Just minutes after Good News World premiered on Network Ten, fans of previous format, Good News Week, have taken to social media with their thoughts on the new revamped version which includes more cast members, sketches and a shinier set.
Predictably; these fans have given the show and overwhelming two thumbs down. In amongst the criticism, many people disliked the canned laughter, the scripted nature of the show and the lack of spontaneity the regular cast members are showing.
Some have even suggested that Ten have ‘tried to fix something that wasn’t broken’ and have threatened not to watch it again.
Comments included on Ten’s facebook page:
‘Extremely disappointed with Good News World. Have always loved the old format from the very start, and won’t be tuning in again.’
‘Good News World was absolute crap – just thought I’d share that…..Epic Fail….Not funny at all…….’
‘There is no charm to the new GNW, the old one was enjoyable to watch, how can any of the cast perform now? This is all scripted actors and writers can do this. Let the comedians do their spontaneous work that we actually enjoy. Methinks it was done on purpose to dissolve the show.’
‘Channel changed! There was no GOOD is this weeks episode of GNW :/’
Despite this negativity, there were instances of fan joy:
‘I like good news world its funny so far can you help me get the words from the julia and tony bit with the boats? ’
And also on the Good News Week (World) page,
‘I think it’s great, more pisstake on issues that matter or dont really matter and less advertising and shit guests’
‘Everyone quit whining and it give it a chance.
I liked it ’
‘I laughed and with most new show’s it takes time for the cast to find their feet. Good job so far GNW.’
It can take a while for a ‘new format’ to find its feet, as other Ten projects have found; but the simple fact is, this isn’t a new format; this is a revamp, a revamp on the scale Big Brother saw in 2008. Negative comments like these don’t bode well for the show either but in the end, the final verdict will be passed by those who watch it and we will just have to see what this ‘re-energised’ version will do to the format’s figures.
As a viewer; I was less than impressed. It did feel quite amateurish and some of the sketches were very dry and lacking a lot of true GNW humour. It seems the show also resorted to extreme humour, bordering on racism, to draw in a laugh.
A shot of what looked like a crowd at a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala was inserted very obviously to make the show look bigger than what it actually is (anyone who watched Good News Week would know the audience isn’t as big as a full house at a theatre) which made the show look very lame.
Good News Week continues next Monday at 9.30pm on Network Ten (hopefully).