Eight male media personalities to front Ten’s Pilot Week

Network Ten has revealed the lineup for its inaugural Pilot Week, with eight male comedians and media personalities to appear in the locally-produced one off programs.

The week – which will see a number of local programs launch a pilot episode and put them to an audience vote – will be hosted by broadcaster and 2DayFM radio co-host Grant Denyer and Studio Ten co-host Angela Bishop and will run from August 19 across Ten and WIN.

The week will run from August 19

Ten’s lineup includes recently announced Trial By Kyle, a half-hour narrative comedy by Dave O’Neil, a half-hour show with ‘opinion, insight and laughs’ from former politician Sam Dastyari and a Saturday night show featuring Rove McManus.

Other comedians to appear include Rhys Darby, Stephen Curry, former 2DayFM breakfast host Harley Breen and Troy Kinne.

Viewers will be asked to participate and share feedback through Tenplay and social media.

Beverley McGarvey, Ten’s chief content officer, described the week as a “fantastic array of unique and entertaining programs”.

“Pilot Week for us, represents a substantial investment in unique and local production, and further cements Network Ten’s role as the innovator of Australian commercial television,” McGarvey said.

Network Ten’s executive general manager, revenue and client partnerships Rod Prosser, added: “We are the first commercial broadcaster to be doing anything like this. Pilot Week is an exciting initiative that propels Ten’s position as an innovator. 

“It continues our commitment to offering creative, multi-platform and innovative opportunities for advertisers and brands, and makes up part of our strongest schedule of programming over the coming months. It is a fantastic way for us to be supporting the local industry on and off screen.”

The week has already been criticised for its lack of female presence.

Triple M drive show host and comedian Jane Kennedy took to Twitter to sarcastically congratulate the men who have the opportunity to pilot their own shows.

2DayFM breakfast co-host and comedian Em Rusciano added to Kennedy’s rant, calling it “poor form”.

Sally O’Donoghue, ABC’s manager for iview and internet broadcasting called it “pretty staggering”.

Mumbrella has approached Ten for comment.

The full lineup:

Skit Happens – Nothing is safe from a Skit Happens parody, when the nations up-and-coming comedians join forces for Network Ten’s first sketch comedy in 12 years. Skit Happens is produced by CJZ.

Dave  – Funny-man Dave O’Neil opens the doors to his crazy life in a half-hour narrativecomedy. Expect laughter, tears and the appreciation of not being Dave. Dave is produced by Studio Bento.

Kinne Tonight – Comedian Troy Kinne ditches the stress of modern life, bringing hard-working Australians a fast-paced half-hour of laughter. Kinne Tonight is produced by Kinne Productions and Big Yellow Taxi Productions.

Drunk History – Rhys Darby and Stephen Curry pour themselves a drink in the international hit comedy format that takes Australia’s rich, and often surprising history and re-tells it through the words of our most loved comedians and entertainers. Drunk History is produced by Eureka Productions.

Taboo   – Taboo has broken audience records in its country of origin, Belgium. The premise is as confronting as it is simple. The very funny Harley Breen spends five days and nights with members of a disadvantaged group in society and uses the experience to perform a stand-up routine about them – with the subjects sitting in the front row. Taboo is produced by Lune Media.

Trial By Kyle  The toughest cases, biggest celebrities and genuine disputes can only be settled by one man, radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands. As Kyle carefully unravels each case, former The Bachelor Australia star and criminal lawyer Anna Heinrich is on hand to assist in forensically analysing the evidence.Trial By Kyle is produced by Screentime Australia.

Disgrace!  The world is full of disgrace and outrage. Shunned politician Sam Dastyari and the team behind Gruen and The Chaser manage the latest outbreak of outrage in a half-hour of opinion, insight and laughs. Disgrace! Is produced by CJZ.

Bring Back… Saturday Night  Rove McManus is on a mission to bring back Saturday night entertainment. A chance to reflect on what Saturday night means to Australia – then and now. Young performers will bring back the best of the past and performers of the past are challenged with reinvention. Sketches, guests, music and nothing but feel good moments as Rove finds the comedy and laughs by breaking down the conventions of entertainment and variety television. Join his quest to reunite Australia’s greatest acts, bands, and television faces in a generation bending live television show. Bring Back…Saturday Night is produced by Roving Enterprises.


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