• Returning: Without a Trace. Bumped: CSI

    Nine is turning up the heat on Sunday night viewing by moving CSI back to its 8:30pm timeslot and following it with new episodes of Without a Trace. And upping the ante, there is even a storyline crossover in both dramas which sees Anthony LaPaglia guest in CSI and William Petersen guesting in Trace. Both […]

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  • Returning: Animalia

    The locally-produced animated series Animalia is returning to TEN. And it has been given a more sensible time after premiering at the low-key 12pm Sundays slot last year. TEN will now screen the series each Friday afternoon at 4:00pm. It resumes Friday March 28th. Animalia is a $20m 40-part series based on the books of […]

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  • Robin Williams to guest on SVU

    Robin Williams will guest star in the 200th episode of Law & Order: SVU. He will play an engineer whose life has gone off-track following a tragedy. Events lead him to start questioning authority, and encouraging others to do the same. The episode will air in the US on April 29. When he guest starred […]

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  • Internet use overtakes TV

    Research released yesterday by Nielsen Online showed weekly internet usage overtook television for the first time in Australia. On average, internet users spent 13.7 hours a week online and TV viewers spent 13.3 hours in front of the box. This compares with 12.5hours a week online and 13.8hours watching TV in 2006. “The gap (between […]

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  • Returning: The Wire

    Critical darling, The Wire will return to Channel Nine, as part of the network’s amended schedule following the exit of The Mint. The HBO series returns at midnight on Tuesday evening April 1 (12am Wednesday April 2). “The Boys of Summer” is the first ep of the fourth series. Taking place in Baltimore, this series […]

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  • Vale: Anthony Minghella

    British film director Anthony Minghella, who won an Oscar for The English Patient has died. He was 54. Minghella’s other achievements included The Talented Mr Ripley and Cold Mountain. He had recently completed a telemovie The #1 Women’s Detective Agency, due to air on the BBC this week. One of Minghella’s earliest jobs was as […]

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  • ABC3 delayed to 2009

    Plans to launch ABC3 next month have been put on hold. The ABC has been hoping to launch a dedicated television channel for children and teenagers for some time. It strategically announced its ambitions before the November Federal Election, which were a supported in an $82m pre-election promise by the Howard Government. The Rudd Government […]

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  • Back to reruns

    Last week TV Tonight speculated that it was very adventurous of TEN to be planning Back to You across Easter when new episodes were in short supply. One of the shows affected by the Writer’s Strike, TEN was set to run out of new episodes just one week before new eps resume in the US. […]

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  • Gone: The Thick of It

    The ABC said it knew about Chris Langham’s conviction of downloading child pornography. Earlier this month when TV Tonight contacted the ABC on plans to run Langham’s sitcom The Thick of It, a spokesperson affirmed the network was aware of the situation. They confirmed it was proceeding with the programme. But within days it issued […]

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  • All’s fair in ambush journalism and dodgy game shows?

    Foot-in-door and ambush interviews are the staple of early evening public affairs shows (both of them). When it comes to getting a good interview, or putting someone on the spot, both ACA and TT have made an art of this. The game show contestants who today accompanied ACA (or vice versa) during a live Sunrise […]

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  • Axed: The Mint

    Channel Nine’s late night game show, The Mint has been axed. The final show will air on Saturday 29th March. It is to be replaced with dramas and movies. The show, with host duties shared by Rob Mills, Lyall Brooks, Natalie Garonzi, Angela Johnson, Lucy Holmes and Katrina Conder was recently dropped by WIN TV. […]

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  • NBC re-heats ‘improved’ Chopping Block

    NBC has picked up the US rights to make a local version of The Chopping Block. The Channel Nine reality show was created by David Barbour and Julian Cress (The Block), both of whom worked for David Gyngell when he was running Granada America. Most curiously, there are a number of key changes for the […]

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