Ep 180: Important Things with Demitri Martin, Cadbury Ads, No Logies

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  1. Ugh the Logies. All right. Look. I understand it's probably a difficult thing to get right, but whose fault was it that this year's was so wrong? Is it just that Nine is completely out of touch these days? Either way, it was an unmitigated disaster mired in the 1990s.

    The whole night was boring, Gretel's segments were excruciating (despite her ability), the pacing was dreadful — the Gold Logie announcement carried no Bert-style gravitas and just appeared from nowhere — and the producers' mystifying decision to focus on the more bored-looking attendees all night just rubbed in how painful it all was.

    The expectations put upon Gretel were perhaps unreasonable to live up to BUT, despite her earlier statement that the Logies should never be a showpiece for the host, the entire opening monologue was about herself, AND in the lead-up she generated ridiculous hype about her secret bloody haircut.

    These were the good parts (it's a short list):

    – The technical aspect of the production (did anything at all go wrong?)
    – Dan Ilic's shorts
    – Myles Barlow
    – Shaun Micallef's 30 seconds of screen time
    – The #logies tweet stream
    – Tweets from all the omgfamous people (although some of it was just mean; Wil Anderson's already apologised for his)

  2. Rob Boxcutter says:

    Flash Forward (ABC network's LOST replacement) sounds like it is based on the speculative fiction novel of the same name by Canadian writer Robert J Sawyer. In the book, published at least 5 years ago, the “flash forward” happens when CERN turns on the large hadron collider for the first time and every person's consciousness leaps forward to the same point some 10 or 20 years in the future, lasting about 2 minutes. This happens early on and the rest of the book spins out the consequences, for individuals and for society, of knowing something concrete about your own future. The book is a great read and I can see it being made into television, even good television, but surely only for a single season or a mini-series.

    On another topic, has anyone had a look at the new season of HBO's In Treatment (currently airing)?

  3. You are one million percent true, Rob. Flash Forward (or possibly “Flashforward”) is based on the novel by Robert J Sawyer. I quick hunt can't find any torrents for it – I had wondered if the pilot might be strategically “leaked” to tie in with the Lost ads…

  4. I think the TV series concept for Flash-forward is that the flash is to only about six months in the future, and then each series would start with a new flash forward event. I remember reading that somewhere.

  5. Pretty sure Wil Anderson's logies tweets wre the only funny thing he's done in a decade.

    Oh Hai guys, it was nice meeting you on Sunday at JOY as well.

  6. @ rob boxcutter. I'm really digging the second season of In Treatment. Diane Weist is such a joy to watch and I'm really enjoying Hope Davis as Mia (the Monday patient). I heard Gabrielle Byrne interviewed by Terry Gross this week on Fresh Air and the first thing out of her mouth was that watching this makes her want to go into therapy!

  7. Rob Boxcutter says:

    @ Lyndal: I plan to start watching it next week. I don't know if the scripts for this season are also adaptations from the original Israeli version or not; as long as they can keep up the quality. I will miss the teenage gymnast.What a fantastic performance that was. And Byrne is marvellously fidgety. With such a close study as this show is, minimal set and minimal action, even fingers have crucial dramatic roles to play.

  8. alex boxcutter says:

    y'all seen the clip of karl stefanovic drunk off his arse on today monday morning after the logies?
    I mean who cares right but it's still pretty funny 🙂



    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,28

  9. 1- Tony Martin (the Comedian) used to refer to Karl Stefanovic as a Robot. Its great to see a drunk robot on TV. There should be more of it. The networks are too afraid of offending people these days.

    2- The ONLY reason Talking 'bout your Generation works is Shaun Micallef.

    3 – The Logies have been and always were a waste of space. I watched The Wire whilst the logies were on. It sounds like I had a better evening than those that watched the Logies.

  10. catbrain says:

    Late night news program was Nightline, but Clive Robertson's show was News World. Oh, how I miss Clive…

    Best description of The Logies came from Marieke Hardy in the Green Guide today – “the B and S Ball of Australian television”. Very accurate.
    Shaun Micallef is so refreshing – may he continue to subvert every form he ventures into. Particularly liked his pronunciation: LOW-GEES

    And speaking of himself, I quite enjoyed Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (and THANK YOU, Channel Ten, for using apostrophes). There's a bit of scope for Micallef to muck around and plenty of room for ad-lib, so it should be good… although I don't care for their choices of team captains: I would have thought Amanda Keller was too young to be a Baby Boomer, as well as Charlie Pickering being too young to be Gen X; but then again perhaps they're going for a mindset – and I'd agree that Amanda Keller is a bit of a nanna.

    Sounds like Bettina Arndt is providing consulting services to Coca-Cola now.

    The Cadbury Gorilla ad was changed when Whispering Jack (*retch*) announced a comeback for Sound Relief. Yeah, totally shit. As for the eyebrow ad… it's interesting to watch once, but then just gets annoying and creepy.

    Now, remind me why I have a note in my phone about this week's podcast that says “too much regulation about advertising to kids”… I know I wouldn't be complaining about it; something about a company not being able to advertise something at a different time because it would be more heavily regulated? I dunno, and I'm too lazy to listen again.

  11. catbrain says:

    oh yeah – we've been talking about it in “other places” and Tony Martin was mentioned in passing… might as well slip in a mention of The Scrivener's Fancy. 'tis a good read.

  12. 1- Tony Martin (the Comedian) used to refer to Karl Stefanovic as a Robot. Its great to see a drunk robot on TV. There should be more of it. The networks are too afraid of offending people these days.

    2- The ONLY reason Talking 'bout your Generation works is Shaun Micallef.

    3 – The Logies have been and always were a waste of space. I watched The Wire whilst the logies were on. It sounds like I had a better evening than those that watched the Logies.

  13. catbrain says:

    Late night news program was Nightline, but Clive Robertson's show was News World. Oh, how I miss Clive…

    Best description of The Logies came from Marieke Hardy in the Green Guide today – “the B and S Ball of Australian television”. Very accurate.
    Shaun Micallef is so refreshing – may he continue to subvert every form he ventures into. Particularly liked his pronunciation: LOW-GEES

    And speaking of himself, I quite enjoyed Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (and THANK YOU, Channel Ten, for using apostrophes). There's a bit of scope for Micallef to muck around and plenty of room for ad-lib, so it should be good… although I don't care for their choices of team captains: I would have thought Amanda Keller was too young to be a Baby Boomer, as well as Charlie Pickering being too young to be Gen X; but then again perhaps they're going for a mindset – and I'd agree that Amanda Keller is a bit of a nanna.

    Sounds like Bettina Arndt is providing consulting services to Coca-Cola now.

    The Cadbury Gorilla ad was changed when Whispering Jack (*retch*) announced a comeback for Sound Relief. Yeah, totally shit. As for the eyebrow ad… it's interesting to watch once, but then just gets annoying and creepy.

    Now, remind me why I have a note in my phone about this week's podcast that says “too much regulation about advertising to kids”… I know I wouldn't be complaining about it; something about a company not being able to advertise something at a different time because it would be more heavily regulated? I dunno, and I'm too lazy to listen again.

  14. catbrain says:

    oh yeah – we've been talking about it in “other places” and Tony Martin was mentioned in passing… might as well slip in a mention of The Scrivener's Fancy. 'tis a good read.

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