WE RAISE A CUPPA TO THE CIRCLE!
You’ve no doubt heard the news that Channel Ten has axed The Circle.
The show, produced by Pam Barnes, first went to air in 2010 with hosts Chrissie Swan, Denise Drysdale, Yumi Stynes and Gorgi Coghlan. The last program will go to air on Friday.
The Circle’s original stars (from left) Chrissie Swan, Yumi Stynes, Denise Drysdale and Gorgi Coghlan. Photograph via Flickr.
Ten chief executive James Warburton said the decision was a financial one. “The decision to cease production of The Circle is unfortunate and was not taken lightly, but tight fiscal control and cost discipline are a core part of our strategy,” he said.
Ten will replace it with a new line-up including the US talk show The Talk, hosted by Sara Gilbert and two entertainment shows, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider.
Here, The Hoopla presents some comments from friends and viewers of the show.
Fiona OLoughlin. Comedian and author.
“Oh buggeration! Bloody Nora, and Boo to the executives at Channel Ten.
I loved The Circle and I just know I wasn’t the only one.
I even co-hosted it on occasion and I was mildly put out because that meant I couldn’t watch. There was something so remarkable about the intuition of this live show.
Chrissie Swan in particular was as familiar as a sister dropping in for a coffee and who could ever forget that laugh?
I loved that The Circle argued with itself on occassion, screwed up now and and then and quickly asked for forgiveness and never rode a high horse.
Georgie was passionate about every interview having meaning for the folks at home. Yumi was hilarious and self-effacing and extraordinarily generous.
Behind the scenes were a remarkable team who made the likes of nervous me very much at ease. I wish them all well and can’t help wondering why Chanel Ten would can a Logie award-winning show that had more heart than we’ve seen on our daytime screens for a long while.
Business is business in the boardroom I guess but let’s none of us forget what an achievement this corner of Aussie telly was, endorsed by some of the most talented people in show biz by guest hosts Jane Kennedy, Steve Vizard, Glen Robbins and Shane Jacobsen just to name a few.
I imagine there will be a highlight package on Friday’s show and what an edit that will be? I can’t wait to tune in to a hearty nostalgic close to a hearty nostalgic show. I will leave my anger at the door (sob).
It’s what Georgie would have wanted and I’ll be predominately proud and just a tiny bit guilty … I never did order that Ahh Bra!!”
Stella Young. Editor of the ABC website Ramp Up.
“It’s such a shame to hear that Channel Ten has axed The Circle.
I had the great pleasure of being a guest on the show a few months ago, talking about non-consensual sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities. Not exactly a light topic!
The hosts were so well-informed, warm and compassionate that the interview was just a joy. The hosts and all of the people I met backstage were whip-smart, funny, kind and passionate about what they do.
I think it’s grossly unfair that so many people dismiss a show as frivolous, simply because it is made by women, for women.
How strange to axe a show that does such a fantastic job of promoting local talent, both male and female, just three weeks after launching “dramality” The Shire.
I certainly know which reality I can identify with, and it doesn’t have a bad collagen job and a forehead full of Botox.”
Jacinta Tynan. Author and news presenter.
I have never paid much attention to ratings. Working at the ABC will do that to you. I’ve always determined my telly habits by what gets me in. It has to be informative, newsworthy, showbizzy and a good laugh.
The Circle is all that. It is the TV version of the women’s website, a random splash of good talent chatting about everything you want to know about but didn’t even know you did. Like hanging out with a bunch of chicks you’d love to be friends with.
That mix is hard to find. Several failed attempts at The View format have proven that. So why, oh why, when it finally works do you take it from us?
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