• TEN profit up

    Network TEN has increased first half profits by 17%. While TEN delivered a half-year profit of $270.5 million, the result was skewed by a $183.7 million tax benefit. The company said normalised profit was 16.9% higher at $86.9 million. Overall revenue for the half, to February 28, was up 7.3% to $527.6 million, with expenses […]

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  • Unhappy Baby John

    With news that Wheel of Fortune is heading back to television, former host ‘Baby’ John Burgess is disappointed he wasn’t offered the gig. Burgo told 3MP radio listeners Nine had previously promised it to him, a “couple of years ago.” “I was told ‘Burgo, if we get hold of it, you’ll be doing it.’ Well […]

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  • ABC jobs to go

    As expected, the ABC plans to reduce staff numbers with a major shake-up of production resources -but as yet no word on how many jobs are affected. Managing director Mark Scott (pictured) today announced the creation of ABC Resources, a new division aimed at providing the ABC with a ‘more flexible, multi-skilled production workforce.’ Under […]

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  • Outrageous Fortune plucked for US remake

    New Zealand drama Outrageous Fortune is to get a remake on the US ABC Network, under Rob Thomas -creator of Veronica Mars. The series about a dysfunctional family with a father in jail (Arrested Development anyone?) is currently shooting its fourth season -the show aired in Australia, first on Nine and most recently on TEN. […]

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  • Vale: Richard Widmark

    Hollywood actor Richard Widmark has died aged 93. In addition to his many movie roles he starred in the TV series Madigan as a loner detective. A quiet, inordinately shy man, Widmark often portrayed killers, cops and Western gunslingers. But he said he hated guns. Widmark appeared in 20 Fox films from 1957 to 1964. […]

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  • Change of heart by Nine buyers

    Fund manager Charter Hall is reported to have changed its mind regarding the purchase of Channel Nine’s studios in Willoughby and Richmond. The fund manager confirmed it had paid about $200 million for the two sites late last year. According to realestatesource.com.au the global credit crunch, which has increased funding costs for the deal, has […]

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  • TEN announces Rush cast

    More news today on the upcoming new TEN police drama, Rush, described as “is a contemporary action drama series set in a critical incident police unit; providing an insider’s view of police under pressure. Our heroes are a mobile squad trained to be smarter, tactically superior and technologically advantaged.” The ensemble cast will include Rodger […]

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  • Only fools and television executives

    Just to show it can be really, really nasty, the ‘controversial’ episode of Moment of Truth will air next Tuesday on Nine -April Fool’s Day. In the episode a woman was asked by her former partner if she would rather be married to him over her husband. It’s spiteful entertainment, and given the show hasn’t […]

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  • Airdate: My Kid’s a Star

    Uh oh. Nine’s threatened ‘cute kids’ talent reality show will premiere at 7:30pm Wednesday April 9. Hosted by Cameron Daddo it follows 10 children and their parents through a 6 week bootcamp. Former Partridge Family brat Danny Bonaduce is one of the show’s judges. He is also the host of the VH1 original I Know […]

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  • HBO buys Summer Heights High

    What on earth will America make of Ja’mie? Cable network HBO has picked up Chris Lilley’s mockumentary series Summer Heights High. It is quite a coup for the chameleon comic, given the Aussie-produced series should air in its original format. HBO has recently had success with NZ comedians Flight of the Conchords, but it is […]

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  • Axed: The Night Cap

    Was it a lack of 7HD revenue, Zach Douglas’ sex advice, the casting of Jessica Rowe -or just the fact that this was little more than Sunrise late at night? Either way, we won’t be seeing any more of The Night Cap. Seven managed to pass off its Easter absence as one of several shows […]

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  • You’re the (American) Voice

    Michael Johns may have had a great performance singing “We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions,” on this week’s American Idol but 17yo US kid David Archuleta (above) almost stumped the judges with his version of “You’re The Voice.” Both Randy and Paula were confused about who sang the song. Simon Cowell chimed […]

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