Project for Ten: hire Shaun Mi­callef

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IHAVE of­ten won­dered why Shaun Mi­callef isn’t host­ing The Project. I’ve of­ten won­dered — or ev­ery time the Olympics are on any­way — how pole vault­ing ac­tu­ally works, too.

Some of life’s mys­ter­ies will never be ex­plained. Maybe a show ev­ery night of the week with only Satur­days off is too much work for Shaun. For any­one. But he’s in that spe­cial low-oxy­gen area oc­cu­pied by Lo­gie win­ners, and has cer­tain du­ties and obli­ga­tions to us, to the staff of TV Week, to the pub­li­cists at Ten who voted for him, over and over.

And now, more than ever, to Ten the net­work. Plus when you earn your liv­ing as a comedian, you’re not al­lowed to stay home and, I don’t know, Google your­self. He lives in Mel­bourne. The Project is in Mel­bourne. I’m as­sum­ing Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion is over.

S’pose that’s why he went off and made his news show on the ABC. That, and be­cause news is his thing. Oh, you didn’t see it? It had the world’s worst time slot— 8pm Fri­day. Dur­ing football sea­son. No won­der it was called Shaun Mi­callef’s Mad as Hell.

Gee, it was a good show though. So here we have an al­lied Ten em­ployee, more or less, do­ing a news show on an­other chan­nel in that bent, smart way The Project is try­ing to do, but not quite manag­ing. This is how it should be: Char­lie Pick­er­ing goes to Break­fast. He has en­tirely the right tone and hair.

Hughesy to Your Gen­er­a­tion’s re­place­ment if there ever is one, and all sport­ing events. Shaun Mi­callef to The Project and no more in­vis­i­ble ABC shows. And no more dra­matic roles— he just makes me laugh.

Home­land is the sec­ond prong in Ten’s re­ju­ve­na­tion plan. There are only two prongs. They only need two. Es­pe­cially if one of them is on six nights a week. Be­sides, one of these net­works has to come third. I mean, se­ri­ously, we should be all be do­ing this amount of scream­ing about the ABC, and SBS.

SBS, you may have no­ticed, has stopped run­ning RocK­wiz on Satur­day nights.

Ten, un­less some­thing goes ter­ri­bly wrong this sea­son, is go­ing to have the best show on TV when Home­land starts on Sun­day. And even bet­ter, peo­ple have now re­alised this. Be­tween the end of the first sea­son and now, some­thing has hap­pened with this show — peo­ple started hear­ing about it.

They hadn’t watched it, but friends had, or they’d seen one or two episodes and liked it but missed the rest. Then they caught up with it when Fox­tel ran it (it ended last night) and found they loved it. Then it won all those awards, be­cause Hol­ly­wood and the Pen­tagon de­cided it was OK now to hand out tro­phies, now that US forces had killed Osama bin Laden. Prob­a­bly.

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