View Finder: Fox flees TEN and Szechuan stupidity

Brodie Fogg 13 October 2017 NEWS


The age of perpetual reruns on TEN has come to an end.

Have you noticed a distinct lack of yellow on your television set? Is the muted absence of d'ohs, groans and short-eating making you uneasy? Don't adjust your sets, you're not alone.

Since Monday, TEN and Eleven viewers would have noticed its favourite perpetrators of perpetual reruns, The Simpsons, Modern Family and more, are missing from the free-to-air services. Gone, without so much a whimper or word from the network.

Since then, some viewers have voiced their concerns about the MIA Springfieldians, and a spokesperson confirmed the rapture of the four-fingered folk to the Daily Telegraph. "There are no Fox shows on Ten at this stage," the spokesperson said.

So it's not just the Duff swilling suburbanites that have been pulled from TEN and Eleven, but also the entire range of Fox TV shows the network used to air. That includes Modern Family, the upcoming season of This is Us and more.

According to a 21st Century Fox representative, Network 10 wanted to "cherry pick" its content, rather than paying for the entire package. Apparently what Ten offered for the select content just wasn't up to Fox's expectations and an agreement couldn't be reached.

The content has been pulled, but the representative insisted Fox would be open to reviewing new terms when Ten is handed over to CBS, or look for other partners in rival networks Seven and Nine.

The removal of Fox's content from TEN is the end of an era, really. Before the days of on-demand television, you could always rely on a 6pm rerun of The Simpsons. No matter how difficult school was that day, how shit the weather was outside, or how terrifying the news seemed, you could always depend on The Simpsons to keep you company over a home-cooked meal. Pour out a Squishee for The Simpsons re-runs tonight.

Szechuan resurrection


Over the course of Rick and Morty's third season, we've seen its ecstatic fanbase turn from sweetly enthusiastic quote parrots to rabid sauce-frenzied douchebags. I don't know where it all went wrong. But let's start at the beginning.

When Rick and Morty's third season kicked off with a surprise premiere episode on April Fools Day, fans lost their minds. It was a somewhat heartfelt episode (for the most part) until the nihilistic grandaddy Rick Sanchez admitted that everything he does in life is to bring back the limited time Szechuan McNuggets sauce from McDonalds' 1998 Mulan promotion.

Immediately, fans were emailing, tweeting and commenting on McD's social platforms, demanding they bring back the sweet and tangy dipping sauce. And McDonald's caved. In one promo stunt, they sent out large bottles of Szechuan to a select few, including Justin Roiland. Innocent enough, right?

Then, on Saturday the 7th of October 2017, the unimaginable happened. In a totally unlicensed and unapproved move, the fast food giant promised to give out sachets of the dipping sauce (branded with a terrible knock-off cartoon). What came next, was hell on earth. Fans rioted at stores where the sauce had run dry, chanting and harassing young underpaid staff across America. szechaun-sauce

Now this whole scenario (that actually hurts to write about it's that dumb) has reached peak stupidity. Someone has traded a Volkswagen Golf Mk4 for a single packet of Szechuan sauce.

One Facebook user offered the Szechuan sauce up for trade and another user responded with the keys to his car. Worse yet, his name has been plastered all over the Internet so now everyone in the world knows of his poor life choices. For those wondering, there's currently a Volkswagen Golf Mk4 selling on Gumtree for $2,750.

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