ABC announced a fine 2012 schedule last night, providing us with at least ten new reasons to be bummed if the world ends next year. The big news is the return of Andrew Denton who will host a word-based game show called Randling. Welcome back, Andrew. Elsewhere, Shaun Micallef dissects the news in Shaun Micallef Is Mad As Hell, Generation colleague Josh Thomas makes his scripted comedy debut in six part series Please Like Me and Myf Warhurst explores all things naff in Myf Warhurt’s Nice.
On the drama front, Guy Pearce will star in two Jack Irish telemovies, Rake will return for a second season (as will Marieke Hardy’s Laid) and Geoffrey Rush will headline the film adaptation of Patrick White’s The Eye Of The Storm. Also of note is family crime story The Straights, Eddie Mabo biopic Mabo and indigenous drama series Redfern Now.
On the comedy front, Adam Zwar (Wilfred) chats to some of Australia’s funniest and wisest celebrities in Agony Uncles and Agony Aunts (he’ll also return for a second season of Lowdown), former Spicks and Specks host Adam Hills returns with another season of Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight and Frank Woodley plays it broad sans Lano in Woodley.
Excellent work, ABC.