Seven Sharp

February 4th, 2013 at 9:52 pm by David Farrar

Well I have to say I liked it. Highlight was the suggestion that the person who accompany the PM onto the Waitangi Marae was Karen from Stokes Valley. One of many times I had a good laugh.

The three hosts had good rapport with each other and the items were interesting. Obviously enjoyed Heather DPA’s tour of the PM’s Office and how he has a sword instead of a panic button.

No it wasn’t in-depth critical analysis of the day’s issues. It was never going to be that. There are other shows for that. But I think a bit of humour isn’t a bad thing to get people watching.

It is of course one day only. The real challenge is to still be fresh and interesting a month down the track. It’s certainly done well enough that I’ve set it down as a series record on My Sky – something I had never done with Close Up (or Campbell Live).

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47 Responses to “Seven Sharp”

  1. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    Think I’ll stick with Campbell Live. At least that is investigative journalism and current affairs. I like the Seven Sharp presenters’ style (all of them). Problem is there is no substance to the (short) stories.

    Admittedly, only one night in. It may get better.

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  2. duggledog (1,111 comments) says:

    Massive risk. Check the ratings in a week, then a month. Good luck to them!

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  3. ben (2,386 comments) says:

    I thought it was ok. But wow the comments on their fb page are brutal and uncalled for.

    Yes, good luck to them, go well.

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  4. Zapper (843 comments) says:

    Of course you prefer a political broadcast for the left toad, no shock there

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  5. Andrew McMillan (44 comments) says:

    I guess someone had to like it David. I thought it was awful and I think it will stay awful.

    Tonight, my heart goes out to the country’s elderly who are faced for the first time in their lives, with having to find out how to change the bloody channel.

    [DPF: LOL]

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  6. slijmbal (1,133 comments) says:

    must have seen a different program to me – bad jokes, stilted, trite …..

    I could not even last 15 minutes

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  7. Reid (15,531 comments) says:

    No it wasn’t in-depth critical analysis of the day’s issues. It was never going to be that. There are other shows for that.

    Really?

    Which other shows are those?

    I’m quite glad I didn’t bother, personally, and I don’t think I ever will. Joining the Seven Sharp audience as they get warmed up for the thrilling week-night TVNZ viewing by the “entertaining” antics of three low-talent highly-paid braying mentals is a bit like joining in, I imagine, with a whole gaggle of braying mentals and I can’t really imagine myself ever being quite so desperate as to ever want to do that.

    Not sure about Boyed.

    If he’s not left he’s probably gay.

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  8. toad (3,654 comments) says:

    @Zapper 10:10 pm

    Of the Seven Sharp presenters Mulligan is self-identified as from the left. Mau appears to be left of centre too. Not sure about Boyed.

    I wasn’t commenting about the political persuasion of the presenters but the substance (or lack thereof) of the respective programmes.

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  9. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Lack of, yes.

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  10. kowtow (6,701 comments) says:

    It was shit.

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  11. Rex Widerstrom (5,125 comments) says:

    slijmbal says:

    bad jokes, stilted, trite…

    So exactly as expected, a direct lift from Channel 10′s The Project then. Given that it’s consistently failed to attract a decent audience here in Australia I can only assume that TVNZ programmers see NZers as less discerning than Australians!

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  12. Gavfaemonty (61 comments) says:

    It was awful. And with Campbell having drifted off into some logic-defying lefty crusader mode I’ll have to choose not to choose. Crowd Goes Wild is soooooooooo far ahead it’s a no-brainer.

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  13. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (522 comments) says:

    Now that 2014 PM Shearer is firmly in place, he could use Seven Sharp to get practice on how to speak on TV. Absolutely boring.

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  14. David in Chch (503 comments) says:

    I actually hung on until the bitter end. The rapport? I didn’t see it. They all seemed nervous and unpolished.

    The humour? I didn’t hear anything very funny.

    It’s back to Crowd Goes Wild for me.

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  15. bc (1,251 comments) says:

    Wow, really DPF?
    It was awful, just awful. Watched about 10 minutes, but with the bile rising I couldn’t stomach any more.

    First segment:
    A lame intro about Titewhai with a stupid poll. Bonus nausea points for the background set.
    Then John Key doing his comedy act for the media which got old a long time ago
    Followed by more lame banter. Lost interest what it was about.

    And that was it for me.
    Hey, maybe it got better, but I’d be surprised if it did.

    Andrew @ 10.21pm – Classic!

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  16. Barnsley Bill (929 comments) says:

    It looked like a massive Paul Henry shaped hole to me.
    Why can’t Kiwis do funny?

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  17. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    I dont watch tv or listen to radio. Shit turns your brain to mush!

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  18. Jman (84 comments) says:

    It’s not that kiwis can’t do funny. But when you stack a show with such conventional center-left presenters all with perfectly politically correct views, and then tell them to try be funny together, it isn’t going to work. It will be safe and uncontroversial, but definately not funny.

    To be funny you need someone with opposing views in there that they can play off each other – a Paul Henry type. Then you might end up with a product that is actually interesting and perhaps worth watching, but of course it will be more controversial. TVNZ definately chose the safe, boring option on this one.

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  19. sparky (235 comments) says:

    Sorry, I don’t understand why this new show requires 3 hosts for 1/2 an hour. Nah not for us, we won’t bother watching again.

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  20. Pete George (21,806 comments) says:

    Sorry, I don’t understand why this new show requires 3 hosts for 1/2 an hour.

    It’s modern TV, presenters are the focus, followed by off-the-street ring-ins, with a bit of what’s happening in the world for props.

    The 6 pm ‘news’ shows have four studio presenters plus a number of on location presenters all of whom remind us what their names are frequently.

    TV is personality driven, TV personalities are driven to promote their personalities. They even have shows that they invite themselves on to as self proclaimed ‘celebrities’.

    I’m certainly not the target demographic but pap seems to pull the punters – the type who are more likely to survive on fast food, who think that smearing some stuff on their face will make them anti-aged, who will be convinced that self injecting canned smells into their household is ‘fresh’, and who think that endlessly repeated sales are actually sales.

    Did they have an item on the half time commercials, in between their third time and two third time commercials? Or was that all done to death on the ‘news’?

    TV1 will be pleased with all the attention they generated. And so will the advertisers.

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  21. Mobile Michael (364 comments) says:

    Crowd Goes Wild for me. Rigger is hilarious, plus Hayley! And McOnie actually is a very good sports journalist.

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  22. Concerned (34 comments) says:

    You can’t be serious David.

    The show is absolutely terrible! In a class of its own but easily as embarrassing as ‘Down The List’ on National’s Sunday Morning.

    Get the hook. Quick.

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  23. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Broadcast TV, what’s that?

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  24. Keeping Stock (9,788 comments) says:

    toad said

    Think I’ll stick with Campbell Live. At least that is investigative journalism and current affairs. I like the Seven Sharp presenters’ style (all of them). Problem is there is no substance to the (short) stories.

    Of course you will toad. After all, the Green Party provides John Campbell with most of his “stories” :P

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  25. johnbc (15 comments) says:

    It’ not often there’s an occasion when I feel embarrassed to be a New Zealander, but watching SS last night for as much as I could bear was definitely one of them.

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  26. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    At the prime time – the most valuable advertising time – they put on this sort of shit.
    I didnt watch it all – about the first 6 or 8 minutes. But that was enough.

    I then switched to Antiques road show. I guess for those with freeview only (and everyone will have that within 12 months) there would have been plenty to watch which made more sense.

    And frankly if i couldnt find something else – then Id switch the TV off rather than watch those 3 idiots..

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  27. dave_c_ (205 comments) says:

    Its all already been said ! – Pathetic – I didnt last more than five minutes – my immediate reaction to those first 5 minutes was that this had been created by primary school children and presented by wanna be actors / actresses.
    Those first five minutes have lost me (as a viewer) forever

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  28. All_on_Red (941 comments) says:

    It’s like watching “Rain Man. But without the card counting.

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  29. Duxton (544 comments) says:

    I must say that I didn’t like Holmes at first, but it/he grew on me.

    I can’t see that happening with this show. The format and presenters were utter crap.

    How ironic that it should air as the country farewells one of its greatest broadcasters. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

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  30. radvad (620 comments) says:

    Terrible, terrible, terrible.
    5 minutes in and I missed Border Patrol which I only saw a few times. The attempts at “humour” were so forced as if their only instruction was to be funny at all cost.
    Sir Paul must be turning in his grave.

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  31. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Oh – Ive just realised. They are going to have guests on the show apprently.

    For them it will be famous last appearance………..

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  32. Elaycee (4,067 comments) says:

    @Keeping Stock 6.50am: Hah! You beat me to it. :D

    toad said:

    Think I’ll stick with Campbell Live. At least that is investigative journalism and current affairs.

    Investigative journalism? TV3? Bwahahaaaaaaaaaaaa… Comedy Gold.

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  33. Akaroa (487 comments) says:

    Hey people! At least be constructive. Its too easy to rubbish something without being specific.

    Basically – a good idea. The wider overseas TV World does this sort of show so there’s nothing wrong with the principle.

    But.

    Lousy editing with titles/viewer comments appearing whilst the proponents were speaking about something else. Wrong colour for on screen written comments – Who chose Yellow? Ugh

    The ‘comedian’ isn’t. Get rid of him.

    The editiing of the items – particularly the one about that parachutist, who – it eventually turned out – was a near suicide ex-soldier – was pretty amateurish.

    Having JK on was a sure fire winner – his personal popularity and mana saved the show for me.

    However, summarising, lots of ragged ends to tidy up, but basically a fairly safe run-of-the-mill, not-going-to-set-the-World-on-fire sort of average TV offering.

    We eat at 7, and turn off the TV so I don’t ecxpect to see much of this offering in future anyway.

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  34. radvad (620 comments) says:

    Aaagh my bad. Sir Paul is not yet in his grave. May he RIP.

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  35. dime (8,752 comments) says:

    i heard some out takes on ZB this morning. my god. what a turd.

    let me guess the entire show – 3 smart asses trying to make a joke out of everything and doing it badly. yay.

    i give it 5 months before it is retooled. Mau will be the only survivor. double minority an all that.

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  36. BeaB (1,948 comments) says:

    Mau’s whiny nasal voice, the lame ‘comedian’, shouty and scripted, trivial, shallow, pleased with itself. Why?
    And why do we fund this appalling channel.
    In our viewing week we rarely watch anything on TV1.
    As much as Perky John the Crusader grates, he does have some stories worth watching and occasionally a good interview.

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  37. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    Watched five minutes. It was worse than I expected.

    With a choice between dumb and dumber, I’ll be watching the BBC.

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  38. dave_c_ (205 comments) says:

    Sigh ….sigh And the dumming down of the population continues – more frivolous crap to take the focus of more important/relevant things – little wonder people are so apathetic about most things that impact their lives !

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  39. doggone7 (487 comments) says:

    To also ask, what other shows are there for in-depth critical analysis of the day’s issues? A bit of humour definitely isn’t a bad thing to get people watching and of course people watching is the goal.The only in-depth analysis will be of the viewing figures and demographics of the viewers. Critical analysis of the day’s issues is wanted by less and less people and so we have LCD (lowest common denominator) tv.
    I won’t be surprised if they introduce The Edge (radio station) type style and gimmicks.

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  40. Zapper (843 comments) says:

    dime

    “Mau will be the only survivor. double minority an all that.”

    I know she’s a lesbian (sometimes) but what’s her other minority?

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  41. bi ozymandis (3 comments) says:

    Sifting thru Keys kitchenette was mildly interesting, however cant really figure out what demo this is going to appeal to.
    If your still relying on TVNZ for current affairs, your probably in a retirement village.

    Reminded me of a cross between Noels house party and Hey hey its Saturday.

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  42. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    Seven Sharp: “Well I have to say I liked it.”
    Super mum Melanie Jackson has been pregnant 16 times: “Inspirational”

    DPF, I hate to tell you this. I think you have a frontal lobe brain tumour.

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  43. emmess (1,333 comments) says:

    Shit, I have to watch it now just to see how shit it really is.

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  44. shoreboy57 (116 comments) says:

    Loving watching the Herald, that bastion of quality journalism run any story it can critiquing 7 Sharp

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  45. Mary Rose (392 comments) says:

    >Shit, I have to watch it now just to see how shit it really is.

    Yeah, that’s what I thought. Must listen to my better judgement in future ;-)

    >No it wasn’t in-depth critical analysis of the day’s issues.

    Just in-depth looks at things that could’ve been covered adequately in a quarter of the time, from tonight’s offerings.

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  46. wellygirl (8 comments) says:

    I thought it was awful, the jokes were not funny, and the stories weren’t even that well done – the note in the PM’s diary (as reported by Heather du Plessis Allen) was spot on – fluff piece. The whole program was a fluff piece, they tried too hard, and there was no cleverness in the humour. The one story I saw with some potential was trivialised in my opinion, and that was the story on the soldier with PTSD, and the inappropriate humour after the story made me cringe. If they want to have a show with humour at that time then what they need is a clever satirical show in the vein of McPhail and Gadsby, and at present many of our so-called comedians are not clever enough for anything like that.

    I won’t be wasting my time watching it.

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  47. Left Right and Centre (2,393 comments) says:

    I haven’t seen it yet.

    And you know why.

    You all think it sucks arse.

    I trust my astute fellow kiwibloggers good judgement.

    So I have no need to see it for myself. Thank you fellow kiwibloggers…. comments here confirm I should avoid the SS Shitanic.

    Hahahahaha…… Shitanic!!!!

    To sum up comments: fluff piece/ dumbing down of TV/ forced jokes/ not funny/ no substance/ LCD

    I love so many of the comments on this thread and I love that most people, no matter their political colours, seem united in their disdain for the schlock that’s being served up on TV. Everyone thinks it’s a big steaming pile of fuckin shit!!

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