The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

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The Weekly with Charlie Pickering
Also known asThe Weekly
GenreComedy, news satire
Written by
Presented byCharlie Pickering
Starring
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes92 (as of 19 June 2019) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Charlie Pickering
  • Kevin Whyte
  • Chris Walker
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria
Running time30 minutes[1]
Release
Original networkABC
Original release22 April 2015 (2015-04-22) –
present
External links
Website

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering is an Australian news satire series on the ABC. The series premiered on 22 April 2015, featuring Charlie Pickering as host with Tom Gleeson, Adam Briggs and Judith Lucy in the cast who joined the series in 2019, replacing Kitty Flanagan.[2]

On 18 September 2015, the series was renewed for a second series,[3] which premiered on 3 February 2016.[4] On 2 November 2016, the series was renewed for a third series,[5] which premiered on 1 February 2017.[6] The fourth series premiered on 2 May 2018 at the later time slot of 9:05pm to make room for the series return of Gruen at 8:30pm, and was signed on for 20 episodes.[7][8][9]

In addition to the series two renewal in September 2015, a one-off special titled The Yearly was commissioned,[3] which premiered on 16 December 2015.[10] A second Yearly special aired the following year, premiering on 14 December 2016.[11]

On the final episode of series 4 of the series, Kitty Flanagan announced that she would be leaving the show.[12] Flanagan made one final appearance on The Yearly with Charlie Pickering.[13] In 2019, the series was renewed for a fifth series with Judith Lucy announced as a new addition to the cast as a "wellness expert".[14][15]

Format[edit]

The show starts with a cold open which consists of a short introduction to the guests and main stories coming up. The program's format has been compared to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, following a similar structure.[2] Charlie Pickering delivers a selection of the past week's news stories interspersed with jokes. Similarly to The Daily Show, most episodes feature a cross to a specialised correspondent (including Adam Briggs, Loyiso Gola, Jonathan Pie, Tiff Stevenson, and Wyatt Cenac), and/or an interview with a guest. A previously prepared sketch, story or interview is usually presented by Tom Gleeson and Kitty Flanagan. The show was pre-recorded in front of an audience in ABC's Ripponlea studio on the same day of its airing from 2015 to 2017. In 2018, the fourth series episodes were pre-recorded in front of an audience at the ABC Southbank Centre studios.[16] Gleeson's interview segment Hard Chat is inspired by Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, and was later spun off into a quiz show entitled Hard Quiz.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 20 22 April 2015 (2015-04-22) 2 September 2015 (2015-09-02)
2 14 3 February 2016 (2016-02-03) 4 May 2016 (2016-05-04)
3 20 1 February 2017 (2017-02-01) 14 June 2017 (2017-06-14)
4 20 2 May 2018 (2018-05-02) 12 September 2018 (2018-09-12)
5 14 20 March 2019 (2019-03-20) 19 June 2019 (2019-06-19)
Specials 3 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16) 19 December 2018 (2018-12-19)

The Yearly with Charlie Pickering[edit]

The Yearly with Charlie Pickering is an annual special which relives the year's highlights and lowlights. It concludes with The Weekly's Person of the Year. The first show screened on 16 December 2015.[17] The second show screened on 14 December 2016.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Refs.
2015 5th AACTA Awards AACTA Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series Charlie Pickering, Kevin Whyte, Chris Walker, Frank Bruzzese Won [19]
2016 Logie Awards of 2016 Most Outstanding Entertainment Program The Weekly with Charlie Pickering Nominated [20]
2017 Logie Awards of 2017 Most Outstanding Entertainment Program The Weekly with Charlie Pickering Nominated [21]
2018 8th AACTA Awards Best Entertainment Program The Weekly with Charlie Pickering; Chris Walker, Kevin Whyte, Charlie Pickering, Jo Long Won [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Weekly With Charlie Pickering". ABC Online. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b Buckmaster, Luke (23 April 2015). "The Weekly with Charlie Pickering: not the Australian John Oliver ... yet". Guardian Australia. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Knox, David (18 September 2015). "Renewed: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering". TV Tonight. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  4. ^ "ABC 2016: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Dr Blake return first week of Feb". Media Day. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  5. ^ Knox, David (2 November 2016). "2017 Upfronts: ABC highlights". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  6. ^ Knox, David (30 December 2016). "Returning: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  7. ^ Knox, David (15 June 2017). "Renewed: The Yearly with Charlie Pickering". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  8. ^ McManus, Bridget (29 April 2018). "What's on TV: Wednesday May 2". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  9. ^ Molk, Steve (29 April 2018). "This Week's TV Guide". DeciderTV. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  10. ^ Knox, David (16 December 2015). "Airdate: The Yearly with Charlie Pickering". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  11. ^ Knox, David (6 December 2016). "Returning: The Yearly with Charlie Pickering". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Kitty Flanagan announces she's leaving The Weekly". YouTube.
  13. ^ "Top Fads of 2018: Kitty Flanagan". YouTube.
  14. ^ Knox, David (20 March 2019). "Judith Lucy joins The Weekly". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  15. ^ Knox, David (27 March 2019). "Judith Lucy serious about singledom". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  16. ^ Knox, David (25 November 2017). "Gallery: Farewell to Ripponlea". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  17. ^ http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/yearly-with-charlie-pickering/MP1549H054C00D
  18. ^ http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/yearly-with-charlie-pickering/LR1611V001S00
  19. ^ Maddox, Garry (30 November 2015). "AACTA Awards 2015: first round goes to Mad Max:Fury Road". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  20. ^ Knox, David (3 April 2016). "Logie Awards 2016: nominations". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  21. ^ Knox, David (26 March 2017). "Logie Awards 2017: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  22. ^ Knox, David (5 December 2018). "8th AACTA Awards 2018: nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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