Including special guests, live crosses and sketches, the show will look at the week’s news in front of a live audience in TEN’s Melbourne studios.
Created and produced by Craig Campbell (The Project, Rove Live) and Kevin Whyte (Token/Guesswork Television), it set to launch before the end of the month.
TEN’s Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “We are delighted to once again work with Craig Campbell and Kevin Whyte. They are the best in the business when it comes to producing a comedy format.
“This Week Live promises to be a unique and hugely entertaining show which will guarantee more than a few laughs, and probably raise some eyebrows.”
Whyte told TV Tonight, “It came together through a number of discussions with TEN about a show with funny people that gets them to filter the week and talk not just about the news but things that are exciting them. Much in the same way that a stand-up comedian would select their material for going on stage.
“It’s a pretty straightforward show without too many whistles and bells that takes apart the week. Having said that there’s no way that 4 comedians are going to be left to just sit down with Craig Campbell running the show. There will be pre-recorded elements, ‘live eyes’ and we’ll be getting out and about.”
The show will air Wednesdays at 9:30pm, the same timeslot where TEN had great success The Panel produced by Working Dog. But Whyte says any similarities are genre-based.
“The idea that it’s funny people sitting around in the studio talking is probably where The Panel comparisons begin and end,” he says.
“There will also be sketch elements not wildly dissimilar to the way Before the Game has characters.”
Comedian Tommy Little, who has also been cast in A League of Their Own for TEN said: “I’ve never had a job so I’m just excited about having a desk and a car space, getting to create a show with the three funniest people in the country is a bonus, I guess.”
Tom Gleeson added: “I’m 39 and bald. I don’t belong on television but someone’s paying me to do it, so I’ll turn up. I’m excited about this show because it’s live. I can say whatever I want, and then a million people hear it. TEN isn’t excited about this.”
This Week Live will also take a lighter approach than Roving Enterprises’ The Project.
“With The Project you come away learning stuff about the world. You will learn nothing from this show. That’s a promise!” Whyte laughs.
“We might completely ignore the biggest news story of the week if there’s no ‘funny’ in it.”
Broadcasting live from the same studio as The Project in Melbourne means a fast-turnaround for crews.
“When a show is sizzling in that little room with its compact, sardine audience it can really fly,” says Whyte.
“Sometimes with big studios there’s so much space around it that you feel quite distant from the action. But there you feel like you are on the set.”
Musical acts will also be considered once the show has settled in.
“Nothing is off the table. If there’s a great opportunity to do something that seems fun and we think the audience will enjoy it, we’ll do it.
“The show is simple and flexible and able to go where the funny is.”
Premieres 9:30pm Wednesday July 24 on TEN.