With a title no doubt inspired by the 1976 film Network, Shaun Micallef is Mad as Hell on ABC1.
The news satire show will feature an ensemble cast including Francis Greenslade (Winners and Losers, The Micallef Programme), Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation), Roz Hammond (Muriel’s Wedding, The Dish, The Librarians, Outland), Veronica Milsom (Hungry Beast, Triple J), Emily Taheny (Comedy Inc., Stupid, Stupid Man, The Chasers War on Everything) and introduces Tosh Greenslade.
It will be interesting to see how this differs from his former Newstopia series for SBS, but Micallef is always watchable.
Somewhat surprisingly, the show has been given a Friday night timeslot, rather than joining ABC’s traditional Wednesday comedy night.
One man. A desk. The world. Hold onto your socks! Australia’s second favourite funny man is about to return to Aunty with a brand new show that’s guaranteed to blow the lid off an entirely different kettle of fish.
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell is a half-hour weekly round-up, branding, inoculation and crutching of all the important news stories of the week, and it starts Friday May 25 at 8pm on ABC1.
Along with a like-minded ‘think tank’ of reporters and pundits, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell offers not only reportage and analysis of the week’s events, but discussion, argument and dissection of what’s making the world turn every which way. It’s a show that knows that if News isn’t Now it’s Nowhere.
So don’t just sit there, get up out of your chairs right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, “I’m going to watch Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell. Premiering Friday May 25 at 8pm on ABC1”. It’ll save us having to do any promotion.
Remember folks, you’re a human being, goddammit! Your life has value!
Fridays at 8pm on ABC1, starting May 25th.