So its been known for a while that Saturday Night TV ain’t what it used to be. Even in those long winter nights when the X Factor and Strictly mean possible fights over the remote it still isn’t too much to shout about. There’s always a tendency I suppose to hark back to your youth and use that phrase that parents use that makes us all cringe.. “They don’t make ‘em like they used to!”
However in the first week of July 2011 the wise words of the elders certainly seem to ring true. The BBC who were once the home of Morecambe and Wise, The Generation Game and if I may be so bold Mr. Blobby is now the home of below par watered down “entertainment series” like John Barrowman’s Tonight’s the Night (Amazingly back for 3rd series!) and National Lottery series. A few weeks months ago when it was announced the BBC had awarded funny man Lee Mack with his own series I thought yes! We’ve finally found someone who can command Saturday nights. However when the series started my little heart sank again as it was the same ole Saturday Night format we’ve seen time and time again but poorly executed. Even Mack seems in a hurry for the show to finish. I can understand the fun behind getting the audience involved but often this makes for me cringe worthy than amusing television and the sketch that Lee does with his guests should work but even that feels like something that should remain in the 70’s.
Don’t get me wrong here I’m not by any stretch of the imagination proposing I know the secret to making a Saturday Night series work its just I don’t understand where broadcasters have gone so wrong.
Whilst the BBC might be struggling, with Britain’s got Talent finishing ITV are quite frankly limping like a wounded gazelle when Saturday comes round. The whole lineup smacks of desperation and so far series like Dermot O’Leary’s The Marriage Ref and that Penn and Teller series have seen viewers voting with their remote turning their TV’s off in the millions.
When dome well Saturday Night TV can still be exciting, maybe even must-see it just feels like the magical format hasn’t been found for years. To use a cliché the Television graveyard is littered the with corpses of dead Saturday night formats from folk like Johnny Vaughn and Graham Norton but for some reason the formats keep making come backs with new hosts. Lee Mack could’ve been the savior but he’s fallen into the same trap it’s a real shame..
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