Vote 1 TV satire
IT’S full steam ahead for the national TV networks in the lead up to the federal election, launching a raft of new election-special programs. Seven and Nine go head to head in the 7pm time-slot with a new, half-hour national bulletindedicated to election coverage airing on the networks’ second digital channels. Seven News will air its bulletin, hosted by news anchor Mark Ferguson, weeknights on its 7TWO channel. Nine’s broadcast on GEM features anchor Peter Overton from Monday to Thursday and Deborah Knight on Fridays. The ABC also has two new election-special shows. The Gruen team and the boys from The Chaser – who’ve all been eagerly waiting for Kevin Rudd to tap on the Governor-General’s door – will return in election mode. Gruen Planet will dissect the election spin with regulars Wil Anderson, Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft joined for four special episodes by Dr John Hewson and Annabel Crabb, starting from Wednesday. Complementing this, The Hamster Decides returns on the same night, with The Chaser team (pictured) offering its own spin on the political promises of the previous week.
Gruen Nation: Returns Wednesdays, 8.30pm; followed by The Hamster Decides, Wednesdays, 9.15pm, both on ABC1.