Last night was the final episode in the current block of TV Burp, Ed Kavalee’s local version of Harry Hill’s TV Burp.
While the show hasn’t exactly set the ratings world on fire, it’s not without its fans or indeed its charms.
The show has also had no less than three timeslot changes in its short life: 9pm, 8:30 and 9:30.
Contrary to some rumours, the show has not been axed.
TV Tonight hears Seven is interested in returning the show, potentially in a later slot, but there are some production issues to address first. One is the expense it takes for researchers / writers to source material. They deserve a medal for sitting through some of that crap in the hope of finding a moment to add to the running sheet. Editing would also be a big factor.
And then there’s the question of whether it really needs a studio audience.
TV Burp is the kind of show that could settle nicely into a late night slot without so much pressure, and might be worth repackaging without the need to be such a punchline show.
The more expensive Double Take on the other hand doesn’t seem to have offered anything particularly new in the sketch comedy genre. It may well have scared commercial networks off taking a similar risk for some time…