• Prison Break ‘fasttrack’ paused

    Australian viewers are about to get a rude lesson in the downside to ‘fast-tracking.’ All three commercial networks have made a fuss about airing episodes almost immediately after their American screenings. House, Life, My Name is Earl, Bionic Woman, Heroes are all aired here almost all within the week of their US release. Viva Laughlin […]

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  • Gone: Weeds, Playboy Mansion.

    Nine is pulling out its Weeds. As previously reported Weeds was not to air next Monday night due to Nine’s new Monday programming of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Viva Laughlin and the movie Monster in Law. That’s fair enough as a one-off event. But now the network has decided another movie will replace […]

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  • Gone: Veronica Mars

    TEN programmers can’t be having a good day today. After deciding to drop Smallville from the schedule, it now looks like the return of Veronica Mars has had a re-think. Until today it was due to return next Friday October 26 at the too-late-time of 11:05pm. That’s now off the table, with the timeslot given […]

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  • Gone: Smallville

    Faster than a speeding bullet, TEN is dropping Smallville. After returning it to schedule at 6:30pm Saturdays only 3 weeks ago, the network has chosen to remove it, effective from October 27. It will be replaced by Deadliest Catch, which currently screens after it, to make room for Saturday night movies. The move continues an […]

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  • "Why punish the Worm?"

    The Debate is shaping up as a combined Sky News and ABC affair it seems (we still have to wait and see if Rudd agrees to Howard’s rules). Meanwhile there is talk that Nine may upset the applecart by re-introducing its beloved Worm -the electronic audience polling device- to decide the winner. Howard isn’t a […]

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  • Pre-loved Network for sale. Must sell!

    Psst! Wanna buy “two free-standing buildings and twelve converted dwellings?” Just “6km north of Sydney’s CBD” with “four (4) street frontages.” This property is a “well-presented site” with presents “exceptional re-development potential.” Yes it’s TCN9, Willoughby. And that’s exactly how Colliers International are showcasing this iconic site. No mention of Bandstand, The Paul Hogan Show, […]

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  • Megan in a Gale over ACA

    Model Megan Gale is said to be unhappy with A Current Affair after a report last night sought to highlight rivalry with Seven’s Jennifer Hawkins. Gale was interviewed about her new suntan lotion, but fielded questions which compared her with Hawkins. Promos for the show said she would “unload on Jennifer Hawkins.” According to Confidential […]

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  • A day in Newstopia

    This afternoon, thanks to SBS, I took a set visit to a recording of Newstopia, Shaun Micallef’s news parody which started last week. The show is being shot in Melbourne, at the ABC’s Ripponlea studios no less, because SBS production in Melbourne is predominantly Radio rather than TV. Watching this being put together it’s clear […]

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  • Win a week with The Chaser

    The ABC is offering a prize of a week behind the scenes of The Chaser for the person who can best sledge off the Election. Budding satirists can submit monologues, mash-ups, animations or sketches in which they comment on the campaign and the players. “Humour not abuse” is what the judges are looking for. The […]

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  • 7HD launches

    A silent launch of Seven’s new high-def channel 7HD took place last night with the screening of the movie The 25th Hour at 10:30pm and welcome messages from Anna Coren, David Koch, Sonia Kruger and Matthew White. There were also sneak peeks of next week’s Prison Break, Bionic Woman and Heroes. Seven was due to […]

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  • Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

    Australian Idol‘s Marcia Hines yesterday told radio listeners she was considering leaving after the end of this season. Hines was furious with Mark Holden’s judgement of Ben McKenzie on Sunday night’s show, claiming he was being picked on. “You took up most of my time talking shit,” she directed at Holden. “I’m leaving (because) I […]

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  • Idol shock as Ben goes

    Australian Idol fans are in outrage, and very possibly tears, as one of the show’s favourite singers, 17yo Ben McKenzie was sent packing on Monday night. McKenzie sang Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” on Sunday, but landed in the bottom two alongside hot favourite Matt Corby. As with most Idol years, there is a mid-series shock […]

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