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Four big live shows launched in the last few months – and immediately ran aground. Mark Lawson revisits them a few weeks on to see whether they can bounce back
Programme-makers frequently regard TV criticism as an act of violence. If that's the case, then the brutality is specifically baby-battering: most shows are reviewed only in their earliest days and then left neglected, even if they carry on for months or even years afterwards.
So, to redress this tendency, I checked up on the state of recent high-profile launches or relaunches: Daybreak (ITV1), 10 O'Clock Live (Channel 4), The One Show (BBC1) and Ok! TV (Channel 5). To what extent do new formats adjust in response to critical complaint or ratings failure? Does the media insistence on reflecting the fresh fail to acknowledge the possibility that formats mature and improve?
The programme with most investment in the theory that TV shows might get »
- Mark Lawson
Kate Walsh has admitted that she cringes when she thinks about her first shows on Live From Studio Five. Walsh, Melinda Messenger and Ian Wright launched the teatime magazine show in 2009, but the programme struggled with ratings and was savaged by TV critics. Speaking to Celebritain about the opening episodes, she said: "I have to be honest, I look back at the first few weeks of Live From Studio Five and cringe. "Three big personalities trying to get their opinion across, it was loud, chaotic with a lack of structure or control (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Kate Walsh has admitted her surprise at being drafted in to replace Denise Van Outen on Ok! TV. Van Outen quit the Channel 5 show just days before it went on air last week, citing "other contractual commitments". Former Live From Studio Five host Walsh was later confirmed as her replacement. "It really was [a surprise]," she told New magazine. "I'd come to terms with Live From Studio Five finishing and was considering my options. I'd put a showreel together but was also thinking about business (more) »
- By Ryan Love
The TV spin-off from Richard Desmond's celebrity magazine is colossally vapid
There are launches, soft launches and deliberately comprehensive exercises in expectation-lowering. Tonight's launch of Channel 5's Ok! TV fell into the last category. The show it replaced, the justifiably maligned Live From Studio Five, was an inept mishmash that seemed to prove conclusively Channel 5 could not be trusted with another daily light entertainment show.
To make matters worse, the original host chose to extract herself from the show last week: Denise van Outen – narrator of The Only Way Is Essex and star of the forgotten 1999 Abba tribute album ABBAmania – apparently decided that Ok! TV would be an unconscionable blot on her CV. There may have been worse portents of quality than this, but not many.
The show itself exists to answer a question that nobody has ever asked: what would Ok! magazine be like if it was a Channel 5 television »
- Stuart Heritage
Kate Walsh has signed up to present Channel 5's new show Ok! TV. Denise Van Outen originally landed the role but dropped out from the programme this afternoon because of "other contractual commitments". Walsh, who previously hosted Live From Studio Five, has now joined the celebrity news show. In a statement, Channel 5 said: "We are delighted to announce that (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Emily Blunt has voiced her support for Colin Firth and Christian Bale to take home trophies at this year's Academy Awards. Appearing on Live From Studio Five, the actress praised Firth's performance in The King's Speech as well as Bale's role in The Fighter and backed them for the win in the 'Best Actor' and 'Best Supporting Actor' categories respectively. "I think Colin (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
She tells Britain's Live From Studio Five, "I think Colin should get it and I think he will, to be honest. I don't want to jinx it because that's not really kind of fair.
"But he deserves it, it was an extraordinary performance... and Christian Bale... (he) nailed it! So yeah I think those two guys are going to get it. I hope they get it."
Bale has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor. »
Former Big Breakfast presenter Denise Van Outen will be one of the hosts of Channel 5's new celebrity magazine spin-off show, Ok! TV.
Van Outen, who was most recently a judge on BBC1's Andrew Lloyd Webber talent shows I'd Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do, and had a short-lived stint co-hosting the Capital Radio breakfast show, will present Ok! TV with Matt Johnson, a presenter on ITV1's This Morning.
A replacement for Channel 5's ill-fated Live From Studio Five, the programme promises a mix of "big name interviews, gossip and celebrity banter" which will "ensure no showbiz stone is left unturned".
The show will be produced by Sky News and air between 6.30pm and 7pm. It will launch on 14 February as part of a relaunch of the channel which will »
- John Plunkett
Channel 5 will replace magazine show Live From Studio Five with Ok! TV next month, it has been revealed. Richard Desmond - who owns the broadcaster and Ok! magazine - is hoping the new teatime show will help boost ratings, reports The Guardian. Ok! TV will start on February 14 and is expected to be backed with a big marketing campaign across Desmond's newspapers, the Daily Star and the Daily Express. It is thought to be part of a large rebranding of the channel following Desmond's takeover last year. Live From Studio Five was launched in September 2009, but failed to impress critics or win huge ratings despite considerable levels of promotion. The original hosts were Apprentice star Kate Walsh, Melinda (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
9 items from 2011
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