• TEN says yes to Optus TV

    The TEN Network is joining the Optus TV platform from December 1. It follows the network recently joining the Foxtel and Austar platforms. “We are delighted to join the OTV platform and make it easier than ever for their subscribers to access our programming,” said CEO Grant Blackley. Press Release: Network Ten (TEN)’s digital signal […]

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  • "These people were talking about onion rings."

    Last night’s Sopranos finale was the highest-rated episode of the drama this year, averaging 510,000 viewers and a timeslot win in all markets. It was strongest in Melbourne with 186,000 viewers. The series ended with the hotly-debated closing scene that left American viewers bewildered, frustrated and passionate. Writer / Director David Chase managed to find […]

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  • Samantha Who? gets full series

    Christina Applegate’s new series Samantha Who? is the latest American series to be greenlighted for a full run. Applegate stars as a real estate lawyer who wakes in a hospital bed surrounded by family -but she has no idea who she is. It also features What About Brian’s Barry Watson and Jean Smart from 24. […]

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  • Welcome home Mr Gyngell

    David Gygnell is back in Sydney and straight to work on fixing the troubled Nine Network. TV Tonight wishes him well in his endeavours. While kicking Nine seems to have become something of a media sport, the last thing we need is a network that isn’t competitive. It’s actually better for everyone if we have […]

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  • Gallery: Satisfaction

    Here are some of the first photos from Satisfaction, Foxtel’s new Melbourne-made drama starring Alison Whyte, Madeleine West, Diana Glenn and Nicholas Bell. The series is set in a brothel and looks at the dual lives of five high class hookers. “They are love stories with a twist – about strong women keeping themselves together […]

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  • The Joey Fatone Experiment

    Ahh the archives of telly. A few years ago in John Safran’s Music Jamboree the SBS star had a bit to say about N’Sync. They’d had a few hits by then. Justin Timberlake still wasn’t a soloist. And Joey Fatone? Well it was years before The Singing Bee was ever thought of. In his inimitable […]

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  • Scorecard: Fast-tracked shows

    So we’re an average of 4 – 6 weeks into “fasttracking / direct from the US / streaming direct” depending on which network spin you listen to. And how are they faring? There are about twelve major dramas and comedies on our screens on quick turnaround (discounting chat shows). As a relatively new exercise in […]

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  • Thursday = Strike

    Only two more days to go before the Writers’ Guild of America goes out on strike creating havoc in the film and television industry. As previous reports have noted, the strike with producers and studios is over “out-dated” agreements that do not reflect new technology and writers angry they are missing out on due reimbursement. […]

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  • The science of TV marketing

    The Australian Research Council is funding a research project to work out how just people hear about new TV programs. It will be conducted by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute at the University of South Australia which specialises in market research. “The nightmare for programmers is the show that could have been a hit, but flops, not […]

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  • Dexter slices up Oz

    Actor Michael C. Hall tonight impressed an avid gathering of Dexter fans at a Melbourne Q+A screening of the hit Showtime series. Hall, better known as “David” from Six Feet Under, is in Australia for the week to help launch the series, screening here on the new Showcase Channel in December. Hall was in Melbourne […]

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  • TEN under censorship pressure

    As promised, the TEN Network made edits to tonight’s Californication episode which it says was “to adhere to Australian Broadcasting Standards.” Meanwhile the Festival of Light is delighted that a review of the show is being undertaken by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Anyone else notice we’re in election mode? So don’t be surprised […]

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  • Foxtel fasttracks American Idol

    Foxtel has announced it will screen the next American Idol just 5.5 hours after it airs in the US. Both the live sing-off and verdict show will air twice weekly from mid-January on Fox8. ÔÇťAmerican Idol will truly screen day and date. Australians will now be able to tune into this smash hit series at […]

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