Don’t expect to see NEWStopia back on television. SBS has declined commissioning a 4th series instead choosing to fund 3 new short comedy series 🙁
Series 1 of Shaun Micallef’s Newstopia started broadcasting on SBS at 10pm on Wednesday nights starting October 10 2007. Series 2 followed swiftly afterwards in February 2008 and the final Series 3 aired in late 2008.
I especially enjoyed the fake ads for SBS programs eg: “Tyrants and their pets: Hitler’s poodle”. Watch the videos (at right) and see what you think.
If you didn’t watch the Inspektor Herring Special Episode of Shaun Micallef’s Newstopia in my opinion you missed the best comedy program on Australian TV in 2008
When promoting the first series in late 2007, Micallef told the Age “The conceit of the show is that Australia is the best possible place to judge the rest of the world because we have no control over it … But we’re desperately concerned about what the neighbours think of us.” Micallef works on the series with old friends Gary McCaffrie and Michael Ward as writers.
I was not impressed by the first episode, it was like a monotonous radio newsreader rather than Shawn’s usual quirky comedy style. However this improved as the series progressed. Nicholas Bell (The Games) played a strong supporting role.
Since his ill-fated show “Micallef Tonight” on Channel 9 in 2003, Shaun Micallef has worked as a radio host on Vega’s Melbourne breakfast show team and written a book called Smithereens.
Viewers can expect plenty of sarcastic comments and funny faces being pulled by Micallef and I personally hope the show will be similar to the Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
Micallef established himself as one of Australia’s most popular comedians while working on shows like “Full Frontal” and then in his own right in the surreal “The Micallef Program” (series 1), The Micallef Programme (series 2) and The Micallef Pogram (series 3) where he played a pompous TV host who:
- Put down his guests like musician Tim Rogers
- Participated in brief odd sketches like the annual claustrophobic association picnic where the picnickers are really far away from each other, and
- Played Dracula in a classic sketch called Dracula makes a SeaChange produced with the theme music and actors of the hit ABC TV show Seachange (watch it below via Youtube by clicking on the PLAY button at the bottom left of the video box)