Fake topics from the future
Watching the premiere episode of this newsinspired light entertainment series reminded me of the general freak-out inspired by the 1938 radio broadcast of HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds. Tomorrow Tonight obtained all the text messages everyone had sent since 2001 and demanded payment not to release them.
I asked Crabb about the possibility of audiences getting confused, especially given the show features segments of very good actors pretending to be newsreaders announcing things that aren’t true.
“Actually, some audience members in our first episodes have left not sure which of the news reports and inserts were real and which were fake,” she says, before adding: “They’re all fake.”
“But I’m not expecting outbreaks of mass hysteria; apart from among, I guess, the permanently hysterical.”
It is actually fascinating and rather fun. Whether it turns out to be prescient, only time will tell. Wednesday, 9pm, ABC.
Charlie Pickering and Annabel Crabb, hosts of