Confession time. I’m now three episodes into Revenge and I’m bored.
Yet two million other Aussies, and 1.8m last week, are hooked on the thing. What am I not getting?
Sorry, but it’s not half the show that Homeland is.
I keep waiting for Revenge to excite me, but all I am seeing are one-dimensional characters wading through sluggish scenes about lies and affairs. I can’t work out what the appeal is.
It’s not that I don’t like Emily VanCamp, she’s a stunner and I enjoyed her in Brothers and Sisters. It’s not that I don’t like the genre (I was a big fan of Dallas and Melrose Place). I can see Madeline Stowe is loving playing a bitch in high heels. But the rest of it is just Mills and Boon meets The Bold and the Beautiful with a beach-house.
At least Dirty Sexy Money had a send of fun. At least Desperate Housewives had character. These people have no humour, no humility, and so far have been nothing more than rich folk with nothing better to do. Was The Count of Monte Cristo as bland as this?
As a colleague recently said of the show “I’m going to need more than her just crossing names off a list every week.”
Why is Australia hooked on it?
Homeland on the other hand has me intrigued by the depth of its characters. There are subplots going on all over the place -and subtext too- and the performances are outstanding. The plotting leaves me doubting myself about what I thought I knew (just wait for tonight’s episode). Yet it’s not getting anywhere near the numbers of Revenge.
The only thing I can attribute this to is Seven’s expert ability to market their shows. Revenge was plugged throughout the Australian Open and it follows My Kitchen Rules. Seven is so successful at this you’d swear they could have Ray Meagher reciting the White Pages and it would probably rate.
So kudos to them for that.
If Homeland or The Good Wife were running on Seven you could probably whack on another 500,000 straight off the bat.
And I didn’t mind the season premiere of Alcatraz, but need to check its subsequent eps.
It’s as if some networks have a glass ceiling on the number of viewers their shows can attract, according to the success of the network as a whole.
Oh well. Good luck to Revenge. If Seven can promote a show that’s really worth about 1.2m and land above 1.8m then bully for them.
But I’m just about done.