Press Releases

What Fresh Hell Is This?

Press release time! Tom Gleeson presents Hard Quiz Monday, August 1, 2016 — ABC TV is pleased to announce auditions are underway for Tom Gleeson’s new show, Hard Quiz. Host Tom Gleeson says “With the audition process, it’s been impressive watching people demonstrating a deep knowledge without resorting to Google. Actually, it’s been impressive just... Read More »

The Raw and the Cooked

Press release time! Comedian Anh Do paints Aussie celebs in new ABC series Friday, July 29, 2016 — Anh Do loves to paint portraits and he loves getting to know people.  Premiering Wednesday August 24th at 8pm, the eight-part series, Anh’s Brush with Fame combines the two. Australians love Anh Do for his comedy, his... Read More »

Over-funded and on your YouTube

Last week we looked at Screen Australia’s latest round of funding approvals and wondered if these upcoming productions would make us laugh. Many of the productions, we’ve since discovered, are intended for online release, through platforms such as iView or YouTube, with most being new ideas. One which isn’t is These New South Whales, which... Read More »

Line? Line?

For those of you eagerly anticipating the Australian version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, big news! New Foxtel series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia announces its ensemble cast of seven exciting and talented performers. Comedy superstar Rhys Darby is joined by comedy festival favourites Cal Wilson, Tegan Higginbotham and Susie Youssef, along with... Read More »

An Obscure Reference to the Song “Simply Irresistible”

It’s the start of a new financial year, and we all know what that means: Australia’s various film and television funding bodies reveal where the money went! Considering how often we’re told that funding is essential to the development and production of film and television in this country you’d figure these lists would be a... Read More »

Does An Australian Show Require Australian Viewers?

Press release time! Filming starts on series 4 of Please Like Me Thursday, July 7, 2016 — ABC is pleased to announce that production is underway in Melbourne on series four of the critically-acclaimed comedy/drama Please Like Me, with six new episodes. Creator, writer and star of the show, Josh Thomas, will once again be... Read More »

Soul Kind Of Feeling

Press release time! ABC meets its Soul Mates this August Thursday, June 30, 2016 — ABC welcomes Bondi Hipsters, Cavemen, Kiwi Assassins and Ancient Egyptians next month when Australian comedy series Soul Mates II premieres on Wednesday, 3 August at 9.40pm. A co-commission between ABC and NBC-Universal’s comedy streaming channel Seeso (USA), the second series will... Read More »

It All Evens Out In The End

Press release time! Screen Australia and ABC deliver $1.5m for five new diverse and digital-first scripted series Screen Australia and ABC are pleased to announce the five successful projects for the Long Story Short initiative. Each project will receive funding to create and produce a short-form, digital-first scripted series for audiences aged 18-35 to screen... Read More »

Winners & Losers

It’s been a big week in Australian comedy, as sports reporters say… only they say “sport” instead of “Australian comedy” thus rendering this opening sentence pretty much useless. And having set the tone for this post, let’s move on: WINNER: Gristmill and Little Lunch, at least according to this press release: Little Lunch returns with... Read More »

This Town is Coming Like a Ghost Town

It’s been a bit of a theme here these last few weeks: where has all the Australian comedy television gone? With the ABC having diverted funding ever-so-slightly from long-running comedy panel shows – which were shit, but were still technically comedy – to long-running shows that just happen to feature comedians, we’ve entered an age... Read More »

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