As part of ABC’s 2014 line-up presentation last night, it’s been revealed that Chris Lilley is bringing back a second character from Summer Heights High for another stand alone series. Following in the footsteps of Ja’mie: Private School Girl, this new series will focus on juvenile delinquent Jonah Takaluah following his expulsion from his school and being shipped off back to Tonga.
With how unfortunate the Ja’mie stand alone series turned out to be, i’m wondering if viewers will have the same feeling towards Jonah’s own show.
Wednesday night, we will bid farewell to a crass and thoughtfully careless teenage girl who has divided critics and fans alike. Ja’mie: Private School Girl will finish up after a short 6 week run on ABC1, and, even I’m shocked to say this, I am glad.
I was among the thousands who clapped with glee when it was announced that it was Summer Heights High alum Ja’mie King who would be the star of Chris Lilley’s new show. For me, Ja’mie was the standout and a welcome return to TV after first coming into contact with the socially conscious teenager in We Can Be Heroes. What I didn’t realize though, was when watching Ja’mie in Summer Heights High, the other characters – troublesome Jonah Takaluah and star in his own eyes Greg Gregson (Mr.G) played the perfect offset to the teen with the forked vipers tongue.
It’s the lesson learnt that while the idea maybe great, the delivery may not meet the expectations. Yes, Lilley’s beloved Ja’mie King, cannot hold down a show on her own and with no other outlet for us, the viewer, to step away from King, we’re left watching a half hour program about a racist and over-sexualized teenage girl who has no qualms about expressing views on race, social hierarchy or her own wealth, who will rip out troubled stories of her struggles with anorexia in an attempt to win her own way. A girl who is never left for wanting and has the inability to socially connect with those that may be in a different social standing to herself. Even Ja’mie’s one redeeming feature (her charity work for African refugees) is out-shined by her complete selfishness and inability to understand that there can be serious consequences to her actions. Funnily enough, it’s those unattractive qualities in Ja’mie that made us all love her in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still in awe of Lilley’s ability to create characters that push the limits as to whats acceptable when it comes to self appreciation. Even though it seems that there can be such a thing as too much Ja’mie, the character herself, still fits perfectly in Lilley’s world of misfits and over-achievers and I still adore her..(but maybe just a little bit less than before Private School Girl came along).
I for one hope this will not be the last we see of Ja’mie King, but, I also hope that when that day comes where our paths cross, it’s given in smaller doses.
Ja’mie: Private School Girl finishes up this Wednesday night at 9:00pm on ABC1
Check out the bits and pieces of interesting news from the world of television below in my TV Roundup!
Renewed: USA network Showtime have renewed thriller Homeland (airing Monday nights on Channel 10) for a fourth season! It’s no surprise with the show creating some of the biggest character and story line talk this year (I’m talking about you Dana Brody) but will be interesting to see who comes back if the rumors that Damien Lewis has been attached to a new show are true or not. Showtime also gave it’s newest drama Masters Of Sex (airing on SBS) an early second season pick-up.
I’m Back!: Jane Hall is coming back to Neighbors! It may only be in a short guest stint and won’t be seen until next year, but we can only imagine why her character Rebecca is returning to Ramsay Street! You’ll remember, she tried to kill her husband Paul Robinson when we saw her last!
Actress Nadia Dajani confirmed with TVNOW this afternoon that she will be back for the second season of FOX8’s The Carrie Diaries as Tom Bradshaw’s girlfriend Deb and will be appearing in three episodes.
Also possibly back – Body Of Proof starring Dana Delaney. The ABC network in America cancelled the medical/police drama earlier this year but may already be regretting it’s decision. New shows Betrayal (which is god awful) and Once Upon a Time– two shows filling the old time-slot, have been rating extremely poorly (making up about half the audience Body Of Proof used to bring to the network). There’s still no official word, or who will actually make the return.
New Aussie Drama: Channel 7 announced it’s 2014 line-up announcing that TV favorite Rebecca Gibney will be making her return to series television after the end of Packed to the Rafters. In a show which feels very similar to that of UK drama The Fall and starring Gillian Anderson, Gibney will be seen in The Killing Field as the head of a special police task force sent to a small country town to investigate a shocking crime. The team must delve into the closed lives of a seemingly quaint hamlet in order to find and outwit a killer.
Channel 7 also announced it has picked up one of my favorite new comedies – The Goldberg’s set for airing next year!
Ratings Hit: It was a massive night for the ABC last night with The Gruen Planet nabbing over one million viewers while Ja’mie: Private School Girl grabbed 925k viewers. Overall, last night showed lower than normal viewing numbers with only three shows hitting that all important one million viewer mark.
On the opposite scale, in America, Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D continues to drop in ratings with the latest episode hitting an all time low of 8.6 million viewers.
On Hold: NBC have put comedy Parks and Recreation on hiatus. The show will still air four remaining episodes (in two lots of back-to-back runnings) in November and then returning in Jan 2014. Season six will also see regulars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe both depart the show. Word has it, the hiatus was put in place to try and help bolster ratings for sinking comedy Sean Saves the World.
Spin-Off Mixed Results: ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars’ annual Halloween episode once again drew remarkable ratings and topped as the number one viewed program in key demographics. The episode also made way for the new spin-off Ravenswood which drew mixed reviews from fans. While it rated well, fans took to social media giving mixed opinions of the new show.
After a very revealing photo shoot with men’s magazine ZOO Weekly and placing 98th in Maxim Magazine’s hottest 100 (seriously though, wouldn’t you hate to be 99 or 100 on that list) Ja’mie King will be gracing our screens tonight in her very own series – Ja’mie: Private School Girl.
While I wasn’t graced with a preview screener of tonight’s episode, I have read that we can expect the show to live up to it’s hype and that creator Chris Lilley is back to his Summer Heights High best. The laughs are expected to come early on with a raunchy assembly dance routine, though the jokes about refugee’s are a little off taste (depending on who you ask)
If you haven’t been keeping up with all the news, this new six-part series follows a now 17 year old Ja’mie King in the final weeks of high school at Hilloford Girls Grammar in which she is also the school captain and in no real shock, the power has gone to her head. There’ll be love interests, family issues and a sexting scandal to look for also.
I’ve read this series is less dark and confronting that that of Lilley’s previous outing in “Angry Boys” and we can also expect Summer Heights High’s Jonah Takalua and Angry Boys’ Gran making appearances.
Ja’mie: Private School Girl premiere’s tonight, ABC1 @ 9:05pm! I totes can’t wait!
The date is set – well for HBO at least. November 24th will see the premiere of Chris Lilley’s new series Ja’mie: Private School Girl for HBO in America (I wonder if ABC do fast track?)
Now word has it that joining Ja’mie will be another of Lilley’s most popular characters – troubled school boy Jonah Takalua. While it seems this new show is not being pushed as a sequel to Summer Heights High, it will see both popular characters reunited since the original series. Next i’m hoping for the Mr.G rumours to start spreading round.
While i’m waiting for those to start, check out the new teaser trailer for Ja’mie: Private School Girl below. Warning, the trailer contains strong language!
Remember a few posts back when I mentioned I had heard that Chris Lilley had been spied doing some filming as Ja’mie King? Well…..Ja’mie is back! The overtly confident, butter wouldn’t melt, former part-time lesbian school girl has been confirmed as the star in Chris Lilley’s new show titled Ja’mie: Private School Girl!
Easily one of Lilley’s more popular characters (and a favorite of mine), Ja’mie was first seen in We Can be Heroes; Finding The Australian Of The Year where King was a nominee and followed her events leading up-to and during the competition. She returned in Lilley’s second outing, Summer Heights High where Ja’mie takes part in a student exchange program with a local public school.
Ja’mie: Private School Girl will follow the popular teenager in her final year of school, this time, back at fictional Hillford Girls Grammar School. As well as experiencing some “life-changing events”, the show is said to document Ja’mie as she takes to social media with a vengeance including Instagram, Twitter and Skype.
Says Lilley “I find teenage girls endlessly funny, so being able to write for and play the meanest bitch in school has been so fun, I can’t wait to show everyone what Ja’mie’s been up to.”While we will see Ja’mie prance and bitch her way about school on the ABC network, the show will also be shown on HBO in America and on BBC Three in the UK. “Ja’mie King is easily one of the most cunning characters in a school uniform we’ve ever seen,” said ABC1’s Brendan Dahill.
While it doesn’t reveal much, you can check out the teaser trailer below, followed by some of Ja’mie’s best moments from previous shows.
Many fans (including myself) are also hoping to catch a glimpse of another popular character – drama school teacher Greg Gregson or Mr.G as he would like to be known.
Ja’mie King: Private School Girl is set to air on the ABC network later this year!
Chris Lilley is back at work on a new series and is bringing with him a familiar face from a previous series.
Lilley made the announcement via social media (Twitter and Facebook) that at least one character from either We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High or Angry Boys would be making an appearance and encouraged fans to vote on whom they think will be coming back. (So far three characters from Summer Heights High, Lilley’s more popular outing, are sitting in top three spots – Jonah, Mr. G and Ja’mie)
Speaking to Digital Spy about his new show last year, Lilley said: “I’m well under way with a new project and I’m keeping it a bit of a secret and under wraps for now. It’s along the same lines as my other shows, it’s a mockumentary style and I’ll play the characters.
“I want to keep as much of the show as possible a secret, but if you’ve loved my last three shows, this is part four.” Word has it though that Lilley was spied filming in a high school dressed as Ja’mie King!
Lilley’s new series is expected to air for ABC later this year.