I’m all for acknowledging great achievements in Aussie TV.
Lord knows we’ve had glorious, inglorious and inexplicable moments on the box, many of which we saw during our 50th year of TV. Nine, Seven and TEN have all put together some memorable clip shows at one stage or another.
But do we really need to go there again so soon, and if so, what are we going to do differently?
If history teaches us we are doomed to repeat our mistakes, then Nine is potentially making a big one with its look back on ‘ground breaking television.’
It’s rifled through its current stable of stars to have them remind us about all the great television this country used to make. Talk about showing us what we’re missing out on.
On Sunday, September 20 at 6.30pm you can expect to hear from Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson, Shelley Craft, Jules Lund, Vince Colosimo, Lisa McCune, Tara Brown, Peter Overton, Eddie McGuire and Natalie Gruzlewski in TV’s Best of the Best.
Stefanovic and Wilkinson take an in-depth look at the actors and presenters, past and present. “People like Molly Meldrum, the music guru with the unique charisma, the outrageous trailblazer Graham Kennedy and his partner in crime Bert Newton,” says a Nine Press Release.
Craft and Lund will relive the programs that made us “laugh with phrases and characters that became ingrained in Australian society.”
Colosimo and McCune look at Australian drama while Brown and Overton look at news and current affairs including Four Corners, Foreign Correspondent and 60 Minutes (yes two great Nine titles there).
McGuire and Gruzlewski tackle entertainment programs including The Graham Kennedy Show and The Don Lane Show.
It sounds just like 20 to 1 (while we’re at it, Nine’s Entertainment Editor Richard Wilkins is nowhere on the list).
But what a missed opportunity this is already shaping up to be. Where are the people who were actually IN these shows? Or the people who helped produce them?
If we’re going to do a some sort of analysis of television across the years then go to the people who were there! Nine even has some has access to some of them including Bert Newton, Daryl Somers and Ray Martin.
Where are Denise Drysdale, Pete Smith, Tony Barber, Mike Walsh, Mike McColl Jones, Pam Barnes, Lorraine Bayly, Jana Wendt, Mike Willesee, Ernie Sigley, Brian Henderson, Gerald Stone., Sam Chisholm… oh that’s right. They’d have to pay them a fee.
And will this one have content from other commercial networks? And if so, what’s the balance? Can we expect to see Love My Way up there too, given the introduction of Subscription TV in this country is so significant? Will we be talking about how outsourcing is now so prevalent at the ABC? What about changes to SBS with a shift in foreign launguage content and the introduction of ads?
Nahhhhh we can just watch Graham Kennedy laughing at a dog peeing on the carpet again, right?
It seems what passes for television these days is to cut and paste a few nostaliga clips with the current ‘stable’ of stars passed off as talking heads. Why do I get the feeling this special will merely highlight the dearth of ideas and entertainment that so infests networks controlled by private equity firms and not people who genuinely love TV?
What a joke.