Friday, November 14, 2003

TV Roundup

Because we get a large number of foreign shows on TV in South Africa, we are at an advantage because we can find out if what we are currently watching was a success or failure overseas.

Speaking of "The Kumars at No 42", the show has a local connection in Vincent Ebrahim, who plays Ashwin Kumar, the longwinded, and money-obsessed father in that show. He was born in South Africa.

If you are interested in how American networks decide to kill off underperforming shows in a process called sweeps see this article, which also lists some other shows which may be facing the axe in the USA.

As this article points out, "sweeps" ensure that unpopular and lame shows get booted out. If only South African-made TV programmes faced the pressure of "sweeps"...