Micallef Tonight

Season 1 Episode 13

Ricky Martin/ Keith Urban/ Dave O'Neil

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Aug 04, 2003 on The Nine Network
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Ricky Martin/ Keith Urban/ Dave O'Neil
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In the controversial final episode of the series, Shaun interviews singing sensation Ricky Martin, and proves that there are in fact some words that you cannot say on television. Shaun also comes to realise that it's not the best idea to send up a good friend of the network owner when he parodies radio host Alan Jones. Shaun also interviews country singer Keith Urban and Dave O'Neil.moreless

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    • QUOTES (4)

      • "Our closing credit roll tonight is a singer of note - of many notes, in fact, and often in an order pleasant to the human ear."

      • "Next week our guests include the Dandy Warhols, and er... (camera shows Dandy Warhols about to perform) yeah, it's actually... it's actually, er... sorry, it's next week, but, er, I'm glad you set up... because they won't ... er, be late for next week... Could you wait the week?"

      • "That's right Shaun, I call this one 'Summer':

        Oh funny pony
        My only true friend in life
        Tomorrow, you're glue

        Back to you, Shaun!"
        -Another irrelevant haiku from Pete Smith

      • "True or false: in Ancient Egypt the ant was often accidentally crushed under foot because it was so tiny and quite difficult to see"
        -Francis Greenslade's Audience Participa-Shaun question

    • NOTES (8)

      • The Dandy Warhols made a premature appearance at the end of the episode. The band was apparently about to play before Shaun informed them they were, in fact, scheduled for next week. (Due to the show's cancellation, they never got to perform.)

      • Shaun rang up Channel Nine's complaints department on-air to anonymously complain about his own show, because it always ran late and delayed The Sopranos.

      • This week's Audience Participa-Shaun contestent was selected by the Micallef Tonight French Stereotype.

      • This article appeared in The Australian, August 7 2003, by Sophie Tedmanson.
        Comedian Shaun Micallef's left-field tonight show is the latest interview program to get the axe, proving that quirk doesn't seem to work anymore when it comes to homegrown variety-style television.
        Micallef Tonight, which debuted in May, has been dropped by the Nine Network following dwindling ratings, just weeks after Seven ended Greeks on the Roof a week early.
        Despite a cult following from his critically acclaimed sketch show - Micallef Pogram - which ran for three seasons on the ABC, the comedian's move to Nine has been shortlived.
        It is the second big blow for Micallef, whose sitcom Welcher & Welcher has not resumed since its first season on the ABC earlier this year.
        Micallef Tonight started well. The first episode, featuring guests Barry Humphries and Dannii Minogue, drew 1.4 million viewers.
        But the comedian's biting humour and quirky segments fell flat and Micallef Tonight only managed to attract 786,799 viewers last Monday.
        Seven is yet to make a decision on the future of Greeks, which featured Effie, aka comedian Mary Coustas, and her loud-mouth family bombarding guests with scripted jokes in the style of the BBC's The Kumars at No 42.
        In contrast, Rove Live - the standard tonight show format - is enjoying a popular third season on the Ten Network after host Rove McManus took home three Logie Awards this year, including the gold.
        Andrew Denton's one-on-one interview show Enough Rope has surprised the critics with good ratings for the ABC and survived the broadcaster's cuts announced this week. But Micallef, whose debut show rated the highest out of any of the four variety programs this year, couldn't sustain the viewers.
        While promoting his show back in May, Micallef described the format as "an odd show to have on Channel 9".
        According to a statement from Nine, Micallef was "a great talent. We are disappointed the program didn't reach our ratings expectations".
        Micallef is believed to have taken a break with his Melbourne-based family and yesterday would not comment about his show's axing, but according to his agent the comedian will not stay quiet for long.

      • The final episode of Micallef Tonight.

      • Shaun and show producer Todd Abbott were shocked when they learned of the decision late Tuesday afternoon, because just a month ago Nine extended the show to the end of the year, even booking guests until the end of November.

      • In Melbourne, Micallef Tonight drew only 293,624 viewers, and 821,192 nationally being beaten soundly by Enough Rope with well over a million viewers across the country.

      • It was announced just after the airing of this episode, that Micallef Tonight would be ending it's run on the Nine Network due to constantly declining ratings.

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