Seven Sharp presenters announced
TVNZ has announced that Ali Mau , Greg Boyed , and Jesse Mulligan will host TV ONE's new 7pm show, Seven Sharp.
Head of News and Current Affairs Ross Dagan says the Seven Sharp presenting line-up is an experienced team with strong journalistic pedigree, who collectively personify all of the attributes of the new show.
Hmmm, this has all the ingredients of a train wreck doesn't it?
The reality is that this programming decision is a cost cutting exercise away from expensive current affairs shows to cheap lite entertainment. It would be the much lamented death of intelligent television if Close Up wasn't already so brain dead when the plug was finally pulled.
Here are the problems. When these types of panel shows work overseas, they work because there is a genuine subversive quality to them. I think we can all agree Seven Sharp won't be subversive, it will be very, very, very news lite.
Imagine Ana Samways from the Herald's sideswipe column interviewing Barack Obama. That will be Seven Sharp.
Jesse Mulligan is funny on 7 Days, but 7 Days is dick jokes and poo jokes. That's fine 10pm on a Friday night for Nigel no mates at home on the couch, but you can't be pulling that shit at 7pm on TV One. Maybe TV2, but certainly not TV One. If Jessie tries to be a bit too clever, he'll find out how quickly the word 'ideology' frightens Executives.
Greg Boyed has the most to lose here, he's actually a very good political interviewer. Watch for the glint in his eye start to die when he realizes the credibility eroding disease Seven Sharp slowly becomes.
The only delight in including Ali Mau in the line up will be watching Simon Dallow's face when he crosses to her each night. Her inclusion on Fair Go seemed to drop that shows targets down to tradesmen who didn't advertise on TVNZ.
The winner from all of this will be John Campbell who can expect a flood of new current affairs viewers fleeing TV One.
Now if TVNZ had announced the show was to be hosted by Wallace Chapman with Pebble Hooper and Jose Barbosa, then I'd be tuning in with delight, but this looks like it will be a painful writhing thing that will terrify Executives if it is too clever and subversive or anger audiences by picking the wrong tone on serious issues.
Expect a lot of flash mob bullshit, the Prime Minister dancing Gangnam styles and Greg sobbing as his career melts before his eyes.
On the positive, this desecration could be the final thing that forces NZers to call for better public broadcasting.
For those wanting harder questions than Seven Sharp will provide, FACE Television launches Sky 89 & Auckland UHF February 1st with PBS News Hour, DW Journal, Aljazeera News Hour & Citizen A. You can like it on Facebook here.