Former host of The Project Charlie Pickering will present a new yet to be named comedy chat show on the ABC in 2015, something that is much needed as a number of other satirical programs disappear from our screens.
After the axing of The Roast last week, an ABC spokesperson last night confirmed Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell would return in 2015 but only for one season, expected to be 12 episodes long. Micallef will instead focus on a new program titled The Ex-PM.
When asked to confirm the future of Dirty Laundry Live, an ABC Spokesperson last night told me there was "No plans for it at this stage." The program hosted by Lawrence Mooney and Brooke Satchwell had grown a strong cult following on ABC2, with fans enjoying its live edgy spontaneity.
The Tom Ballard host program Reality Check is also unlikely to return in 2015 after disappointing ratings this year, that production team will instead focus on a new season of Gruen.
In 2015 Pickering will premiere a news comedy chat show that sounds like it will be based upon the US Daily Show. The 30 minute program will run for 20 weeks in 2015 most likely in the Wednesday timeslot.
Sharing the set with guests and fellow comedians, Pickering promises he will get back to his comedy roots calling bullshit on newsmakers, special interests, politicians and other charlatans. Hilariously outspoken, it will shamelessly turn the hypocrisies and idiocies of the world into the least cheap laughs the Australian taxpayer can afford.