PM 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
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.