Save the Sideshow!
To whom this may concern, For many, the highlight of a Saturday night is sitting down in front of the telly for The Sideshow. And yet, the ABC's decision to not renew this fantastic show will deprive many of this chance to discover new Australian music, new comedy, and new cabaret acts, many of whom aren't well-known or would otherwise get TV exposure. There are many fans of Paul McDermott, Claire Hooper, Flacco, Tripod, the Umbilical Brothers and Cameron Bruce and the band, who may not have the funds to see them live (if, indeed, they are performing) - for them, this is the only way to get to see their favourite performers. There are not many ABC shows aimed at The Sideshow's target audience - if you're in your late teens to mid thirties, you're too young for the shows favoured by the older set and too old for children's programming. Aside from shows like Spicks & Specks, The Chaser and JTV, there is very little for this age group. The Sideshow is a breath of fresh air for those in this age group, and has allowed us to start exploring ABC TV again, finding things that would otherwise be disregarded as too old or too young. Both Good News Week and The Glass House faced similar threats of not being renewed after their first year. And yet, Good News Week's last year on the ABC is considered by many to be a high point in television, and The Glass House was regularly rating up to a million viewers (and, in some cases, over) by the time the show came to an end. Like these shows, we, the undersigned, believe The Sideshow will be a great success, bringing fun and happiness to many, if only it was renewed. We beg you to reconsider this decision and to renew The Sideshow.