Gruen Planet return tipped for 2015 not 2014
Gruen's return now looks later rather than sooner for the ABC.
As we reach the halfway mark of the year (in TV terms it’s actually the end of next week) nobody is giving firm answers, which is usually indicative that a show will be later rather than sooner.
A spokeswoman for the ABC has told Guardian Australia plans were “already under way for the next series but there is no air date yet”. She said: “I’ve been told that we are not commenting any further.”
Gruen was announced as part of ABC’s 2014 highlights last November, and in January Channel Controller Brendan Dahill told TV Tonight it would resume in the second half of the year.
But by February Executive Producer Jon Casimir from Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder was appointed as ABC TV’s head of entertainment. Host Wil Anderson has also tweeted about his focus on live comedy this year. Russel Howcroft, now a TEN exec, is also to appear on Recipe to Riches. There are no ‘big ticket’ events this year around which to hang a variation on the show, such as Gruen Nation.
A spokesperson from CJZ told TV Tonight in April, “Yes (Wil Anderson) will be taking time off to concentrate on his stand up and yes the show will return. We are in discussions with everyone about dates.”
Nick Murray told Guardian: “We fully expect Gruen will be back next year. As Wil has already said publicly, he is living and working in the US this year – other than the odd live show here in Australia.
“We have a team in place which includes many of the original production crew. The key crew are on staff here already, and Jon will be overseeing the show at the ABC end, so there will be virtually no change of personnel.”
Without Spicks and Specks and Gruen (possibly second half of 2015) ABC will really need a dynamic new entertainment show to step up to the plate very soon.