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Perth, Australia — An Australian comedy troupe is poking fun at TV news media in what promises to be a refreshing and creative web comedy series. “Blowflies” is the result of more than a year of hard work and perseverance on the part of Blue Otter Films, the production team behind the show.
The concept is simple: “Blowflies” follows the oddball exploits of a fictional news team at NTG Today who squabble, play pranks on each other, and generally do everything except report the news.
Firmly rooted in the tradition of “The Office,” “Scrubs” and “Arrested Development,” “Blowflies” focuses on Nicole, an earnest and hard-working young reporter who just started at NTG Today, a current affairs show similar to the sensationalist news programs that grow increasingly popular worldwide. Unfortunately, Nicole quickly finds out that she is the only one in the office who cares about being a journalist and doing a good job. Or any job, for that matter.
The pilot episode of “Blowflies” covers Nicole’s first day at NTG Today. As it happens, her new boss is less interested in Nicole’s journalistic skills and more interested in her nephew’s baked goods. Looking for a reason to fire Nicole, her boss creates a contest between Nicole and her nephew in which the winner stays on the staff and the loser is out of a job.
“Our goal is simply to make people laugh,” says Jon Walker, producer of “Blowflies”. “It’s been a long process for everyone involved, but now that the series has launched, all that work has paid off. We hope to make loyal viewers out of everyone who visits the website.”
Episode 1 of “Blowflies” was released on December 2nd and a total of six episodes will eventually comprise season 1. The series is freely available both on YouTube and the Blowflies website. Fans can also interact with the actors and crew on the Blowflies Facebook.