There’s a bit more detail emerging today on what’s behind The Spearman Experiment, due to premiere on TEN next week.
So far the network has managed to keep us guessing on what the show will be, assuming curiosity and the Magda-factor will be enough to get us to tune in. And together with Generation having warmed up the timeslot, they’re probably right.
The show will attempt to show the influences of pop culture in Australia through the use of online polls, as interpreted through Rank Correlation analysis. This was invented by Dr Charles Spearman in 1904, says news.com.au.
“It’s probably got something of Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation about it,” Szubanski says.
“Culturally it’s coming from a similar kind of place, family-friendly, a bit Gen Y you know.
“Generally it’s going to be playful and cheeky but really affectionate. I grew up watching The Brady Bunch, grew up when pop culture was really starting to globalise so I have a great affection for it.”
The show is mostly scripted with Szubanski helping to write her own bits.
“I had this idea that I wanted to give my spin on the particular events we were talking about … how all these things fitted in, how they are sort of placed culturally, so yeah I get to write it myself.”
The show premieres 7:30pm next Tuesday on TEN.