It’s a safe bet we won’t see anything resembling a variety format considering the failure of both Rove and Takeaway. Both shows had promise but, as JohnsonTV pointed out, poor execution will kill a good idea.
Ten programmers consistently misread the audience. There are families stuck at home with little kids on a Saturday night crying out for wholesome entertainment yet they built Saturday Night Rove around edgy humour with jokes about stiffys, masturbation, abortion, poo and penises. Newsflash Ten: The edgy crowd are out at clubs and restaurants on a Saturday night so targeting this show at them was a colossal mistake. Whoever signed off on that type of crass content and didn’t think it would turn Saturday night television viewers off in droves shouldn’t have a job in television.
Variety isn’t dead. It works well in other parts of the world because they know how to do it properly. How many chances are they going to get before CBS realises these idiots don’t have a clue?