• Ratings Week 45

    Saturday:1 New Tricks ABC 1,425,0002 Nine News Saturday Nine 1,202,0003 ABC News ABC 1,202,0004 Seven News – Sat Seven 1,189,0005 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine 910,0006 Judge John Deed Seven 910,0007 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Nine 851,0008 A Bug’s Life Seven 844,0009 First Test – Aus V Sri Lanka Nine 794,00010 Star […]

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  • Un-Real World airs Sydney eps

    Meet the cast of MTV’s The Real World: Sydney. They are seven young Americans, 19 – 24yo, who spent 3 months sharing a waterfront apartment in from February to May. In its 19th season, it was only the third time the US reality series has housed its annual cast outside of the US. The series […]

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  • Newsreader criticizes lack of audience contact

    Adelaide newsreader Kelly Nestor has commented on news management practices that see local services hosted from interstate. Nestor was TEN’s Adelaide newsreader, but located in Melbourne before defecting to the Nine Network located in Adelaide itself. Her comments about isolation follow the death of Perth newsreader Charmaine Dragun who was located in Sydney. “I feel […]

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  • Last tangos to Seven

    Week 44 was a week in which the TEN Network sought to pave the return of Big Brother by jettisoning a long-term host in favour of two largely radio personalities, all to convince the audience the reality show would be unrecognisable. So far it hasn’t appeared to enthrall many. It was also a week the […]

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  • ABC host tossed from bar

    The 7:30 Report’s Kerry O’Brien was ejected from a bar in Melbourne on Friday night according to the Daily Telegraph. An observer told the newspaper, “There was a guy carried out under the arms by two burly bouncers, kicking his legs and yelling and screaming and saying: ‘Leave me alone.’ “These bouncers were carrying him, […]

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  • News colleagues shocked by suicide

    Colleagues of Charmaine Dragun have been stunned by the death of the respected newsreader, who took her own life late on Friday afternoon. Dragun’s body was found by police at The Gap in Sydney. “It’s completely unexpected. No one had any idea how sad she must have been,” said TEN newsreader Deborah Knight. Co-presenter Tim […]

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  • TV Lounge

    The TV Lounge is an open forum for you to add comments or ask questions on topics that you can’t see anywhere else on the site. The previous TV Lounge is archived here. So if there’s something you’ve been meaning to get off your chest, or there’s a question that doesn’t seem to fit anywhere […]

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  • Young Doctors being resuscitated?

    Network TEN is believed to be looking at a contemporary version of The Young Doctors, the long-running serial that aired from 1976 to 1983. FremantleMedia, formerly Grundys, had a big hit with the sexy soap when it was produced out of Nine Sydney. It starred such names as Cornelia Frances, Mark Holden, Delvene Delaney, Alan […]

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  • Harold quits Neighbours

    After twenty years in Ramsay Street, beloved character “Harold Bishop” will bid the street goodbye. Actor Ian Smith, who has played the Neighbours role on and off since 1987, is retiring from the series and a 30 year career in show business. Smith films his final scenes this month and will depart the show next […]

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  • We sure miss those Friends

    Media commentators (including yours truly) are often observing how television audiences have drifted. We just don’t flock to the screen the way we used to in years gone by. There are now so many competing interests: Pay-TV, DVD, internet, (illegal) downloads and gaming. Plus there is widespread cynicism at both the offerings and the programming […]

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  • US writers poised to walk

    Here’s what American scriptwriters could be doing as early as next week. Selling burgers! The Writers’ Guild of America looks set to strike as early as Monday now the deadline of Oct 31 has passed. On Thursday a 3,000 strong meeting in LA voted unanimously to walkout. Behind-the-scenes weekend talks are unlikely to produce any […]

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  • Debate #2 on TT?

    Ad man John Singleton to host a second debate between Rudd and Howard on the Seven Network? That’s the offer from Today Tonight to the two leaders -and one which Kevin Rudd has heartily accepted. Peter Meakin (the same one who has been convicted of a drink driving charge) has proposed a second debate on […]

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