BY HAZEL REID
A fan of watching TV? How about having a laugh (or lots)? Love getting a chance to voice your own opinion too? Well, get set to be part of Three’s brand new special event – Comedy Pilot Week.
It’s no secret that we have a bunch of talented creatives in the country and now they need YOUR help to get have their vision officially brought to life.
Enter in five pilot episodes, all made and showcased in the hope of being made into a full series for next year. This is where you come in – you watch and you vote, the ball is in your court!
We caught up with some of the directors, producers and cast of these kiwi projects to find out more about their new creative ‘baby’.
Mean Mums, 8:30pm Sunday 23rd
Mean Mums follows a mother whose only son starts school and she is thrust into a world of judgmental, passive-aggressive know-it-all women.
Writer Amanda Alison describes the show as ‘mean girls become mean mums’. She loved working with ‘such funny, silly and brave actors’. The show starts Neighbours star Morgana O’Reilly and former Shortland St actress Anna Jullienne.
Sidelines, 8:30pm Monday 24th
What happens when four parents who are forced to spend time with each other every Saturday due to their children playing on the same soccer team? Chaos. The programme is brought to you by the same writing team behind hit show 7 Days, Nick Rado and Tarun Mohanbhai.
The guys told us while filming, ‘the kids would run out of steam near the end of a days shoot, we would boost their energy by giving them an unlimited supply of Fanta and Squiggle Tops then send them home to their parents just in time for bed.
The Lonely Hearts Motel, 9:00pm Monday 24th
An unusual motel in Palmerston North, run by a mother and son duo that is about to fail their inspections? Tick, tick, tick. The Dad’s legacy is at stake in this ‘weird show about a motel’ (director’s words!)
Millen Baird who has all three hats on – actor, director and writer said the highlight was writing the first script ‘because you can go anywhere in your head before any restrictions are imposed.’
Golden Boy, 8:30pm Tuesday 25th
Golden Boy is set in a small town and follows a sister struggling in her brother’s shadows as he’s just become an All Black. Producer Bronwynn Baker describes the show as ‘quintessentially kiwi sitcom with heart.’
Co-writer Eli Mathewson (and all-round funny comedian) loved getting to hang out with some of his best friends on the writing team while Bronwynn enjoyed ‘seeing all the work come together and watching it played in a room with people laughing at the final product!’ Golden Boy stars James Rolleston and Kimberley Crossman.
Mangere Vice, 8:30pm Wednesday 26th
‘Good Cops, Bad Cops, Bro Cops’ is how Bradley Walker, creator or Mangere Vice sees the show. Bradley’s highlight of physically making Mangere Vice included ‘seeing the wonderful cast and crew really enjoy themselves and have fun while working hard to film the entire episode in three days!’
Things are about to get real on the streets of Mangere and not just because Mangere Vice is rolling around.
You can have your say about your faves in the Comedy Pilot Week, it’s important as your votes could vote for someone to get their show made next year! Have your say on the Three Facebook or Twitter page. All the best to all of our talented creatives!SHARE THIS POST...