As another year draws to a close, it’s time for television shows, their makers and their hosts to ask themselves the big question: will I stay or will I go?
Last Sunday Rove McManus invited everyone over for a barbecue and announced his plans to retire after 10 years on television – first on Channel 31, then on 9 and finally on 10. Of course Twitter was a flutter with discussion, everyone wondering what was next for the vertically challenged funny man. While the jury is still out on whether or not he’ll head to America, there’s plenty to keep him busy at home, with a number of projects coming out of the Roving Enterprise offices including The 7pm Project.
Of course it would be remiss of us to blog about the changing television landscape without mentioning Oprah’s big news! No she’s not pregnant and she’s not starring in the sequel to A Colour Purple! She’s moving on. But before she had a chance to shed a tear on national television (and shed them she did) Twitter, magazines, blogs and television stations were madly reporting the fact she was ending ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, in two years time!
Oprah is the woman with the golden touch – products she endorse sell like hot cakes and there are many people waiting at this very moment to find out what to put under their Christmas tree. Never fear, we’re sure she’ll be around for plenty of time to come, just on a different network – her OWN if you must know: OWN – The Oprah Winfrey Network! I suppose why have a cake when you can own the bakery!
The New York Times wondered who would lead the airwaves in the post-Oprah world, and again asked who would wake up at some ungodly hour to fill Dianne Sawyer’s shoes on Good Morning America. After the announcement earlier this year that Sawyers would become the host of ABC’s World News – meaning two of the three anchors on US nightly news are women – there has been no word on who will fill her GMA spot.
Back home and the changes keep coming. Adam Boland has been tweeting about the freshen up they’re giving Sunrise – a new set and all! Unfortunately for the set designer behind shows like Martha, The Daily Show and CBS Early Show, there’s not as much room to play with in the studio that used to be a bank. It’s good news however for Channel 7’s The Morning Show which will get a facelift at the same time – no handme downs for this younger sibling.
Over at the Chapel Street studios of 9am with David and Kim there are no new blinds being fitted. Months after David Rein told the world he wouldn’t be returning to 9am in ’10, no body is any the wiser as to what will happen with this slot or in fact Kim.
Sadly we bid adieu to Sunday arts – to be replaced in 2010 with a snappier half hour arts program and expanded online content.
We wait with bated breath to see what morsels will be served up to us in the new year! It will hopefully be an exciting year with all the new channels – I wonder though what they’ll dish up to us on Go, 72, ABC2, ABC3?
All we ask is that the landscape doesn’t include Hey Hey It’s Saturday … haven’t we all been punished enough?
Happy television viewing,
the c word
PS. We thought we’d sign off with a favourite TV theme song of ours – and thank YOU for being a reader! 🙂