NZ On Air has supported four comedy shows for 2017 out of its latest funding round.
Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly-acclaimed vampire mockumentary. Police officers Karen and Mike (pictured top, in What We Do In The Shadows) keep us safe from supernatural phenomena in their own police reality series for the newly-rebranded TVNZ 2.
Only In Aotearoa for Māori Television features short, sharp comedy skits from a distinctly Māori perspective from Quinton Hita’s (Mt Zion) Kura Productions. The show’s based on NZ On Air-Te Māngai Paho funded web series, episodes of which are available on Māori Television’s On Demand service.
“Comedy is serious business and notoriously hard to get right. We are delighted that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are bringing their talents to smaller screens in Paranormal Event Response Unit. And we loved the Only In Aotearoa webseries so are delighted it is transitioning to television,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.
A couple of TV3 series longer in the tooth than Clement and Waititi’s vampires return for 2017: 7 Days and Jono And Ben.
7 Days 2017, 32 x 30 mins, MediaWorks TV for TV3, $1,056,000
Jono And Ben 2017, 26 x 1 hr, MediaWorks TV for TV3, $1,717,042
Only In Aotearoa, 8 x 30 mins, Kura Productions for Māori Television, $241,886
Paranormal Event Response Unit, 6 x 30 mins, Two Canoes for TVNZ 2, $1,402,273