7 Days: good but by its very nature it will outlive its potential very soon. The longevity of a panel programme based on Have I Got News For You? is clearly questionable when filmed in a country where the answer is no. It is, however, a great opportunity for Kiwi comedians (some of whom are startlingly good) to gain some TV exposure.
He didn't claim to be an expert on anything and he didn't try too hard to be funny - he was naturally likeable and informative without getting all fanatical and born-again-earth-guru. He remined me of a younger Michael Palin with ginger hair and more of it.
The Cult: the jury is still out on this one. It's trying a bit too hard to be a mystical American drama and comparisons with the atrocious Lost aren’t helping as far as I’m concerned. Attempting to bring that fabled dark Kiwi edge to it is all well and good, but it runs the risk of being dull. The lighting has the too-bright, almost overexposed effect that works well for True Blood but makes this series a little monochrome. It features some good actors though – Danielle Cormack; Scott Wills; Renato Bartolomei; Kip Chapman - so I'll keep watching for now.