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Sunday, November 05, 2006

People who live in glass houses prohibited from throwing stones...

"Yes, it is true. The Glass House won't be returning next year. It's been a great 6 years and we've loved every minute of it.

While we are sorry to say goodbye, we are proud to go out with high ratings and your fantastic support!

- The Glass House Team"

In today's uninformed and apathetic atmosphere, it's hard to spot irony, hard to read between the lines - well, perhaps not hard, but noone seems to do it. But think about this: why would the Aunty axe such a high rating favorite? Most comments on the Glass House guest book regard the unexpected axing as a free speech issue. I tend to agree.

Humour is a powerful and often subversive phenomenon. Authority figures of oppressive regimes have often tried to silence it and with it, the voices of the people. But it cannot be done. And with your help, the axing of the Glass House cannot be done either.

Online, you can SAVE THE GLASS HOUSE (petition), SAVE THE GLASS HOUSE (myspace), or SAVE THE GLASS HOUSE (livejournal).

Grab your snail mail kit and write to the ABC:
"Save the Glass House"
ABC TV
GPO Box 4119
Sydney NSW 2001.
Go on, it's only 50cents!

Whatever you do, don't do nothing.

8 Comments:

Blogger Daniel said...

Me, I'd like 'em to bring back 'Good News Week', the original GNW Production.

9:21 am  
Anonymous Hooch said...

'twas a winner, GNW.

There has been mention that the Glass House could be saved because its high ratings make it attractive to commercial television. But I feel it would be somewhat tainted anywhere but the ABC - as GNW was. Actually, perhaps it could survive on SBS, but not 7, 9 or 10.

12:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing to do with the post, but this website is awesome: http://xkcd.com/

also: http://www.toothpastefordinner.com/111106/math-is-addictive-dont-try-it.gif

-james

6:36 pm  
Blogger Nedla said...

Will Anderson is a hack

4:38 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like the Glass House. It was amusing for a short while (maybe half a season), but became really lame, really fast. So I'm glad it's going.

Having said that, given its ratings, it is a little unclear as to why it's being pulled. Don't know the official line, but I'm sure I'd just be all sceptical and cynical about it anyway :-P

Still... Good riddance!

> Dean

11:56 pm  
Anonymous Hooch said...

Thanks for your support, Dean. No really, thanks.

9:32 am  
Blogger Adam said...

Hey there, I sent a complaint on this to the ABC awhile ago and just got a reply back;

Dear Adam

Thank you for your email regarding The Glass House. I apologise for the delay in
responding to you.

As you are already aware, after more than five years, 218 episodes and much
consideration, ABC Television has decided not to commission The Glass House in
2007. I am sorry to hear that you are disappointed with this decision. We
believe that the program has done what ABC does best - bringing new talent to
the screen and giving them the opportunity to create and deliver cutting edge
topical satire. The ABC is proud of the outstanding job The Glass House team has
done over the past five years. However, we feel it is time to develop new
programs and explore other opportunities within the genre.

ABC Television's decision to cease production of The Glass House was made some
time ago. It is in no way related to the new version of the ABC's Editorial
Policies which will apply from March 2007. There has been some misreporting of
the ABC's new policies, particularly in relation to their application to satire.
In fact, the new policies do not impose impartiality requirements on satirical
programs such as The Glass House.

We would like to assure you that the ABC will maintain its commitment to
bringing its audience the best in new and fresh satirical comedy. The ABC has
several new comedy shows in development and others commencing production and we
hope that you will enjoy these programs as much as you have enjoyed The Glass
House. Your support for The Glass House is valued and your comments have been
brought to the attention of ABC Television.

Kind regards

Laura Whelan
ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs

8:44 pm  
Anonymous hooch said...

*cough*bullshit*cough* I'm sure the decision has been IN NO WAY influenced by the new policies.

11:31 pm  

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