I’ve just finished watching an episode (if it’s worthy of being called that, possibly cringe-fest is more appropriate) of @Seven, TV3s substitute teacher while John Campbell tries to find a normal life camping at a secret Northland location. Sorry TV3 I don’t usually have a problem with your programming but seriously it would have been more compelling viewing if you’d played infomercials.
The only thing that saved the TV from being turfed out the hotel window (if I had one) was Paul Ego’s comic genius. Trouble is, Paul (of Seven Days fame) just made Petra look even worse. C’mon Petra you’ve been in TV long enough to at least have something resembling a sense of humour, I mean you hung out with Jon Bridges (incidentally the producer of @Seven) and Nathan Rarere from Ice TV didn’t you? And what did we get tonight? “Being nice to crims will boost their self esteem.” Brilliant. But not as brilliant as telling us that JJ and Dom were from the Rock (they are a couple of clowns from the Edge). Fantastic.
Petra got off to a bad start, stammering her way through her opening lines and getting progressively worse from there. It ended with an awkward-looking smile at the camera that went on just a little bit too long as the show closed. Steve Wrigley and Jeremy Elwood held their own as supporting cast, even if Steve did come across a little nervous and Jeremy had some unfunny content. Dai Henwood did a funny segment on making cheese (even if the milking section was a little disturbing) but overall the show was weak and embarrassing. Maybe it’s intentional so that it’ll make John look fantastic when he gets back in the hot-seat.
To be fair it’s been a rough patch for Petra, with claims of marriage counselling and having to condescend to touch kids from a third world country for money, there are maybe valid reasons why she has no sense of humour and fails to hold a show together. Don’t worry Petra, it’s only a summer job.
Not wanting to rub salt in any wounds (from what I can tell the only wounds were those inflicted on the viewers) but here’s a little sprinkling of comments from the great news service known as Twitter:
@natobasso dim @seven crap
@AdageBusiness @jethrocarr OMG no me and others are referring to the hideous show on TV3 – apologies to the real @seven
@philipnewmannz Ohhh I see what the complaints about @seven on TV3. College TV? Are they all drunk? Is the show a joke? @cjlambert @JamesHancox
AdageBusiness Oh please @seven don’t come back tomorrow – we give you permission to stay off air
@vavroom With all the negative feedback about @seven I haven’t even bothered turning the tv on
@alikat2k @Wendy_lane watching the simpsons, I gave up on @seven a few weeks ago #lame
@svs @mjbnz Even the TV ads for @seven made me cringe. You aren’t the only one.
@Seven? Maybe they should rename it ‘@Least it’s not Paul Henry‘