Category Archives: Television

The Chase Australia – how to watch the show in less than half an hour! And Hot Seat in 5 Minutes!

I’m a fan of question and answer based game shows, but I hate the fact that the game shows we see on TV now seem to spend more time talking to contestants and hyping up dramas rather than hitting us with questions and answers to scream at the TV!

Look no further than Nine’s Hot Seat for the classic example of a game show with more talk then there are questions – the game – which airs for usually 34 minutes a day only features 15 questions. I love the questions, but when I record Hot Seat I play back and fast forward through all the chatter and just do the questions and answers in less than 5 minutes.

As for The Chase Australia, currently airing on Seven 5pm weekdays (and even Sunday this week – and then there is the UK version as well) I find once I fast forward through all the meaningless banter, the show is done in 30 minutes or less.

So how to do the Chase Australia in less than half an hour?

Firstly – record it!

On play back, fast forward until the first 1:00 clock shows up for the first contestant. Watch and answer the questions. When the first contestant is done with the “cash builder” fast forwarder through the first lot of ads, and then showing who all the Chasers are, then also the Chaser reveal until the contestant settles on what they want to do, then only press play on when the first chaser question starts.

As soon as the contestant wins or loses, fast forward through the ads, until the next one is up with the 1:00 timer and repeat through the four contestants.

After all four have played, play the final chase, then fast forward the ads in between, then the chasers answer to that – and WHAMMO – the show is done usually in 28 minutes or less!

I love the Chase and other question and answer game shows but I just want the questions – not all the contestant history, drama, pregnant pauses while we wait for a decision, etc!

 

Please TEN – Stop these ongoing I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Simulcasts on ONE

For weeks now, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here has been simulcast on ONE on every night that it airs. On Sunday nights, there is also a simulcast on ELEVEN.

As a result, regular ONE programming is out – one stand out example is White Collar – which is scheduled to air on ONE Wednesday nights at 7.30pm – but has not aired now for three weeks due to the TEN simulcast.

To make matters worse, the EPG does not always reflect that I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here is going to air on ONE – thereby infuriating viewers who tune in or plan to record the show they would like to see at that time. Continue reading

The North Korea Approved TV Guide.

This is quite simply – TOO FUNNY!

NKTV

Source: http://www.funnyordie.com

Dear Channel Seven: I am SICK of MKR already!

It seems to be a disturbing new trend with our free to air commercial broadcasters – promote the hell out of up and coming shows for the year ahead to the point where viewers are fatigued long before the show goes to air.

Seven have been promoting MKR for 2015 since as early as October 2014 – 4 months before it goes to air. As time goes on, the ads have grown longer, more frequent and have been introducing the first round of couples to participate in the cooking competition.

But the problem is the ads are so frequent and feature in just about every ad break that many of us are growing sick of the show already. Thankfully with Seven and MKR they are now promoting a start date of February 2 – which is a first for a free to air network rather than those dreaded words “coming soon” or, as is usually the case with Seven “after the tennis”.

However, Seven are not alone in this practice. Nine have been heavily promoting MKR’s competition for the start of the 2015 ratings year – The Block Triple Threat. Nine’s ads also introduce the couples showing the usual fights, dummy spits and dramas of the networks’ renovation mainstay.

Nine’s ads are on the verge of showing room reveals long before the show goes to air – which is likely to start late January along with the usual cliches that go with room reveals like “we have never seen anything like this before” and “this has set the bar even higher”.

Meanwhile, over at TEN, new reality offering I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is being thrown at us just as hard. But, unlike Seven and Nine, they are yet to introduce who the so-called celebrities will be actually taking part in the show at least perhaps keeping it all a little more mysterious.

It too should air late January and boasts, over Seven and Nine, being live from South Africa where the show will be produced.

Add to that, a barrage of other shows for 2015 advertised on cyclic overkill and we have a situation where there are more ads for shows coming in 2015 and “coming soon” then there is anything actually worth watching on free to air TV at this time of year.

Back to Nine and 2015 as far as TV goes hasn’t even started yet but the casting call is already out for the Block 2016!

TV Posts May 2009 – Feb 2014 on Throng

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Go 99 Preview Update

In yet another example of just how hopeless the Channel 9 programming department when it comes to keeping viewers informed, as of this morning (Thursday April 30), there is no information in the yahoo TV guide online as to any of the planned 9HD day time break away next week. According to the advanced guide for 9HD posted on TV Tonight, extra 9HD beak away day time programming starts from this Sunday May 3.

It is not uncommon for the 9HD channel program guide not to be up to date in yahoo (perhaps this is because yahoo is tied up with channel 7), but you’d think channel 9 might go to a little extra effort to ensure there was adequate advertising and programming information out there in relation to this new programming. Otherwise, noone will know about it and day time viewers will most likely stumble upon the alternative shows when they try to watch Ellen and the View in HD only to see a movie on instead.

A quick check of the TV Guide that 9 MSN links to reveals the same – no alternative 9HD programming during the day. The only place I can find (admitedly I have not looked everywhere, but yahoo and ninemsn are two very high trffic locations so I would have assumed they keep there information up to date) this information in relation to 9HD is in TV Tonights’ advanced guides section – where you can see free to air TV guides as far as two weeks ahead. Usually, there is little point to look that far ahead into what channel 9 plan to show due to frequent programming changes, but this new 9HD programming is a big deal and a big step in the lead up to the new Go 99 channel later this year.

I might add, that I have not seen advertising for the programming either – not on the ninemsn web site or channel 9 itself. Maybe they are keeping it low key for now while they make sure there are no bugs, but surely, for the sake of their advertisers, they would want to attract viewers? Unless the ads will be free or endless 9 self promos (which would make the channel close to unbearable to watch).

At least there will be a day time alternative to talk, soapies, cooking and kids shows for now. If only they started the break away at 9am to provide an alternative to the morning shows. We don’t really need Kerry Ann and the mindless infomercials and content in HD – do we? 9am – 11 am are the worst 2 hours on commercial free to air TV, other than 2-4am of course. Before we had Foxtel, we would not even turn the TV on at our house until 11am for the news.

ONE HD on SC10

Southern Cross Tens’ (SC10) scenery HD channel is now displaying a message bar stating: “We are excited to announce that the 24 hours sports service ONE HD will be broadcast on this channel in coming months”. No indication of a date.

Coming months puts the launch of ONE HD on SC10 in line with what we hope to be a July start. Hopefully soon they will be able to tell us the date, and then to promote accordingly so that regional viewers can finally join their capital city counterparts in having the option to view the 24 hour sports channel.

At least there will be a free to air option in the early morning hours that is not informercials or movies older than your grand mother.