“Shipwreck”, “massacre”, “disaster”: the program “Tous Inconnus” turns into TV malaise

It was TF1’s prime time event in November, but the return of the “Inconnus” obviously did not convince viewers this Monday evening. In this two-hour fictional TV movie, the Unknowns (Didier Bourdon, Pascal Légimitus and Bernard Campan) played their own role, but in a parallel reality where everyone has forgotten them.

Common thread of this fiction, the trio performed a series of sketches which introduced 19 of the 180 sketches created in its hit show “La télé des Inconnus”. It was broadcast from 1990 to 1993 (seven issues in total) on the rival channel of TF1, Antenne 2, which became France 2. In these sketches, their characters were taken up by around sixty personalities, including the actors François Berléand, Isabelle Nanty or Patrick Chesnais, Youtubers McFly and Carlito, rappers JoeyStarr and Soprano, singer Helena Noguerra and footballer Adil Rami.

Despite a promising concept, viewers deemed this show a real flop. Many felt that the reinterpretation of the Unknown sketches by current comedians was a very bad idea. “Shipwreck”, “Massacre”, “Catastrophe”. Negative comments abounded during the evening on Twitter.

“Oh damn. We are witnessing the greatest comedy disaster in history. ‘Tous Inconnus’ is probably the worst tribute show”, wrote in particular a user on the social network. “Rarely seen such a distressing and embarrassing program,” added another person. “This show just serves to show one thing: the Unknowns are irreplaceable”, could we still read on Twitter this Monday evening.

In terms of audiences, the program is also a frank disappointment, notes the media Morandini. “Tous Inconnus” barely exceeded the 3 million viewers mark last night, being largely overtaken by the program “L’Amour est dans le pré” on M6. A few days ago, TF1 announced that if “Tous Inconnus” was a success, a second issue could follow, with other sketches. Will the French channel finally take this risk? Case to follow.

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