CNNNNChaser Non-Stop News Network (Australian Satire, ABC network)
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A live audience and a house band: newstainment and CNNNN
With its scrolling news bar along the bottom, pop-up menus and use of multiple screens, CNNNN took the excesses of the original to new and hilarious heights.
By the second series of CNNNN in 2003, The Chaser team had refined their satire further, describing the show as a new form of 'newstainment' bringing a live audience and a house band into the studio.
This comment suggests at least two reasons why CNNNN was so effective as a comedy.
The ABC introduced Thursday comedy nights a year ago with British laffers, locally made sitcom "Kath and Kim" and "CNNNN." Strong overall ratings came with an added bonus as the comedies are attracting new 29- to 39-year-old viewers to the ABC.
This winning style is alive and well today with The Glass House, Kath and Kim, CNNNN and Double the Fist, but what is now needed is an injection of a youthful spirit combining intelligence, innovation and play into other often earnest areas like documentary, news and current affairs, science and arts.
Comedian Jonathan Biggins will host its arts show; sport comedy chatshow "The Fat" now will run 90 minutes; re-inked are "CNNNN," "The Glass House" and "Kath and Kim"; while "Doss and Joe" and "Welcher and Welcher" will debut.
Asked if there's any concern about legal issues from either CNN or Fox, CNNNN performer Colin Firth quips, "Sue us?