Sunday, December 30, 2007

Postcard / TV: arena

The Cable channel ARENA (or arena, as it was then) used to be this great mix of sci fi, mystery, art house, b-movies, kitsch and schlock. Their tagline was 'the art of television' and it was my dream channel.

arena produced a number of shows that were uniformly excellent, including The Hub - a funny pop culture critique hosted by Amanda Keller (who was later to recreate this show on the ABC under the name Mondo Thingo), Inside The arena was a weekly look at TV in a Talk Soup-y kind of way (hosted by Tony can'trememberhissurname who went on to host The Fat on the ABC) and Fridays were The Graveyard Shift, hosted by Tabitha (Clutterbuck) who brought a sassy and intelligent twist to the horror host(ess) game. The Graveyard Shift featured movies by Ed Wood, Val Lewton, Dario Argento and loads of classic horror and sci-fi. Tabitha was not only a great host but was also a scholar of these films which showed in her hosting.

These promotional postcards give an idea of the flavour of content. In 2000 the channel morphed into a new-agey, chatty, sitcom structure which wasn't to my taste, but has since changed again into something somewhere between to two (with shows such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Will & Grace etc...).

I'll always miss the Friday Night Graveyard Shift (where are you now Tabitha?).

1 comment:

Bonito Club said...

that was Tony Squires