Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Strange Calls

I love ABC2's latest show, The Strange Calls. What I don't understand is how this kind of undiluted awesomeness can pretty-much spring out of nowhere in Australia. If a new sci-fi or fantasy show is coming out in the US or the UK, there's months of build-up and anticipation. Here, there's an ad one night, the show is on the next. I missed it altogether but caught it later on iView.

Anyway, the premise is thus:

Gregor and Banks
Officer Banks, young, hopeless and heartbroken has just been transferred to Coolum's night-duty desk. Banks must deal with a town of helpless locals whose emergency calls are getting stranger every day. (IMDb)

Banks (Toby Truslove) is clueless and a total noob when it comes to the wierd, and frankly stupefying calls he recieves on night-duty. Luckily, his sidekick Gregor (Barry Crocker) is a Coolum local, and is more than happy to offer his encylopeadic knowledge on the town's unusal quirks.

The show has already been picked up by American network ABC, who are in the process of producing a pilot as we speak. The US adaptation will be led by writer Donick Cary (New Girl), director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and producer Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors). All three will executive produce alongside the Australian series producers, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield of Hoodlum.
The Strange cast
The webiste is also amazing with a heap of extra video and interactive bonus material. There's even a map of Oz on which Aussie fans can post their own strange stories, and maybe even have Gregor leave a comment or two.

I truly hope fans of Aussie comedy and sf/f get behind this Aussie version of the show.

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