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Why Pointless failed: Mark Humphries reveals the show’s fatal mistake

Why Pointless failed: Host Mark Humphries reveals the fatal mistake that doomed the Australian version of the popular British game show

The Australian iteration of smash hit British game show Pointless was expected to be a big hit.

However, it soon became apparent that local audiences just were not taking to the program, thinking the whole operation was indeed as pointless as its namesake.

And four months after the Australian show’s cancellation, ex host Mark Humphries revealed why the program was dumped.

Off the air: Former Pointless host Mark Humphries (pictured) reveal what went so dreadfully wrong with the Australian version of the popular British game show on Thursday

Off the air: Former Pointless host Mark Humphries (pictured) reveal what went so dreadfully wrong with the Australian version of the popular British game show on Thursday

Speaking on the Mumbrella podcast on Thursday, Mark, 33, said he believed the problem was condensing the program down from a 45-minute format to 30 minutes, eradicating all the comedic banter which made the UK show so enjoyable.

‘The biggest problem was time. There was not enough time to incorporate the comedy that I would have liked to and in fact the comedy that we filmed,’ said Mark.

He added: ‘It was just so tight. In terms of the diehard Pointless fans who had already come to the show from the British version, the biggest complaint I got was about how it had been cut down.’

Cut up: Speaking on the Mumbrella podcast, Mark said he believed the problem was condensing the program down from a 45-minute format to 30 minutes, eradicating all the comedic banter which made the UK show so enjoyable. Pictured: Mark (left) with fellow host Andrew Rochford

Cut up: Speaking on the Mumbrella podcast, Mark said he believed the problem was condensing the program down from a 45-minute format to 30 minutes, eradicating all the comedic banter which made the UK show so enjoyable. Pictured: Mark (left) with fellow host Andrew Rochford

Mark also said he felt constricted by the show’s 6pm timeslot, as he liked to make jokes in the tradition of bawdy 1970s quiz show, Blankety Blanks, hosted by the late Graham Kennedy. 

On Pointless, contestants attempt to find correct but obscure answers to general knowledge questions in order to score as few points as possible.

On March 15 this year, Network 10 confirmed that Pointless was cancelled, and to be replaced with new game show, Celebrity Game Name, hosted by Grant Denyer.

'The biggest problem was time. There was not enough time to incorporate the comedy that I would have liked to and in fact the comedy that we filmed,' said Mark

‘The biggest problem was time. There was not enough time to incorporate the comedy that I would have liked to and in fact the comedy that we filmed,’ said Mark

Ironically, Celebrity Name Game is itself based a game show of the same name, from the US.

Celebrity Name Game debuted on Monday, May 13 at 6pm, the time slot formerly occupied by Pointless. 

The program is based on a US format created by former Friends actress Courteney Cox and her ex-husband David Arquette.

The game show involves two teams of pairs who must guess the names of movies, singers and other characters with the help of a celebrity guest.

He added: 'It was just so tight. In terms of the diehard Pointless fans who had already come to the show from the British version, the biggest complaint I got was about how it had been cut down'

He added: ‘It was just so tight. In terms of the diehard Pointless fans who had already come to the show from the British version, the biggest complaint I got was about how it had been cut down’

Refresh: On March 15 this year, Network 10 confirmed that Pointless was cancelled, and to be replaced with new game show, Celebrity Game Name, hosted by Grant Denyer (pictured)

Refresh: On March 15 this year, Network 10 confirmed that Pointless was cancelled, and to be replaced with new game show, Celebrity Game Name, hosted by Grant Denyer (pictured)

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