• Can an Aussie become the next American Idol?

    Australian Michael Johns is one of the top 12 boys in the current series of American Idol. Earlier today the contestants sat and waited to be called, and then made their long journey to the elevator and that long walk to the judges table for the verdict. Johns was given the good news via unanimous […]

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  • TEN appoints new drama exec

    TEN has appointed Rick Maier as its Head of Drama following the resignation last month by Sue Masters. Maier has a long history of writing including scripts for Corelli, Murder Call, Sweat, Sons and Daughters, Prisoner and Neighbours. He was an executive producer on Sit Down, Shut Up. Significantly, Maier retains his his current role […]

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  • Seven spins off karaoke show

    Clearly not content with the figures for It Takes Two, the Seven Network is launching a “spin-off” show. Next Tuesday at 5pm Seven is promising It Takes Two: Getting Ready, with “an exclusive backstage pass for a unique behind-the-scenes look at our celebrities as they get ready to perform live.” The show managed 1.29m viewers, […]

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  • Sorry a second time

    Now here’s an encore, that is genuinely an encore. The ABC will repeat the Prime Minister’s Apology to the Stolen Generations of Australia, and ceremony, from midday in each state on Saturday February 16. 393,000 people (33% share) tuned into ABC1 yesterday to watch the event with a further 10,000 online. Press Release:ABC TV will […]

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  • Seven signs with Foxtel

    And about time too! The Seven Network has finally signed a deal with Foxtel which will allow for the retransmission of its signal to subscribers. It will be available to Foxtel cable subscribers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and the Gold Coast within weeks. Seven boss David Leckie said “This is great news for […]

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  • 2008: Let the spin begin

    Just five days in to the 2008 ratings season and already there are hits, misses, trends and habits emerging from the big three networks. Encores are everywhere, and we have one network that has changed the way it spins daily ratings to the media. HITS:So You Think You Can Dance, TEN: The first new hit […]

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  • Underbelly torrents online

    A torrent file purporting to be the Underbelly drama is being linked from a Dutch website. The show that a court has ruled must not be broadcast by the Nine Network in Victoria has been uploaded to a torrent site, effectively making it downloadable internationally, including in the State of Victoria. The uploading and downloading […]

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  • Fox wants Hole in the Wall

    The US Fox Network will follow the Australian move to produce a local production of the Japanese gameshow Hole in the Wall. It has ordered a pilot of the show which puts players, dressed in spandex and hard hats, face down a moving barrier that features ever-changing cut-out shapes. They have to contort their bodies […]

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  • Is Friday Night Lights set to touchdown?

    It looks like TEN is readying to (finally) launch Friday Night Lights. The network will screen the 2004 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton at 6:30pm on Saturday March 1st, a good sign that it may follow on with the NBC TV series. The movie about a high school football team was based on a book […]

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  • Airdate: Stockinger

    SBS is set to screen the spin-off from its popular Inspector Rex series from Austria. Stockinger stars the subtly funny Karl Markovics, the “straight man” to Rex and Moser. In this series he relocates to Salzburg to be with his wife who inherited her father’s dental practice. It premieres at 7:30pm Thursday February 28. The […]

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  • Airdate: 80th Academy Awards

    Channel Nine will again host the annual Oscars ceremony in Australia. The 80th Academy Awards, to be hosted by Jon Stewart, will air at 8:30pm Monday February 25. The delayed telecast will include red carpet arrivals hosted again by Richard Wilkins. This has previously been packaged as a separate show by Nine, but this year […]

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  • Nine lodges appeal papers

    The Nine Network ran out of time to have its banned gangland drama Underbelly screened in Victoria tonight after failing to lodge an appeal by 3.40pm (AEDT) today. But by late afternoon it did lodge papers which will initiate a subsequent hearing, to be heard by three judges in the Court of Appeal. The Age […]

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