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TUBE TALK: Everything comes to an end

Wednesday, 7 May 2003, 5:00 pm | John T. Forde

When I was 10, I turned down Saturday morning piano lessons because they would interfere with my morning cartoon-watching regime. Years later, I still can’t read music, but I can recall every episode of The Muppets and Fraggle Rock ever made. More >>

Tube Talk: Diary Of An Easter TV Addict

Wednesday, 23 April 2003, 12:11 am | John T. Forde

For some, the Easter break is a chance to celebrate the history of your people being liberated from slavery; for others, it’s a chance to have a party about someone being nailed to a tree. But for most of us, it’s a chance to not go to work and sit on ... More >>

TUBE TALK - Dating: The New Blood Sport

Tuesday, 22 April 2003, 11:58 am | John T. Forde

If you’ve been put through the romantic grinder lately – or even if you’re a dried up loveless old cadaver – take comfort in The Bachelor (TV2, Mondays, 9.30pm) and Joe Millionaire (TV3, Tuesdays, 8.30pm) – two fabulously sadistic dating shows that’ll ... More >>

TUBE TALK With John T. Forde - Over The Hill

Tuesday, 22 April 2003, 11:55 am | John T. Forde

There’s nothing sadder than when a national news network starts believing its own PR. TVNZ’s much-hyped news revamp seems, sadly enough, to have equated to nothing more than new advertising. More >>

Tube Talk: Make (Oscar) Love, Not War

Tuesday, 25 March 2003, 10:07 am | John T. Forde

It’s Hollywood’s annual night of trash – a gratuitious love-in where ageing movie stars and the hottest young surgically enhanced starlets converge to worship their own inflated egos. The dresses, the awards, the losing nominees smiling through their ... More >>

Tube Talk: Over The Hill

Thursday, 20 March 2003, 9:02 am | John T. Forde

There’s nothing sadder than when a national news network starts believing its own PR. TVNZ’s much-hyped news revamp seems, sadly enough, to have equated to nothing more than new advertising. More >>

TUBE TALK - The Girls Are Back In Town

Friday, 7 March 2003, 8:34 am | John T. Forde

The modern TV woman has it all – including the right to be as paranoid, self-obsessed and megalomaniacal as men. More >>

Tube Talk: These Sopranos Don’t Sing

Monday, 24 February 2003, 10:41 am | John T. Forde

Just when you thought it was safe to watch the bland fare of sitcom reruns and home improvement shows that constitute summertime TV, along comes a week of horror guaranteed to have you screaming back into therapy. More >>

Tube Talk: Night Of The Saggy Globes

Monday, 10 February 2003, 1:24 pm | John T. Forde

Gird your loins and slap on your tiara - it’s Award Shows time! If, like me, you’ve been practising your Oscar acceptance speech in the shower since the age of nine, you’ll re-plan your life around the awards show TV schedule. Even if you hate Hollywood, ... More >>

Tube Talk - Beware of Bachelors

Thursday, 23 January 2003, 11:04 am | John T. Forde

A new year brings with it renewed optimism that you’ll be less of a TV-watching slob. As the sun shines and you enjoy your holiday, you imagine achieving all kinds of spiffy self-improving goals: going to the gym more, spending more time in the kitchen ... More >>

Tube Talk: ‘Tis the Season to be Brain Dead’

Friday, 20 December 2002, 4:03 pm | John T. Forde

If Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Son of God, then Christmas television is proof that the Apocalypse is nigh. More >>

Tube Talk: Making the hardest decision

Thursday, 5 December 2002, 8:52 am | John T. Forde

Last week’s Inside New Zealandoffering, The Hardest Decision, was an unusually intelligent and well-balanced attempt to discuss the issue of abortion and its impact on New Zealand women. More >>

TUBE TALK With John T. Forde: White Trash Paradise

Monday, 25 November 2002, 8:21 am | John T. Forde

Like most Wellingtonian emigrés, I’m only one or two steps up the evolutionary ladder from small town white trash. Despite my snazzily-cut trousers from Mandatory and a daily trim soy latte, I, too, once drank Ribena out of plastic mugs, danced to ... More >>

Tube Talk With John T. Forde - Adbusters

Friday, 22 November 2002, 12:32 am | John T. Forde

If, like me, you’d rather put a cigarette out on your eyeball than watch TV advertisements, there’s a particularly masochistic pleasure in watching the Fair Go Best & Worst TV Ad Awards. More >>

TUBE TALK With John T. Forde: What the Butler Saw

Thursday, 21 November 2002, 2:53 pm | John T. Forde

Just when TV is becoming so bad, so boring and so banal that chewing your own arm off starts looking like a riveting evening’s entertainment, along comes some fun, trashy Brit TV to take the edge off. More >>

Tube Talk: Un-Cool Britannia

Wednesday, 4 September 2002, 4:04 pm | John T. Forde

What has happened to British television? Once a feasting ground of witty, acerbic and terribly-well-bred comics who wrote brilliant shows like Fawlty Towers and Blackadder , Brit comedy has descended into unwatchable tripe. More >>

Tube Talk: Attack of the Smug Marrieds

Thursday, 22 August 2002, 9:21 am | John T. Forde

If, like me, you tire of being the only single at a dinner party full of couples, or you’d rather stick a fork in your eye than listen to suburban moms moaning about nappy rash, watching a show like Cold Feet might sound as tempting as water torture. More >>

Tube Talk: Corngate Revisited

Wednesday, 14 August 2002, 1:12 pm | John T. Forde

Fields of Gold (Sundays, TV1, 8.30pm) isn’t the best drama currently on television – just the best-timed, and sure to be the most talked-about series of the year. More >>

Tube Talk: A chain-smoking Romeo & Juliet

Wednesday, 7 August 2002, 4:32 pm | John T. Forde

I’m not usually inspired to write about TV programs twice, and still less inclined to repeat rave reviews. As my Nana used to say, it’s only a short road from repeating yourself to eating cat food and running down to the bus stop with no clothes on. More >>

Tube Talk: Election 2002 - 24 Hour Party Poopers

Friday, 2 August 2002, 8:03 am | John T. Forde

Like the birth of a giant panda, a general election is a rare, wondrous, but agonisingly drawn-out experience. More >>