Homeland remains a viewer favourite.
THE reduced audience numbers for the second season of Homeland are disappointing, because this is a terrific program, with excellent acting, a great script and plenty of tension. I wonder if the many viewers, like myself, who record the program and watch it later, fast-forwarding through the interminable ads, are not included in the published statistics?
Maureen Kutner, Glen Waverley
Karl Stefanovic is likened to a friend.
The make-more-money Factor
WHAT a shame The X Factor is about making money for the phone company and not about the talent of the contestants. It is very open to being rigged by people investing money in votes and voting many, many times. The results would be very different if it was based on talent, the real talents would still be there. The show has lost all credibility when the best have gone first.
Readers want Tom Waterhouse put out to pasture. Photo: Rob Homer
Ruth Young, Blackburn
What is normal anyway?
A SPECIAL award to Channel Ten's Helen Kapalos for ''Question of the Year'' to New York reporter Randall Pinkston (5pm News, Oct 10): ''And when do you expect New York to be back to normal?''
Arthur Comer, Sebastopol
Saddened by news direction
THE episode of Australian Story on ABC1 regarding The Sydney Morning Herald was a tear-jerker. It was almost a wake for hard-copy news, seeing such stalwart SMH journalists dismissed. Presumably reporters won't be needed in the digital age, since news will magically report itself. That's progress!
Ze Qun (Lucy) Niu, Mount Waverley
Hey, just rate a minute
FOR the record, you would think/hope a person analysing radio ratings for the Green Guide (GG, Nov 1) would at least know how to accurately read the stats. Andrew Murfett claims ''the ultra-competitive drive slot was a slight blemish'' for 3AW. Wrong. In the 4pm-6pm slot, where we compete, Fox went up to 14.4 per cent and AW up to 14.3 per cent. Some blemish. May I immodestly say the only blemish is that I am reluctantly leaving the station at the end of the month.
Derryn Hinch, 3AW Melbourne
Time for a late scratching
NOW that the great race is over, may we hope Tom Waterhouse is permanently retired to pasture.
Peter Rutherford, Barwon Heads
CRAIG Mathieson (GG, Oct 25) hints that self-confessed friend of Alan Jones, Karl Stefanovic, is more a liability to Channel Nine than an asset because of his bizarre antics. Perhaps Karl retains his position because of his looks. After all, his features bear a striking resemblance to [those of] Matt LeBlanc. Trouble is, Karl's closest affinity is with LeBlanc's character in Friends, Joey Tribbiani.
David Dawkins, Ocean Grove
Will to get McInnes back
WILLIAM McInnes made me cringe when he played Sandy Freckle in Kath & Kim, but his character in Dangerous Remedy really scared me. Bring back the caring SeaChange William McInnes, I miss him.
Anne Turnbull, Belgrave Heights
Heads up, bum down
TO ACTOR William McInnes, interviewed by Paul Kalina: the appropriate metaphor is ''We bury our heads in the sand'' and not ''We disappear up our arseholes a lot in this country''.
Bridget Serrurier, Sale
Ten has the best formula
THANKS to Network Ten for the coverage of F1 motor racing this year. Pity about the British commentators but an otherwise excellent program and much appreciated.
Ross Peck, Daylesford
Porn's in the game
CHANNEL One is ''quietly'' advertising House of Lies about every 15 minutes. Andrew Murfett writes that it acts like satire but I think this is a thin disguise for porn on free-to-air TV. The promos are littered through every program. I don't like it. I'm thinking of going to pay TV, at least you can control the amount of smut we are being bombarded with.
Robyn Siemer, Millgrove
Got it right with Redfern
THE premiere of the ABC's Redfern Now was superb in every respect. Congratulations to all involved in this production. It was real and absorbing.
Bryan Finlay, Nyora
Praise is documented
I REALLY appreciate the standard of shows such as Tribal Wives and both Meet the Amish and Living with the Amish. All of these documentaries hold a mirror to our current way of life, inviting comparisons. The strong communities and simple lifestyles of the tribes and Amish point up the shallow and self-centred nature of much of our lifestyle, and especially the so-called ''reality TV'' culture.
Mike D. Larkin, Tatong
Radio's emotive tunes
RE RAFAEL Epstein's show (Nov 2 on 774 ABC). This was the most powerful and emotional radio broadcast in many years. Anybody who heard this would have been in tears. For ''Kevin'' I will remember your beautiful daughter Elisha until the day I die - as will the many thousands of people who heard this broadcast. Has radio lost its impact? Not today.
Phil McConnell, Beaumaris
ABC stuck in the middle
IS IT just me or has the ABC gone/is going down the gurgler? Its TV is hardly worth watching and the radio (especially NewsRadio) seems to be stuck in a rut of Middle East articles. Thank heaven for digital radio and the BBC, which still has a sense of normality about it.
Colin Bray, West Footscray
Colour me green
FORGET about the lack of staples in the GG; what about the green no longer reaching the edges of the pages? Each week I have to fill in the white margins with a green highlighter. And some pages don't have any green at all!
John Corbett, Windsor
All stitched up
RE NO more staples in GG. My wife goes to the sewing machine, opens the GG at the centre and sews down the crease. Perfect.
Neville Robinson, Boronia
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