• Silence of the Homers troubles TEN

    Channel TEN has breached the Broadcasting Act by not being thorough enough with its captioning of Simpsons episodes. The Australian Communication and Media Authority has found two episodes aired in May 2007 had inadequate captioning. Commercial television licensees must provide a captioning service for all television programs transmitted during prime viewing hours. In two episodes […]

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  • Returning (again): Nip / Tuck

    This schedule is having more slices and dices than Joan Rivers’ mug. Yes it’s back. Clearly the last plan for a 9:30pm show had a re-think and the show will now replace Weeds‘ (after its season finale), at 10:30pm January 21st -probably a good move. Either that or the Nine programming department heard all the […]

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  • SBS unveils 2008 highlights

    An early xmas gift today from SBS in the form of some news about select highlights for 2008. One of them is the UK drama Sinchronicity, a racy love-triangle drama about “Nathan (who) is on the run from the jealous boyfriend – a bouncer – of a woman who has two vaginas.” The show comes […]

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  • 30 Rocks the Screen Actors Guild nominations

    30 Rock, Ugly Betty and The Sopranos were the big winners in the nominations announced for the Screen Actors Guild awards. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and the 30 Rock ensemble have been nominated. The Sopranos cast, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco are also up for a gong. Meanwhile both America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams join […]

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  • Hugh Jackman narrates cricket series

    Following on from An Aussie Goes Barmy, Hugh Jackman’s Seed Productions will produce An Aussie Goes Bolly. The six part series narrated by Jackman will follow Gus Worland as he tracks the Australian and Indian cricket teams through India. Worland will travel through Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa and to the Taj Mahal in Agra. It […]

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  • Top Gear meets Evel Knievel

    In a spooky meeting of minds and octane passion, Top Gear’s Richard Hammond met with Evel Knievel for his final interview before his death. Hammond has himself survived a high-speed accident, when he crashed the Vampire Dragster in November 2006 at a speed of over 500km. In the special Richard Hammond Meets Evel Knievel airing […]

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  • Politics back on Sunrise table

    Sunrise is to resume its regular political segment next year with federal Housing Minister Tanya Plibersek and opposition MP Greg Hunt. Kevin Rudd and Joe Hockey were previously regulars but Rudd had to drop his participation after he became opposition leader. Seven Producer Adam Boland said, “While Tanya and Greg may not be household names […]

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  • Booted TT reporter hired by TEN

    Network TEN has hired Nicholas Boot, the reporter sacked by Seven after his Today Tonight story about a woman chained to her nursing home. Boot will join the Sunshine Coast bureau in February. He has been given a chance by TEN News Boss Cathie Schnitzerling. “What I wanted on the Sunshine Coast was an experienced […]

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  • TV production up in 2007

    The Australian Film Commission has released its annual findings on the state of the local industry, and it’s good news for local television. This year there were 645 hours of TV dramas (50 programs) shot here compared with 597 hours (45 programs) last year. The AFC says, “Expenditure in Australia also increased to $253 million, […]

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  • Axed: The 4400, Dead Zone

    Sci fi series The 4400 and The Dead Zone are both dead in the water, having been axed in America on the cable USA Network. The 4400, which premiered terrifically in Australia before dropping away just as quickly, has had a chequered past here. It last appeared in 4am timeslots on TEN, and returns tonight […]

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  • Seven: Gotta hate Facebook

    The Seven Network has banned it staff from accessing Facebook from work computers. Senior management, producers and network talent have been blocked via a firewall set up from the Seven mainframe, says Confidential. “It’s annoying for people like us who actually need to use it for work – seriously, we use it for research, trying […]

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  • Gone: Big Bang, Christine, Nip/Tuck, Hotel Babylon.

    Channel Nine has just made a raft of programming changes to its summer schedule that show it’s far from happy with its out-of-season performance. The Big Bang Theory and New Adventure of Old Christine will disappear after next Monday night. This week they had 647,000 (Christine) and 625,000 (Big Bang) heavily beaten by Seven observational […]

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