Good News Week

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Monday 9:00 PM on Network Ten Premiered Apr 12, 1996 In Season

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Good News Week

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Good News Week (GNW) is a weekly news satire show where Paul McDermott and his team captains, Mikey Robbins and Claire Hooper, lead an all star cast of comedians, media personalities, politicians and other special guests as they examine, dissect, explore and poke fun at the news stories making headlines this week. GNW made its long awaited return in February 2008 after a seven year hiatus. It first aired on the ABC in 1996 before switching to Network 10 in 1999 for a 2 season run.

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 5/19/2009

Season 7 : Episode 19

Paul McDermott

Paul McDermott

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Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper

Team Captain (2008 - current)

Julie McCrossin

Julie McCrossin

Team Captain (1996 - 2000)

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  • Finally, a quiz show that makes me laugh!!

    9.5
    I never knew the old version of this show. I'm too young. I only discovered it late last year waiting for Supernatural. I saw only the second part of props and "Dirty Sexy Fast Money". I then made a mental note to turn to C10 earlier the next week. I was not disappointed!! I love how random the show can be, how its slightly more rude than shows like Generation and like any Australian, making fun of the yanks makes me laugh like something shocking!! Tonights episode was okay. I think my favourite bit was the former quiz show questions. My favourite: "Who is Kevin Rudd". The correct answer, and we ALL know this is true was: a friend of Spongebob Squarepants. The guy who was asked the question, a yank, wouldn't have know whether he was a president of Austria, Spongy's friend or whether he was Edgar Rudd's brother, or whether he was a brand of sauce, lollol, sorry. Anyway, a good laugh. My family doesn't get it. My older brother walked into the room, rolls his eyes and walks out again lol. I also liked the Japanese guy who fell in love with his pillow...don't we all?



    A good laugh. Worth the hour of viewing time. Especially when you are felling down. I give it 9.5!!moreless
  • Just as great today as it's ever been (despite the ads)

    10
    Once upon a time there was a show on ABC called Good News Week, and it was the funniest show in all the land, and then the masters sold it to Ten, where it died a terrible death. Then, not so long, in a country somewhere over there, there was a writers strike, and Ten needed some TV to fill its timeslot fast. Thus is the story of Good News Week.



    Good News Week is one of the greatest shows Australia has ever made (even if we ripped it off from the English). It's always funny, entertaining and informative. It's original run lead to shows like The Glass House, and has undoubtedly changed the face of Australian television.moreless
  • Okay...its not quite the same as it was on the ABC but I am so pleased that this show is back! In my book it is a complete classic!

    8.0
    I was completely obsessed with Good News Week when it was last on the ABC (and was a few years younger!). I have to admit I was rather aprehensive when I found out that the Julie McCrossin wasn't going to be back as a team leader against Mikey Robbins. When I'd found out that Claire Hooper was going to be replacing her I was worried. I've seen her at the Fringe twice and the first time I'd seen her she hadn't done Sideshow or started GNW at all and I didn't think she'd be able to cope with a fast paced show at all. However seeing her the second time round she has improved so much and am sure she will prove to be a good fit once she has had a chance to find her feet. My fears were unwarrented. This continues to be a great show. It may not be as fast paced being a one hour show instead of 30 minutes and the content not quite as quirky but its a complete necessity on Australian TV especially with the Glass House being axed and The Chaser boys concentrating on touring.moreless
  • YAY!!!

    7.8
    I'm soooo glad they brought this show back to televison. I was sooo bummed when they decided to pull the plug on it years ago. I nearly had a fit when i found out it was coming back. Paul McDermot is wonderful. He is sooo hilarious and even better live. I say YAY for bringing back great comedic viewing and yay for Claire Hooper who is funny as hell!! Mickey is golden and the guests are always a riot. I say now all they need to do is bring back the glasshouse as well! And the debates are always a treat! Good...nay...GREAT show!!moreless
  • Oh how I miss this show...

    10
    I only discovered this show in it's final year, after it came on to channel TEN. I wish I had discovered it sooner. This show spawned and/or inspired a whole new generation of today's top panel shows including The Glass House, Spicks & Specks, The Great Debate and The Chaser.



    Good News Week also helped launch the careers of a lot of today's comedians. Rove McManus, Wil Anderson and Corrine Grant are just a couple off the top of my head.



    Played out like a game show (but nobody really wins anything), Good News Week presented us with the news, politics and other happenings around the world in the form of games and trivia but added with hilarious commentary and biting satire. Although we still have the shows named above, I will always miss this original, underappreciated gem.moreless
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