Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder’s Nick Murray and The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel speak to Encore’s Tim Burrowes about their new ABC1 consumer affairs show The Checkout.
MAKING THE CHECKOUT
Nick Murray and Craig Reucassel explain how The Checkout came about, how they chose the specific consumer affairs angles to hone in on and whether the show could be described as a companion show to The Gruen series.
SEGMENTS OF THE SHOW
Murray and Reucassel outline the segments in the show including ‘as a guilty mum’ and ‘product versus packshot’, viewer participation in the show, whether there will be online video extras in the style of The Hamster Wheel.
INSIDE CORDELL JIGSAW ZAPRUDER
Nick Murray talks about the Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder merger, whether the CJZ name will stay, what’s on the slate for the company including their “really stupid idea” that’s likely to get up, the Cordell Jigsaw takeover of Zapruder’s Other Films and whether Andrew Denton will be back after his sabbatical.
PEOPLE DON’T LAUGH ON THURSDAYS
Craig Reucassel talks about the Chaser team and their production company Giant Dwarf, whether they are likely to all work together on another project, the viability of coproductions and why The Checkout isn’t a traditional Chaser show. Murray and Reucassel discuss how they expect the show to perform ratings wise, whether the show is on the right night and why people don’t laugh on Thursdays.
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