Set in the world of politics, the 6 x 30 min series will look at the Prime Ministerial “think tank.” These are the policy makers working (and leaking?) for the country’s top job. The unit’s task is to stop worrying about tomorrow’s headlines, and to start worrying about next week’s. To be filmed in Melbourne and Canberra the series will be slated as part of the network’s Wednesday comedy night.
Working Dog has a highly successful track record including the legendary Frontline (pictured) and TEN productions The Panel and Thank God You’re Here. The announcement today by the ABC effectively ends any hope of a return for the improvisation comedy on TEN. Working Dog customarily likes to end on a high note.
In returning to the ABC, Working Dog’s Executive Producer Michael Hirsh said, “We have been constantly talking to ABC TV over the years. The ABC has been very welcoming to our ideas and it’s exciting to be working together on The Hollowmen.”
It is Working Dog’s first venture with ABC since Frontline ended in 1997.
The Hollowmen – a 6x30min political comedy/drama series – has today been commissioned by ABC TV.
The series, produced by Working Dog, will be filmed in Melbourne and Canberra and will go into production in the next few weeks. It will soon be part of ABC1’s highly successful Wednesday night lineup and will be repeated on ABC2.
The Hollowmen focuses on the workings of an internal think tank, set up by the Prime Minister, whose responsibility is long-term policy vision. The unit’s task is to stop worrying about tomorrow’s headlines, and to start worrying about next week’s.
Kim Dalton, Director of Television said “ABC TV is pleased and proud to be working again with Working Dog, which is unquestionably one of the most successful TV comedy teams in Australia.
“ABC audiences still remember and talk about Frontline, and they are going to love The Hollowmen – a timely and very funny political satire,” he said.
Michael Hirsh, Working Dog’s Executive Producer said “We have been constantly talking to ABC TV over the years. The ABC has been very welcoming to our ideas and it’s exciting to be working together on The Hollowmen.”