Press release time!
WORLD PREMIERE OF CHRIS LILLEY COMEDY TO SCREEN IN EPIC WEEKEND BINGE ON ABC IVIEW
Australia’s leading internet TV service, ABC iview, is giving superfans the chance to watch puckloads of Chris Lilley’s new series JONAH FROM TONGA online, before it hits TV screens.
Every pucking episode of the six-part series will premiere in a not-to-be-missed weekend iview binge, available from 6pm Friday May 2 until 6pm Sunday May 4 AEST.
With more than 15 million monthly program plays*, iview is Australia’s most accessible TV on demand service, available on 15 connected platforms including computers, tablets, smart phones, internet-enabled TVs, gaming consoles and set top boxes – so you’ll never miss a moment of JONAH FROM TONGA, wherever you are.
Last time we caught up with Jonah Takalua he was expelled from Summer Heights High. JONAH FROM TONGA sees Jonah now in a new school but still up to his old tricks. The Tongan rebel finds himself in hot water with plenty of fights, frenemies, break-dancing & law-breaking.
“ABC iview was the first in the Australian market with an online streaming catch-up service and we continue to deliver ‘firsts’ five years on,” said Arul Baskaran, ABC Head of Online and Multiplatform.
“We’re firm believers in innovation and improving how technology can deliver outstanding Australian content to audiences no matter where they’re watching, and we’re thrilled to now offer binge viewing of a highly-anticipated show from one of Australia’s most respected comedic talents.” he added.
Princess Pictures’ Laura Waters, who produced the series with Lilley said: “Jonah From Tonga is a thrilling series, coming out in the most thrilling era of television,
“Chris and I will always put the fan’s experience first. We’re so excited that people can choose their own way of getting involved with Jonah!” Laura added.
Companion broadcaster BBC Three will follow suit with their own binge weekend with the entire series available on the popular BBC iPlayer.
JONAH FROM TONGA will also screen Wednesday nights from May 7 at 9pm on ABC1, with each episode being made available again on iview after broadcast.
Okay, let’s just make this plain: Chris Lilley’s last two series – Angry Boys and Ja’mie: Private School Girl – started out strong in the ratings, only to see those figures drop off sharply as viewers realised they were being served the same old same old. So what this binge session really is – sorry “superfans” – is a naked attempt to rig the ratings: by releasing the whole series in one blurt, they can then claim the initial high ratings figures (that Lilley hopefully still manages to get in week one) are the figures for the entire series*.
Obviously this is bullshit, a blatant attempt to rig the system to artificially boost the ratings for the ABC’s fading golden child. But good news: by showing so little confidence in the finished product the ABC have done much of our work for us. If Lilley had come up with a show that improved week after week – or even just had a halfway decent story that would keep viewers tuning in – the ABC wouldn’t be resorting to this kind of crap.
No, it seems clear without having seen a second of the finished show that Lilley has yet again served up even more of the same “hilarious” quasi-racism, dubious sex jokes and bland unfocused “offensiveness”. Now the ABC are bricking it at the realisation that they’re stuck with six weeks of this turd smeared across their schedules. We’ll still be tuning in because, as the Romans put it, “haters gotta hate”. But after this stunt? You’re going to need diamond-tipped drilling equipment to dig down to where our expectations have sunk.
*they can also claim when the ratings fall off week after week for the ABC1 broadcast that the drop in viewers is because everyone watched the series on the first weekend. Pretty sneaky, ABC.