Comedian Tom Ballard to host Reality Check
Gay comedian Tom Ballard is set to host a new ABC tv series, Reality Check, focusing on our obsession with reality TV.
Joining Ballard each week will be three industry experts who will give viewers an insider’s view on the world’s most-watched TV genre. From producers to ex-contestants and judges, the panellists will deliver their war stories and reveal what happens behind the camera.
"I couldn’t be happier that CJZ and the ABC TV accidentally came across my audition tape for Australia’s Next Top Model and decided to give me this job," said host Tom Ballard. "I’m looking forward to celebrating and laughing at the inner workings of this cultural phenomenon. I’m also excited to be able to finally count live-tweeting The Voice: Kids as 'work' and to claim all my Justice Crew merch on tax.”
“Reality is TV’s 800 pound gorilla,” says ABC Head of Entertainment Jon Casimir. “It’s the most successful cultural force of the last decade. It’s the ABC’s job to examine the world we live in. We hope Reality Check will give 'Reality TV' its due, acknowledging its drawing power and asking why it works and what that says about us.”
Reality Check will screen on ABC later this year.