Exclusive: Good News World aired its final episode last night on TEN, but producers are not done with the Good News Week brand just yet.
Producers plan to film a series of live theatre shows of GNW on the road in 2012.
“Good News Week is looking to be back on air next year and it will probably have a new home if that happens,” a production source tells TV Tonight.
Good News World has not succeeded, but was of value to TEN for its Drama points during a difficult year for the network.
“TEN has been a fantastic place to be for us and they’ve been very loyal.
“But this year the team feels like they’ve been treated as the poor cousins, and have been bounced around the schedule a bit.
“Back in the old days (TEN programming chief) David Mott would refer to Good News Week as ‘the little engine that could’ -meaning that he could move it around, make it longer, truncate it ….sometimes you would get the call a week out saying it would be better to run for 90 minutes or even 2 hours at one stage.
“For the first 30 weeks of 2010 it ran for 90 minutes and averaged just under a million people. But we’re in a different environment now and we’ve got to ask ourselves whether Good News Week in its traditional guise has that tune-in factor that’s going to get the people there every week. We believe it does.”
The show’s origins date back to 1996 on ABC, but despite its various incarnations has retained Paul McDermott, Mikey Robins and director Ted Robinson. This year Good News World emerged after an hiatus in May adding pupeteer Sammy J. and Randy, Tom Gleeson and Cal Wilson.
Next year the show is look to return to its roots as a comedy panel show with an O.B. broadcast of live shows, as it has done in the past for events such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
“A lot of people who have shit-canned Good News World haven’t watched much of it. What they didn’t like about it was that it wasn’t Good News Week. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but it’s been a tough year for comedy,” admitted the source.