• Auditions: Farmer Wants a Wife

    The Nine Network and FremantleMedia Australia are now casting farmers for the second series of Farmer Wants a Wife. Nine found a loyal audience for this dating reality show late last year (even if it was already a successor to SBS’ Desperately Seeking Sheila). Bachelors must be working farmers between the ages of 25 and […]

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  • ABC News man retires

    ABC Brisbane’s News chief of staff in TV News Albert Asbury steps down today after 32 years in the position -quite a feat in a fickle business. He has been with the broadcaster for nearly 50 years, joining the then Australian Broadcasting Commission in August 1958 in Townsville, and served as a reporter in rural […]

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  • Prisoner fan reunion

    Fans of iconic TEN soap Prisoner are gathering with former cast members for a reunion later this month. The Melbourne-based event will feature Maggie Millar (Marie Winter), Lois Collinder (Alice ‘Lurch’ Jenkins), Desiree Smith (Delia Stout), Maxine Klibingaitis (Bobbie Mitchell), Reylene Pearce (Phylis C. Hunt), Kylie Foster (Angel Adams) and Marianne Brooke (Babs Martin). In […]

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  • The gangland war moves online

    It may have started on the streets of Melbourne, but it’s now an online war. 24 hours after its screening and here is the shakedown from Nine’s Underbelly premiere: * it attracted bumper ratings* Nine is warning of legal action over downloaders* a court appeal will commence today The Nine Network is considering legal action […]

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  • Can an Aussie become the next American Idol?

    Australian Michael Johns is one of the top 12 boys in the current series of American Idol. Earlier today the contestants sat and waited to be called, and then made their long journey to the elevator and that long walk to the judges table for the verdict. Johns was given the good news via unanimous […]

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  • TEN appoints new drama exec

    TEN has appointed Rick Maier as its Head of Drama following the resignation last month by Sue Masters. Maier has a long history of writing including scripts for Corelli, Murder Call, Sweat, Sons and Daughters, Prisoner and Neighbours. He was an executive producer on Sit Down, Shut Up. Significantly, Maier retains his his current role […]

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  • Seven spins off karaoke show

    Clearly not content with the figures for It Takes Two, the Seven Network is launching a “spin-off” show. Next Tuesday at 5pm Seven is promising It Takes Two: Getting Ready, with “an exclusive backstage pass for a unique behind-the-scenes look at our celebrities as they get ready to perform live.” The show managed 1.29m viewers, […]

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  • Sorry a second time

    Now here’s an encore, that is genuinely an encore. The ABC will repeat the Prime Minister’s Apology to the Stolen Generations of Australia, and ceremony, from midday in each state on Saturday February 16. 393,000 people (33% share) tuned into ABC1 yesterday to watch the event with a further 10,000 online. Press Release:ABC TV will […]

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  • Seven signs with Foxtel

    And about time too! The Seven Network has finally signed a deal with Foxtel which will allow for the retransmission of its signal to subscribers. It will be available to Foxtel cable subscribers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and the Gold Coast within weeks. Seven boss David Leckie said ‚ÄúThis is great news for […]

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  • 2008: Let the spin begin

    Just five days in to the 2008 ratings season and already there are hits, misses, trends and habits emerging from the big three networks. Encores are everywhere, and we have one network that has changed the way it spins daily ratings to the media. HITS:So You Think You Can Dance, TEN: The first new hit […]

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  • Underbelly torrents online

    A torrent file purporting to be the Underbelly drama is being linked from a Dutch website. The show that a court has ruled must not be broadcast by the Nine Network in Victoria has been uploaded to a torrent site, effectively making it downloadable internationally, including in the State of Victoria. The uploading and downloading […]

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  • Fox wants Hole in the Wall

    The US Fox Network will follow the Australian move to produce a local production of the Japanese gameshow Hole in the Wall. It has ordered a pilot of the show which puts players, dressed in spandex and hard hats, face down a moving barrier that features ever-changing cut-out shapes. They have to contort their bodies […]

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