High-profile entertainment industry personalities, from Meshel Laurie to Jane Kennedy, called out the lack of diversity, forcing the network to attempt to justify the decision.
Now comedian Kitty Flanagan has joined the chorus, skewering Channel 10 in a hilarious sketch on ABC program, The Weekly.
Watch part of her kick-arse skit in the video below.
Set three months ago at Channel 10 HQ, the satirical skit sees a network executive attempt to address the Pilot Week gender imbalance by recruiting Flanagan to host a show.
Flanagan knocks back the gig, because clearly her XX chromosomes mean she’d be utterly rubbish at it, y’know?
“Men are good at television because they get to do it all the time. There’s no precedent for a woman hosting a show. We don’t know what she might do,” she explains.
“This is Pilot Week. It’s not the time to get all crazy and innovative and take risks.”
She also has a dig at her employer, the ABC, and even suggests her husband as an alternative, noting that while he may not be a comedian, “he’s a man. So instinctively he’ll know what to do”.
“You’ve read the book,” she adds. “Men are From Mars, Women are a Bit S**t at Television.”
Channel 10’s new Pilot Week initiative will see audiences watch and rate pilot episodes for eight proposed shows, including Trial by Kyle – Australia’s answer to Judge Judy in which Kyle Sandilands gets to play judge; Dave, a sit-com based on the life of Dave O’Neil; and Taboo, a series in which comedian Harley Breen battles political correctness and creates stand-up comedy routines after meeting with disadvantaged groups in society.
Rather than relying on ratings, audience feedback shared on social media and on Tenplay will help determine which programs will air in full in 2019.
But more than three weeks out from the eposides’ August 19 release, the feedback has already begun.
Oh Look!! How very exciting for all these men!!! And look! … There’s a lady in this picture with the remote control so she can watch all the clever funny men who have the opportunity to pilot their own shows @channelten @Colvick @theheraldsun @DailyMailUK @dailytelegraph pic.twitter.com/amzX7N9EJv
— Jane Kennedy (@Jane_L_Kennedy) July 22, 2018