• First Review: So You Think You Can Dance Australia

    TEN’s local version of the US reality contest So You Think You Can Dance Australia certainly burst to life last night as one of the big new shows of the 2008 season. Dancing has done extraordinarily well for the Seven Network, but finally we have a show shifting focus from celebrities to emerging talent, a […]

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  • First Review: Out of the Question

    Here’s a question. Who on earth thought this was right for an 8:30pm timeslot? It’s not that I didn’t want to like Out of the Question, though it did pitch itself as a hybrid of various other shows we have already seen on the box. I like Glenn Robbins. On The Panel, Kath & Kim […]

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  • First Review: A Year with the Royal Family

    This is the series which had Queen Elizabeth furious. The BBC was forced to apologise to Her Majesty after wrongly implying that she had stormed out of a photo session with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. The scene in question shows the Queen forthright over Leibovitz’s posing ideas, one of which was the removal of her […]

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  • First Review: Rules of Engagement

    We’ve seen them all at one time or another. Single friends (Friends), newly married (Mad About You), long-wedded (All in the Family) and divorced (The Odd Couple). Now it’s the missing link: engagement. Here we have two neighbouring couples, newly-engaged Adam and Jennifer (Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich) and married pair Jeff and Audrey (Patrick Warburton, […]

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  • First Review: Back to You

    It’s genuinely surprising that Kelsey Grammer is returning so swiftly to network television again, and to the unforgiving workload of sitcoms. But that’s just what he’s doing in taking on Back To You. Paired primarily with Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond), the two forge a strong anchorage as TV News anchors. What’s also encouraging in […]

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  • First Review: Saving Kids

    Following on from Saving Babies in 2007, TEN has upped the age bracket (a bit like they did for Idol auditions) to make Saving Kids. And like Idol, it also features Damien Leith as the show’s narrator. It’s a curious choice given 18 months ago he wasn’t really known as a singer, let alone an […]

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  • First Review: Samantha Who

    I’ll give you a tip for this upcoming series. Do as Christina Applegate has done and check your brain at the door. After waking from a coma, Applegate’s titular character, Samantha Who? has no idea who she is. Ah yes, mistaken identity; that dependable sitcom device. Shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and I Love Lucy […]

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  • First Review: Underbelly

    True life crime has always been a point of fascination for television drama producers. Blue Murder, The Society Murders, Through My Eyes: The Lindy Chamberlain Story, Murder in the Outback, My Husband My Killer, the list is endless. So the idea of dramatising the Leadbelly book by John Silvester and Andrew Rule is an obvious […]

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  • First Review: Who Do You Think You Are?

    The first series of the British-made Who Do You Think You Are aired in Australia on the UKTV Channel. It was fascinating to watch Stephen Fry, Julia Sawalha, Julian Clary and other Brits tracing their family tree. Watching celebrities uncovering secrets and mysteries of their personal fabric stripped them of their fame and generated moving […]

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  • First Review: The Line of Beauty

    Get ready for a treat. Writer Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Bridget Jones’ Diary) has adapted Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize winning novel, The Line of Beauty, as a sumptuous three-part television drama. Published in 2004, the novel personalised life in Thatcher’s 1980s Britain through the eyes of a young homosexual, Nick Guest (Dan Stevens). It was […]

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  • First Review: Blood, Sweat and Gears

    FOX8’s new motoring show raises an interesting discussion point for two reasons. One is the media coverage that has attracted Temptation model Scott McGregor leaving Nine for a hosting role with Foxtel. McGregor was clearly disappointed he didn’t have a chance to try his hand at new projects with Nine. The second point is the […]

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  • First Review: Foxtel in 2007

    As the leader in Pay TV (or as they prefer it to be called, ‘subscription TV’) Foxtel had itself a nice little year. Little in terms of its ratings, but mighty in its impact on the diminishing Free to Air audience. Foxtel traditionally doesn’t release many numbers because it argues that having multiple channels and […]

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