5 things we completely forgot about the first season of The Project.

The Project, as we now know it, was launched for the first time in 2009. Although we needed a calculator and some convincing, it appears that’s 10 goddamn years ago.


In the years since, we’ve enjoyed some of the most unforgettable television moments, such as the time Carrie Bickmore stacked it live on camera, and also the time Waleed Aly arrived after the (live) television show had started because he was on the toilet.

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You alright Carrie?

But it's taken The Project a very long time to turn into the program it is today, hosted by Waleed Aly, Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson and Hamish Macdonald.

Here are five things we might have forgotten about the very first season of The Project. 

          1. It wasn't called The Project.

This is probably an important one.

Founded by Roving Enterprises, the production company owned by Rove McManus and Craig Campbell, the television show was originally called The 7PM Project and ran for half an hour on weeknights.

At the time, it marketed itself as, "the simplest new idea in television for a long time," with Channel Ten describing it as, "... a place where people who are genuinely interested in the world around them come together to talk, offering genuine conversation in a space previously crowded by scandal and spin. While it’s not afraid to be serious, The 7PM Project can guarantee that there will be no miracle diets, no stories that ‘no parent can afford to miss’, and virtually no dodgy plumbers. The 7PM Project is the news un-spun. It is not a satirical newscast in the style of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but a TV show joining in the conversations going on in living rooms around the country."


         2. Ruby Rose was there.

Looking back at The 7PM Project feels like a really weird dream where faces we semi recognise keep popping up.

Ruby Rose, who has since starred in Orange is the New Black and Pitch Perfect 3, was one of the original panellists. Rose covered the music news, which often consisted of pre-recorded interviews.

Along with Rose, James Mathison who had previously hosted Australian Idol, was also an original panellist, covering sport and media.

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What a cast.

        3. Carrie Bickmore was in charge of the news.

Bickmore, who rose to fame during her frankly brilliant satirical news segment on Rove Live, presented the news on the first season of The 7PM Project. 

According to TV Tonight, the show was led by comedian and radio host Dave Hughes, and host of The Weekly, Charlie Pickering.

Hughes stayed on until the end of 2013, while Pickering left the show at the end of 2014. He was replaced by Waleed Aly.

         4. The... promo.

Have you ever seen anything more 2009?

Watch the original promo... Post continues below. 

Video by Channel Ten

The background music was also 'Hello' by the Cat Empire and goodness the world was such a different place.

        5. The set was really weird.

It was very dark and furthermore, was Pickering wearing a waistcoat?

It looks like it's 2am.
It looks like it's 2am.

"The set was very brown, the graphics very grungy," the executive producer, Craig Campbell, later told

He also recalled that as their first episode wrapped up, the hosts forgot to say goodnight which led to a very "awkward ending."

The Project has certainly evolved since.