Chaser set for US cable
American cable TV channel G4 has bought the American broadcast rights to the The Chaser's War on Everything.
American cable TV channel G4 has bought the American broadcast rights to the The Chaser’s War on Everything.
Available in 62 million homes across the US, the channel targets male viewers aged between 17 and 36 years. The show will make its US debut, ironically, on Australia Day.
G4 is billing the series as an “ambush comedy show” and the first episode features the Trojan Horse and Airport Security skits along with their interview with Hugh Jackman.
An edited version of the show has already screened in Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway and Finland.
In September, 2007, their APEC stunt driving a fake motorcade through the heavily-guarded security zone for the APEC summit in Sydney made headlines across the world, including the US where reports on the breach appeared on that night’s major TV news bulletins.
The possibility of charges against cast and crew dragged on for months until eventually being dropped.
But the stunt was well timed with the ABC able to benefit from the global television sales-fest, MIPCOM-TV in Cannes not long afterwards.
“The Chaser really hit a chord because everyone had heard of them from APEC,” said ABC international sales chief Karen Dacey.
The comedy team returns to ABC this year with 10 episodes.
Source: AAP / Australian