• First Review: The Librarians

    Despite losing Kath and Kim to Seven and adjusting to the axing of The Glass House, ABC comedies have never enjoyed such fervour. The Chaser, Summer Heights High and Spicks and Specks have given the commercial networks a regular Thursday morning migraine. But they haven’t come without cost. Controversial content has also attracted their share […]

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  • First Review: Viva Laughlin

    First, a confession. I don’t remember a lot of the finer points of Blackpool, the original BBC series on which Viva Laughlin is based. It screened here on the ABC. Which is all the more embarrassing when I admit I am very partial to a great musical. I do remember the original as being bright, […]

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  • First Review: Enough Rope: Helen Mirren

    Yet another charming interview by Andrew Denton is his meeting with Dame Helen Mirren next Monday night. The actress shares memories of her family, her inspiration and her thoughts on marriage to film director Taylor Hackford. Mirren talks about how hard it was when she moved to LA during the 80’s. “The body of work […]

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  • First Review: John Foreman presents: Burt Bacharach

    It’s nice to see commercial television remember there is more to the world of music than weekend video clips, a few youthful karaoke singers or backing music to a bit of ballroom dancing. Oh for the days of Countdown or Rock Arena. Not that Mr. Burt Bacharach is exactly what we’d cop on a contemporary […]

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  • First Review: The Abbey

    How do you solve a problem like living with Benedictine nuns? 33 days is practically the length of the endurance test a Survivor winner waits to win $1Million. It’s the same duration that five Aussie women will spend in a monastery, shunning modern luxuries, mobile phones, and even conversation for not one red cent. Who […]

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  • First Review: George Michael: Road to Wembley.

    I can’t figure out if it’s his birthday, or the 10th anniversary since he was bust in an LA toilet, but for some reason this Saturday afternoon there is more George Michael on the telly than a visit to Hampstead Heath. Sorry, somebody had to say it. The MAX Channel marathon is built around one […]

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  • First Review: Rain Shadow

    The overwhelming mood from the first hour of the new ABC drama series Rain Shadow is one steeped in the stillness of time. The landscape is spare, the people are unhurried, and the images, script and performances are languid. All of which is perfectly in harmony with a land struggling merely to hang on amid […]

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  • First Review: K-Ville

    Cop shows love to depict cities as a character in their dramas. Whether its The Streets of San Francisco, Hawaii Five-0, Miami Vice or CSI, the backdrop is as much a participant as it is silent observer. So it was really only a matter of time before somebody set a prime time cop show in […]

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  • First Review: Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

    This is Sam, a fifth grader, or if you’re truly Australian, a Grade Fiver. It’s a small point but one the Roving Enterprise producers didn’t opt for in picking up the local rights for Mark Burnett’s US game show. It’s about the only thing they could have changed in making this Aussie version of the […]

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  • First Review: Life

    This review is published prior to the American premiere due September 26 2007. Cop shows are always looking for new ways to deliver a fresh voice to a well-worn genre. There are police shows with psychics, mathematicians, anthropologists and dogs. We’ve even had musical cop shows and alien cops who partner with earthlings. Yet, it’s […]

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  • First Review: Damages

    Shhh. I don’t want to speak too soon, but the Nine Network may have finally bought something worthwhile. Let’s face it, it’s been a crap year for the network, with an empty war chest of American product, while Seven has rolled around like a pig in poke. When Nine has had something decent –Sopranos, Weeds, […]

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  • First Review: The Singing Office

    They sing everywhere these days from Idol to It Takes Two, from Rock Star to Operatunity. So it’s no surprise Foxtel was quick to pick up the Dutch format The Singing Office. It’s a simple idea really. Can you take a bunch of non-singers and get them to warble and drive up your ratings? It […]

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