Cheers to Chris Lilley for taking America by tour de force with Summer Heights High. Read, discuss and vote on this complete Cheer after the jump.
Is Chris Lilley the next Ricky Gervais? Or is he the next Tracey Ullman? Would you settle for both?
In HBO's addictive import Summer Heights High (Sundays at 10:30 pm/ET), a funny/sad Office-style mockumentary depicting a year in the life of an Australian public high school, this wildly talented writer-star loves making you squirm (à la Gervais) while submerging himself inside the skin of characters so diverse (à la Ullman) you can hardly believe it's the same guy.
No child is left behind, or teacher spared, in Lilley's outrageously crass classroom ...
HBO is planning to lighten things up this summer with two new Friday-night comedies.Variety reports that the cable network will debut an animated series, The Life and Times of Tim, as well import as an Australian hit, Summer Heights High. Tim follows an everyday guy who always seems to choose the wrong path in life, while Summer Heights finds its creator/writer/exec producer, Chris Lilley, playing a guidance counselor, a female exchange student and a bad-seed student.HBO has not announced premiere dates, but the two shows will run back-to-back for eight weeks. Tim will then run for two more weeks to complete the 10-episode order.Do you think HBO will find success with these comedies? Adam Bryant