Monday, February 07, 2005

Holmes and Away

Well, the new Holmes showed debuted tonight, I was reasonably impressed, well compared to 'Close up at 7' anyway. While 'Close up at 7' chose to go with a tedious 'fear and outrage at crime' themed show, Holmes chose a publicity stunt in planting a tree on One Tree Hill as well as a couple of ratings-grabbing interviews with Wacky Pastor Tamaki and Jonah Lomu. Although he won't have, he definitely deserved to outrate state television.
There were a few negatives, among them bad camerawork, editing and sound. And I don't really like the few centrimetres of space between Sir Paul and interviewee, small man's sydrome perhaps? However this will increase the likelihood of physical assault on his Paulness at some stage, so that's a good thing really. However these faults are understandable and are insignificant in comparison to the sheer awfulness that is the viewer interaction element. The 'talkback' element does not and cannot work, especially allowing callers to interview subjects. And the vile misspelt 'txt msgs'' flashing up on the screen. Ugh. I thought with the demise of 'Flipside', people would have learnt their lessons, but no it's created a trend, perhaps soon 'KaTe UR TOPZ R da BOMb' could crawl across the screen on the late evening news .
Although she was merely doing a puff piece on Cherie Blair, recent domestic-violence victim Alison Mau looks like she could become the star of the show. She seems much more assertive and in control than she was at state tv, she'll kick some ass at election time. I'll also be watching with interest to see how Lindsay Perigo behaves, I'd love him to be the crazed loose cannon that he wants to be.
But yes, Paul Holmes, if you cut down on that viewer interaction garbage, I'll watch your show, at least until 'A John Campbell Affair' begins.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What do you mean "recent domestic violence victim Alison Mau"? 

Posted by Phil

Anonymous said...

Do you answer questions, Nick? 

Posted by Phil

Anonymous said...

If you want to see Perigo go ballistic send him a few bottles of wine before the show. When he typically overindulges in the sauce he gets loud and abrassive. Now that is pretty much any night of the week but unfortunately they don't usually film that.