• Eddie’s viewers phone an Idol friend

    The phrase ‘phone-a-friend’ has never seemed more inappropriate. On Monday night viewers who phoned Millionaire’s 1902 viewer contest line got Australian Idol’s voting line for contestant Carl Risely. The error wasn’t Nine’s doing. It had correctly used the same number for two weeks. Duncan Murray, CEO of Belong, a communications company that works with 1900 […]

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  • Separated at Birth?

    Here’s another in TV Tonight’s on-going series that asks if television is recycling its stars. If it wasn’t for Sandra Sully reading TEN’s Late News in between Wednesday night’s Life and our own Sports Tonight you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching one and the same person. For the record actor Damian Lewis […]

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  • Ray Martin hosts Holt special.

    Ray Martin will present a Nine special that seeks to shed more light on the disappearance of former prime minister Harold Holt. Who Killed Harold Holt? will screen at 9:35pm on Tuesday November 20 in place of Crime Investigation Australia. Historic, private footage found in the home of his stepson was recently released donated as […]

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  • Weeds gets 4th series

    While the plug is being pulled on US shows left, right and centre, some good news from Showtime which has announced a fourth series for Weeds. The risque drama is due to go into production in April, subject to the outcome of the WGA strike. It will have 13 eps, 2 short of the current […]

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  • Monster makeovers for Nine

    TV Tonight understands Nine is developing a series entitled Monster House for 2008.* Assuming this is the same series that has already aired in Australia on the How To Channel the series is another reality makeover show. A sort of Changing Rooms on steroids. Home owners apply to have areas of their homes remodelled by […]

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  • Talk shows off air

    As picket lines spring up across the US for the writers’ strike, the big tonight shows will go into immediate reruns: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno plus Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel. Reruns would logically air in Australia on the TEN Network and the Comedy Channel. David Letterman […]

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  • Here come the finales

    Get set for the end of your favourite shows. We already have finale dates for Australian Story, Four Corners, Media Watch (all Nov 12), Foreign Correspondent (Nov 13), Catalyst (Nov 15) , New Tricks (Nov 17), Rain Shadow (Nov 18) and Spicks and Specks (Nov 21). Now the final edition of Rove for the year […]

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  • Official: Writers’ Strike begins

    No last-minute deal could be crafted between US film and TV writers and their employers despite 10 hours of negotiations on Sunday. The Writers’ Guild of America is now officially on strike. All Guild-covered work under the MBA ceased at 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday, November 5, 2007. Picket lines will now commence at such […]

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  • Idol producers play favourites?

    Take this “story” with the due cynicism it deserves…. Australian Idol producers have been accused of playing favourites over suggestions that a backstage tantrum from Matt Corby wasn’t screened to the audience. Last week footage of Tarisai’s outburst was screened before she was eventually ejected from the show. Today judges Kyle Sandilands, Mark Holden and […]

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  • O’Brien accepts bar apology

    Kerry O’Brien has accepted an apology from the nightclub which ejected him on Friday night said The Australian. O’Brien described the altercation at The Long Room saying, “I was totally in control of my faculties, having a private conversation with my son on a mobile phone where I moved out of a bar that was […]

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  • Nine happy on The Chopping Block

    News today that Catriona Rowntree and Matt Moran are to host a new cooking-reality show for Nine, The Chopping Block. To be produced by Julian Cress and David Barbour, creators of The Block, it will see two Sydney and Melbourne restaurants vie to win over a food critics in 48 hours. Chef Matt Moran was […]

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  • Vale: Charmaine Dragun

    Charmaine Dragun was described by friends as “the sweetest person you could ever meet.” As recently as Thursday she had been discussing Christmas plans with colleagues. Life was seemingly good for the TEN newsreader. Her boyfriend had recently moved from Perth to Sydney with her two beloved terriers. The couple owned a $320,000 unit in […]

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