Good or not good? We watched “What a time!” Léa Salamé’s new show

Led by the journalist escorted by Christophe Dechavanne, is France 2’s new Saturday evening talk show meeting its announced ambitions?

What an era! was expected at the turn. Firstly, because the second part of the Saturday evening has always been a highly strategic box for France 2. And entrusting its animation to a perfectly trained Laurent Ruquier for sixteen years has established a habit that Léa Salamé, in tandem with him last year, had the mission of making us forget. She, who had never before solo conducted such a talk show, was not unworthy during this premiere, recorded the day before its broadcast. The journalist, co-producer of this new meeting, planned to be there approximately “as[’elle est] in life “, to be more spontaneous than usual and to express their opinions more willingly, on the contrary political broadcasts where “the more neutral we are, the better we are”.

A dual role that sometimes makes her skate

Opposing her stage fright with an energy that overflowed a little, she gave a lot, two and a half hours, playing on different tables because of the double role she chose to take on. In charge of running the show, of its overall direction as Ruquier was, she also invested herself in the exchanges more than he did, leading the interviews, as usual, with a panel of guests that he would not have disavowed. Wearing these two caps, she happened to skate. By leaving, for example, Jean-Luc Mélenchon to rehash his defense unnecessarily on his tweet of support for Adrien Quatennens, delaying to regain control to stop the repetitions and to advance the sequence, which stretched unnecessarily over forty minutes. Or lacking pugnacity in his exchange with Laurence Ferraria CNews journalist newly appointed to head the political department of Paris Match, who got out a little too easily of the embarrassing questions raised by his hiring in the magazine which passed under the Bolloré flag.

The absence of Laurent Ruquier

If the presence of his former accomplice would then perhaps have helped him, the absence of Ruquier, of the punctuations that he induced like his puns at which he was sometimes alone to laugh, made the program gain in dynamism and modernity. . Find the host ofWe are livet right after Qaher era! in a nocturnal rebroadcast of its tv kidsgave to measure the gap between their two conceptions of the conduct of a plateau. “We want a rhythmic program, a very rhythmic rhythm, which is not the case with France Télé programs, which are often slower, more settled”, announced Léa Salamé two weeks before recording this premiere. Some will say that it was able to inject a little of the tension of an Ardisson (period Everybody talks about it, who occupied this space between 1998 and 2006) in the formula developed and refined by the Barma-Ruquier duo. The sequences followed without breathing, putting the viewer as if in apnea, with the intention of keeping it. After a chaotic exchange with the crook Marco Mouly, popularized by the documentary The Kings of the Scam, on Netflix, we passed without transition to the testimony of the model Cindy Bruna, author of a book on the domestic violence of which her mother was a victim. To the songs that spared breaks in We are live, the show substituted all-out musical scansions reinforcing the tension induced by this absence of hairline.

The first often suffer from the fear of emptiness, of an overflow of guests. This Saturday, What an era! did not escape this trap. A run-in will certainly make it possible to soften the mechanics of the talk, to relax the summary and to let a little air infiltrate in this too tight program.

Christophe Dechavanne, handsome number two

If Léa Salamé was expected at the turn and will quickly find her marks in a new exercise for her and one of the most demanding, the choice of her playmates turned out to be very conclusive. By giving more space than last year to comedian Philippe Caverivière, the show takes greater advantage of his biting spirit and his well-honed valves. The influencer’s “Sex club” streak Camille Aumont-Carnelat the origin of the instagram account @jemenbatsleclitostood out for its relevance and the young woman’s ease in talking about sexuality.

Less convincing was Paul de Saint Sernin, whose more or less amusing interventions from the audience were a bit of a patchwork – at least they had the merit of being brief. As for Christophe Dechavanne, who made his big comeback on TV this Saturday, he found his place as “number 2”, with “the boss”. He, some of whom said he would pull the blanket to himself, even that he “would eat” Léa Salamé, perfectly played her role as “permanent guest”, intervening wisely within the allotted framework and skilfully combining a sense of repartee and outspokenness.

First success

Invited for his latest book, the writer Yann Moix (ex-duettist of Léa Salamé in We are not in bed) showed as usual a certain sufficiency, in the face of which the former host of Hello it’s us! did not silence his annoyance. His spontaneity was also expressed in his exchanges with Mélenchon, without more complacency than aggressiveness. If one could judge too relieved of a critical spirit his presentation of Father Matthieu (“the tiktoker priest”), we have to admit that his tone is already fully in tune with the formula of What an era! A program which, without revolutionizing the Saturdays of France 2, demonstrates a certain aptitude for renewal. And prides itself, this morning, on having brought together an audience of more than a million people. Simple curious or really interested viewers? The future will tell.


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What an era! Available in replay on France.tv



Good or not good? We watched “What a time!” Léa Salamé’s new show