Having seen the bulk of two episodes, this show strikes me as the more successful of the new offerings.
Sure, it’s essentially The View with advertorials (right down to the daily audience giveaways), and yes The Circle pulled this off perfectly well when it had Chrissie Swan and Denise Drysdale (it’s odd that a network axes one show only to more or less revive it under another guise 15 months later). But having Meshel Laurie as a first guest was a nod to the Circle audience.
I’m very impressed with Sarah Harris as the lynchpin of the show. As discussions shift from one topic to the next, Harris allows panelists and guests to make their point whilst still keeping the ball in the air. She’s a breath of fresh air.
On Monday’s show Ita Buttrose, clearly pitched as their very own Barbara Walters, didn’t manage to offer too much. References to Sophia Loren and “Miley Whatshername” had me a little worried that she may miss the target demo. But yesterday’s show was a better fit, and what perfect timing – Buttrose was able to speak about the merger of Cleo and Dolly editorial staff. She lamented the demise of good content in women’s mags, even showing us Cleo edition #1.
Buttrose was also well-placed to reference some social history with guest Germaine Greer yesterday.
Greer wasn’t quite sure what to make of Joe Hildebrand, presumably not the first to have this reaction. So far he’s dropped quite a few clangers (his mother not know the meaning of the word “toey” being the first). But it’s what he’s been hired for, as the owl with the pussycats. He appears to be referencing notes a bit too much for TV, but it’s worth noting he will become a father soon and it should be interesting to see if it mellows him. A potential arc for the show itself.
Jessica Rowe is the final piece to this team and I’m not clear yet how her role differs from the others (is it working mum perhaps?). Still it’s only been 2 days. It’s clear she has a good rapport with her co-presenters, with a segment yesterday on “lying” as the best example.
But the show’s best feature is having the live audience. Technically both shows have been rough around the edges, but they get away with it because the audience is in on the making of television. Just as Hey Hey it’s Saturday used to do, Studio 10 doesn’t mind breaking the fourth wall with its invited guests, and this makes us feel part of their circle (oops!). I’d even take it a step further. Let’s get to know some key crew members too (remember Belvedere?). Over to you, Jono Coleman.
Can we please have advertorials as separate from editorial? Don’t like introductions from Sarah Harris for these. I feel misled.
I also don’t understand the point of Studio 10 YOU at 10:30pm. Is this a separately-sponsored half hour, or just something to fudge the ratings coding? Keep it simple, please just package under the show’s single umbrella.
By contrast with Wake Up, the hot topic discussion points work well for this show. It’s later in the morning, there is more time for considered discussion and they get a better airing (including from at least one member with genuine gravitas).
To me this emphasises a misreading about how these two shows should be working in tandem.
At the moment both are driven by conversation. Would it not be better to have Wake Up as a predominantly news-based show and Studio 10 as the round-table discussion? One show to tell me what’s happened while I have been sleeping when I am time-precious, and the other to delve into the various debates when I have more time to relax? It’s not rocket science….
I would anticipate Studio 10 finding a following fairly quickly and while morning television isn’t exactly my thang, I’ll be happy to drop by from time to time.
Studio 10 airs from 8:30 weekdays on TEN.