The Jonathan Ross show is one of the many American late night TV Shows that are aired in TV and the one this they all have in common are the star guests. But the thing that differentiates them from one another is of course the presenter, but is also the set it is filmed on. The set usually represents the presenter is some way. For example, the Alan Carr Chatty Man set is representing his sexuality by using things suited to his personality. This is thing like the pink and gold furniture and the purple/blue back drop.
The Jonathan Ross show set is based on a modern feel using neat/valuable furniture and the city skyline backdrop. In the picture you can see is has a very New York business office vibe. To go with this the presenter and guests are dressed formally.
According to the ITV website the target audience for the show is ‘Upmarket
Housewives with children’. It is aired at the peak time of the day on ITV which is 17:50 – 20:00.
Their target audience is what is because the show is where the very comedic Jonathan Ross gets the audiences favourite stars on the show and they have a chat about some very funny and interesting things about their personal life which the audience wouldn’t necessarily know. That is why it grabs peoples attention. Also the show is just a relaxing chat with peoples favourite stars so its something people can watch an the end of the day just to wind down.
The colour scheme is bright in some places with the use of blue lights etc. but it is not so bright it becomes vibrant. The set is made to look mellow and have a sit back and relax vibe.
PART ONE – Who is the TV Show aimed at?
As the TV Show we aim to produce is a game show with a comedic feature, the show would fit into the same class as other TV Shows such as Taskmaster and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.
These types of TV Shows hold mildly adult humour which some children may not understand. They also involve the news and politics into many of their shows which is another thing a younger audience may not understand. We intend for our show to run along the same lines to reach a similar audience. We have plans to involve current political figures into a game. This game also involves the audience so they can play along as they watch. For this reason I think a suitable TV slot for our show would be on the channel Dave at 10pm.
History of the TV Slot
Shows on Dave at 10pm is now very much dominated by game shows although a year ago his slot would have aired TV Shows like suits which is an American legal drama television series. Suits is currently in its sixth season and is still aired on Dave. However, most of the slots of the week will have been similar shows but are now airing shows like Taskmaster and QI which is an abbreviation of Quite Interesting. The reason for this is because the show focuses on current events is a comedic style. Though when QI is aired it is always re-runs and Stephen Fry had quit.
All these shows have one thing in common, they all we very successful. Taskmaster and QI we both similar as they both had guests onto their show to answer questions or do activities which the audience would find entertaining. The difference between suits compared to these game shows is that suits is more of a serious show but then again it sometimes has a hint of comedy which is what makes it suit the TV Slot.
Dave as a channel has its own audience since it changed its name to Dave. It went through many different names like UK Gold Classics, UK gold 2, UKG2 , UKTV G2 until in 2007 a man named Dave took over the naming of the channel and decided on Dave. Since then their audience has been mainly men. This also means that the shows on Dave will also have a majority of men as their audience. Since shows like Top Gear have attracted men to the channel, most things on the channel are on there because their humour is what the makers think men will enjoy.
Dave’s slogan is ‘The home of witty banter’ which implies their audience is for men with moderate intelligence. Dave reaches out to men above 14 who’s interests are cars, gadgets and comedy.
We are aiming for a similar audience which on the demographics table would categorise within the C2 – E slots. This is because casual workers are usually known as underachievers with a lover IQ than most people which is why they may enjoy the type of witty humour. Students may enjoy it as they have knowledge about the current events and past events which would be involved on these shows. This means they will get more enjoyment out of it. Semi-Skilled and Unskilled workers also fall into this category as they are also stereotyped as people that have a lower IQ. This also applies to most people in the C2 class as plumbers, builders etc. are also stereotyped in that way. So working on the stereotypes assumption, C1 audiences may not enjoy the type of comedy or ‘banter’ associated with shows on this channel or the channel in general.
On the psychographics table our show would appeal to mainstreamers, explorers, strugglers and reformers. Mainstreamers – because our show is intended to be for warm and comfortable humour which can provide a sense of security. Explorers – our show is going to have informative information like the news and similar facts or current events which would supply for them seeking discovery. Strugglers – because we are going to make our show comedic, this can provide a sense of escape to the viewer and they are also typically lower demographics which ties into my demographics target audience. Reformers – for a similar reason to before because it will help for them to seek enlightenment.
PART TWO – Ideas Development
Idea 1 – A show which shows the newest technology and newest apps and the show hosts put them to the test in all kind of weird ways and challenges. This will be similar to The Gadget Show. There will be 3 presenters: 1 host and 2 competitors.
Idea 2 – A Comedic Game Show which has guests on and they have to perform seemingly simple tasks. These tasks can be done in the studio or out on the streets. The show can also have games that involve current events. For example, Donald Trumps Inauguration.
I think the first idea will appeal to the target audience because it will show apps on an iPhone which is something most people will have. This means that the viewers can also try out what they saw on the show. It will also supply for the explorers and strugglers and it will have comedic value and supply a sense of escape. The second idea will work for similar reasons as it is a similar kind of show with the challenges and comedic value. Another reason explorers will like these shows is because some of the challenges involved will be taken to the streets or into the wild for some daring challenges to add to entertainment.
PART THREE – Making The TV Show
PART FOUR – Reflecting On Success
We have now recorded our final TV Show after many rehearsals and moving equipment to different locations as we decided to do the final show in the theatre with a live audience which is on the bottom floor of the building and the control centre with TV monitors, sound control and auto-cue on the top floor. This meant we had to run all cables down through he lighting booth and then again to the theatre. We also had to use 2 different types of communication. One was wired down and into communication packs which was then split into each camera operators communication pack and headset. The presenter had to use a radio earpiece and clip on microphone which meant we needed to have a receiver in the room with us. The floor manager had a handheld radio for communication with the producer.
I feel we were successful in creating a show that will reach our target audience. This is because every point we included to attract certain audiences was included and executed well. I feel we would have reached the C2 – E slots on the demographics table because we included witty humour which is what I decided casual workers are more interested in. We included current and past events which will make students like the show as they will understand it. The semi-skilled and unskilled workers are also a group that enjoy basic and witty humour. This is based on who I originally intended for the shows audience to be.
In terms of psychographics, our show would have reached all of our intended audiences. Mainstreamers, explorers, strugglers and reformers. Our show provided warm and comfortable humour which will make the mainstreamers category fit into our audience profile. This is because we included some harmless and friendly humour which this category of people will enjoy. For example, this would be the After Eight Challenge. We included current events and news in the show and integrated it into a game which may interest the explorers as they are discovering new information about the world around them in a way which is more interesting than the information just being read out on the news. We made our best efforts to make the show comedic which I feel we did as the live audience we had during the show laughed at the scripted thing that was meant to be funny. This will attract the strugglers as they will be seeking escape and what better escape than a good laugh? This also applies to reformers as they seek enlightenment and comedy can supply or aid in that.
I feel throughout the project I was well organised as I was always on top of the work I had been assigned by the producer and was also checking what other team members had done so I had a broader idea about the show and how it was coming together. I feel I planned very well on what I was assigned to do. I was told to start on a storyboard for a sketch we were going to include called Arrow Roulette. We later decided the sketch wouldn’t flow with the rest of the TV Show so we scrapped that idea. So what I planned, I feel I planned well, even if it wasn’t in the final show. I think I contributed well in the role I was assigned. The role wasn’t as significant as others so it wasn’t a leading role which required a lot of contribution but I feel I did my part in the production. Working in large teams could sometimes be a hassle as things were easily lost or overlooked which meant people wanted someone to blame and we had to backtrack as a team to make up for what had gone wrong. This frustrated the team as things were getting behind schedule. Something that maybe didn’t help the situation is that we all had more than one role so it was easy to get caught up in one when the other one hadn’t yet been started. I did enjoy working on a live TV set although I feel it could have been prepared better. If this was the case, then I think I would have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I feel we were able to provide for our target audience as we had all the factors we had set out for. If a family wanted to sit down and watch the show, they would be able to due to the friendly colour scheme and atmosphere. I feel I communicated well in my team and role and I participated well in team meetings. The team started off as a well organised production team but as time went on and things got behind schedule, the team started to seem more distant from each other. But before the final TV Show the team had built rapport again. In team meeting I put ideas in which were sometimes adapted on and other members would help adapt on them and I would also work on my own insert ideas etc. I did not host any of the meetings as we decided it would be best for the team if we all put ideas into the group and whatever was better went through the producer and was then planned. There was a few conflicts throughout the production and as the date for the final show was approaching I decided I would try to boost the teams moral alongside the presenter so we could make a good show. I feel that if I didn’t do this then the show may have been lost in communication and may have looked a bit more sloppy. I feel I worked well with other members of the group but more so in the practical areas as I feel that is my strong point as I have more knowledge about on set equipment and how a set should run effectively.