On Monday night, Channel Ten debuted Pointless, their much-hyped replacement for Family Feud.
But the series, which is based on the popular UK quiz show, seems to have lost a bit of its magic during the translation to the Aussie version, leaving viewers divided on their feedback.
Pointless is Channel Ten’s new quiz show.
While some fans who tuned in loved it, many said it felt rushed. They believed there wasn’t enough chemistry between the two hosts, TV personality Dr Andrew Rochford and comedian Mark Humphries.
Some also thought the questions were too easy and that there wasn’t any banter between the hosts and the contestants.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Alan Michie (@TWTICHY) July 23, 2018
— Nick Bateman (@NickBateman1) July 23, 2018
I’m sorry @channelten but you have ruined #PointlessAU. Everything that makes the UK original so great has been taken away. The hosts need a friendly rapport for the show to work but it feels like these two met 5 minutes before taping in the green room over a vegemite sandwich.
— Sara Richards (@girlpunk) July 23, 2018
The hosts have nothing on Richard and Alexander! Show was far too rushed, no connection with the contestants. Perhaps you should watch a few eps of the British show and take some cues from there. #PointlessAU
— Adam Tilbrook (@Morphio25) July 23, 2018
— Temperate Mess (@geoff_setty) July 23, 2018
Separately, love UK @TVsPointless and @markhumphries & @_AndrewRochford previous work. However, @channelten the #PointlessAU format leaves them no space to let them exercise their strengths – intelligence/humour/wit.
— Joanne Gross (@JoGrossAus) July 23, 2018
#PointlessAU…please….dont make us watch anymore. Bring back any other show….A Country Practice…Blue Heelers…Sale of the Century…The Price is Right…Family Fued….anything but no more #PointlessAustralia
— Kathee (@Kathee001) July 23, 2018
Even Mark Humphries thought the show might be the target of a backlash. He posted on Twitter yesterday afternoon, telling potential critics to have “fun sh**ting on it”.
— Mark Humphries (@markhumphries) July 23, 2018
However, there were some people who loved it:
— Anna Brain (@Brainybites) July 23, 2018
Just watched #pointlessAU with my bro who’s recently lived in the UK for a bit and is quite the competitive player.
“It shits all over the UK one, in a good way!” he says.
Congrats @markhumphries and team. Will look forward to watching and willing my brain to be pointless.
— Melanie Tait ???????????????? (@MelanieTait) July 23, 2018
Aussie Pointless is better than I thought, but prefer the hour long UK format. Am glad questions aren’t just the pop culture kind we got in the ads #pointlessau
— Anthony Webb (@anthonyqld) July 23, 2018
Really enjoyed the first ever episode of #PointlessAU. Kept enough of the UK version intact and most of the changes worked well. Maybe an extra category and answer in the final round though? Great job @markhumphries.
— Steve Dineen (@steve_dineen74) July 23, 2018
Mamamia has reached out to Channel Ten for comment.
Pointless airs at 6pm weeknights on Channel Ten.
Have you watched it? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below.