Chris Lilley as Ja'mie in a scene from the TV series Mean Girls. Supplied by ABC TV publicity. Please credit photo to Ben Timony.
Chris Lilley as Ja'mie in a scene from the TV series Mean Girls. Supplied by ABC TV publicity. Please credit photo to Ben Timony. BEN TIMONY

Chris Lilley revisits Ja'mie: cue the cringe

THERE is a place for Chris Lilley's spoilt school girl Ja'mie King and it is in the nostalgic past of our nation's viewing history.

Lilley, that divisive comedy creator, is set to bring a new series to our screens centred purely on this bratty rich kid in uniform.

Ja'mie: Private School Girl will follow her doing Year 12 at an exclusive Sydney north shore institution.

Chris, if you're reading: no. Just no.

The joke is old, it's been told before. It was funny then, back in 2007 when Summer Heights High introduced us to Ja'mie; but what new laughs could you possibly conjure other than modern-twist cracks about selfies, Snapchat or cyber-bullying?

It also sends us a bad message, that you are insecure about your ability to come up with a brand new character, and this stains the 2013 Ja'mie with the mark of failure.

And why wouldn't your ego be bruised? Angry Boys was a tasteless disaster.

Here are two big problems with Ja'mie's newest series: she is not dimensional enough to hold attention for a half-dozen episodes and the golden rule of comedy (to go out on a high, to leave 'em wanting more and never come back) is broken.

Think of your previous hits: We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High. What stands out? A truly hilarious ensemble cast of characters all played by you, showing off your remarkable talents.

It was edgy, exciting entertainment. It was the mix of funny faces that we loved, and it's what we need again.

Angry Boys had an ensemble too but its characters were poorly chosen and poorly developed (and that's being nice).

Ja'mie has run her race…the old girl doesn't have the legs anymore. Besides, she was in high school six years ago; shouldn't she be at uni now?

Cue the cringe.



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