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Ontos wrote:I only found out the other day that they were planning to continue Newstopia until there was scheduling difficulties with TAYG. That just makes me dislike TAYG even more. It's not crap micallef's bits are good, but it's such a waste of his potential. I'd rather have one new ep of newstopia than an entire season of TAYG. Although if it leads to Shaun getting to do a project he wants it's not such a bad thing, but going by recent comments and the reception to his New Years Rave I doubt he'll get to do anything very "Shaun".
At least there was a Newstopia nod this week where Shaun said Don Bradman's favourite Pokemon was Pikachu (had a quick look but can't find the original clip on YouTube).



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baudrillard wrote:To be honest, I don't know what you're all complaining about. You knew the format of this going in. And I complained about what the format would mean as soon as we heard of the project. I didn't want to be negative about Shaun's work for no good reason. Didn't any of you see this coming?

Commercial TV is awful for most comedians at the best of times. :(
Or to look at it another way, TAYG is way, way better than any other similar show, thanks almost entirely to Shaun's work. And much as it may depress some of us "this kind of show" is what a majority of Australians want to watch when they put their feet up after a long day. Why should they be denied some Shaun goodness?

(as for what we're complaining about - if you watched the show, you could join in or even have a differing opinion. But saying "I told you so" isn't exactly broadening the base of discussion)

And to quote again from that mysterious upcoming interview with Shaun, he seems to feel that without the success of TAYG he wouldn't have gotten to do another talk show pilot [The New Year's Rave], or put out a character-based comedy CD last year, or get a book published this year. So there's clearly side benefits from becoming successful, even if the main show isn't to everyone's taste.

The thing that always strikes me is that Shaun seems to (or says he wants to in most interviews where he's asked about it) want to do as many different kinds of things as he'll be allowed to. If he's still hosting TAYG five years from now, that'll suck - well, it'll suck if they're doing 30 episodes a year, if he's doing 13 (and I believe they'll be scaling back production next year) and has time to do other stuff around it... well, I can live with that.

And if he goes on to do something else different in, say, 2012, well, he'll just have shown that he's an awesome game show host as well as talkshow host, comedian, writer, character performer, face-puller, etc...
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^Well put. You should do this for a living 13! ;)
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I think this doesn't worry me because I went through it with Newstopia - much as it was a good show, it wasn't as good as Micallef's previous "solo" television outings (c'mon, a lot of the one-off news jokes were barely above breakfast radio levels). But after a while I figured there was still good stuff in there and a lot of what I didn't like was more to do with the format than the actual quality of the show itself (one-off news gags are always going to feel a little gimmicky and tossed-off to me). After all, how rare is it in any medium to find something that ticks all your personal boxes?

If Micallef was hosting a game show and was being successful doing something totally different to all his previous work, then I'd be annoyed and worried. But as most of my problems with TAYG come from the kind of show it is, not the kind of host Micallef is, I remain confident that he'll continue to do whatever it is that he does that makes me laugh in future projects.
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Lordy, I'd much rather watch TAYG than that horrifyingly creepy parade of over achievers on Junior Masterchef.

Did I comment on this in the Micallef thread? But did anyone see that bizarre episode where Josh refused to sit down? He sort of sat up high on his haunches on his chair? It was one of the oddest televisual things I need never have seen. He was either a) inviting a bunch of tasteless remarks about poo sex or b) displaying some hateful Gen Y A.D.D thing. Luckily Shaun and Charlie took the piss right out of him. I like that in a show. Once again, it highlighted to me what I've always found appealing about this programme. It's family games night writ large. And if the loud mouth young douche wants to blab on at high volume how he knew, HE KNEW, it was called the 'fail whale', then it's up to the elders to artfully take the mickey.
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Doesn't he stand up now every episode? He seems to be standing a lot of the time now...
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13, I TOLD YOU SO. Okay. If you're talking about the quality of the show, then I'm sorry but I told you so. I'm not trying to contribute anything to it other than be shocked that anyone's really that surprised by this outcome. It's good that it's been a vehicle for him to be able to do other things, but when you are specifically complaining about this show... I TOLD YOU SO, TO BE FRANK.

13 schoolyards wrote:Doesn't he stand up now every episode? He seems to be standing a lot of the time now...
Good to know specifics LIKE HE STANDS, but seriously... I TOLD YOU SO AGAIN!

Now pat yourself on the back for complaining about me pointing out that I TOLD YOU SO.
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I didn't realise we all took the show so seriously!

I love it. Haven't noticed any decline. I laugh at the subtle jokes that noone gets, and enjoy explaining to to friends with puzzled looks on their faces.

I'm just grateful he is embracing our screens on a part/full time basis.
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