Seven yesterday revealed more details on new Australian series coming in the second half of the year.
They include a new sketch series, Double Take, TV Burp in which Ed Kavalee looks back on a week of television, the reality series World’s Strictest Parents, a new factual series at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, and the Tiger Airways observational as first revealed by TV Tonight.
Double Take will be produced by David McDonald, son of actor Garry McDonald and include television show parodies while TV Burp, hosted by Ed Kavalee (pictured, right) is based on the UK’s Harry Hill’s TV Burp. In looking back on a week in television it will be interesting to see if Nine and TEN are included, and if so how the editorial elements will run: favourably or critically?
Seven’s Director of Programming and Production, Mr Tim Worner said: “A big part of our business at Seven is the development of local programming. The shows we are announcing today represent an investment made 12 months ago.
“We are tremendously thrilled to be launching fresh ideas and fresh faces into the mid year entertainment schedule. Audiences are making these shows the most popular on television – and that confirmation points to a very strong back half of the year. A second wave of local production is about to be commissioned. These projects will be announced in the coming weeks.”
Seven also indicated the return “soon” of Surf Patrol, Packed to the Rafters, The Great Outdoors and Dancing with the Stars.
TV BURP: Comedian Ed Kavalee flips what we love and hate about our TV favourites on its head in this new comedy series. From soap operas to documentaries to reality TV, nothing is safe from TV Burp’s unique style of celebrating the week that was on TV. Based on the hugely successful and BAFTA award winning UK series, Harry Hill’s TV Burp.
ICU: From the crew behind the hugely successful Medical Emergency, this new series goes behind the scenes of The Alfred Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
AIR WAYS: An unprecedented look at the day-to-day running of a budget airline in Australia – all the stress and joy of travel come together in this series as passengers and the staff from Tiger Airways contends with misplaced luggage, delayed flights and even a wedding.
DOUBLE TAKE: A fast-paced collection of irreverent sketch comedy, DOUBLE TAKE focuses on parody and impersonation. Spoofs of your favourite TV shows (ones involving dancers, desperate farmers, losers and Sunrise included), movie send-ups and political trivialisation (think Julia Gillard serenading K-Rudd).
WORLD’S STRICTEST PARENTS: And taking the tough line in the battle between teens and adults are the WORLD’S STRICTEST PARENTS, a documentary series which joins headstrong Aussie teens with strict parents from around the world in a bid to whip them into shape. These parents are tough but can they tame wild Aussie teens?