Episode 3 questions answeredThursday, 25 June 2009
Thanks for the feedback and questions, everyone. As with the previous Q&As, I'm not going to engage with broad philosophical queries about, for instance, how much we suck. Otherwise, it's pretty much open season.
Eizzie: will the team make up for the two lost episodes or will the season be two episodes down?
It wasn't possible to extend the season – for one thing, our production team are moving onto other projects. So the series will be two episodes shorter – a total of eight. Think of it not as a loss of two episodes, but as a gain of two episodes of Tracy Ullman.
James: Since when did the block on international viewers appear?
The series was never supposed to be available for online streaming for international viewers. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that the series now screens around the world – including on BBC4 as of this week, excitingly. Another important factor is that the web comes with an ever thicker web of legal issues which make limiting the geographical scope of online stuff the most practical, if a somewhat disappointing, solution. However, expats with Australian credit cards can purchase episodes online...
James continues: Though I do have a far more important question. Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
This may be a more important question, but it sure doesn't read like it.
Jaymz Stephens: What's in the wingdings???
Rebekka: where's the webpoll???
These are great mysteries.
Helen: Is Julian wearing a Stephen Colbert WristStrong bracelet during the sketch at the Vatican ?
Why, yes he is – very observant. Some of the guys attended a taping while they were in NYC.
Kieren: Does the ABC care wether or not you make fun of them? like couldn't they just cancel the show? Also, does the ABC even view the shows before air?
If you've read some of the news stories about the show recently, you'll know that the ABC has a review process in place for the show. The ABC doesn't mind having a bit of fun poked at it, though. Any network that screens so many Penelope Keith programmes develops a decent sense of humour about itself.
Beau: Hi, I was wondering what Charles Firth is up to these days. Will we be seeing him during this season of The Chaser?
Charles has been developing a solo TV career, most recently with Mr Firth Goes To Washington which was nominated for a comedy Logie this year. I'll leave it to him to make his plans public when he's ready to, but rest assured he's working on something...
Matt: Why don't you do the 'What Have We Learnt From a Current Affairs?' segment anymore?
This, along with where the Ad Roadtest is, has been the most popular question of 2009. The answer's simple – we like trying new things. You'll more than likely be seeing a few new segments over the coming weeks.
Anthony: I read in the newspaper and heard on the radio that a skit about the Morans was due to air tonight, but on the show it didn't. Was this cut for time...or taste?
Our tapings are always longer than the final show and then cut down. Some stuff we really like is held over to future weeks to get the episode down to time, and some stuff we drop entirely. The decision to withhold the Moran piece from last night's show was the team's and had nothing to do with any possible offensiveness.
Clay: What about:
D- paranoid ?
What about it? And, more pertinently, what is it?
Edward Hol: how did Craig find driving on the other side of the road like when he was in France?
Craig is an excellent driver, whether in the front seat or the back.
Seb: What was with Andrew's hair tonight? Did he just run out of time? After last times effort I was expecting big things from the hair!!
I can only speculate that Andrew's follicles felt they'd already caused enough offence in previous episodes, and wanted to refocus their attention on the political satire for which they are best known.