How to break this gently? Sorry, it can’t be done…
Don’t expect to see NEWStopia back on television.
When TEN announced Shaun Micallef would front its new panel show (now entitled) Talkin ‘Bout Your Generation everyone had expected he could continue with SBS’ NEWStopia. The show had enjoyed three series on SBS, becoming a cult favourite and generating good reviews.
TEN’s official press release even promised, “Micallef will continue his work on SBS series NEWStopia” -a nice nod from one network to current obligations.
Behind the scenes the fallout has been less cheerful.
SBS confirmed to TV Tonight yesterday that its series has not been re-commissioned. Axed? Technically no, just not recommissioned. The network instead nodded to three new series that are instead moving forward.
There is no guarantee it will ever be re-commissioned.
TV Tonight understands that NEWStopia has become a victim of production clashes.
Micallef will be seen on TEN’s new show alongside Amanda Keller, Charlie Pickering and Josh Thomas, produced by Granada, while the lingering memory of FremantleMedia’s comedy with Kat Stewart and Nicholas Bell may well prove to be its 2008 finale featuring “Inspektor Herring.”