Leigh Sales will return to the ABC in 2023

“When it was first pitched to me, I thought they were joking,” says ABC’s head of comedy Todd Abbott. “I’m always nervous about returning to something that people remember as a classic, but Matt Okine had a clear vision of why this could work and be relevant.”

Matt Okine and Denise Scott will star in Mother & Son for the ABC.

Matt Okine and Denise Scott will star in Mother & Son for the ABC.Credit:ABC

The reboot will honor the original premise — a recently divorced man moving back to live with and care for his mother as an adult — but also offers something “new and contemporary,” according to Abbott.

“Denise Scott plays a character who grew up in the 1960s, a liberated woman who now faces the reality of aging and all the discrimination that comes with it,” he says.

Mother son leads a series of new comedy programming for the national broadcaster that also includes gold diggers, about a pair of sisters looking for husbands in 1850s Victoria, and the return of comedy to the workplace Utopia after a break of four years.

Comedy trio Aunty Donna team up for Aunt Donna’s Coffee Cafea story about three best friends who run a trendy coffee shop in one of Melbourne’s less-than-iconic backstreets.

Fancy a cuppa and a chucke?  Aunty Donna plans to laugh more with their first scripted comedy series.

Fancy a cuppa and a chucke? Aunty Donna plans to laugh more with their first scripted comedy series.Credit:ABC

In the meantime, Limbo is a six-part series starring Ryan Corr and Bobby Morley as two friends haunted by their former lovers. Also returning to the comedy fold are fan favorites Difficult quiz and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

There are new projects for it The hunter alumni, with Chas Licciardello leading the way No stupid questionsa series that promises to answer your most pressing puzzlers, as Craig Reucassel returns for a second helping War on waste.

In terms of drama, the previously announced Bay of fires will be released in 2023. The series stars Marta Dusseldorp as Stella, a woman who unexpectedly ends up in a small community with her children and soon discovers that the city holds secrets.

There is also the long awaited House of Godscreated by Osamah Sami and Shahin Shafaei, taking audiences behind the walls of an Imam’s family and the community he leads, and adapted from Markus Zusak’s bestseller The messenger.

Not surprising, The newsreader will return for a second season in 2023. The Logie-winning drama was ABC’s most-watched drama of 2021, with an overall average audience of 1.5 million across all linear and BVoD (broadcast viewing on demand) platforms.

Anna Torv and Robert Taylor return for a second season of The Newsreader.

Anna Torv and Robert Taylor return for a second season of The Newsreader.Credit:ABC

Season two will cover more of Australia’s political and social history, including election night in 1987, through the shocks of the Hoddle Street shootings and stock market crash, the heroin epidemic, to the protest and pageantry of the Bicentenary from 1988.

The ABC’s 2023 slate also includes projects designed to showcase the network’s tentpole talent.

Tony Armstrong will host Great Australian stuff, a series that promises to unravel the surprising, strange and sometimes dark histories behind our most iconic Aussie artifacts. Annabel Crabb hosts another series of kitchen cabinet, while Zan Rowe and David Wenham get a second gig for their respective shows, Take Five and The ABC of.

Despite a tumultuous year in the ratings, Q&A will be back for 2023, and we can also expect a new batch Blue episodes too.

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