Thank God You're Here - New show from Working Dog in 2006

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Thank God You're Here - New show from Working Dog in 2006

Post by kichigai » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:45 pm

Over at mediaspy.org there are a list of new shows for 2006 - Mention is made of a program called Thank God You're Here. It's by Working Dog, anyone got any idea what it is? Hope that it's not that Improv show with Fifi Box.

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Post by RealInspectorShane » Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:05 pm

I'm afraid it is. Someone posted a review of the pilot;
Just thought I'd post about this TV pilot I went to last night.
Done by Working Dog (read: The Panel) people, and is a new kind of improv show.

It's called "Thank God You're Here" and they take 6 celebrities (kind of celebrities) and dress them up in an outfit, give them a prop, then they walk into a room and they're in a sitution they know nothing about, and have to act like they do.

The 6 celebrities were:
Matthew Newton (Changi, Looking for Alabrandi)
Santo Tilaro (The Panel)
Fifi Box (Triple M)
Frank Woodley (Lano and Woodley)
Some old chick from Neighbours who left a couple of years ago
Angus Sampson from that fake Kumars show on 7.

An example of a sketch was
Fifi: Has a business suit, and a giant cow, walks into an office and the gag is, theyre planning the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and they ask her all these questions about it, and get her to sing a song about it that she has to think up on the spot. It was a shame, she didnt use the cow.

That was sketch 1 of 6, and all-up it actually wasnt that bad, I was kinda expecting to go in there with forced laughter, but it was pretty good The winner on the day for the best sketch (voted by Russel Gilbert next to me in the crowd) was Frank Woodley, who was given a plate with a tap on it, and proceeded to walk into the room and dropped it, smashed it, then fell over (all not planned) and it just got funnnier from there, and hopefully coming to a TV screen near you.
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Post by sleeping_pirate » Wed Nov 23, 2005 3:48 am

Sounds like Whose Line Is It Anyway?
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Post by BeerStud2 » Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:07 pm

Sounds like it might be alright.....

That crazy Santo Tilaro will be up to mischief, Im sure!
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Post by skel » Wed Nov 23, 2005 2:59 pm

Oh man have they gotten lazy? It seems they dont want to do a show which takes more than four hours to plan. This could be fairly embarrasing...
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Post by louie » Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:21 pm

this could be bad. i hope not.

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Post by kim » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:22 pm

one of those shows where it so depends on the strength of the cast......

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Post by 13 schoolyards » Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:59 pm

Whatever happened to the old idea of sitting down to actually *write* some comedy?

Then again, that article on Working Dog's charity antics in The (Melbourne) Magazine (given away free in today's Age) does say they're working on a new guide book (this one set in South America - my guess is somewhere with a name like 'Cocaineia') and a couple of film scripts. It's just a shame their (increasingly rare) TV work is also increasingly throwaway and forgettable - I suppose if they keep getting paid for churning out sub-par stuff, why not take the cash?
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Post by kim » Fri Nov 25, 2005 2:38 am

Much as I like Molvania and Phaic Tan, another one based on the same principle might be stretching it a bit. What do other guys think?

I reckon WD should work on another Frontline-esque series, not some ad hoc type show. Something satirical...

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Post by BeerStud2 » Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:44 am

Yeah I too think the travel guide book thing might be stretched a bit now. I don't think they should do another one.
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