“ABC accidentally commissions wrong show!” declared an ABC press release, in what appeared to be a Publicity attempt at humour.
It’s the kind of thing those Chaser boys do all the time, and do it so well.
“ABC bosses put pen to paper this week commissioning a series entitled Fever Pitch first thought to be a 12-part medical drama about a feisty but flawed contagious diseases expert, Professor Pamela Pitch (played by Claudia Karvan).
“The programming decision considered a ‘no-brainer’ soon became a massive ‘brain-ache’ for the ABC executive who inadvertently signed along the wrong dotted line. It seems that the ABC are about to spend an exorbitant amount of taxpayers money on an untried, untested and possibly unwatchable panel-style entertainment / comedy show based loosely around sport.”
But did ABC execs fail to see the funny side of the release which was clearly having a sly dig at Newton’s Law? Not long after sending the email, a link to a full release was not working.
Instead a new press release for the same show was issued -this time without all the mirth:
Olympic champion and media all-rounder Nicole Livingstone and comedian Tegan Higginbotham have joined forces on Fever Pitch, a new one-hour live comedy sport panel show which will premiere on Friday, June 30 at 6pm (AEST) on ABC and ABC iview.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience in Melbourne, Nicole and Tegan will be joined by a regular team of athletes and comedians including former ABC ME star Amberley Lobo, comedian Dave Thornton and Paralympic champion Dylan Alcott to look at the world of sport from all angles.
Each show will feature guest interviews, field stories, comedy sketches and studio games.
Tegan is also one of the panellists on tonight’s pre-game coverage of the Liverpool FC v Sydney FC match screening live on ABC2 and iview at 7.30pm (AEST).
Fever Pitch will air live on Friday nights at 6pm (AEST) on ABC and iview from Friday, June 30th.
When TV Tonight asked if someone in management had kiboshed the first release, ABC wasn’t in any hurry to respond…