other shows of this type, the comedians are shown the footage/questions slightly in advance in order for them to prepare. The problem is a skilled and professional comedian can typically make it seem spontaneous and off-the-cuff and the people on 7 Days fail miserably in this respect. They also seem to be too eager to laugh at each other’s jokes, which is off-putting as it feels forced.

          • K

            Yeah could be Maggie…there’s something different about it. Most of the jokes used to sound pretty off the cuff, now it sounds pre done & looks well edited! I think Jesse used to be a writer for the show so you could be right

            I always find Ben Hurley and Paul Ego pretty funny. The guests like Tim Shadbolt are hilarious

  • K

    I watched The 4.30 Show cos it was the first episode. Erin was always quite likeable I thought…I’ve never heard of Massad before today so don’t know what he’s like normally but he seems like a show off

    Mike I have always thought was annoying…no change

    and Eve is almost in the same league as Kim Crossman
    Sorry…..I’m probably too old for this show

    • Maggie

      I would be waaaaaay out of this show’s demographic, but I happened to catch Erin Simpson’s show a couple of times and thought it was great. When I was growing up we had some guy whose mantra was “keep cool ’til after school” so things have definitely changed (for the better).

      Erin Simpson reminded me a lot of Ali Pugh (not just in looks – in confidence, too) – I wonder if they’re related. it’s a shame she decided to go off and do something else.

      I’ll have to tune in and look at this one if I remember.

  • Maggie

    Regan, is “Keeping up with the Ridges” coming back this year?

    • Regan Cunliffe

      not that I’m aware of

      • Maggie

        Shame; I would rather watch that than the GC, but I think TV3 missed an opportunity there to have the two shown in a one hour slot, one after the other – – – I’d definitely tune in if they were shown over Winter.

        The GC seems incredibly scripted to me … I don’t know whether it’s meant to be funny, along the lines of what Chris Lilley produces, but it seems a bit that way. I don’t quite ‘get it’ though.

        • Reece

          There’s always comparisons to Jersey Shore but I think the GC is more like The Hills or Laguna Beach. Especially the way its shot and how they talk as you said Maggie Scripted.