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Was The Spinoff TV worth taxpayers' $700,000? Nope

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Two years ago, The Spinoff founder Duncan Greive wrote a fairly lengthy piece headlined: "TV is dead", which included the damning line, "Television's not coming back".

Three weeks ago, The Spinoff launched its very own TV show on Three. Funny ol' world innit?

They're aware of the contradiction. Spinoff writer turned Spinoff TV host, Alex Casey introduced the first episode of the 16-part series by joking: "You might remember us from such headlines as 'Good news: TV is dead'. We admit now that might have been a tad hasty."

But three episodes in, I'm thinking they got it right the first time.

Ever read a stellar piece of work by Leonie Hayden or Alex Casey and wished you could hear them too? Ever heard their dulcet tones on the On The Rag podcast and yearned to see them at the same time? Well now* you can. The Spinoff TV is coming to Three with hosts Leonie Hayden and Alex Casey! *June 22

A post shared by The Spinoff (@thespinofftv) on Jun 5, 2018 at 9:40pm PDT

You know that feeling when the kids in your life put on a "show" and you have to pretend to love it so as not to hurt their tiny feelings and crush their dreams?

Well, that's where we're at. I want to like The Spinoff TV, because I like these guys - especially hosts Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden. They're great........

© New Zealand Herald