• Two new shows this weekend

    A reminder that there are two new Aussie productions hitting our screens this weekend, but neither in high-profile timeslots. Chandon Pictures is a new series on the Movie Extra channel. The comedy is a spin-off from a Tropfest win by Rob Carlton and Alex Weinress. The series follows the misadventures of struggling video production company. […]

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  • It’s the final camp-down

    Let me say from the outset that karaoke is one of those events where “you really have to be there.” I’m still not convinced it actually works as television for any longer than a week (then again, Bingo is no fun without a bingo card either, so go figure). But if anyone’s going to give […]

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  • Airdate: Cane

    TEN will launch one of its new dramas Cane in the final week of ratings. The CBS drama, starring Jimmy Smits, was first pitched as a “Latino-Godfather” story. It looks at a sprawling Cuban-American family running a rum and sugar business in Florida. Its premiere in September had 11m viewers, but it is yet to […]

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  • Election Night: Who’s Got What

    Most of the networks have now lined up their Election coverage for Saturday November 24. Comprehensive coverage will begin on Nine and the ABC from 6pm and Seven from 6:30pm. All three are predominantly commercial free. The ABC has Kerry O’Brien, Tony Jones, Antony Green, Nick Minchin, Julia Gillard, Jim Middleton and Michael BrissendenSeven has […]

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  • Showrunners thwart network plans

    This is Marc Cherry creator of Desperate Housewives on the picket line today. He was joined by Lost’s Damon Lindelof and Gossip Girl’s Josh Schwartz. Having such senior showrunners join the writers (and that’s no surprise) is proving a real problem for the networks. Sure, they may have scripts stockpiled and some production still underway, […]

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  • ABC boycotts AFI Awards

    The ABC is so furious with the arrangements for the AFI Awards it is publicly withdrawing any support for the event. The broadcaster is incensed with changes that diminish the importance of the television categories for the December ceremony, describing them as a “lack of respect.” “We have not taken this decision lightly,” said ABC’s […]

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  • Bree beats cancer scare

    Big Brother’s Bree Amer has beaten a cancer scare thanks to the efforts of a viewer noticing a lump in her neck. The Wollongong doctor spent hundreds of dollars phoning Channel TEN and Ralph Magazine urging Amer to have a diagnosis -but the messages were never passed on. Eventually he made contact via the parent […]

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  • Can Seven’s Heroes save our world?

    Spare a thought for Aussie programmers trying to come to terms with the ramifications of the Writers’ Strike. Only four days in and shows are dropping like flies. They must be grateful we are nearing the end of our ratings season, which buys them some precious time to take stock of this whole, sordid mess. […]

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  • American Music Awards live

    As part of its pitch to be recognised as the “awards” network earlier this year, Foxtel will telecast the 35th American Music Awards live to air at 12pm Monday November 19 on FOX8. The awards will feature live performances from Jennifer Hudson, Maroon 5, Duran Duran, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, […]

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  • Rove remembers Belinda

    This week’s episode of Rove will be pre-recorded to allow the host time to mark the first anniversary of the death of Belinda Emmett. The show will be recorded on Saturday morning, enabling Rove to fly to Perth to spend time with family. A segment with Justin Timberlake was recorded on Tuesday. Vince Vaughn and […]

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  • Clock stops on 24

    As expected 24 is in big trouble. FOX has opted not to premiere it on January 13 now due to the various production problems (WGA strike, Kiefer in jail and even the Californian fires). Instead it wants to air ‘Day 7’ uninterrupted. It will be replaced by Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Meanwhile Law and […]

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  • Great Outdoors cast tripped up

    Seven has confirmed that Shelley Craft has departed from The Great Outdoors. But she has already recorded 19 stories for the series which could go ahead next year. This year the travel show moved from its long-term Monday home to the lower-profiled 6:30pm Saturdays. Its final episode for 2007 aired a few weeks ago to […]

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