• US to animate failed Aussie sitcom

    Now I’ve heard everything. US network giant FOX is set to make an animated version of the old Aussie sitcom Sit Down, Shut Up. And it’s being put together by none other than Mitch Hurwtiz, creator of Arrested Development. The sitcom about self-obsessed teachers screened on Channel TEN in 2001 and starred Stephen Curry, Marg […]

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  • ABC2 eyes breakfast television

    The ABC will launch a breakfast television program on ABC2 to appeal to a different audience than that of Sunrise and Today. The breakfast TV news and current affairs program is planned to capitalise on the organisation’s extensive news resources, including placing cameras in ABC radio studios to allow broadcasting of key interviews. “This is […]

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  • Michael Johns across the Idol universe

    Australian Michael Johns sang The Beatles’ “Across the Universe” as part of American Idol’s Beatlemania special yesterday, but didn’t get the unanimous praise he is used to receiving. Only Paula Abdul seemed chuffed by the ballad, commending him for a quiet confidence and showing different aspects to his character. American Idol screens on FOX8 in […]

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  • Ticker runs out on Today

    The Australian today reports that Nine’s Today show will drop its on-screen ticker: Today executive producer Tom Malone believes it is a distraction and any content which appears on the bottom of the screen in the ticker will be on the show anyway. The ticker was pioneered on breakfast television by Seven’s rival Sunrise, and […]

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  • Leckie on TEN exec: ‘A pain in the arse.’

    Seven Network’s chief executive, David Leckie, has blasted rival networks that have criticised Seven’s 2008 performance as lacklustre. “I won’t take any crap on this. Yes, our audiences have gone down a bit; we started off slow this year and I did that deliberately,” Mr Leckie told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Are we in danger […]

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  • Corey up for MTV Award

    Corey Worthington (aka Delaney) could wind up winning an MTV Award after his ACA interview with Leila McKinnon has been nominated as ‘Best TV Moment.’ His best competition is The Chaser’s APEC bust. “It’s cool to be considered for an MTV award, and to be included in such great company, “said Corey. “My vote’s for […]

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  • Returning: RPM

    Network TEN’s flagship motoring show RPM returns to screens back on Sunday afternoons. It starts 1pm Sunday March 23. It follows TEN’s coverage of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend. The show has covered motorsports for TEN since 1997. On the RPM blog, host Greg Rust writes, “Although there’s been plenty of the […]

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  • Scrubs actor: "We’re moving to ABC"

    The rumour mill persists. Scrubs actor John C. McGinley says the sitcom is definitely moving to ABC. “I’ve been told to show up at work on March 24, and the 18 episodes we’re going to do starting that day will be on ABC next fall,” he said. Zach Braff had expressed he definitely wanted out […]

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  • Mary Anne arrested

    Ok it’s hardly hard narcotics but the idea of ‘Mary Anne’ behind bars is just wrong. Actress Dawn Wells, better known as ‘Mary Anne’ from Gilligan’s Island, is now serving six months’ unsupervised probation after she was caught with marijuana in her car last October. On February 29th Wells, 69, was sentenced to five days […]

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  • Airdate: Gladiators

    No surprises to see that Gladiators is due on Sunday March 30, the first day of ratings after the Easter break. The remake of the testosterone 90’s show is highly anticipated, and Seven is rolling out the big guns with the marketing machine. Hosted by Tom Williams and Zoe Naylor, the show will apparently screen […]

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  • Hollywood in a spin over Josh Lawson

    Actor Josh Lawson has just hit the big time in the US. He is the subject of the headline story in The Hollywood Reporter after landing the lead role in a new Fox comedy, Spaced. Lawson has also landed an exclusive talent deal with Fox after impressing the network’s head of casting, Marcia Shulman. She […]

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  • ABC announces Playback website

    The ABC is to trial three new websites in two weeks, one of which will allow viewers to watch popular programs, including recently aired shows on ABC1 and ABC2. Under the banner heading of Playback, another will be dedicated to documentaries and the third is an ABC Shop channel. Managing Director Mark Scott hopes the […]

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