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''The Glass House'', which ran on the ABC from 2001 to 2006, was hosted by Wil Anderson, Corinne Grant and Dave Hughes, and every week they invited two guests to join them behind a odd-looking desk to talk about the events of the past week. The guests themselves varied quite wildly, ranging from comedians, musicians and sports stars to scientists and even the occasional politician, and the discussions themselves would often be as diverse, mostly based on headline grabbing oddities of the past week. OnceAnEpisode, Wil would get Dave to pretend to be a person recently in the news (such as a gay penguin) and everyone would "interview" him. The discussions could turn [[CrossingTheLineTwice very controversial]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny very funny]] or even informative, depending on the guests and the topics.

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''The Glass House'', which ran on the ABC from 2001 to 2006, was hosted by Wil Anderson, Corinne Grant and Dave Hughes, and every week they invited two guests to join them behind a odd-looking desk to talk about the events of the past week. The guests themselves varied quite wildly, ranging from comedians, musicians and sports stars to scientists and even the occasional politician, and the discussions themselves would often be as diverse, mostly based on headline grabbing oddities of the past week. OnceAnEpisode, Wil would get Dave to pretend to be a person recently in the news (such as a gay penguin) and everyone would "interview" him. The discussions could turn [[CrossingTheLineTwice very controversial]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments very funny]] or even informative, depending on the guests and the topics.


---> '''Wil:''' ''... you were kicked in the popular Channel 10 comedy program?''

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---> '''Wil:''' ''... you were kicked in the popular [[Series/TheWedge Channel 10 comedy program?'' program]]?''


* BrickJoke: Ross Noble first pitches ''Ray Martin Fights A Pig'' in 2005. It makes Wil's list of Australia's shortest running TV programmes the following year.


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** Ross Noble first pitches ''Ray Martin Fights A Pig'' in 2005. It makes Wil's list of Australia's shortest running TV programmes the following year.


---> '''Wil:''' ''For the next two weeks, it's "Best Of The Glass House"! Classic Glass House! Special, unseen Glass House! [[SelfDeprecation And cobbled together, contractual obligation Glass House]]. Wow!''



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season seems rather disorganised compared to the rest of the series with a lot of filler segments (Quantum, Eurotrash, That Bastard Santa Claus, Cherish The Children, Dear Glass House, etc.) lasting only one or two episodes and then never seen again.
** The very first episode was the only episode to end with a singalong.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season seems rather disorganised compared to the rest of the series with a had lot of filler segments (Quantum, Eurotrash, That Bastard Santa Claus, Cherish The Children, Dear Glass House, etc.) lasting that would appear for only one or two episodes and then before never being seen again.
** The very first episode was the only episode to end with a an audience singalong.



* GuestHost: All three hosts have had others fill in for them during their respective absences - Wendy Harmer and Adam Spencer filled in for Dave, Mia Freedman and Terri Psiakis for Corinne, and Corinne for Wil (with Meshel Laurie taking Corinne's position).



* PrecisionFStrike: Compared to Wil and Dave, Corinne was usually pretty tame with her swearing. ''Usually''.
---> '''Corinne (after Wil insults her):''' ''Everything that was running through my head involved a lot a swear words that probably wouldn't be appropriate to say, but '''fuck you'''.''



* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/GoodNewsWeek''. The Glass House then had its own spiritual successor... in [[UnCancelled Good News Week]].

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* RealMenWearPink:
---> '''Corinne:''' ''See, [Dave] can speak with authority on women tonight because he's wearing a pink shirt.''
---> '''Dave:''' ''It's the new century, Corinne. Relax.''
* RealSongThemeTune: Only one episode dared to deviate from the usual theme song... [[ItMakesSenseInContext to use ZZ Top's "La Grange" instead]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/GoodNewsWeek''. The Glass House then had its own spiritual successor... in [[UnCancelled ''[[UnCancelled Good News Week]].Week]]''.


* OutOfOrder: While Wil was away in Edinburgh for a while in 2006, Corinne was supposed to host two episodes before two [[ClipShow Double Glazed]] episodes were to air. Instead of the second Corinne-hosted episode, viewers got a Double Glazed as the ABC [[ExecutiveMeddling apparently didn't want]] a particular guest to be on two of its programs on the same night. When the second Corinne-hosted episode aired the following week, it had been severely edited to remove any reference to the fact it was supposed to air a week earlier.


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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/GoodNewsWeek''. The Glass House then had its own spiritual successor... in [[UnCancelled Good News Week]].

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** The very first episode was the only episode to end with a singalong.


* BrickJoke: Ross Noble first pitches ''Ray Martin Fights A Pig'' in 2005. It makes Wil's list of Australia's shortest running TV programmes the following year.



---> '''Molly:''' ''You know, you're a lot funnier since you've taken off all this fingernail stuff. Why have you gotten rid of that?''

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---> '''Molly:''' '''Molly Meldrum:''' ''You know, you're a lot funnier since you've taken off all this fingernail stuff. Why have you gotten rid of that?''



--->...
---> '''Pinky:''' ''For example, and this is just off the top of my head...''
---> '''Wil:''' ''Really? As opposed to all that written down, coherent thought you've had so far?''



---> '''Dave:''' ''I haven't got a wadge, but if I had a wadge I wouldn't want a shin in my wadge.''



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Dave usually comes across as a bit slow and not really up to speed with current affairs. He does slip up occasionally, though.
---> '''Dave:''' ''They're diametrically opposed, so that means one of them's actually telling the truth!''
---> '''Corinne:''' ''... that was the most intelligent thing you have ever said!'''
---> ...
---> '''Dave (on Mel Gibson):''' '' What's going on with him? What have the Jews done to him? Mel is a very rich man - why would he hate anyone? Not that anyone should hate anyone, but often the oppressed want to hate other people because they're oppressed! No one's oppressed Mel!''
---> '''Corinne:''' ''This is the deepest I've ever heard you get!''



** Not to mention how they got from talking about Las Vegas to talking about how Wil's cat sleeps on his groin. Yes, I am serious.

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** Not to mention how they got from talking about Las Vegas to talking about how Wil's cat sleeps on his groin. Yes, I am serious.



* OnlyBarelyRenewed: After the first season. The ABC then only commissioned blocks of up to fourteen episodes at a time (and at very short notice for the cast and crew) before finally giving the green light to longer seasons from 2003 onwards.



* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Dave's thought processes aren't all that quick: during his interview segment, he will very frequently respond to a question with "Uuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm..."

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* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Dave's thought processes aren't all that quick: quick; during his interview segment, he will very frequently respond to a question with "Uuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm..."


->''Seriously, I would do this show for free.''

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->''Seriously, ->''"Seriously, I would do this show for free.''"''


* CloudCuckooLander: Again, Dave at the best of times. He takes a back seat whenever Pinky Beecroft, Jason Byrne or Dr. Cindy Pan make an appearance, though.
---> '''Corinne (to Cindy):''' ''You're just a whole lot of non-sequiturs strung together. If you were my doctor, I wouldn't fill out a prescription you gave me.''



---> '''Wil:''' ''The Canberra University Netball Team had a rather unfortunate acronym. Spell it at home, kids.''

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---> '''Wil:''' ''The Canberra University Netball Team had a rather unfortunate acronym. [[CountryMatters Spell it at home, kids.'']]''


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* LamePunReaction: Almost guaranteed to happen at least OnceAnEpisode - if not from [[RunningGag Corinne's Wil-pun]], then from the host's opening monologues and/or the general discussion of the night.
---> '''Charlie Pickering:''' ''If you don't get your car serviced, is that bad karma?''
---> '''Everyone else:''' ''*groans*''
---> '''Wil:''' ''No, but that joke is.''


** When the season was repeated in late 2009/early 2010, the above episodes remained out of order.



** The large banner used for the Enorgrull Awards for Eksalince was also used for the Sekken Awards for Eksalince... [[StylisticSuck only with the "Enorgrull" crudely crossed out and replaced with "Sekken"]].


[[caption-width-right:350:[[StraightMan Corinne]], [[DeadpanSnarker Wil]], and [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Dave]]: they threw stones, flailed wildly and disappointed their parents.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[StraightMan Corinne]], [[DeadpanSnarker [[TheHost Wil]], and [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Dave]]: they threw stones, flailed wildly and disappointed their parents.]]



As the ABC produced a gajillion episodes of it over five years, and most of it dated quite badly, the only DVD release available is a collection of [[ClipShow the four best-of specials]]. The first five seasons (spanning 2001-2002) was released by the ABC on the iTunes Store in 2011.

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As the ABC produced a gajillion (read: 218) episodes of it over five years, and most of it dated quite badly, the only DVD release available is a collection of [[ClipShow the four best-of specials]]. The first five seasons (spanning 2001-2002) was released by the ABC on the iTunes Store in 2011.



* OnlyBarelyRenewed: After the first season. The ABC then only commissioned blocks of up to fourteen episodes at a time before finally giving the green light to longer seasons from 2003 onwards.

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* OnlyBarelyRenewed: After the first season. The ABC then only commissioned blocks of up to fourteen episodes at a time (and at very short notice for the cast and crew) before finally giving the green light to longer seasons from 2003 onwards. onwards.


---> '''Dave:''' ''If you want to know what any of that means, email the ABC."

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---> '''Dave:''' ''If you want to know what any of that means, email the ABC."''


As the ABC produced a gajillion episodes of it over five years, and most of it dated quite badly, the only DVD release available is a collection of the four best-of specials. Which really sucks. But fear not! The ABC has released the first five seasons (spanning 2001-2002) on the iTunes Store.

Not to be confused with the 2001 thriller starring Creator/LeeleeSobieski, Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard. Or the 2012 American Reality TV series of the same name.

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As the ABC produced a gajillion episodes of it over five years, and most of it dated quite badly, the only DVD release available is a collection of [[ClipShow the four best-of specials. Which really sucks. But fear not! specials]]. The ABC has released the first five seasons (spanning 2001-2002) was released by the ABC on the iTunes Store.

Store in 2011.

Not to be confused with the 2001 thriller starring Creator/LeeleeSobieski, Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard. Or Skarsgard, or the 2012 American Reality TV series of the same name.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season seems rather disorganised compared to the rest of the series with a lot of filler segments (Quantum, Eurotrash, That Bastard Santa Claus, Cherish The Children, Dear Glass House, et al.) lasting only one or two episodes and then never seen again.

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---> '''Dave:''' ''If you want to know what any of that means, email the ABC."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season seems rather disorganised compared to the rest of the series with a lot of filler segments (Quantum, Eurotrash, That Bastard Santa Claus, Cherish The Children, Dear Glass House, et al.etc.) lasting only one or two episodes and then never seen again.



* RecycledSet: Most of the set was reused for The Sideshow, while some parts can still be seen every now and then on ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' - both GNW TV productions.



* TheMerch: A book and DVD were released, both containing healthy amounts of SelfDeprecation and BitingTheHandHumor. The former only had a small print run and is now extremely difficult to find.


After GoodNewsWeek was shipped over to Channel Ten and cancelled in 2000, GNW TV Productions decided to start a new show with a similar format, but rather than play games about the news like GoodNewsWeek did, instead the regulars and guests would just talk about the news.

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After GoodNewsWeek ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' was shipped over to Channel Ten and cancelled in 2000, GNW TV Productions decided to start a new show with a similar format, but rather than play games about the news like GoodNewsWeek ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' did, instead the regulars and guests would just talk about the news.



* RecycledSet: Most of the set was reused for The Sideshow, while some parts can still be seen every now and then on GoodNewsWeek - both GNW TV productions.

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* RecycledSet: Most of the set was reused for The Sideshow, while some parts can still be seen every now and then on GoodNewsWeek ''Series/GoodNewsWeek'' - both GNW TV productions.


Not to be confused with the 2001 thiller starring LeeleeSobieski, Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard. Or the 2012 American Reality TV series of the same name.

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Not to be confused with the 2001 thiller thriller starring LeeleeSobieski, Creator/LeeleeSobieski, Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard. Or the 2012 American Reality TV series of the same name.

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