• New boss for Comedy Channel

    After moving its base to Melbourne earlier this year, Foxtel’s Comedy Channel now has a new boss. He is former GTV9 producer Alex Ristevski. Ristevski most recently worked at the Nine Network where he was executive producer of factual and light-entertainment programming. He is a former stand-up comedian himself. “They say in comedy ‘timing is […]

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  • Show Me The Shows

    Just before everyone starts packing up their files and shutting down their PCs now the ratings year is over, how about a little reminder of the shows that were promised for 2007, but never delivered? All year TV Tonight has hosted a 2007 Show Watch which has slowly shrunk as shows premiered throughout the year. […]

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  • The ratings race is over

    As other media have reported today, the Seven Network is the winner in the 2007 ratings race. This is news to nobody. TV Tonight will be posting our breakdown of the statistics on Monday, after everyone has finished sending out their press releases. Two networks took the time to send their info on a Sunday, […]

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  • Seven settles with Optus

    The Seven Network has said “Yes” to settling court costs with Optus over its C7 case. Seven has agreed to pay a confidential, out-of-court settlement sum to Optus, which spent $9.2 million successfully defending the case in the Federal Court, says the Sydney Morning Herald. This leaves Telstra as the only party holding out for […]

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  • 38th win for Seven. Gotta love it.

    Week 48, the final week of 2007 ratings was a week of Beckham-mania, when Daryl quit Dancing, the Idol finale suffered from technical hitches, a Nine reporter was told to try SBS, TEN revealed its HD- line-up, and a frank David Gyngell told journalists and advertisers Nine really did “heart” TV. And it was yet […]

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  • Out of the Blue, it’s a new Aussie soap!

    In what stands as an almost unprecedented announcement, the BBC has commissioned a new $15M, 130 episode Aussie soap, Out of the Blue. The Sydney-based series will be set in a resort in Manly and opens with a group of friends in their 30s returning to their hometown for a reunion. It will be made […]

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  • Vale: Evel Knievel

    Motorcyle daredevil Evel Knievel has died, aged 69. The American stuntman had been in ailing health for some time. Knievel most-famously attempted to leap the Snake River Canyon in 1974, but despite failing, generated enormous publicity. He even spawned a movie, The Evel Knievel Movie. In TV he appeared as a guest on shows like […]

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  • ABC newsreader cut short

    A coughing fit struck ABC’s Sydney newsreader Juanita Phillips last night, causing the ABC to take a live feed from the Melbourne newsroom. The Sydney newsroom’s evening chief of staff, Simon Johnson, said “It was just a tickle and it was a little distressing to her considering she was in the middle of a live […]

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  • Is this host AOK?

    Andrew O’Keefe to host Dancing with the Stars? That’s who Confidential is tipping for 2008. It also says there will only be one series of the show next year -surely a good move. Somers, the newspaper suggests, was miffed at having a variety show turned down by Seven. “(David) Leckie and Somers have long been […]

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  • Airdate: Kid Nation

    Remember a little show TV Tonight told you about back in May? Get ready for Lord of the Flies meets Bonanza. Kid Nation is coming to TEN over summer. The reality show puts 40 American kids aged 8 – 15 in an old western town and leaves them to fend for themselves. They have to […]

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  • Bionic axe looming?

    Not even a billion dollar makeover looks like it can save Bionic Woman from the axe. The show has suffered a series of setbacks in the US that spell doom for the NBC series. This week it flatlined at just 5.99m viewers. It was the last episode produced prior to the Writer’s Strike, and the […]

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  • Daryl Somers quits Dancing

    Daryl Somers has quit Dancing with the Stars. “I’ve had a fabulous time on Dancing with the Stars but I’m ready for a new direction” Daryl said. “To be honest, I have felt somewhat restricted by the tightly structured format and feel if I don’t move on now I’ll regret it. If the Network do […]

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