ABC Television 2023

Discussion of ABC programming for next year. Upfronts to be advised.

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ABC’s 2023 upfronts will be held on Thursday afternoon, November 24, and will be live streamed on iView.

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Upfront scan be seen on Iview 2:00 PM AEDT

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The presentation has begun for anyone interested. It is a series of pre-recorded short programs so far.

Noticed that Utopia was on the drama list.

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Mother & Son reboot will be interesting to see.

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News and current affairs


well looks like once again i will be watching ABC over 7 , 9 and 10 for fta viewing

The ABC’s 2023 line-up looks good, but I would like to see live sport returning, especially with the 5-yearly federal funding arrangement confirmed.

The end of Mad as Hell leaves quite a large hole on the ABC’s Wednesday night schedule.


Full information from ABC Upfronts:

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Ningaloo Nyinggulu was first announced at the ABC’s 2022 upfronts last year, under the working title Ningaloo with Tim Winton.

What do you suggest would be cheap enough?

I would suggest the following for starters (but not limited to):
Australian Volleyball League (including beach volleyball tour)
Triathlon events in Australia

In the medium term the ABC should aim for the rights to:
WNBL (currently on 9Now)
Hockey One (currently on Kayo)
Athletics Australia
Swimming Australia

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I’m not sure if any leagues will go with the ABC in the future (over streaming it themselves or on NITV or on Kayo), given they then can’t have advertising on their broadcasts.

This is a very confusing statement. The leagues wouldn’t care if there was any advertising as long as whoever wants the rights pays the maximum amount possible.

It’s the commercial networks that have to raise money through advertising to pay for those rights. Any league would be happy to screen sport ad free as long as they still made the money for those rights.


But the ABC can’t compete

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ABC announces Your Planet Short Docs


The ABC is pleased to announce the eleven selected projects for the Your Planet Short Docs initiative.

The ABC has partnered with Doc Society and State and Territory funding agencies – Screenwest, VicScreen, Screen Tasmania, Screen Queensland and Screen Territory – to offer early career filmmakers an opportunity to create a short documentary focussing on climate and environmental solutions.

The result is that these next generation film makers have delivered a diverse and thought-provoking catalogue of documentaries that shine a light on people and communities designing and acting for a positive future.

From wildlife defenders to waste warriors, from valleys to reefs and powerful stories from First Nations filmmakers. These stories will transport the audience across Australia and showcase solutions to some of the challenges facing our environment.

Richard Huddleston, Acting Head of Factual and Culture said: “I am delighted to be partnering with the Doc Society, our screen agencies and Sydney Film Festival for this ambitious initiative. Helping such a passionate group craft their stories on this important issue is exciting for everyone involved and demonstrates the ABC’s ongoing commitment to supporting Australia’s emerging documentary filmmakers.”

As part of the initiative, the filmmakers were provided with production funding and are being guided through a mentorship program with the ABC Factual and Culture team and Doc Society to support their creative journey while making the films.

Hollie Fifer, Director of Australian Programs, Doc Society said: “We are proud to be a partner for this initiative that is creating a wave of solution driven climate and environmental documentaries from across Australia. Over the course of the program, each film team will have access to ABC’s and Doc Society’s mentors and support to elevate and realise their creative ambitions that will move us all closer to a climate just and biodiverse future.”

The Sydney Film Festival has agreed to review the eleven films with the intention of programming the slate of documentaries for the 2023 Sydney Film Festival.

The films will form part of the ABC’s significant climate and environment content for 2023 which will also include a new season of War on Waste, Ningaloo Nyinggulu, The Platypus Guardian and Dolphins: Is Our Love Too Deep.

Your Planet Short Docs

Road Kill Warriors (TAS)
Producer/Director: Lara van Raay
Executive Producer: Kalita Corrigan (ABC)

Synopsis: 400,000 animals are killed on Tasmanian roads every year. That’s 45 – every hour. Meet the women who have decided that enough is enough and are tackling this issue in unique and sometimes controversial ways. They are the wildlife defenders. Raising the alarm to a massive, deadly problem.

After The Smoke (VIC)
Producer: Stephanie Sabrinskas
Director: Josie Hess
Executive Producer: Teri Calder (ABC)

Synopsis: A collage of artists’ interpretations illustrate the story of Wendy Farmer, housewife turned activist and founder of Voices of the Valley. Wendy recounts how the devastating Hazelwood mine fire led her to find her voice as an activist, fighting for a new identity for The Latrobe Valley as a renewable hub.

Wing Threads (VIC)
Producer/Director: Chris McCormack
Executive Producer: Madeleine Hawcroft (ABC)

Synopsis: A journey around Australia on the smallest of wings. Zoologist turned pilot, Amellia Formby, is on a mission to share her love for migratory shorebirds. In her microlight aircraft she will brave the elements, just like these avian marvels, as she searches for solutions to the many threats they face.

For Frogs Sake (VIC)
Producers: Derek Ho, Kyria Kopoulos, Lynette Plenderleith
Director: Derek Ho
Executive Producer: Julie Hanna (ABC)

Two female conservationists fighting against time to save the endangered and elusive Giant Burrowing Frogs in regional Victoria.

Yurmulun (WA)
Producer/Director/Editor: Marlikka Perdrisat
Executive Producer: Kelrick Martin (ABC), Damon Gameau (Regen Studios), Anna Kaplan (Regen Studios)

Country was getting lonely, and we wanted to walk with it again, and now we want you to walk with us. The Yurmlun Heritage Trek travels from Yurmlun to Balginjirrthrough Nyikina Country, and alongside Martuwarra. Together, we can keep Country company.

Mad about Maggots (WA)
Production Company: Stir Fry Content
Producer: Elsie Shaw
Directors: Toby Bajrovic, Elsie Shaw
Writer: Patrick Hogan
Executive Producer: Leo Faber (ABC)

Synopsis: With one third of the food we produce being thrown away, food waste now contributes to 30% of global emissions. Scientist Luke Wheat has decided to do something about it, and has recruited a few million black soldier flies to help with his cause.

The Number 2 Solution (QLD)
Producer/Director: Morgan Pelt
Executive Producer: Penny Palmer (ABC)

Synopsis: Brisbane based scientists build Australia’s first facility to transform human waste into a renewable energy and a sustainable product called Biochar.

The Oyster Gardener (QLD)
Producer: Julia Lörsch
Director/Writer/Editor: Kim Ingles Impact Producer: Jayde Harding Director of Photography: Wes Greene
Executive Producers: Stephen Oliver (ABC), Damon Gameau (Regen Studios), Anna Kaplan (Regen Studios)

Synopsis: Can a functionally extinct reef system be brought back to life? Jolie, a grade -12 student and aspiring marine biologist, joins forces with her community to bring back the lost oyster reefs of the Noosa river.

Power To Country (NT)
Producer/Supervising Director: Genevieve Grieves
Producers: Andrea Distefano, Libby Collins
Director: Josef Jakamarra Egger
Co-Director: Conrad Rory
Executive Producer: Kelrick Martin (ABC)

Synopsis: Shirley was forced from her homelands because of energy insecurity. The place she escaped to is also at risk, and dealing with environmental threats to Country. But her community are fighting back. In this remote part of the NT, an energy revolution is beginning …and Shirley might just get home.

Mamirnikuwi (NT)
Producers: Antonia Burke, Caro Macdonald
Director: Rebecca Parker
Executive Producer: Stephen Oliver (ABC)

Synopsis: After discovering that her home on the Tiwi Islands is at risk from a huge gas project, Antonia Burke mobilises her community and the first ever Tiwi Women’s Ranger group is born.

Nyarrpararla Malaju? (Where Have All The Mala Gone?) (NT)
Producer/Director: Anna-Marie Harding
Executive Producer: Teri Calder (ABC)

Synopsis: Mala (Rufous Hare-Wallaby) are powerful ancestors in Warlpiri people’s Jukurrpa (dreaming), but what happens to the Jukurrpa when there are no more Mala? Through the story of this Warlpiri Jukurrpa, the film looks into the effects of climate change and environmental issues on Indigenous song lines and connected wildlife. Using the knowledge of their ancestors to preserve culture and Country for generations to come, Warlpiri Traditional Owners share their wisdom on how to care for Country.

Couldn’t see a similar show mentioned anywhere in the upfronts info, but this casting notice from Warner Bros Australia came up in my Instagram feed as a sponsored post:


Did your wedding proposal go wrong?

Did you forget your line in your school play?

Did you miss a critical goal in a sports match?




Second Chance

As previously confirmed Spicks & Specks and You Can’t Ask That are out for 2023, but Collins insists, “Both of them will come back. It’s just the timing and scheduling …it’s really up to the creatives.”

Also not returning to ABC are Aftertaste, Tomorrow Tonight, Win the Week and comedy interstitials from Sammy J.