Short Stack, Cassie Davis, KRudd for ABC3 launch

By David Knox on November 22, 2009 / Filed Under News 31

abcthreePM Kevin Rudd, Short Stack and Casie Davis will all be part of the official launch for ABC3 on Friday December 4th.

ABC3’s Kayne Tremills and Amberley Lobo will host Countdown to 3 at 5pm on ABC1 before a live studio audience.

The cast of ABC3’s Dance Academy will perform, and there are appearances from CJ the DJ, Scotty Tweedie from Prank Patrol, Hex from Good Game SP, and Hannah Wang from Rush TV.

It will end when the PM “flicks the switch” at 6pm as the channel begins to broadcast.

The first show on ABC3 will be Prank Patrol at 6pm in which host Scotty Tweedie meets a new prankster each episode who is on a mission to prank someone they know.

It will be followed by:
6:30pm CJ The DJ
6:55 News On 3
7:05 Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab
7:35 Jeopardy
8:00 My Place
8:30 Heartbreak High

The feature attraction in the opening night line-up is My Place, based on the award winning book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, depicting several generations of children who live in the very same spot over the course of 130 years.

The first episode “2008 – Laura” features Maddie Madden as 10yo ‘Laura’ who borrows a tinnie to muck about in the canal. It sinks, taking with it the ashes of its owner’s beloved dog. She can’t find a way to own up and say sorry. It’s 2008 and the Prime Minister is trying to do the same thing with her mob.

The adult cast in the series features Susie Porter, Dan Wyllie, Sacha Horler, Russell Dykstra, Leah Purcell and Dan Spielman plus plenty of notable actors in guest roles.

ABC3 will air from 6am – 9pm daily.


  1. Ebony.halpin March 6, 2010 at 7:44 pm -

    I really want to be on prank patrol

  2. shrandi_stack December 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm -

    Wicked, short stack!
    KRudd? pfft.

  3. caitlin is cool December 2, 2009 at 12:18 am -

    short stack :D
    how sexy

  4. Jessica November 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm -

    Then how do we get an invite :L lulz. is there anyway possible? xx

  5. David Knox November 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm -

    It’s invite only sorry. Tune in and watch?

  6. Cassandra Cullen November 30, 2009 at 6:00 pm -

    where will this be held? and when?
    do you need tickets??
    if so where can you buy them??
    and how much??

  7. Jessica November 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm -

    How do we become a part of the live studio audience? where is the launch exactly?

  8. David Knox November 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm -

    I’m sure I noted the launch airtime in the article….

  9. ShaunDivineyLover November 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm -

    Omg!! They should so let Shaun flick the switch!

    KRudd Whatever!
    Shaun Diviney Forever!

    Is the launch actually airing on t.v??

  10. MsShaunDiviney November 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm -

    Short Stack!!! hoorahh!! i love them all to death they are ah-mazinggg =D

  11. Alexandra JDP November 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm -

    Eek! How exciting! Shortstack is playing!
    I adore their music! They have the best lyrics and all the guys play it amazingly!
    Thanks so so much for being alive Short Stack

  12. Jessss November 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm -

    Yay! short stack!

  13. Jesssicaa November 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm -

    (: yaay for short stack :)

  14. David Knox November 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm -

    Yes. Reported this some time ago. Finishing the day with something for older teens.

  15. aussietv November 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm -

    David, in the lineup it has 8:30 Heartbreak High – is this really the Australian TV series repeated? I don’t believe it!

  16. Dan November 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm -

    Not really jumping for joy. We loose out music stuff on a Sunday on ABC2 because of this stupid kids channel. Kids channels across ABC 1-2 & 3.. Wow how multi channeling that is. I really am bit lost for thought why on earth they had to extend the kids programming on weekends? 6am to 6pm, bloody hell! I thought the whole point was to get kids away from the TV during summer :)

  17. Craig November 23, 2009 at 7:27 am -

    Rudd is just doing this (and the new Broadband) to distract us all from the fact he can’t fix the problems he promised he would, geez another politician breaking a promise, I’ll try and look shocked…

  18. Benno November 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm -

    Lol David wrote KRudd as one word instead of 2. I got ya :)

  19. Ben November 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm -

    When will it be visible on channel 23?

  20. Ash November 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm -

    And these are the same guys hooked up with Triple J. Well I guess the kids wouldnt take as kindly to Cut Copy as I would

  21. andru November 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm -

    Should Ruddbot be managing the country, fixing hospitals, climate change, asylum seeks etc. I know you must have some down time, but really his ego must need a lot of fodder.

  22. vinny November 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm -

    @Kyall- I think the reason behind switching it off at 9pm is so ABC HD can actually show content in HD. Something to do with amount of channels etc. I may be wrong.

  23. tasmanian devil November 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm -

    ABC For Kids On 2 will also launch the same day at 9am, running until 6pm seven days a week, starting earlier on weekends (6am). In The Night Garden will be the last show every day at 5:30pm, similar to BBC.

    Also, are we to rescan for channels, or will LCN 23 just start breakaway programming at 6pm like the HD channels used to?

  24. Kirben November 22, 2009 at 11:38 am -

    Sounds like a pointless launch event, just more publicity for Kevin Rudd.

    The Australian content looks terrible judging by the previews on ABC’s web site, and they are even launching with repeats (Heartbreak High / Jeopardy).

    Why not at least show case the new content that will be shown on the ABC3? although it doesn’t look like there will be anything much worth watching, judging by first two weeks schedule.

  25. Bereft Skerrick November 22, 2009 at 10:40 am -

    Wow – the hip and happening Krudd gets in on the action to turn on the network for prospective voters.

  26. Kyall November 22, 2009 at 10:31 am -

    So what airs after 9pm and before 6am?

  27. Russell November 22, 2009 at 10:23 am -

    I just don’t get why the network goes off the air at 9pm. It’s aimed at 5-16 year olds I think. They often stay up later than 9pm. Even if they just repeated the 6pm-9pm shows again at 9pm till midnight, that would make more sense.

  28. The Master November 22, 2009 at 8:50 am -

    Why could they not get someone else the flick the switch like a ABC personality

  29. Neon Kitten November 22, 2009 at 7:12 am -

    There goes Short Stack’s credibility.

    Oh, hang on….

  30. Nathan B November 22, 2009 at 6:49 am -

    Heartbreak High?! Omg! :-D

  31. cjschrissouth November 22, 2009 at 6:44 am -


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