Amended: ABC1 has confirmed its new Wednesday line-up beginning July 28 in the run up to the Federal Election.
It will air as follows:
9pm Gruen Nation
9:45pm Yes We Canberra!
The Gruen Transfer is now out of schedule, while there are currently no existing airdates for United States of Tara and At the Movies -they may yet be rescheduled.
In calling the election today, Julia Gillard used the phrases “moving forward” and “moving forward together” 22 times during her speech and 13 times during the follow-up questions (does anyone want to guess what the ALP slogan might be?).
So thanks Julia, we’re moving forward, getting stuck into Gruen Nation, which premieres on Wednesday, July 28, at 9pm.
Gruen Nation aims to be Australia’s bullshit detector. It will run an X-ray over the campaign, decoding and deconstructing the messages from all sides. Where other programs will focus on policies and personalities, Gruen will do what it does best: lift the lid on how we are sold.
For the first time during an Election, each week Wil Anderson, Todd Sampson, Russel Howcroft and guest panelists – political insiders and commentators – will examine the art and science of political persuasion. What works, what doesn’t. We’ll run a Gruen comb through this election, as well as previous Australian and overseas campaigns.
Wil Anderson said today; “Now the date has been named, I am preparing for the election by having a shot every time JG says ‘moving forward’. I hope to sober up in time for the first episode of Gruen Nation… ”
Gruen Nation, a series of four extra-length, extra strength, 45-minute specials, will begin on ABC1 on Wednesday July 28 at 9pm.
The Chaser has gone to the Governor-General and asked for her permission to go to air on July 28.
After constitutional lawyers told her she couldn’t stop it, she agreed.
Craig Reucassel admitted the team had been surprised by Gillard’s early election call.
“We haven’t even had time to choose a Chaser candidate for Lindsay,” he said. “Although while we aren’t ready to do a show, we are ready to govern.”
Yes We Canberra! will air on ABC1 at 9.45 on Wednesday, July 28 after Gruen Nation. There will be four shows before the election and one after the poll.
“We are not looking forward, we are not looking forward, we are not looking forward to this election,” said Executive Producer Julian Morrow.
Chas Licciardello said this election offered Australians a clear choice.
“People are sick of the kind of political stunts we saw Laurie Oakes pull at the National Press Club. They want the kind of considered, well-informed commentary only The Chaser can offer,” he said.