'Good Morning' undergoes more woe

Melenie Parkes November 7, 2012, 9:05 am

TVNZ continues to shake up their morning TV schedule. Are you happy with the current format of 'Good Morning' or do you think changes need to be made?

In the face of dwindling ratings, TVNZ have announced that 'Good Morning' will move to a new format and will be drastically reduced from three hours to one hour when it returns in 2013.

No announcement has been made as to whether current hosts Jeanette Thomas and Rod Cheeseman will return, but it's likely that there will be job losses on the magazine-style show.

"Regarding the presenters, no decision has been made yet - we're still working through the detail," TVNZ spokeswoman Megan Richards told the New Zealand Herald.

'Good Morning' presenter Matai Smith reportedly revealed that he had been told the show would continue with just one presenter. This is the second reshuffle of the show in just 12 months, with former hosts Sarah Bradley and Brendan Pongia released at the end of last year.

Facebook fans of the show were upset at news of the altered format, with many describing this year's season as a return to form.

Jeff Latch, Head of TV ONE and TV2, said: "Good Morning has many committed viewers and we intend to build on that support and introduce extra content to the morning schedule.

"For the balance of the morning we're planning a new programme schedule designed to appeal to the people who are likely to be watching television at that time."

The detail of who and what will feature on the reformatted show has not yet been finalised and will be made public as soon as it is confirmed, TVNZ said.

"We've been listening to what viewers most want to see from us and this is one place where we feel we can provide something more that will be attractive to this particular audience."

For those who work from home or keep weird hours, 'Good Morning' is something of a daily ritual. Hosts Rod and Jeanette have really worked well together this year to reinvigorate the brand and create something that's more informal, friendly and a bit more contemporary.

The concern from viewers is that all the best bits of 'Good Morning' will be chopped out and we'll be left with an hour of the dreaded infomercials; those segments that indicate it's time make a cup of tea, visit the bathroom or hang out the washing.

Ceaseless infomercials aside, there have been some real highlights this year, the awkwardly hilarious hypnotism special amongst them. You've got to give top marks to Jeanette Thomas for agreeing to be hypnotised and providing us with some of the most memorable moments from New Zealand TV this year.

Over the course of three hours, she did the haka, conducted an imaginary orchestra with a raw chicken, tried to seduce Tom Cruise (with the aid of Matai Smith's stunt work) and was even keen to try her hand at pole dancing.

However, Jeanette doesn't appear too confident she'll back next year, quipping on Tuesday's show, "Maybe that's what I'll do next year, maybe I'll go and have another baby. Nice."

The revamped version of 'Good Morning' will run from 9am-10am, but will continue in its present form until the end of this year's season on December 14.

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  1. Clem02:05pm Thursday 15th August 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Jeanette Thomas Great in good morning show Well groomed lady keep smiling Jeanette

  2. Lisa gay07:10am Tuesday 23rd April 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Jeanette Tomas is on drugs. She's the one that still continues Hosting Good Morning. She is a bit like Paul Henry who was sacked from the Aus Good Morning.

  3. LuHaiPing02:59pm Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good Article

  4. Carolyn01:07pm Sunday 11th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Have watched the show on and off since day one. Janette and Rod work well together and provide me with lots of laughs, something not always easy to come by these days. Not to mention Asta. Leave them be to get on with their job.

  5. Margaret11:10am Friday 09th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    good morning used to be good to watch but has been gradually going down hill this year. we are retired and it was great when sarah bradley was on, enjoy aster, but the way it is going it certainly doesn't entertain us oldies.

  6. Quincy7210:59am Friday 09th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Do people have time to watch Good Morning? Must either be unemployed or retired ? Or watching on internet whilst meant to be working?

  7. Sue10:29am Friday 09th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rod Matai and Jeanete are great. Get rid of silly Aster She is a very talented lady but flitting around in a tutu looks and sounds ridiculus... Will not be watching a 1 hour show thanks guys

  8. Noeline05:55am Thursday 08th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    in general quite a good show. however, too many presenters and too long at 3 hours. don't like the men on the couch talking alot of piffle. why don't they treat the public like adults with a few clues? nedds a good shake up.

  9. Martin12:54pm Wednesday 07th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I like it and I will just stop watching tv altogether in the morning if it is only one hour. I will listen to music instead. Don't know why everything has to be changed all the time.

  10. LYNETTE11:02am Wednesday 07th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who is mary bradley


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