Given that Comedy Central NZ has dumped Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in favour of 'Hogan's Heroes' and 'Are You Being Served?', it can only be a matter of time before the channel schedules the monstrosity that is 'Full House'...
This is not a 'weighty' post but one that I've been intending to write for months but which always got filed away in the bottom draw for another day. But with the end of the year approaching I thought I'd let it fly.
My particular little irritation is with Comedy Central NZ. The station has degenerated into a dumping ground for endless repeats of, among others, Hogan's Heroes, Get Smart, Are You Being Served?, On The Buses and MASH. The station hasn't yet descended to the level of broadcasting repeats of Full House but it is heading in that direction.
And what is really annoying is that these creaky old shows have elbowed out shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Now I don't think that Jon Stewart is the greatest political commentator in the world. In fact, he's often too wishy washy liberal for my tastes but at least The Daily Show does provide intelligent political comment - a rarity on mainstream television. And the interviews are good too.
Similarly Colbert's faux conservatism is quality satire.
But neither Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert can be found on Comedy Central NZ , although they still feature on the website.
I'm not the only one unhappy with the channel's performance. Here's a selection of comments from its Facebook page:
'I use to love Comedy Central when it first started, but now it's just MASH, Hogan's Heroes, American Dad, Are You Being Served?, and On The Buses etc. Please tell me you guys are going to change things soon?'
'The same episode of American Dad, THREE TIMES in one day ? Seriously ?'
'I have been stuck at home for the last week as I have injured my knee. This last week I have noticed something. REPEATS, SO MANY F**KING REPEATS !! Each day you repeat an episode of a program that was on the previous day. Over the last 12 months, I have seen the same few episodes of Tosh.0 probably 4 times each. You are playing episodes from 2010 for gods sake ! Sort your s**t out Comedy Central New Zealand. The only comedy going on here is your line up of programming.'
'I unlike you Comedy Central.....How the hell does one get a laugh out of endless repeats....'
'The Daily Show wins the Emmy Award yet again - so why isn't on Comedy Central???'
Yes, Comedy Central NZ has a lot of disgruntled viewers.
Full House on Comedy Central next year? I wouldn't be surprised.