John Richards and I attended a sneak peek of Outland (Episodes 1 & 2) at the ABC Centre in Ultimo, Sydney last night. ABC Executive Producer Debbie Lee was also in attendance and introduced us. It was a surreal experience hearing people laugh out loud at our long-gestating tv show. We even got our first review!
1. Have you ever come face to face with a celebrity after you talked about them on air? All the time. Once, Nicky Whelan — who had worn some horrific creation to the Logies — saw me the next morning and exclaimed; “I heard What you said about me on the radio," which was odd because said it to her face on the red carpet and it was the audio of that interview that had been on the radio. Maybe her vile frock was so loud, she couldn’t hear me over it.
Casting. It’s the most important thing in television. It’s why we love Masterchef and hate The Renovators. It’s why we’ll watch The Block but not Top Design. I think I know why The Renovators is so shitful. It’s a really slick, glossy show. Big sets, sweeping crane shots, huge set-pieces and actual renovations.