I guess it’s just a stark reality of life that when a triple Gold Logie winner returns home to a network and expresses a desire to revive late night TV that we end up with a 1 hour quiz show with an entire segment pushing a commercial product. What The?
Welcome to 2018. Variety shows don’t come cheap. Building a segment around a movie release helps pay the bills and is clever product placement.
Show Me the Movie returned Rove to TEN for the first time since his hosting of The Project (which his company produces). On a spartan set he roved between two teams, Grant Denyer-like: Jane Harber, Paul Mercurio, Tegan Higginbotham / Joel Creasey (no need to ask Who Would You Turn Gay For?), Angela Bishop, Frank Woodley -who may have been hanging around the studio since his appearance on the first Cram.
This was seemingly license to shout-host for nearly the entire duration of the show. OK! YOU’RE EXCITED. YOU’RE ALSO MIKED.
A series of mostly-parlour games followed, borrowing heavily upon a universe that is Spicks & Specks or Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.
They included Movie Mistakes, identifying cinema bloopers; The Unusual Suspects, guessing the height of Hollywood stars; and Matchy Matchy, identifying missed casting opportunities. Sometimes there were too many anecdotes and not enough game play. It’s important to remember your genre, and stay in your lane.
In You Know That Movie Where, panelists had to describe a film without naming the star. Racing against the clock they were practically foaming at the mouth in a segment that could benefit from more air. Or My Charader.
By the end of this segment I was getting a migraine and really just wanted to see Kiribilli Flick the Switch on and off…
A full segment around an upcoming Pacific Rim sequel required everybody to watch the trailer and Cram (oh wait that’s another show) useless pieces of information on recall. A pre-recorded Rove interview with star Scott Eastwood followed (again straying from the genre). I guess if this could showcase Australian films and bring a star onto the set it would be good for everybody.
Team captains Joel Creasey and Jane Harber were in the spirit of the game, with the latter looking like a million bucks. Angela Bishop was arguably under-utilised given her encyclopaedia of knowledge, but that’s the gig.
By the sound of the laughter the studio audience had a pretty good time, perhaps over-compensating for those of us on the couch who missed the atmosphere. The show is also up against the same fate as other panel shows before it on commercial telly: it’s outstays its welcome. Spicks & Specks was a joy at 30 minutes without ads, where we got to spend time between a musically eclectic bunch, and the gameplay became incidental to their charms.
So after all that, What Have We Learnt? I’ve learned Liam Hemsworth is taller than Chris. I’ve learned there are schoolgirls in Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer. And I’ve learned I miss late night variety.
Show Me the Movie airs 7:30pm Thursdays on TEN.