Fake top­ics from the fu­ture

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - To­mor­row Tonight,

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

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