No doubt this is a response to the lack of commitment from the Working Dog camp who have been evasive on a return for Thank God You’re Here. TEN has also been missing The Panel for some time.
The production company who devised Good News Week recently saw The Sideshow wind up at the ABC and before that, The Glasshouse.
Meanwhile panel shows like Spicks and Specks go from strength to strength.
Original host Paul McDermott will again front the weekly satire, set to air as early as February. The show originally found success on the ABC before shifting to TEN. It ended in 2000.
Paul McDermott, “The return of Good News Week on TEN. Seriously? It’s going to be like a party at Corey Delaney’s place.”
But what of the original team including Mikey Robbins and Julie McCrossin? McDermott says there’s a new crop of comedians and performers to come.
At this rate it won’t be long before Daryl Somers really is back with Hey Hey.
UPDATE: Feb 11 only at 9pm, thereafter at 8:30pm.
Paul McDermott, the acid-tongued cherub of satire, will reprise his role as host of one of Australian TV’s most successful current affairs comedy shows, Good News Week, when it returns to TEN in February 2008.
Having blazed a trail for shows such as “Spicks & Specks” (an ABC TV production) and “The Glass House” (a GNW production), alleged TV legend Ted Robinson and his production company will bring Good News Week back to our screens.
Each week, Paul & two Captains will lead teams of comedians, media personalities, politicians and “special” guests as they decipher, dissect, deconstruct & completely misrepresent the news of the week.
“A show like Good News Week (GNW) has never been more relevant. It was the show that arguably kicked off many successful variations of the same in recent years, and there is a notable void of this type of current affairs style comedy leading into 2008.
The writers’ strike in the US has highlighted the importance of formats that are home grown, durable and flexible, and rarely do you see a show like GNW where years later you watch and can say that still works. Not to mention the chance to work with Paul and the team at GNW again was just too tempting to pass up.” David Mott, Chief Programming Officer, Network Ten.
Paul McDermott said: “The return of Good News Week on TEN. Seriously? It’s going to be like a party at Corey Delaney’s place.”
Ted Robinson said: “There’s no place I’d rather be. We’re still the one.”
‘Team Captains’ for the season will be announced in the coming days.