The Chaser’s War on Everything is back in 2009. The ABC has announced 10 episodes for the bad boys of comedy, after a year off air. No doubt ther comedy team are realising without Anna Coren and John Howard around it will have far more material to play with.
The ABC has announced the return of the show as part of its 2009 line-up, beating TEN’s 2009 launch to the punch.
Also next year, Andrew Denton will produce Project Next in which “original thinkers, movers, mischief-makers and cage-rattlers” will be enticed into a room “to create an irreverent program about serious things”.
Crime writers John Silvester and Andrew Rule, whose Leadbelly book lead to Underbelly, will visit police corruption in Drugs, Death and Betrayal. Naughty boy John Safran, who started with the ABC in Race Around the World returns for John Safran’s Race Relations.
Jonathan Welch also returns to the ABC to work with female prisoners for Prison Sings. Welch will try to build a choir out of a varied group of prisoners and help them prepare for life on the outside. He will just a few months to prepare the inmates for a Christmas concert.
There are second seasons of East of Everything, Bed of Roses and The Librarians. New dramas include John Wood in The Cut and the mining drama Dirt Game. The telemovie Three Acts of Murder is based on the case of a serial killer who copied a “perfect murder” he read about in a novel by Bony creator Arthur Upfield, filmed in Western Australia.
The ABC is also pushing forward with kids channel ABC3 and a news channel ABC4, but requires additional funding from the government in 2009.