Because 2020 has been a bastard year and we all deserve a little treat, the kind and good folks at the ABC have just announced that not only is the hugely beloved Spicks & Specks now set to return in 2021, but it’ll be for a fully-blown new season as well. No more one- or two-off reunion specials. A brand new series of the good shit. You truly love to see it.
In the ABC’s annual Upfronts presentation of new programming, network officials confirmed the hugely beloved music quiz series would be returning in 2021 with a 10-episode season hosted by Adam Hills, with both Alan Brough and Myf Warhurst returning as team captains.
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A sizzle reel for the new series aired as part of the Upfronts presentation, confirming a slew of music and comedy guests for the new season, including Alex Lahey, G-Flip, Luke McGregor, and Tom Ballard.
Spicks & Specks originally ran from 2005 through to 2011 with Hills, Warhurst, and Brough at the helm. A short-lived reboot in 2014 cast Josh Earl as the series host with Adam Richard and Ella Hooper as captains.
Since then, Hills, Warhurst, and Brough have routinely returned to the show for a series of one-off and short-run reunion specials. Most recently, a string of decade-themed specials were produced that aired on the ABC in the early stages of 2020 before the entire world ate a big shit and died.
The ABC’s new slate of comedy programming was also unveiled at today’s Upfronts presentation. Among other things, Gruen, The Weekly, Mad as Hell, and Tomorrow Tonight will all be returning in 2021, while YouTube sensations Superwog will also be getting their own series on iView.
The ABC’s long-mooted rebranding of its ABC COMEDY channel will also be moving forward, with the digital multichannel to be badged as ABC TV Plus from January 1st onwards.