Burgo turns on Wheel remake
Burgess, now on 3MP in Melbourne, has said the show is outdated and that Tim Campbell is “no game show host”.
“I don’t want to sound like some miserable old bloke, but I do think the whole thing lacks warmth,” Burgess told the Sunday Telegraph. “Tim Campbell’s a talented fella, I liked him a lot in Shout, but he’s no game show host.
“I had a call from Adriana the other day and she said the same thing. She also thought it was a bit flat,” he said.
Burgo may be publicly saying what some are privately feeling, but he neglected to revisit his statement from a few months ago that he was “slightly gutted” not to have been asked back to the role. And Adriana? How can we forget seeing her talking to a stuffed bear in Celebrity Big Brother? And that’s without delving into some of the other press stories on her.
It’s true that Wheel hasn’t won a night against Deal yet. It’s true the audience is too over the top (it’s just a puzzle show after all). It’s also true that Campbell is probably trying a bit hard, and that the female role is superfluous in 2008.
But these things can be tweaked.
“They’ve lost sight of the fact that people want to be entertained, as well. You can’t just throw big lumps of money at them and expect them to switch,” Burgo said.
“In America, they give away, like, five cars and whatever and I think that’s what Nine is trying to do here – they’re trying to buy the audience.”
Nine has spent up big on reinventing an old favourite. It will need to leave the show for quite a few weeks to see if it can effect change.
Source: Sunday Telegraph