The Silly Season in Australia used to mean that time around Christmas and New Year when all the worst television was trundled out to for screening during the long, hot, non-ratings, summer days and nights. That has changed considerably over the last few years, to the point where December and January can often yield some of the best viewing on free-to-air television.
Just because a show can’t garner significant audience numbers during ratings periods, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching. Often it fails because its appeal is niche.
Currently, Channel 9 is screening Tina Fey’s sitcom 30 ROCK on Mondays and Wednesdays. It’s about the behind the scenes machinations on a Saturday Night Live-esque television show. The writing is sharp and performances are good. It’s won Golden Globes. It stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey. The rest is up to you.
The second series of New Zealand’s OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE returns to Oz Telly, but has migrated to the Ten Network. The youth-oriented Ten Network is actually a better fit for this series about a family of low-rent criminals attempting to go straight. This is soap-comedy done with bold strokes. In Australian terms it’s a little bit CHANCES, a little bit of PACIFIC DRIVE with a touch of NUMBER 96. It also has a stand-out central performance from Robyn Malcolm as Cheryl West. Network Ten appears to be showing it on Sundays and Mondays.
Elevate the Insignificant
Outrageous Fortune – Series 2