30 Seconds

(ended 2009)


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30 Seconds

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This Australian comedy series produced exclusively for The Comedy Channel looks at the 'the moral dilemmas people face, heightened by the excesses of the advertising industry and the three maintain no character in the show is based on any single person they know, but drawn from many of their real-life experiences.'

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  • Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry

    McBaney - Producer

    Gyton Grantley

    Gyton Grantley

    Sumo - Senior Art Director

    Peter O'Brien

    Peter O'Brien

    Bill Brooker - CEO

    Joel Tobeck

    Joel Tobeck

    Martin Manning - Creative Director

    Kat Stewart

    Kat Stewart

    Marion West - Head of Marketing

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    • What s uprise, the comedy channel produces another locally produced sitcom abortion.

      The Comedy channel should give up. Almost every locally produced show they've had involvement in has been a dismal failure, and it's indicative they are incapable of producing a local production of even minimal standards.

      The only locally produced show I've seen the Comedy Channel pull off is the Merrick and Rosso show, and I've no doubt that has more to do with the fact that Merrick and Rosso stick with a winning forumla they've developed together over many years, as opposed to the Comedy Channel being capasble of producing anything other than garbage.

      Go back to importing sitcoms from overseas and repeating the same shows several times a month you Comedy Channel telentless hacks, it's all you're good at.moreless
    • A comedy set in the world of advertising. Quality writing with a great cast to boot!

      When I first heard about this show I must admit I was intrigued but openly skeptical, I felt that the themes in the show was ground that was covered hundreds of times the world over. Imagine my shock when I found myself waiting each week to find out what was going to happen next, in this very smart and very quirky new show.

      The show is set in an advertising firm that has just been bought out and is in the process of being cleaned out. The staff is paper thin and are still expected to make quality ads and be on the world map for their work.

      Look I don't want to give too much away, this is just something you have to see for yourself. Like I said this show is very smart and doesn't have any worries spelling out the morals and issues of each episode to its audience. But it never does it in a way that comes across as preachy, rather funny and entertaining. Many people will say that the cast is brilliant and a laugh a minutes with the likes of Stephen Curry and Gyton Grantley but for me Abe Foresyth's IT bloke is the crux of this show, he is softly spoken, pervy and all round hilarious. He gets about mins of screen time each ep but he steals every second he gets.

      Here's me praying that the Comedy Channel find it in their infinite wisdom to keep the show going for a few more seasons to come.moreless
    • A show with Potential, but a long way to go to be a hit

      I really thought the idea of a good Australian comedy was tempting so I gave this a shot. I have skipped over previous Australian attempts at comedy because the days of good humour like All Together Now and Hey Dad are long past.

      However what I saw in this show was a canvas that has a lot of potential. There hasnt been a really good show from memory that focus' on behind the scenes of an advertising agency in a while. All you normally see is the finished product and I cant think of another show that has focused on how the finished product gets made.

      Now..... onto the Show.

      I think Peter O'Brien was good if a little too much like he had a stick up the back side. Perhaps his character needs to loosen up a little bit. I know he is obviously playing someone ex military but those sorts of characters rarely translate well onto TV. In my view it got to be a little annoying by the end

      Steve Curry is brilliant. Regardless of what he does, he has a natural charisma about him and that was plain to see in his screen time in this premiere.

      Joel Tobeck's Martin Manning was pretty good, albeit a little odd.

      Some of the advertising ideas were a little amusing and there were some decent one liners. But I have to say the show lacked any real flare and it is in danger of fizzling instead of sizzling. As I said. Potential but a long way to go to be anything resembling a hitmoreless
    • "Just Shoot Me" on a 10th of the budget.

      I wouldn't say that 30 Seconds is a fail, but it has a long way to go before it can compete with anything from overseas. While it tries to approach the advertising industry with a 'look behind the curtain' feel, it does quite often feel laboured for the audience member.

      The opening scene attempts to give us the feel of a fast-paced, high-powered advertising executive who sees a 30 second advert on almost everything that he lays his eyes on. While only slightly amusing at best, it misses the mark with wit and surprise. The 4x4 Porsche seemed to be where most of the money was spent on the dressing of the show.

      The office is a tired run-down place, where it's hard to imagine that any successful accounts have been won and maintained. Although, this is the feel that they were after, it still feels like the idea is painted on rather than being totally believable.

      It isn't all bad though, and I apologise if I'm making it sound that way. Steve Curry is a clear stand out in the cast - everything he did had nuance and lacked any feeling of labour. This can only at times be said of other cast members. Whether the script or director demanded it, there seemed to be a fair bit of stereotypical character play to try to push the humourous element.

      A couple of moments seemed a little too contrived, which worked on a technical level, but lacked that surprise element that would really drive it home.

      Notable mention to Gyton Grantley, but it looks like he could do with more freedom from the director to really push how far his character's ideas can go - he seemed a little boxed in at times.

      I will watch the second and possibly third episodes with hope for improvement. I can't confidently say that this show will survive past the first season if it continues to rely heavily on a contrived, stereotypical feel.moreless

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