TV Tonight https://tvtonight.com.au Australia's leading TV blog Mon, 01 Mar 2021 04:06:00 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 http://tvtonight.com.au/wp-content/uploads/cache//favicon-src/50193093.png TV Tonight https://tvtonight.com.au 32 32 Returning: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-everythings-gonna-be-okay.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-everythings-gonna-be-okay.html#respond Mon, 01 Mar 2021 02:25:38 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411850

The second season of Josh Thomas comedy series Everything’s Gonna Be Okay will premiere on Stan in April.

This returns with with two episodes same day as the U.S.

After their heartbreaking trip to New York, the Moss family and Nicholas’ boyfriend, Alex, are just trying their best to move forward. With everyone back home, Matilda is rethinking her life goals, Genevieve starts putting herself out there—even dating—and Nicholas is working out how to balance being a brother, parental figure, boyfriend and cute entomologist.

This season also welcomes new eccentric friends, unexpected hookups and a lot more bugs. In addition to Thomas as Nicholas, the series stars Kayla Cromer as Matilda, Maeve Press as Genevieve and Adam Faison as Alex. Thomas, Stephanie Swedlove and Kevin Whyte serve as executive producers, with David Martin, Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner executive producing for Avalon.

Friday, 9 April on Stan.

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The Story of Songs: Mar 1 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/the-story-of-songs-mar-1.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/the-story-of-songs-mar-1.html#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2021 01:50:32 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411824

Tonight on SBS The Story of Songs profiles the music of Eric Clapton.

This episode explores the personal and musical development of this iconic rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Contributors include Clapton’s touring band members and session musicians, producers, photographers, journalists and industry experts. Marcella Detroit recalls the hedonistic rock and roll tours fraught with excess and overindulgence. Back-up singer Tessa Niles and renowned bassist Nathan East share their intimate memories of helping to support and work through Clapton’s grief of the untimely death of his son.

9:25pm tonight on SBS.

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Golden Globe Awards 2021: winners https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/golden-globe-awards-2021-winners.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/golden-globe-awards-2021-winners.html#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2021 01:19:58 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411834

 

The Golden Globe Awards are were held at both Beverly Hills & New York City before a masked frontline workers in the two venues.

Big winners were Netflix for The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit.

Other multiple wins went to Schitt’s Creek, Borat Subsequent Movie, Soul and Nomadland.

“So celebrities can stay safely at home,” said Tina Fey.

Yep they are all zooming.

There is also a laugh track for the opening monologue, which is so awful it is ruining the whole thing. Not sure what the answer is… don’t do one?

Their monologue also addresses the fact there are no black journalists in the HFPA with a few gags and joking about how many Streaming movies are nominated for Film. 2020 a year like no other even for awards….

“A lot of flashy junk got nominated,” says Poheler.

“But even with stupid things inclusivity is important and the HFPA has no black journalists, maybe you didn’t get the memo…. you gotta change that,” Fey added.

There was a tech problem with the first winner, Daniel Kaluuya, but he got a speech in afterwards. Second winner John Boyega didn’t know if he was supposed to start his acceptance speech.

Winners are in bold:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Jared Leto (“The Little Things”)
Bill Murray (“On the Rocks”)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
John Boyega (“Small Axe”)
Brendan Gleeson (“The Comey Rule”)
Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”)
Donald Sutherland (“The Undoing”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”)

So far the acceptance speeches are awful… tech problems galore.

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal Pictures)
“Onward” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Over the Moon” (Netflix)
“Soul” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Wolfwalkers” (Cartoon Saloon)

The HFPA formally acknowledges they need a more inclusive group with black journalists and more minority voices. It takes a village, guys.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)
Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”)

Deserved winner, even if it was a very tough watch. Ruffalo is giving a speech, suddenly I love the orchestra winding people up.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
Jack Fincher – “Mank” (Netflix)
Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton – “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Legendary writer / producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time) is honoured with the Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I could not feel more blessed. I am convinced laughter adds time to one’s life,” he said in acknowledging Carol Burnett.

“I’ve had a lifetime of partners, performers, associations and creative talents.”

98 year old Lear also thanked family, adding “I’ve never lived alone, I’ve never laughed alone.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Laura Linney (“Ozark”)
Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

Diana beat the Queen…

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste
“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” (Netflix) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi
“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth
“Tigress & Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” (Hulu) – Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
“The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) – Alexandre Desplat
“Tenet” (Warner Bros.) – Ludwig Göransson
“News of the World” (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard
“Mank” (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
“Soul” (Pixar) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)
“The Great” (Hulu)
“Schitt’s Creek” (CBC)
“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Yay for Schitt’s Creek. Well cancel the controversy around whether Emily in Paris was going to shed light on favouritism (30 journos were flown to Paris).

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
Kate Hudson (“Music”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”)
Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Al Pacino (“Hunters”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)

Loved this performance… tipped her as a contender in recent review.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Another Round” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
“La Llorona” (Shudder)
“The Life Ahead” (Netflix)
“Minari” (A24)
“Two of Us” (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max)
“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)
“Ozark” (Netflix)
“Ratched” (Netflix)

How did Ratched even get on this list?

Ok producers have finally decided to add orchestra music to wind up speeches.

Third costume change for Tina & Amy.

Cecil B. de Mille Award:
Jane Fonda accepts on stage in Beverly Hills.

“I’m so moved to receive this honour, thank you,” she said.

“We are a community of storytelling and in turbulent times like these, stories are essential

She added, “To have empathy… to recognise that for all our diversity we are humans first.”

I love that she is referencing modern shows I May Destroy You, Ramy and Nomadland.

“Stories really can change people.”

Speech of the show as as he called for greater inclusion.

“And happy birthday Tommy Tune!”

Is this a good time to mention that during Lockdown I found an authentic Cecil B. de Mille autograph in my collection?

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”)
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

Gillian Anderson even applauds herself.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”)
Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”)
Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”)

Sorry Cate, Nicole…

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Normal People” (Hulu/BBC)
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
“Small Axe” (Amazon Studios/BBC)
“The Undoing” (HBO)
“Unorthodox” (Netflix)

Sorry Nicole…

We must be on the home stretch now, people…

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”)

Emotional speech from Chadwick Boseman’s widow about who he would have thanked.

Best Director – Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
David Fincher, “Mank” (Netflix)
Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)
“Hamilton” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Palm Springs” (Neon)
“Music” (Vertical Entertainment)
“The Prom” (Netflix)

Sacha Baron Cohen makes his acceptance speech from Sydney (I think). He thanks Rudy Guiliani. Isla Fisher is grinning from chin to chin.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
James Corden (“The Prom”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”)
Dev Patel (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”)
Andy Samberg (“Palm Springs”)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Mank” (Netflix)
“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

That’s a wrap. Happy Birthday Tommy Tune! (Google him if you don’t know him).

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Returning: Married to Medicine https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-married-to-medicine.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-married-to-medicine.html#respond Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:55:06 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411829

US reality series Married to Medicine is back for its eighth season next week, fast-tracked to FOX Arena.

This year it explores how the pandemic has dramatically impacted on its cast.

The ladies of “Married to Medicine” face unprecedented times as their lives are turned upside down along with the rest of the world when the pandemic hits. With some of the ladies working on the frontlines, while also getting involved in important social justice movements, they are still dealing with all of the drama and shade in their personal circle. Will they all get along? Dr. Jackie is carrying the world on her shoulders as she is working on the frontlines while also finishing the massive renovation on her dream home, venturing to open her own surrogacy clinic. Dr. Heavenly’s dental practice continues to grow and is busier than ever. Heavenly is laughing all of the nay-sayers away while she is doing big things with her husband, Dr. Damon as he launches his mobile covid-testing enterprise. Dr. Simone is a soon to be empty nester along with Cecil and continues to work tirelessly. Always the peacemaker, will her other ladies’ drama pull her down into the gully? Dr. Contessa is embracing family life while trying to find a balance in her marriage with Dr. Scott as they work together to open a clinic. Toya and Dr. Eugene have settled into their new home with the kids, and are loving it. Toya is the “Queen of the Cul de Sac,” and she is also adding a new title to her name as a tennis superstar. Anila is Toya’s bestie and the newest member to this close knit crew. She is making her mark with her fun and light-hearted personality, but don’t take her kindness for weakness. She is living the fabulous life as a fashion blogger along with her ocular surgeon husband, Dr. Kiran Sajja and two kids. Miss Quad is finally reclaiming her life after her divorce and she’s renewing some friendships, while cutting others off…completely.

Tuesday March 9 at 1.30pm on FOX Arena (rpt 8:30pm)

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Nine in talks with WIN, as affiliate deals expire in July. https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/nine-in-talks-with-win-as-affiliate-deals-expire-in-july.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/nine-in-talks-with-win-as-affiliate-deals-expire-in-july.html#comments Mon, 01 Mar 2021 00:25:57 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411821

Could Nine be ready to switch regional affiliates again? Will 10 be heading back to Southern Cross?

That may be on the cards with a report that Nine’s exclusive period to talk with Southern Cross Media Group expired on Sunday -with no deal in place.

This leaves the broadcaster open to discuss with Bruce Gordon-owned WIN Television.

Nine parted company with WIN in 2016 for Southern Cross ending a 28 year partnership, while 10 paired with WIN (Seven remains with Prime7).

WIN Corp is also Nine’s biggest shareholder with a 14.9% stake. Outgoing CEO Hugh Marks told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, “We’re clearly advanced in understanding the proposal that they’ve made.

“Post-that we will engage with both Southern Cross and WIN Corp to understand what the final proposals will be so I imagine we’ll be making a decision in March on what our new affiliate will be going forward. The benefit will be reasonably significant to the business under each of those scenarios.

“We would be silly not to explore all the options in the market.”

Southern Cross chief executive Grant Blackley indicated at the company’s results last week that it is looking to renew its deal with Nine.

Current affiliate deals expire on July 1st.

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Returning: Anh’s Brush with Fame https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-anhs-brush-with-fame-5.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-anhs-brush-with-fame-5.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 23:50:35 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411813

Season six of Anh’s Brush with Fame begins at the end of the month, with a bumper 14 episodes.

Amongst the subjects this season are Jamie Durie, Kate Ritchie, Dr. Harry Cooper, Kamahl, Peter Garrett, Marcia Hines and Jane Seymour.

“I can’t wait for this series to air with a great line-up of fantastic guests,” says Anh.

Over the 14 episodes, Anh paints some of Australia’s most famous faces, capturing their personalities on the canvas. Anh delves behind the public profile of his subjects as he learns about the inspirational, heart-warming and occasionally deeply emotional stories that have shaped their lives.

The series will kick off with the multi-talented designer and TV presenter Jamie Durie. Anh also chats to homegrown heroes, Dr Harry Cooper, Australia’s original TV Vet, much loved singer songwriter Missy Higgins, actor and broadcaster Kate Ritchie and Midnight Oil front man, activist and politician, Peter Garrett. Also captured on the canvas will be former Justice of the High Court, Michael Kirby and legendary horse trainer Gai Waterhouse.

Many of Anh’s subjects have made Australia their home and share their diverse and insightful experiences. Former Bond Girl and Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour, opens up about her incredible life and career. Tara Moss is a Canadian born, best-selling author, Li Cunxin a ballet dancer originally from China, Manu Feildel French chef and television presenter and from the world of music Marcia Hines, Kamahl and Guy Sebastian all share their stories of coming to Australia.

Tuesday March 30 at 8.00pm on ABC

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Returning: Finding Joy https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-finding-joy.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/returning-finding-joy.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 23:20:29 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411789

Season 2 of Irish sitcom Finding Joy premieres on Acorn TV later this month.

Created, written by, and starring Amy Huberman, the series is described as a warm, funny and irreverent look at modern Ireland and how we each try to find meaning in our lives in a world where old certainties are gone.

This quirky, life-affirming Acorn TV Original comedy is back for a second series, with its cheeky sense of humour and loveable heroine.

Still single, still looking for joy in all the wrong places and encouraged by her previous success as short-term cover for a happiness blogger, Series 2 sees Joy on a mission to build her own online brand. With a small team, very little sponsorship and her home life falling apart, Joy subjects herself to awkward and downright bizarre situations in her quest for online fame.

Monday March 15 on Acorn TV.

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MAFS, 60 Minutes score for Nine. https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/mafs-60-minutes-score-for-nine.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/mafs-60-minutes-score-for-nine.html#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2021 22:39:13 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411794

Sunday was an easy win for Nine, leading from 7pm onwards.

Married at First Sight was #1 at 898,000 metro viewers and topped the demos.

That was well in front of Grand Designs: NZ (509,000 from 7:40pm) The Amazing Race Australia  (464,000 from 7:30pm) and Holey Moley: Celebrity Special (426,000), with both reality shows down.

Later 60 Minutes pulled 664,000 then Harrow (487,000) and Silent Witness (310,000) -both dramas up on last week.

Nine network won Sunday with 35.3% then Seven 21.4%, ABC 18.8%, 10 17.6% and SBS 6.9%.

Nine News scored 847,000 and a late edition was 435,000.

Seven News won its slot at 862,000. Movie: Venom was just 205,000. During the day the Supercars drew up to 290,000.

ABC News was 689,000 for ABC. Antiques Roadshow was 164,000.

The Sunday Project pulled 390,000 / 257,000 for 10. 10 News First was 257,000 / 194,000. FBI: Most Wanted was just 159,000.

SBS had a low night with Searching For Cleopatra (182,000), SBS World News (151,000 / 127,000) and The Queen And The Coup (111,000).

Bluey led multichannels at 179,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 28 February 2021

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Sunday 28 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/sunday-28-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/sunday-28-february-2021.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 22:22:42 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411797 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Sunday Deliverable: Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28 Channel Overnight Consolidated 7 Consolidated 28 28/02/2021 21/02/2021 31/01/2021 ABC TV 13.9% 12.6% 9.7% ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 2.4% 2.3% 2.8% ABC ME 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% ABC NEWS 2.0% 1.7% 1.8% ABC TV Network 18.8% 17.1% 14.7% Seven 15.0% 16.4% 18.0% 7TWO 2.3% 2.4% 2.9% 7mate 3.0% 2.9% 2.6% 7flix 1.2% 1.3% 1.1% Seven Network 21.4% 23.1% 24.5% Nine 26.6% 26.0% 25.5% 9GO! 2.4% 2.9% 3.0% 9Gem 3.1% 2.2% 2.3% 9Life 1.9% 2.0% 1.6% 9Rush 1.3% 1.1% 1.2% Nine Network 35.3% 34.2% 33.6% 10 10.7% 12.0% 14.0% 10 Bold 3.6% 3.5% 3.8% 10 Peach 2.7% 2.3% 1.8% 10 Shake 0.6% 0.4% 0.5% Network 10 17.6% 18.3% 20.1% SBS 4.7% 4.9% 4.8% SBS VICELAND 0.6% 0.5% 0.6% SBS Food 0.7% 0.9% 0.8% NITV 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% SBS World Movies 0.7% 0.9% 0.5% SBS Network 6.9% 7.4% 7.0%

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Sunday
Date: 28/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -SUN Nine 898,000 276,000 309,000 149,000 93,000 71,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven Network 862,000 243,000 234,000 176,000 87,000 122,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 847,000 245,000 285,000 168,000 95,000 54,000
4 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV ABC TV 689,000 162,000 217,000 126,000 77,000 107,000
5 60 MINUTES Nine 664,000 199,000 219,000 116,000 69,000 62,000
6 GRAND DESIGNS NEW ZEALAND-EV ABC TV 509,000 140,000 166,000 92,000 54,000 58,000
7 HARROW-EV ABC TV 487,000 107,000 175,000 97,000 53,000 55,000
8 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA SUN Network 10 464,000 113,000 181,000 83,000 40,000 47,000
9 NINE NEWS: LATE EDITION -SUN Nine 435,000 92,000 168,000 84,000 47,000 44,000
10 HOLEY MOLEY AUSTRALIA – SUN Seven Network 426,000 114,000 119,000 95,000 50,000 50,000
11 THE SUNDAY PROJECT 7PM Network 10 390,000 93,000 133,000 92,000 35,000 39,000
12 SILENT WITNESS-EV ABC TV 310,000 76,000 115,000 40,000 37,000 41,000
13 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SUN RACE 2 Seven Network 290,000 104,000 54,000 71,000 39,000 23,000
14 INSIDERS-AM ABC TV 274,000 74,000 110,000 40,000 22,000 27,000
15 THE SUNDAY PROJECT 6.30PM Network 10 257,000 56,000 97,000 57,000 19,000 28,000
16 10 NEWS FIRST SUN Network 10 257,000 56,000 82,000 50,000 18,000 50,000
17 SEVEN NEWS AT 5 Seven Network 235,000 83,000 44,000 44,000 30,000 35,000
18 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SUN RACE 2 BUILD UP Seven Network 210,000 73,000 35,000 52,000 31,000 20,000
19 M- VENOM Seven Network 205,000 59,000 60,000 35,000 15,000 35,000
20 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SUN Seven Network 200,000 49,000 67,000 33,000 21,000 30,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Sunday
Date: 28/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 179,000 44,000 66,000 32,000 14,000 23,000
2 PEPPA PIG-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 161,000 34,000 61,000 30,000 16,000 19,000
3 INSIDERS-AM ABC NEWS 157,000 39,000 40,000 50,000 12,000 16,000
4 DEATH IN PARADISE -EV 9Gem 149,000 25,000 38,000 45,000 17,000 24,000
5 KANGAROO BEACH-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 142,000 20,000 67,000 17,000 15,000 22,000
6 NCIS EP 2 RPT 10 Bold 139,000 35,000 27,000 34,000 19,000 24,000
7 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 135,000 39,000 24,000 34,000 14,000 23,000
8 NODDY TOYLAND DETECTIVE-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 130,000 24,000 58,000 11,000 15,000 24,000
9 GO JETTERS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 126,000 33,000 52,000 15,000 7,000 19,000
10 WEEKEND BREAKFAST: 10AM-AM ABC NEWS 119,000 27,000 33,000 32,000 13,000 14,000
11 FLOOGALS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 114,000 26,000 43,000 9,000 17,000 20,000
12 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 111,000 32,000 33,000 25,000 13,000 8,000
13 BANANAS IN PYJAMAS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 108,000 30,000 35,000 6,000 19,000 18,000
14 PEPPA PIG-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 103,000 19,000 36,000 30,000 15,000 3,000
15 THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 102,000 38,000 18,000 29,000 12,000 5,000
16 SCHOOL OF ROARS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 102,000 28,000 40,000 8,000 7,000 18,000
17 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 101,000 22,000 34,000 30,000 8,000 7,000
18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES RPT 10 Bold 101,000 29,000 23,000 17,000 14,000 17,000
19 KIRI AND LOU-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 98,000 36,000 16,000 26,000 13,000 7,000
20 PLAY SCHOOL-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 98,000 30,000 28,000 6,000 17,000 18,000

Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -SUN Nine 419,000 136,000 146,000 72,000 39,000 27,000
2 60 MINUTES Nine 292,000 95,000 95,000 53,000 26,000 24,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 268,000 89,000 87,000 47,000 31,000 15,000
4 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven Network 222,000 72,000 56,000 57,000 18,000 20,000
5 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA SUN Network 10 220,000 45,000 86,000 46,000 17,000 26,000

 

Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -SUN Nine 381,000 135,000 129,000 51,000 39,000 27,000
2 60 MINUTES Nine 250,000 84,000 78,000 44,000 23,000 21,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 219,000 80,000 70,000 35,000 22,000 12,000
4 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA SUN Network 10 199,000 46,000 76,000 39,000 12,000 25,000
5 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven Network 178,000 58,000 54,000 37,000 12,000 16,000

 

Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -SUN Nine 212,000 82,000 71,000 21,000 25,000 13,000
2 60 MINUTES Nine 133,000 40,000 48,000 23,000 13,000 8,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 122,000 48,000 36,000 18,000 15,000 5,000
4 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA SUN Network 10 108,000 26,000 44,000 24,000 6,000 8,000
5 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven Network 96,000 35,000 32,000 18,000 6,000 6,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Subscription Channels
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Sunday
Date: 28/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: RACE 2 FOX SPORTS 506 170,000
2 LIVE: SUPERCARS THE GRID FOX SPORTS 506 135,000
3 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 132,000
4 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: SHOOTOUT FOX SPORTS 506 123,000
5 LIVE: MOTORSPORT: MT PANORAMA DUNLOP R01 FOX SPORTS 506 122,000
6 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 107,000
7 LIVE: SUPERCARS MOUNT PANORAMA SUPPORTS FOX SPORTS 506 107,000
8 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: QUAL 2 FOX SPORTS 506 100,000
9 LIVE: SUPERCARS MOUNT PANORAMA SUPPORTS FOX SPORTS 506 96,000
10 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 82,000
11 LIVE: MOTORSPORT: MT PANORAMA DUNLOP R01 FOX SPORTS 506 62,000
12 LIVE: SUPERCARS TRACKSIDE FOX SPORTS 506 56,000
13 OUTSIDERS Sky News Live 52,000
14 PAUL MURRAY LIVE Sky News Live 51,000
15 OUTSIDERS Sky News Live 51,000
16 LIVE: SUPERCARS MOUNT PANORAMA SUPPORTS FOX SPORTS 506 40,000
17 LIVE: AFLW: COLLINGWOOD V MELBOURNE FOX FOOTY 34,000
18 CHRIS SMITH TONIGHT Sky News Live 34,000
19 LIVE: AFLW: WEST COAST V GOLD COAST FOX FOOTY 33,000
20 IN MY VIEW Sky News Live 30,000

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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“Everybody has a story… you’re the middleman” https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/everybody-has-a-story-youre-the-middleman.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/everybody-has-a-story-youre-the-middleman.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:58:30 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411756

This year marks Liz Hayes’ 40th Year at Nine.

She joined Nine News in 1981, fronting Today for a decade from 1986. In 1996 she joined 60 Minutes, this year marking 25 years with the show.

Taree-born Hayes started her as a cadet journalist on the local Manning River Times newspaper, before joining Southdown Press (including briefly filing for TV Week and New Idea) prior to joining 10 Eyewitness News.

“It was 10 in North Ryde,” she recalls.

“They had a swimming pool. I was like ‘What the hell is that?'”

Journalism wasn’t in the family when she began, but it was her fascination with people that triggered her interest.

“I didn’t know what I was necessarily getting myself into when I took up the job as a cadet in my local newspaper. As all things in life it was incremental. You start with small steps…” she explains.

“Everybody has a story, and their stories are important to them, particularly. Then you start to realise they’re actually important to others. You come to understand that there’s much to be gained by people communicating. You’re the middleman.”

“I’m up for the public lashings, particularly if it’s appropriate”

But sometimes the middleman finds themselves in the firing line too.

“I’m so used to that now. I take that as part of the deal. It is hard. When you’re looking for someone to vent your anger. I know that we’re always in the front line. Sometimes, we don’t deliver the message properly, and that’s fair enough, you’ll cop a backhander and you’re okay with that. I’m up for the public lashings, particularly if it’s appropriate. But if it’s inappropriate, I just have to accept that mostly people are needing to vent some frustration.”

60 Minutes has allowed her to travel the world, meet fascinating people, break stories and shift the conversation. I ask which have been her favourite and least favourite stories?

“He arrived and asked for a plate of porridge right off the top”

“My least favourite moment probably was my interview with Robert Downey Jr, which went pear-shaped, I guess because he arrived and asked for a plate of porridge right off the top. I knew then he wasn’t in the mood. So that didn’t go well,” she reflects.

“I think great moments are usually with people who touch you in some way. I know I’ve mentioned Clare Oliver’s story, but I just still can’t recover very well from standing by her death bed because she got melanoma from a sun bed at 26.

“Those sorts of things stay with you, and you look at this young girl and you just think ‘God, how did that happen?’

“Or Jeni Hayne, who developed 1000’s of personalities to protect herself as a little girl against the terrible things her father was doing. She took herself to court to take on her father and won, but she had to convince people she wasn’t mad. Those kinds of stories stay with you.

“Having said that, walking through Fukushima after a tsunami and a power plant explosion will stay with you. It’d be like coming through Sydney and everyone is gone. Walking through parts of Afghanistan, you’re standing in the heart of a war. It’s almost surreal.

“I think I’m guilty of empathising a little too much”

“Probably the reason that peoples’ stories stay with you is because … you can imagine, ‘What if this was you or your family?’ I think I’m guilty of empathising a little too much.

“One of the great things I found with 60 Minutes in particular is you travel with a producer, a cameraman and sound man. They are sharing these moments with you.”

Hayes remains intensely private on her personal life, meaning interviews where she is the subject are none too common. But she insists she nonetheless engages with a good chat.

“I’m incredibly private… but I’m keen to still maintain people’s interest”

“I think it depends on who’s doing the interviewing and why you’re doing the interview. If you were saying, ‘I want to come in and sit down in your house and talk to your partner about you’ -probably not. Only because I’m incredibly private, in that regard. But I’m keen to still maintain people’s interest in what I’m doing, rather than me personally,” she assures.

“The manner in which we do television journalism, asks people to trust us and to know us. The more people learn about you, the more they want.. and I understand that.

“I actually quite like sharing conversations. I like other journalists telling me how they feel and think. We’re all in this together in our own strange way.”

I ask about interview tactics and her thoughts on being requested to submit questions ahead of an interview? (None were requested for this interview).

“You’re really stupid if you don’t know why I’m coming to talk to you”

“I think that’s a little bit offensive. When I get asked to do that, I don’t. I’ll tell you the areas that I want to discuss. I’ll happily do that. Because you’re really stupid if you don’t know why I’m coming to talk to you. Some people want to be reassured, I guess.”

Following on from 60 Minutes investigations into the disappearance of MH370 and bushfires, Nine now launches Under Investigation.

The six episodes each centre on a different case, with a table of experts who will seek to solve crimes, and uncover new evidence. Shot at Carriageworks in Sydney, it includes former homicide detective Gary Jubelin.

“We don’t just tell you about it, we show you”

“I certainly do interviews outside of the table, which we then bring into the room for people to listen to. We obviously illustrate a story…. we don’t just tell you about it, we show you,” Hayes explains.

“But most of the energy is around the table. The idea is: we want people to feel comfortable, that the viewers can come and join us pretty much at the table … to see how experts in various fields pick things… how they investigate, how they ask each other questions.

“You’re at a dinner party, basically. But it’s a bit dry. Maybe what we should do next time, if we get the chance, is give them a glass of something!

“That would rate even higher if we did!”

Episode 1 discovers new clues and new lines of inquiry in the case of Victoria’s “High Country Mystery” – the disappearance of elderly lovers Russell Hill and Carol Clay from a remote alpine campsite.

“They were teenage sweethearts, in a relationship that’s been going for about 60 years,” she explains.

“No-one has ever seen them again”

“They’d gone up there to have a quiet camping weekend and they just disappeared off the face of the earth. No-one has ever seen them again. What’s intriguing is this is his backyard. Russell Hill knows this place absolutely intimately. He was a logger….he’d been to the same location many times. His sweetheart has been there before but not much.

“Their campsite was burnt out and it goes from there. So we just try and figure it out. Where are Russell & Carol? What has happened to them. It is quite something.”

Under Investigation airs 9pm Monday on Nine.

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Footage reveals Denise Drysdale fall https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/footage-reveals-denise-drysdale-fall.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/footage-reveals-denise-drysdale-fall.html#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:52:07 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411761

A Holey Moley ‘mystery’ was solved last night when cameras captured Denise Drysdale’s tumble on the course at Thornlands, south-east of Brisbane, last October.

The veteran performer was competing against Olympic skater Stephen Bradbury on a hole which saw both getting electric shocks whenever they missed a hole, courtesy of a ‘gopher’ assistant ‘controlling the zaps.’

When Drysdale received her shock she looked genuinely, umm, shocked and decided to give the Gopher a taste of his own medicine.

With that she tripped on the astroturf (the ground is deliberately uneven for mini-golf purposes). It was also 3:30 in the morning.

“I’ve done my shoulder,” she said adding, “That hurt like hell” (it isn’t clear if she was referring to the fall or the electric shock).

Like a trouper she asked, “Where do we go from here?” referring to salvaging the segment.

As she withdrew from the contest it ironically turned into another ‘Bradbury’ moment for her competitor.

Drysdale has undergone 3 months of recuperation after suffering a fractured shoulder.

Seven’s Andrew Backwell recently confirmed Holey Moley had been subject to other accidents on set.

“I think there were a few injuries along the way. Not many, but when you see it, the obstacles are quite big. So yes, there were a few injuries on the way but nothing out of the ordinary compared to the US show. Obviously there’s also a bunch of safety officers.

He added, “I wouldn’t do some of those obstacles. No way!”

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AO, MAFS serve up winning week for Nine https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/ao-mafs-serve-up-winning-week-for-nine.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/ao-mafs-serve-up-winning-week-for-nine.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:50:41 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411736

With the end of the Australian Open last, Nine got into general programming for 2021 with Married at First Sight again proving punishing to the competition.

Nine again won in Total People and Demos.

While 10’s new game show The Cube topped their week, Seven’s sole primetime success was Seven News. All other shows averaged under 500,000 metro viewers.

Network:
Nine: 31.9
Seven: 24.7
ABC: 17.7
10: 17.5
SBS: 8.2

Primary channel:
Nine: 23.6
Seven: 16.4
ABC: 12.9
10: 10.3
SBS: 5.0

Multichannels:
10 BOLD: 3.8
7TWO: 3.3
7mate: 3.0
10 Peach: 2.8
9GO!: 2.7
9GEM / ABC TV KIDS Plus: 2.4
7flix / 9Life / ABC News: 2.0
SBS VICELAND: 1.4
9RUSH: 1.3
SBS Food / SBS World Movies: 0.8
10 Shake: 0.6
ABC ME: 0.4
NITV: 0.2

Nine won the demos 16-39 and 25-54.

Nine led every night except Friday, claimed by Seven. ABC bettered 10 on Sunday, Friday & Saturday.

Nine won all cities except Perth, forever loyal to Seven.

Best brands last week were:

Nine: Australian Open (Men’s Final: 1.17m), Married at First Sight (Tues: 991,000), Nine News (857,000) and A Current Affair (652,000).

Seven: Seven News (Sun: 978,000), Holey Moley (Sun: 491,000), Home & Away (463,000) and The Chase (445,000).

ABC: ABC News (658,000), Death in Paradise (622,000), Hard Quiz (588,000) and Australian Story (573,000).

10: The Cube (567,000), The Amazing Race Australia (Sun: 523,000), Gogglebox (520,000) and The Sunday Project (7pm: 420,000).

SBS: Great Continental Railway Journeys (236,000), Britain’s Most Historic Towns (235,000), Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime (207,000) and SBS World News (164,000).

Infograph supplied by Nine:

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Nine confirms crime drama on Melissa Caddick https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/nine-confirms-crime-drama-on-melissa-caddick.html Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:48:39 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411768

Nine has confirmed it has greenlit a drama project based around Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick.

Ms Caddick had been missing since November 12, when she left her Dover Heights home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, telling her husband she was going for an early morning run. Her “badly decomposed foot” and sneaker were found on Bournda Beach last Sunday. More human remains discovered at Mollymook Beach on Friday are being forensically tested. Caddick went missing in November after ASIC raided her Sydney home.

Nine’s head of drama, Andy Ryan, told The Australian, “The mystery of Melissa Caddick’s disappearance and the missing millions has all the elements of a gripping crime thriller, as well as a moving personal tragedy,” he said.

The project is a joint Nine / Stan effort. A production company has not been disclosed.

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Airdate: Ultimate Tag https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/airdate-ultimate-tag.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/airdate-ultimate-tag.html#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:45:06 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411776

Seven has confirmed Ultimate Tag will premiere this Sunday night.

Host, Matt Shirvington, said: “I’m so excited to introduce Australia to these extraordinary Players and Pro Taggers. I’ve been lucky enough to line up against some of the best athletes in the world and our Pro Taggers are on the same elite level. Their mind-blowing feats of athleticism, lighting fast pace and strategic skill will keep you on the edge of your seat and yes they’ll even be wearing lycra, thank god it’s them and not me.”

Host, Abbey Gelmi, added: “It’s finally here! I cannot wait for everyone to fall in love with this show like I have. Expect high-octane thrills, big characters and even bigger courses. Ultimate Tag is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”

If you think you know the game of tag, think again – Ultimate Tag turns the childhood game into a turbocharged tournament between Players and Pro Taggers. Players must run, spin, dodge, tumble and dive their way through huge obstacle courses with the simple goal: Don’t. Get. Caught!

The elite Pro Taggers, whose job it is to stop the Players at every turn, are the fittest, fastest and fiercest athletes in Australia. With backgrounds including world champions, parkour icons, sprinters, gymnasts and martial arts professionals, these superheroes are set to amaze with their masterful strategy and skill, stopping at nothing to claim their tag.

The Players, everyday Aussies from all walks of life, must avoid being tagged at all cost, leading to thrills, spills and awe-inspiring skills.

7pm Sunday on Seven,

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Hughesy, We Have A Problem: Mar 1 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/hughesy-we-have-a-problem-mar-1.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/hughesy-we-have-a-problem-mar-1.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:44:09 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411773

Guests tonight on Hughesy We have a Problem are Nath Valvo and Kate Langbroek.

With the majority of us working from home for the past 12 months, it’s no surprise there’s resistance to ditch the sweats, put on a pair of real pants and return to the office.

But while Hughesy and this week’s panel offer some interesting suggestions on what managers can do to get their staff back in the building, we’re almost sure the HR department won’t approve it.

Plus, we keep hearing stories of the rich and famous, allegedly jumping the queue for international travel and coming and going from Australia wherever they please. So we put it to our panel to come up with options on how the rest of us can do the same

Once again our titular host, alongside Becky Lucas, Nazeem Hussain with Nath Valvo and Kate Langbroek, are prepped, primed and ready to solve the country’s woes faster than you can say ‘no problem!’

It’s hard to find a more illustrious title on television at the moment than Hughesy’s Problem Solver Of The Week© so it’s no wonder Kate is back to defend her title!

Monday, 1 March At 8.40pm

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CTC Watson studios tour https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/ctc-watson-studios-tour.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/ctc-watson-studios-tour.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:42:06 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411781

CTC Watson studios was demolished in June 2020, but before that this video was taken to document the facilities.

There had been talk of having a tour / celebration with former employees and friends of CTC7 at the time but as the COVID lockdown was in full force this was not possible.

Demolition was completed in August to make way for a housing development, ending 46 years as Canberra’s home of television and Australia’s first colour television station.

This was produced by the Canberra production dept.

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Melissa Doyle presents SKY News special https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/melissa-doyle-presents-sky-news-special.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/03/melissa-doyle-presents-sky-news-special.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:40:53 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411752

Melissa Doyle is a surprise presenter on SKY News next week, on special assignment with Escape From Iran: Kylie Moore-Gilbert.

The exclusive interview is with Kylie Moore-Gilbert, the Australian academic convicted and imprisoned in Iran for spying.

Melissa Doyle said: “Kylie is one of the most remarkable women I have had the privilege of interviewing. Her experience will both frighten and shock you, her determination to survive will leave you in awe, but above all, her grace and strength will inspire you.

“I do not know how she survived years of hell – solitary confinement, starvation and the constant fear of what could happen next. Her dignity can only be admired.”

In September 2018, Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert had checked in to her flight home to Australia when she was arrested by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Convicted of spying and sentenced to serve 10 years on espionage charges, she spent more than two years fighting for her freedom. Her 804 days behind bars included seven months in solitary confinement.

She was interrogated and beaten by guards, but refused to be broken. Now, for the first time, Kylie shares her inspirational story of survival.

During the one-hour exclusive interview nothing is off limits, no question goes unanswered.

Is she a spy? How did she survive her ordeal? What really happened behind the scenes to secure her release? How is she coping with the heartbreak of discovering her husband had an affair with one of her colleagues while she was in prison? And what will she do now she is free?

7pm AEDT Tuesday 9 March on SKY News.

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Golden Globe Awards 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/golden-globe-awards-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/golden-globe-awards-2021.html#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2021 12:00:58 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411747 Amy Poehler & Tina Fey host Live from Beverly Hills & New York City. Live 12 noon AEDT on FOX Arena.

  • Australian Story
  • Allen v Farrow
  • Under Investigation
  • The Walking Dead
  • Hughesy We Have a Problem
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Bruce McAvaney calls time on AFL commentating https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/bruce-mcavaney-calls-time-on-afl-commentating.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/bruce-mcavaney-calls-time-on-afl-commentating.html#comments Sun, 28 Feb 2021 08:14:39 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411739

Legendary Seven sports commentator Bruce McAvaney is stepping back from the microphone, ending his AFL calling.

“I felt like I got to a stage in my career where I had to reduce my workload,” he told 7NEWS.

“I’m going to miss it enormously, I just visualise when Richmond and Carlton run out there in round one, and the ball is bounced, I’m going to climb a wall somewhere.

“I’m going to have to move on and just be a fan like everybody else.”

While he will still be a part of Seven’s AFL team, he won’t call matches. But he will also commentate the Tokyo Olympics mid year.

McAvaney said his decision has not been driven by health.

In 2017 he revealed details of his fight with leukaemia – an illness he continues to manage.

“[I’m] certainly not anything close to retirement, it’s just a new phase, where I cut back slightly, and anything I’m asked to do at Seven I’m going to do with the same enthusiasm and same commitment,” he explained.

McAvaney was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002. He was also inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Quill Awards.

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Saturday 27 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/saturday-27-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/saturday-27-february-2021.html#comments Sat, 27 Feb 2021 23:12:29 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411711 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Saturday Deliverable: Overnight and Consolidated Overnight Consolidated 7 Consolidated 28 Channel\Date 27/02/2021 20/02/2021 30/01/2021 ABC TV 15.0% 14.3% 15.6% ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 2.5% 3.5% 4.0% ABC ME 0.4% 0.6% 0.5% ABC NEWS 2.6% 2.1% 1.7% ABC TV Network 20.5% 20.5% 21.8% Seven 17.4% 14.1% 17.3% 7TWO 4.2% 3.5% 3.7% 7mate 2.4% 2.5% 3.6% 7flix 3.1% 2.3% 1.7% Seven Network 27.0% 22.5% 26.3% Nine 19.2% 22.9% 16.7% 9GO! 3.4% 3.9% 4.6% 9Gem 3.0% 4.1% 4.0% 9Life 2.5% 2.0% 2.4% 9Rush 1.4% 1.7% 1.3% Nine Network 29.6% 34.7% 29.0% 10 5.2% 5.2% 6.4% 10 Bold 4.2% 4.4% 4.2% 10 Peach 3.1% 3.2% 3.4% 10 Shake 0.7% 1.1% 0.6% Network 10 13.3% 13.9% 14.6% SBS 5.9% 4.3% 4.9% SBS VICELAND 1.2% 1.1% 1.1% SBS Food 0.7% 0.8% 0.9% NITV 0.3% 0.2% 0.3% SBS World Movies 1.5% 2.0% 1.2% SBS Network 9.6% 8.4% 8.3%

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Saturday
Date: 27/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel/Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven Network 754,000 188,000 207,000 151,000 74,000 134,000
2 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 679,000 181,000 241,000 138,000 62,000 58,000
3 DEATH IN PARADISE-EV ABC TV 622,000 131,000 216,000 115,000 76,000 83,000
4 ABC NEWS-SA ABC TV 555,000 138,000 191,000 76,000 76,000 74,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR -SAT Nine 482,000 124,000 159,000 102,000 49,000 48,000
6 CALL THE MIDWIFE-EV ABC TV 450,000 96,000 160,000 68,000 70,000 56,000
7 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Seven Network 432,000 110,000 111,000 81,000 37,000 94,000
8 SPACE INVADERS Nine 359,000 107,000 118,000 71,000 26,000 37,000
9 YESTERDAY Nine 289,000 82,000 90,000 48,000 30,000 39,000
10 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SAT RACE 1 Seven Network 286,000 86,000 62,000 58,000 47,000 34,000
11 M- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Seven Network 271,000 78,000 87,000 54,000 21,000 31,000
12 GETAWAY Nine 270,000 73,000 88,000 50,000 26,000 33,000
13 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Seven Network 259,000 75,000 68,000 50,000 26,000 41,000
14 10 NEWS FIRST SAT Network 10 225,000 52,000 71,000 44,000 9,000 49,000
15 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE (R) Seven Network 223,000 110,000 75,000 0 39,000 0
16 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SAT PODIUM Seven Network 221,000 69,000 55,000 38,000 34,000 26,000
17 SEVEN NEWS AT 5 Seven Network 217,000 73,000 37,000 47,000 26,000 33,000
18 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATE Seven Network 201,000 61,000 67,000 24,000 19,000 30,000
19 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SAT RACE 1 BUILD UP Seven Network 198,000 71,000 35,000 42,000 26,000 25,000
20 SBS WORLD NEWS SBS Network 187,000 64,000 54,000 40,000 13,000 16,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Saturday
Date: 27/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 162,000 43,000 54,000 23,000 16,000 26,000
2 KANGAROO BEACH-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 130,000 37,000 45,000 18,000 13,000 16,000
3 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS 10 Bold 127,000 43,000 35,000 23,000 16,000 10,000
4 PEPPA PIG-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 125,000 34,000 36,000 27,000 10,000 18,000
5 FLOOGALS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 123,000 36,000 46,000 11,000 11,000 19,000
6 BANANAS IN PYJAMAS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 111,000 35,000 32,000 13,000 11,000 20,000
7 PLAY SCHOOL-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 111,000 30,000 30,000 22,000 12,000 16,000
8 NODDY TOYLAND DETECTIVE-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 105,000 24,000 40,000 16,000 11,000 14,000
9 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-EP.2 PM 7TWO 105,000 13,000 53,000 15,000 12,000 12,000
10 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-PM 7TWO 104,000 13,000 52,000 14,000 11,000 13,000
11 THE YORKSHIRE VET-EP.2 PM 7TWO 103,000 17,000 45,000 16,000 15,000 9,000
12 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS RPT 10 Bold 100,000 42,000 28,000 12,000 7,000 10,000
13 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 99,000 32,000 21,000 20,000 11,000 15,000
14 ABC NEWS-AM ABC NEWS 94,000 18,000 29,000 29,000 11,000 6,000
15 DESPICABLE ME 9GO! 86,000 24,000 28,000 14,000 5,000 15,000
16 M- HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK-PM 7flix 85,000 19,000 24,000 15,000 13,000 15,000
17 SUPER RUGBY AU LIVE 9Gem 84,000 33,000 23,000 15,000 4,000 9,000
18 THE WORLD THIS WEEK-AM ABC NEWS 83,000 17,000 25,000 23,000 10,000 8,000
19 PEPPA PIG-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 81,000 21,000 37,000 4,000 9,000 11,000
20 THE BIG BANG THEORY EP 9 RPT 10 Peach 81,000 38,000 20,000 8,000 7,000 7,000

 

Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven Network 179,000 53,000 44,000 40,000 17,000 25,000
2 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 175,000 57,000 58,000 29,000 16,000 16,000
3 M- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Seven Network 132,000 40,000 38,000 27,000 10,000 17,000
4 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SAT RACE 1 Seven Network 122,000 35,000 32,000 22,000 20,000 13,000
5 YESTERDAY Nine 112,000 31,000 34,000 21,000 10,000 15,000

 

Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven Network 134,000 45,000 32,000 27,000 13,000 17,000
2 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 133,000 43,000 47,000 19,000 12,000 12,000
3 M- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Seven Network 107,000 31,000 35,000 19,000 9,000 12,000
4 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SAT RACE 1 Seven Network 97,000 29,000 26,000 15,000 16,000 11,000
5 YESTERDAY Nine 94,000 29,000 26,000 16,000 10,000 14,000

 

Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven Network 73,000 26,000 22,000 11,000 9,000 6,000
2 M- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Seven Network 64,000 18,000 21,000 13,000 8,000 4,000
3 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 59,000 20,000 23,000 6,000 5,000 5,000
4 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP: MT PANARAMA 500 SAT RACE 1 Seven Network 50,000 16,000 16,000 5,000 7,000 6,000
5 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Seven Network 49,000 20,000 15,000 5,000 4,000 5,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Subscription Channels
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Saturday
Date: 27/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: RACE 1 FOX SPORTS 506 144,000
2 LIVE: CHARITY SHIELD: SOU V STG FOX LEAGUE 132,000
3 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 114,000
4 LIVE: SUPERCARS POST RACE SHOW FOX SPORTS 506 112,000
5 LIVE: SUPERCARS THE GRID FOX SPORTS 506 107,000
6 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: SHOOTOUT FOX SPORTS 506 99,000
7 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 92,000
8 LIVE: MOTORSPORT: MT PANORAMA DUNLOP R01 FOX SPORTS 506 92,000
9 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 79,000
10 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: QUAL 1 FOX SPORTS 506 76,000
11 LIVE: SUPERCARS MOUNT PANORAMA SUPPORTS FOX SPORTS 506 72,000
12 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 68,000
13 LIVE: SUPERCARS MOUNT PANORAMA SUPPORTS FOX SPORTS 506 63,000
14 LIVE: CHARITY SHIELD: PRE GAME FOX LEAGUE 51,000
15 MIDSOMER MURDERS: ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL UKTV 48,000
16 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 42,000
17 SUPERCARS WEEK: RIVALRIES PODCAST FOX SPORTS 506 39,000
18 LIVE: AFLW: NORTH MELBOURNE V CARLTON FOX FOOTY 37,000
19 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 34,000
20 LIVE: AFLW: FREMANTLE V BRISBANE FOX FOOTY 32,000

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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The Pembrokeshire Murders https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-pembrokeshire-murders.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-pembrokeshire-murders.html#comments Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:58:46 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=409958

Seven has a serious track record of UK crime dramas, mostly through its ITV pipeline: Manhunt, Liar, Bodyguard, The Bay, Gold Digger, Cheat and somewhat lighter fare on 7TWO.

The latest is The Pembrokeshire Murders, a true crime drama which has drawn bumper ratings in Britain. And it’s not hard to see why. With just three episodes and a magnetic lead in Luke Evans, this is a compact viewing commitment which is time well spent.

Evans plays Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins who, in 2006, re-opens two unsolved 1980s murder cases.

In the wintry, windswept coastal county of Pembrokeshire the Coastal Path Murders involved the deaths of a husband and wife, but the area also was home to the murder of siblings in a remote farmhouse, Scoveston Manor. As Wilkins investigates, he finds evidence that links to a further case, involving sexual assaults at Nolton Hill Estate.

Wilkins is convinced the man responsible for all 3 is John Cooper (Keith Allen), about to be released from prison for a long list of burglaries. It’s a race against time to convince authorities to prosecute him again, before a possible serial killer is let loose.

“Men like him, they always kill again,” he warns.

On his side is DNA which was not available at the time of original investigations.

Luke Evans, who is in almost every scene in the three hour series, is on a hero’s journey here, to right a monumental injustice. Unlike some crime dramas, he does this almost single-handedly (his team are pretty non-descript by comparison), save for plucky journalist Jonathan Hill (David Fynn) who agrees to hold off a story in exchange for an exclusive (I know the feeling).

Evans never upstages the material, with due deference to the victims and the serious matters at hand.

Also featuring are Oliver Ryan as Cooper’s damaged adult son Andrew, and Steffan Cennydd as Wilkins’ own son Jack who offers an emotional sub-plot for our leading man.

But it’s the crime-busting we are here for and despite the bleak setting, Evans shines with a determined, razor-sharp performance.

The script by Nick Stevens never drags and the breakthrough moment is so unique, I’m sparing you the spoiler (there’s a lot online). Seven will also screen a separate documentary around this aspect following the final episode next week.

The Pembrokeshire Murders isn’t necessarily the most ripping of crime yarns but it is consistently executed with a dynamic leading man.

The Pembrokeshire Murders double episode screens 8:30pm Wednesday on Seven.

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Rumour: Magda Szubanski for The Weakest Link? https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/rumour-magda-szubanski-for-the-weakest-link.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/rumour-magda-szubanski-for-the-weakest-link.html#comments Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:55:43 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411676

Here’s a rumour I never expected to be filing…

Further to the chatter of The Weakest Link coming to Nine is a whisper that Magda Szubanski could be a contender as host.

That would be quite a switch from the late Cornelia Frances who perfectly presented as a stern, head-mistress like character.

By contrast, Magda is embraced with much affection (unless she is about to channel a Fast Forward character!).

No doubt she could take on the role with a twinkle in her eye, which has proven hugely successful for Tom Gleeson on Hard Quiz. And while 2006’s clip show Magda’s Funny Bits may not have set the world on fire, The Weakest Link is a tried and true format.

So tried and true it is currently rebooted in the US with Glee‘s Jane Lynch.

Nine is yet to comment on queries about a faux casting notice Quizical, which is to be filmed in Melbourne by BBC Studios Australia.

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Charlie Sheen reflects on “#Winning” https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/charlie-sheen-reflects-on-winning.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/charlie-sheen-reflects-on-winning.html#comments Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:52:15 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411700

Nearly a decade on from being fired from Two and A Half Men , Charlie Sheen has reflected on his fall from grace.

Speaking to Yahoo he said, “People have [said to] me, ‘Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so fun to watch. That was so cool to be a part of and support and all that energy and, you know, we stuck it to the man.

“My thought behind that is, ‘Oh, yeah, great. I’m so glad that I traded early retirement for a f***ing hashtag.'”

Sheen was fired by Warner Bros. Television after ongoing meltdowns and publicly slamming creator, Chuck Lorre. But in interviews he suggested that he was a “warlock” with “tiger blood” and “Adonis DNA”, and that he was “#Winning.”

“There was 55 different ways for me to handle that situation, and I chose number 56. And so, you know, I think the growth for me post-meltdown or melt forward or melt somewhere — however you want to label it — it has to start with absolute ownership of my role in all of it,” Sheen explains. “And it was desperately juvenile.”

He says he had agreed to do things their way, and he wasn’t living up to his end of the bargain.

“I think it was drugs or the residual effects of drugs … and it was also an ocean of stress and a volcano of disdain. It was all self-generated, you know,” Sheen says of what prompted the incident. “All I had to do was take a step back and say, ‘OK, let’s make a list. Let’s list, like, everything that’s cool in my life that’s going on right now. Let’s make a list of what’s not cool.’ You know what I’m saying? And the cool list was really full. The not cool list was, like, two things that could’ve been easily dismissed.”

He sums it up as, “I was getting loaded and my brain wasn’t working right.”

Ashton Kutcher would join Two and a Half Men with Sheen’s character written out via a funeral. it ran for 4 more seasons.

You can read more of the interview here.

Here’s a UK interview he did a year ago.

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Australia to feature in Golden Globes cross https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/australia-to-feature-in-golden-globes-cross.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/australia-to-feature-in-golden-globes-cross.html#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:50:00 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411689

With the pandemic still impacting travel and live crowds, tomorrow’s Golden Globes ceremony is held on two US coasts, but will also cross to a number of international locations.

Producers for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have confirmed Australia will sit alongside Ireland, Canada, the UK, Turkey, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic in live crosses.

All presenters (save for those who are also nominees) will be live on stage in either the East or West coasts in the USA. There will be more than 100 feeds around the world.

There’s also a plan to replicate stars normally rubbing shoulders in the Beverly Hilton ballroom.

“What we’re doing is we’re going to get candid shots of the people at home and as they’re getting ready for their category,” Globes EP Barry Adelman has told Deadline. “And we found a way, without giving away too much, where they can kind of talk to each other if they’re in the same category and communicate with each other.

“So, it gives them a sense of camaraderie and it gives the audience a chance to see these wonderful actors and actresses communicating with each other like they would’ve done in the ballroom.”

Nominated Aussies include Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett (both for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television) while Sacha Baron Cohen, nominated for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm has also been in Oz.

Margot Robbie will present in the USA.

Don’t be surprised if organisers of major Aussie awards, such as the Logies, are also looking to see how things are being handled in 2021.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doesn’t currently have any Black journalists among its 87-person membership. In fact, the organisation hadn’t had a Black member since at least 2002, when former HFPA president and board chair Meher Tatna joined.

Variety reports on Thursday, the HFPA released a statement saying, “We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, tv and the artists inspiring and educating them. We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

Golden Globe Awards 2021: guide

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Returning: Compass https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-compass-8.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-compass-8.html#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:45:48 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411705

Compass returns in March in its new home at 8.00pm Sundays on ABC TV Plus.

The first episode features Francesca Curtis and Phyllis Papps, the first lesbian couple to come out on national television some 50 years ago.

Francesca Curtis and Phyllis Papps are many things. Researchers. Writers. Ultra-Feminists. Partners. They are also the first lesbian couple to come out on national television almost fifty years ago. Putting everything on the line, they appeared on ABCTV’s This Day Tonight’s interview about lesbianism in October 1970. The couple unpredictably became the public face of change, becoming members of Australia’s first gay political rights group, the Daughters of Bilitis, now known as the Australasian Lesbian Movement.

Dating back to their lives in the early 1970s, the women not only fight for acceptance within society but amongst their families and themselves. Coming off the back of a broken engagement with a man, Phyllis’ relationship with her mother Rita shatters, leaving them almost completely estranged. Phyllis battles with her sexuality and ultimately finds herself receiving psychiatric treatment in a last attempt to fit inside the conservative world around her.

During her darkest moments, Phyllis met Francesca, four months prior to their appearance on television as a couple. Coming from a rural town and a life of invisibility, Francesca anchored into her identity and was noted as the first lesbian woman to have her face and name on Australian television, appearing on Channel 9’s ‘The Bailey File.’ For the first time, Phyllis saw and met someone like herself, changing her life forever. The women began their love story publicly whilst up against a widespread national mentality of homophobia.

Now in the last years of their lives and with health problems looming, they shine light on the barriers that still stop them from being seen as who they are. With their story spanning decades and a new LGBTQIA+ generation emerging, the couple uncover their contribution to one of the biggest shifts in Australian history.

Production credits: Written and Directed by Abbie Pobjoy; Produced by Bonny Scott; Executive Produced by Sue Maslin & Diana Fisk; Edited by Tayler Martin; Distributed by Film Art Media.

8pm Sunday 14 March on ABC TV Plus.

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Returning: New Amsterdam https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-new-amsterdam.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-new-amsterdam.html#comments Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:44:01 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411496

Season 3 of New Amsterdam is fast-tracked to Nine this week.

“The New Normal” screens at 10pm Wednesday following Amazing Grace. This screens a day after its US return.

Chicago Med moves to 11:30pm on Nine.

New Amsterdam returns for its third season and the staff tries to sustain the optimism that Max brought to the hospital with his “how can I help?” motto even while the pandemic exposed the inequities in health care.

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Airdate: Shadow and Bone https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-shadow-and-bone.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-shadow-and-bone.html#comments Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:41:08 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411682

Sprawling Netflix fantasy Shadow and Bone, based on the best-selling books by Leigh Bardugo, premieres in late April.

This is an 8 part series which stars Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).

Shadow and Bone is a Netflix production from 21 Laps Entertainment.

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.

Friday April 23 on Netflix.

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Top Gear, working from home… https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/top-gear-working-from-home.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/top-gear-working-from-home.html#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:39:23 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411693

Top Gear‘s very cool notion of working from home is evident in this spectacular drone footage at Television Centre, London.

This includes presenter Freddie Flintoff.

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Harrow https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/harrow-7.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/harrow-7.html#respond Sat, 27 Feb 2021 12:00:15 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411665 Harrow is reminded why he hates camping, but then things turn strange… 8:30pm Sunday on ABC.

  • Holey Moley: Celebrity Special
  • 60 Minutes
  • The Amazing Race Australia
  • The Lady & the Dale
  • Silent Witness
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Friday 26 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/friday-26-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/friday-26-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 23:50:29 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411659 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Friday Deliverable: Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28 Channel Overnight Consolidated 7 Consolidated 28 26/02/2021 19/02/2021 29/01/2021 ABC TV 15.9% 14.9% 11.8% ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 2.3% 2.6% 3.0% ABC ME 0.4% 0.6% 0.4% ABC NEWS 2.9% 2.6% 2.3% ABC TV Network 21.5% 20.7% 17.6% Seven 18.2% 17.0% 18.8% 7TWO 2.9% 3.3% 3.3% 7mate 3.6% 3.3% 3.2% 7flix 3.8% 2.9% 2.0% Seven Network 28.4% 26.6% 27.3% Nine 18.4% 18.5% 15.8% 9GO! 2.4% 3.3% 3.5% 9Gem 2.4% 3.1% 3.0% 9Life 1.8% 1.6% 2.2% 9Rush 1.4% 1.4% 1.1% Nine Network 26.2% 27.9% 25.7% 10 8.6% 8.3% 10.5% 10 Bold 4.0% 4.0% 4.1% 10 Peach 2.5% 3.4% 2.8% 10 Shake 0.6% 0.4% 0.8% Network 10 15.8% 16.1% 18.3% SBS 4.6% 4.3% 5.6% SBS VICELAND 1.3% 1.8% 1.9% SBS Food 0.7% 1.0% 1.3% NITV 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% SBS World Movies 1.3% 1.4% 2.2% SBS Network 8.1% 8.7% 11.2%

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Friday
Date: 26/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Nine 792,000 223,000 278,000 155,000 81,000 54,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 782,000 209,000 221,000 144,000 84,000 125,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 767,000 214,000 283,000 150,000 76,000 44,000
4 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 762,000 191,000 214,000 163,000 73,000 121,000
5 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 629,000 164,000 189,000 99,000 75,000 101,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 542,000 162,000 175,000 123,000 47,000 34,000
7 VERA RPT ABC TV 524,000 127,000 166,000 88,000 62,000 81,000
8 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV ABC TV 471,000 128,000 146,000 72,000 66,000 59,000
9 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Seven Network 432,000 121,000 134,000 86,000 38,000 53,000
10 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 397,000 84,000 117,000 73,000 55,000 68,000
11 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 328,000 89,000 127,000 66,000 20,000 26,000
12 HOT SEAT Nine 309,000 90,000 117,000 82,000 20,000 0
13 ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU Nine 298,000 84,000 101,000 66,000 28,000 19,000
14 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 298,000 81,000 82,000 61,000 22,000 52,000
15 NOTTING HILL Nine 279,000 66,000 106,000 48,000 36,000 24,000
16 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 271,000 58,000 78,000 46,000 33,000 55,000
17 SUNRISE Seven Network 250,000 63,000 58,000 51,000 33,000 46,000
18 THE LIVING ROOM RPT Network 10 246,000 51,000 102,000 48,000 21,000 24,000
19 M- JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM Seven Network 228,000 53,000 83,000 34,000 24,000 33,000
20 NINE’S AFTERNOON NEWS Nine 223,000 51,000 61,000 49,000 34,000 28,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Friday
Date: 26/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 210,000 32,000 87,000 38,000 21,000 32,000
2 PEPPA PIG-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 153,000 22,000 62,000 27,000 18,000 23,000
3 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 145,000 56,000 26,000 24,000 16,000 23,000
4 KANGAROO BEACH-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 144,000 17,000 75,000 22,000 19,000 11,000
5 NODDY TOYLAND DETECTIVE-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 124,000 17,000 71,000 15,000 14,000 7,000
6 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 114,000 27,000 44,000 11,000 25,000 8,000
7 M- CRAZY RICH ASIANS-PM 7flix 113,000 20,000 43,000 26,000 11,000 13,000
8 PEPPA PIG-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 111,000 19,000 45,000 9,000 23,000 13,000
9 PLANET AMERICA-EV ABC NEWS 109,000 39,000 37,000 14,000 17,000 3,000
10 GO JETTERS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 108,000 18,000 44,000 15,000 17,000 14,000
11 BANANAS IN PYJAMAS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 108,000 25,000 53,000 12,000 14,000 4,000
12 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 106,000 25,000 25,000 17,000 28,000 12,000
13 FLOOGALS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 104,000 22,000 54,000 13,000 11,000 4,000
14 LAW & ORDER: SVU RPT 10 Bold 101,000 45,000 21,000 17,000 9,000 8,000
15 M- MEN IN BLACK-PM 7mate 98,000 36,000 19,000 15,000 12,000 16,000
16 LAW & ORDER: SVU EP 2 RPT 10 Bold 97,000 38,000 30,000 13,000 9,000 7,000
17 SCHOOL OF ROARS-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 97,000 16,000 40,000 13,000 14,000 13,000
18 THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 97,000 15,000 21,000 26,000 23,000 12,000
19 BRAVE BUNNIES-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 96,000 21,000 30,000 10,000 28,000 7,000
20 NEIGHBOURS 10 Peach 95,000 36,000 22,000 20,000 12,000 6,000

 

Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Nine 217,000 61,000 87,000 32,000 24,000 14,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 211,000 57,000 81,000 37,000 24,000 12,000
3 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 177,000 38,000 52,000 48,000 14,000 26,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 169,000 37,000 42,000 45,000 18,000 27,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 144,000 49,000 46,000 28,000 12,000 9,000

 

Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Nine 163,000 48,000 69,000 22,000 17,000 7,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 158,000 44,000 68,000 25,000 16,000 5,000
3 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 141,000 36,000 46,000 32,000 9,000 18,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 138,000 37,000 39,000 29,000 12,000 20,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 122,000 41,000 49,000 22,000 4,000 5,000

 

Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 82,000 26,000 34,000 12,000 9,000 1,000
2 NINE NEWS Nine 77,000 27,000 30,000 9,000 8,000 3,000
3 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 77,000 19,000 34,000 13,000 3,000 8,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 77,000 18,000 28,000 13,000 7,000 11,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 73,000 29,000 30,000 11,000 1,000 2,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Subscription Channels
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Friday
Date: 26/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: PRACTICE 2 FOX SPORTS 506 70,000
2 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 70,000
3 CREDLIN Sky News Live 67,000
4 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 59,000
5 LIVE: MOTORSPORT: MT PANORAMA DUNLOP R01 FOX SPORTS 506 48,000
6 BERNARDI Sky News Live 46,000
7 LIVE: SUPERCARS MT PANORAMA: PRACTICE 1 FOX SPORTS 506 45,000
8 LIVE: SUPERCARS LIVE FOX SPORTS 506 39,000
9 LIVE: SUPERCARS MOUNT PANORAMA SUPPORTS FOX SPORTS 506 39,000
10 THE MCGREGOR ANGLE Sky News Live 37,000
11 THE KENNY REPORT Sky News Live 35,000
12 KENNY ON MEDIA Sky News Live 35,000
13 BLUE BLOODS FOX One 33,000
14 SUPERCARS LIFE: MCLAUGHLIN V BATHURST FOX SPORTS 506 33,000
15 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 33,000
16 LIVE: AFLW: GEELONG V RICHMOND FOX FOOTY 33,000
17 THE GREAT ESCAPE FOX Classics 31,000
18 HARDGRAVE Sky News Live 30,000
19 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 27,000
20 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Lifestyle Channel 27,000

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Golden Globe Awards 2021: guide https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/golden-globe-awards-2021-guide.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/golden-globe-awards-2021-guide.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:58:14 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411605

Monday’s 78th Golden Globe Awards break with tradition by being held on two US coasts.

Hosting are Amy Poehler (California) / Tina Fey New York.

Venues: Beverly Hilton, California / Rainbow Room, New York City.

Presenters:

Anthony Anderson, Awkwafina, Kevin Bacon, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Dern, Michael Douglas, Cynthia Erivo, Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kate Hudson, Christopher Meloni, Annie Mumolo, Rosie Perez, Joaquin Phoenix, Margot Robbie, Kyra Sedgwick, Christian Slater, Kenan Thompson, Susan Kelechi Watson, Kristen Wiig, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Broadcast:

Monday March 1 (All times AEDT)
10am E! Live from the Red Carpet
12pm FOX Arena Live 78th Golden Globe Awards
7:30pm FOX Arena 78th Golden Globe Awards rpt

TELEVISION

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Lovecraft Country” (HBO Max)
“The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)
“Ozark” (Netflix)
“Ratched” (Netflix)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“The Flight Attendant” (HBO Max)
“The Great” (Hulu)
“Schitt’s Creek” (CBC)
“Emily in Paris” (Netflix)
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“Normal People” (Hulu/BBC)
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
“Small Axe” (Amazon Studios/BBC)
“The Undoing” (HBO)
“Unorthodox” (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Josh O’Connor (“The Crown”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Al Pacino (“Hunters”)
Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Emma Corrin (“The Crown”)
Laura Linney (“Ozark”)
Sarah Paulson (“Ratched”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”)
Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”)
Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”)
Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”)
Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”)
Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”)
Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Cynthia Nixon (“Ratched”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
John Boyega (“Small Axe”)
Brendan Gleeson (“The Comey Rule”)
Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”)
Donald Sutherland (“The Undoing”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins (“Emily in Paris”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Jane Levy (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”)
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Great”)
Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”)
Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)

FILM

As there are also a number of Streaming titles up for Film, here are the Film nominees:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Mank” (Netflix)
“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)
“Hamilton” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Palm Springs” (Neon)
“Music” (Vertical Entertainment)
“The Prom” (Netflix)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
David Fincher, “Mank” (Netflix)
Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
Kate Hudson (“Music”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“French Exit”)
Rosamund Pike (“I Care a Lot”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“Emma”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
James Corden (“The Prom”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton”)
Dev Patel (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”)
Andy Samberg (“Palm Springs”)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Jared Leto (“The Little Things”)
Bill Murray (“On the Rocks”)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
“The Midnight Sky” (Netflix) – Alexandre Desplat
“Tenet” (Warner Bros.) – Ludwig Göransson
“News of the World” (Universal Pictures) – James Newton Howard
“Mank” (Netflix) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
“Soul” (Pixar) – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
Jodie Foster (“The Mauritanian”)
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
Helena Zengel (“News of the World”)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Another Round” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
“La Llorona” (Shudder)
“The Life Ahead” (Netflix)
“Minari” (A24)
“Two of Us” (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Emerald Fennell – “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
Jack Fincher – “Mank” (Netflix)
Aaron Sorkin – “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton – “The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Chloe Zhao – “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.) – H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas
“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Daniel Pemberton, Celeste
“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” (Netflix) – Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi
“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth
“Tigress & Tweed” from “The United States vs. Billie Holliday” (Hulu) – Andra Day, Raphael Saadiq

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“The Croods: A New Age” (Universal Pictures)
“Onward” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Over the Moon” (Netflix)
“Soul” (Walt Disney Pictures)
“Wolfwalkers” (Cartoon Saloon)

Cecil B. de Mille Award:
Jane Fonda

Carol Burnett Award:
Norman Lear

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The Wilds heading to Queensland https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-wilds-heading-to-queensland.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-wilds-heading-to-queensland.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:56:20 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411616

The second series of the Amazon Original young adult drama, The Wilds, is headed to Queensland.

Starring Rachel Griffiths, Mia Healey and Shannon Berry it will film primarily on the Gold Coast from April.

The hit drama series, which filmed its first season in New Zealand, is Queensland-bound thanks to the Qld Government’s Production Attraction Strategy and is expected to inject $28 million into the state and create around 150 jobs.

The Wilds centres around a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds who find themselves marooned on a deserted island, unaware that they are part of a sinister social experiment.

Co-produced by Amazon Studios and ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios, The Wilds Season 2 will also Hoodlum Entertainment, as its service company in Australia.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “I am proud to see yet another international hit series coming to Queensland.

“This means more jobs for Queenslanders, and more investment in our communities and businesses, as part of the economic ripple effect of big productions like The Wilds choosing Queensland.

“Our glorious Gold Coast beaches, doubling for the deserted island setting, will feature strongly in this production, showcasing to the rest of the world the great beauty of our state.”

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said, “Although the current boom is attributable in part to the pandemic, it’s also given Queensland the chance to really shine, to show what we are made of to the rest of the world.

“International producers, directors and showrunners are here and getting to know us well, to experience the calibre of our crews and the great diversity of our locations first-hand, in a way that bodes well for the long- term growth of our local industry.”

Series Executive Producer and Showrunner Amy B. Harris said, “The idea of filming on Australia’s Gold Coast was so exciting to me, and the reality of this beautiful place has exceeded all expectations.

“The stunning beaches, talented and skilled crews, and welcoming community make filming here in Queensland a dream come true.

“We can’t wait to showcase all these spectacular locales and talent on The Wilds, and seeing kangaroos in the wild has been pretty cool, too.”

The Wilds Season 1 was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

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New ACA studio ready for big year https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/new-aca-studio-ready-for-big-year.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/new-aca-studio-ready-for-big-year.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:55:50 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411609

A Current Affair began broadcasting from its new studio home at Nine North Sydney this week.

As these exclusive photos show, the studio is much larger than the space used since November, and is shared with the Today show.

ACA Executive Producer, Fiona Dear, told TV Tonight, “In our new North Sydney home in 2021, we have been fortunate to move A Current Affair into a modern, and more spacious studio.

“It comes with a versatile video wall that can house a variety of graphics and vision, even viewer polls, and front and centre is a custom made set enabling Tracy to chat with several guests both in-studio and via links.

“In the past, the smaller space wasn’t an issue, but in these new times we love how the larger space enables us to showcase Australia’s best interviewer.”

7pm Monday – Saturday on Nine.

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Seven seeks removal of expert in Cricket tussle https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/seven-seeks-removal-of-expert-in-cricket-tussle.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/seven-seeks-removal-of-expert-in-cricket-tussle.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:50:41 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411637

Seven has reportedly asked for the removal of an independent expert in dispute with Cricket Australia.

Earlier this week media reports claimed Seven may be entitled to only a $5m discount to its rights fees -well short of the $70 million reduction it is seeking.

The Australian Financial Review now reports Seven has fired off a letter to the Chamber of Arbitrators asking for Venture Consulting chief executive Justin Jameson to step down, or for his removal.

The article suggests a company within Mr Jameson’s group wrote and sent out a “prejudice paper” on the subject of free-to-air TV, streaming and sports rights. It argues he is conflicted.

“It would be impossible for any professional to apply an independent mind and interest to many of the contested issues in this determination, uncluttered by such ingrained and published prejudices in that professional’s house journal,” the letter said.

“Seven is shocked that on the very day he requested final comment on his draft determination in this matter dated February 23, 2021, Venture Insights published a paper entitled ‘Sports rights market hits an inflection point: new distribution players and models arising’,” the letter from Seven’s lawyers said.

“Whilst Mr Jameson might not have been named as an author of the prejudice paper, Venture Insights is clearly intimately connected with Mr Jameson personally.”

Seven has a $450 million broadcast deal with Cricket Australia.

Mr Jameson declined to comment.

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Getaway begins 30th Season https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/getaway-begins-30th-season.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/getaway-begins-30th-season.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:45:52 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411619

 Getaway’s 30th season begins today on Nine.

Catriona Rowntree, who has starred for 25 years, said: “It’s a joy to be a part of such a remarkable achievement in Australian television history.

“Who knew what began for me as a six-week contract would blossom into the gig that just keeps giving – a show that connects Australians with the rest of the world?”

David Reyne added, “Television today is a far different beast from the one it was 30 years ago, but the combination of Getaway’s unwavering commitment to inspire Australians and the camaraderie of its fabulous team are the core of its success.”

Getaway, which first went to air on May 14, 1992, instantly captured the imagination of Aussies via its dream-like destinations and bucket-list experiences, becoming the go-to guide – in a world before the internet – for domestic and international escapes.

Getaway will celebrate its milestone as Australia’s longest running lifestyle television series by inspiring viewers with the magic of travel, both domestically and for when international borders reopen.

Join our top team of travel experts for a special season of escapes to the best of Australia as well as exotic international adventures. Getaway will take viewers on an armchair ride to destinations including New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Antarctica and South America.

Over three decades, Getaway has presented a spectacular travelogue of stories: from doing a show live on Mt Everest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent, to a special edition to mark one billion viewers, and an interactive program that attracted a record two million text entries in one night to win every holiday featured in the episode.

This season, Catriona Rowntree, David Reyne, Charli Robinson, Tim Blackwell and Jason Dundas will be joined by guest presenters to provide viewers with unlimited access to experience the awe-inspiring, natural beauty of the world for themselves.

Happy 30th season, Getaway!

5:30pm Saturday on Nine.

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Mount Panorama 500 ad-free on 7plus https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/mount-panorama-500-ad-free-on-7plus.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/mount-panorama-500-ad-free-on-7plus.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:44:00 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411633

Seven has announced its coverage of this weekend’s Mount Panorama 500 races at Bathurst on 7plus will be advertising free.

In June it will launch the first “picture-in-picture” technology in Australian free-to-air sport broadcasting.

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “Seven is the natural home of Supercars and we are very excited to have it back where it belongs. To celebrate its return, we will be offering ad-free coverage of the Bathurst races this weekend on 7plus.

“At Seven, we have a long and proud history of delivering world-class coverage of this competition and introducing innovations such as Racecam, which debuted in our coverage of the 1979 Bathurst 1000, and other market-leading broadcast technologies.

“Unlike other sports, Supercars races don’t have natural breaks. With our picture-in-picture technology, fans will never miss a moment of the action.

“Everyone at Seven is passionate about motorsport. It is in our blood, and there is no greater motorsport in this country than Supercars. It’s one of the biggest and best sport competitions in Australia.”

On Saturday and Sunday, Australia’s sports fans will be able to watch the first races of the 2021 Supercars Championship without interruption on Seven’s free streaming platform.

The Repco Mount Panorama 500 marks the eagerly anticipated return of Supercars to Seven. It will be broadcast live and free from 12.00pm AEDT this Saturday and Sunday on Channel 7 and 7mate, and live streamed on 7plus.

For the next round on Seven – the Darwin Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway on 19-20 June – fans will receive another treat: the first “picture-in-picture” technology in Australian free-to-air sport broadcasting.

With the Darwin round, viewers will be able to watch all the action during commercial breaks, with the race appearing in a window on screen while the ads play.

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7News launches mobile breakfast shorts https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/7news-launches-mobile-breakfast-shorts.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/7news-launches-mobile-breakfast-shorts.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:43:40 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411627

7News is launching an Australian-first ‘made for mobile’ vertical format digital breakfast shorts, Happening Now, to be viewed on a smartphone device.

Produced in 7NEWS.com.au’s custom-built digital studio at Channel 7’s studios in Martin Place, the five-minute episodes will be available weekdays from 7am AEDT via  7NEWS Facebook and Instagram pages, YouTube channel and 7NEWS.com.au.

7NEWS.com.au Executive Producer Phil Goyen said: “We’re incredibly grateful to our global community for making The Latest on Facebook Watch so successful, it’s now time to add to the family.

Happening Now is the first of its kind in Australia, a ‘made for mobile’ vertical video breakfast show, the cool new format will come to wherever you are.”

The Latest on Facebook Watch has amassed a staggering 400 million views and counting.

It will be available online from 7am AEDT Monday.

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Space Invaders https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/space-invaders.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/space-invaders.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:00:10 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411601 Peter Walsh, Cherie Barber & Lucas Callaghan are here to help declutter.7:30pm Saturday on Nine.

  • Movie: Yesterday
  • Death in Paradise
  • Going Places with Ernie Dingo
  • Ru Paul’s Drag Race
  • Getaway
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Returning: River Hunters https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-river-hunters.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-river-hunters.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:17:58 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411612

Season 2 of River Hunters screens on History in early March, as Beau Ouimette & Rick Edwards scour British rivers.

River Hunters pairs US Youtube sensation Beau Ouimette, a river detectorist with over 30 years’ experience, with presenter and keen swimmer Rick Edwards, as they search the UK’s waterways for archaeological finds. Using state-of-the-art technology, archive maps and contemporaneous accounts from the period, Beau and Rick perform the first underwater archaeological digs in some of the most exciting and iconic historical sites in Britain, often in dangerous and fast-flowing water.

Monday March 8 from 7.30pm on History.

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Airdate: The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-the-mighty-ducks-game-changers.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-the-mighty-ducks-game-changers.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:15:03 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411597

New Disney+ ice hockey drama The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is coming in March.

The 10 part series, based on the ‘90s hit franchise features Lauren Graham, Emilio Estevez and newcomers Brady Noon, Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham, and DJ Watts.

In the 10-episode season set in present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game.

“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” is produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios. Steve Brill, the original creator, writer and executive producer of all three films, which spawned an NHL franchise, is back as co-creator and executive producer of the new series. Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (“The King of Queens,” “13 Going On 30”) are co-creators and will serve as executive producers and showrunners. Michael Spiller serves as executive producer / director on the series, with James Griffiths serving as director/EP on the Pilot. Emilio Estevez is an executive producer and Lauren Graham is co-executive producer. George Heller and Brad Petrigala of Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jon Avnet and Jordan Kerner also serve as non-writing executive producers.

Friday, 26 March on Disney+.

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Friday Flashback: Tina Arena, Jess Mauboy, The Veronicas https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/friday-flashback-tina-arena-jess-mauboy-the-veronicas.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/friday-flashback-tina-arena-jess-mauboy-the-veronicas.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 04:45:54 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411579

When Tina Arena was inducted into the ARIAs Hall of Fame in 2015, it was with a little help from Jessica Mauboy and The Veronicas.

Pure pop class.

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Returning: Women’s Footy https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-womens-footy-2.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-womens-footy-2.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 04:05:32 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411583

Free-to-air’s only dedicated AFLW program, Women’s Footy, returns to Nine for its fifth season this Sunday at 11.00am.

Bianca Chatfield will again host with Collingwood’s Ash Brazill joining the panel in 2021.

Women’s Footy will bring viewers the latest news, opinion and analysis in and around the AFLW. The program will leave no stone unturned as it reports on the hits, the misses and everything in between.

In addition to the latest AFLW news, this Sunday’s episode will feature “Calling It Early”, with panellists giving their bold prediction about what’s to come in the 2021 season.

11am Sunday on Nine.

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Vale: Dennis Earl https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/vale-dennis-earl.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/vale-dennis-earl.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 03:31:01 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411587

Former SAS7 managing director Dennis Earl, who started with the Adelaide station in 1965, has died, aged 86.

He has been in ill health for the past 12 months.

His career started when the station first launched into South Australia (originally SAS10). He became Managing Director in December 1987, shortly before the signal changed to SAS7 and continued until his retirement in March 1997.

Earl was instrumental in establishing the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation of South Australia (CRF) in 1976. He was elected Chairman in 1992, continuing for 24 years. Under his guidance the Foundation delivered nearly $42M (today’s measured worth) to over 950 children’s research projects in South Australia.

A Seven statement said, “The entire team at the Seven Network is deeply saddened by the death of a wonderful colleague, friend and mentor, Dennis Earl.

“One of the founding fathers of SAS with a career spanning more than three decades, Earl will be remembered as a true gentleman of the small screen – trustworthy and compassionate, a figurehead to many in the industry today. We extend our deepest sympathies to Earl’s family.”

Jane Doyle, 7NEWS Adelaide Presenter, said: “The death of Dennis is a great loss, not only for his family, but for all those who worked with him at SAS throughout his long and distinguished television career. He was a gentleman and displayed qualities a true leader needs to engender trust and loyalty. He was one of the key people to convince me to join Seven News in 1989. His compassion and vision will live on through the Children’s Research Foundation he was instrumental in founding – a fitting legacy for a lovely man.”

Andy Kay, Channel 7 Adelaide General Manager and Head of Olympics, said: “There are so many people in the television industry that have Dennis to thank for being the driving force behind their careers and I am proud to say I’m one of them. He was boss, friend, mentor and humanitarian all wrapped in one. And his leadership of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation is major reason it’s contributed to create a better existence for many South Australian families.”

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Timeshifted: Thursday 18 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-thursday-18-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-thursday-18-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 03:01:11 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411576 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Thursday Date: 18/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 942,000 942,000 1,000 2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 900,000 899,000 1,000 3 NINE NEWS Nine 776,000 775,000 1,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 764,000 764,000 1,000 5 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 701,000 698,000 3,000 6 GOGGLEBOX Network 10 657,000 501,000 155,000 7 7.30-EV ABC TV 576,000 576,000 0 8 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D11 -NIGHT Nine 559,000 559,000 0 9 BACK ROADS S7-EV ABC TV 535,000 532,000 4,000 10 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 512,000 459,000 53,000 11 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 496,000 496,000 0 12 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 445,000 443,000 2,000 13 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 440,000 206,000 234,000 14 WIFE SWAP AUSTRALIA Seven Network 362,000 306,000 57,000 15 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 359,000 358,000 0 16 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 352,000 151,000 200,000 17 AMBULANCE AUSTRALIA RPT Network 10 317,000 303,000 13,000 18 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 303,000 303,000 0 19 Q+A-EV ABC TV 292,000 283,000 9,000 20 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network 10 282,000 280,000 2,000

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Timeshifted: Wednesday 17 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-wednesday-17-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-wednesday-17-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:59:56 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411573 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Wednesday Date: 17/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 997,000 996,000 1,000 2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 932,000 930,000 2,000 3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 884,000 882,000 1,000 4 NINE NEWS Nine 877,000 875,000 1,000 5 HARD QUIZ S6-EV ABC TV 734,000 685,000 50,000 6 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 710,000 710,000 0 7 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D10 -NIGHT SESSION 2 Nine 655,000 654,000 0 8 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D10 -NIGHT Nine 645,000 645,000 0 9 THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING-EV ABC TV 609,000 573,000 36,000 10 7.30-EV ABC TV 593,000 591,000 3,000 11 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 572,000 537,000 35,000 12 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 569,000 569,000 0 13 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D10 -LATE Nine 464,000 463,000 1,000 14 AFTERTASTE-EV ABC TV 460,000 334,000 126,000 15 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 453,000 215,000 238,000 16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 437,000 437,000 0 17 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D10 -NIGHT PRE MATCH Nine 380,000 380,000 0 18 AMBULANCE: CODE RED Seven Network 372,000 348,000 24,000 19 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 370,000 370,000 0 20 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 369,000 147,000 221,000

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Timeshifted: Tuesday 16 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-tuesday-16-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-tuesday-16-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:53:03 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411570 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 16/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 1,059,000 1,057,000 2,000 2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 992,000 990,000 1,000 3 NINE NEWS Nine 901,000 899,000 2,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 882,000 882,000 1,000 5 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 699,000 696,000 3,000 6 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D9 -NIGHT Nine 669,000 668,000 0 7 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA TUES Network 10 630,000 555,000 75,000 8 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D9 -NIGHT SESSION 2 Nine 599,000 598,000 1,000 9 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 585,000 584,000 1,000 10 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 554,000 525,000 29,000 11 7.30-EV ABC TV 526,000 525,000 2,000 12 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 500,000 499,000 1,000 13 HOLEY MOLEY AUSTRALIA – TUE Seven Network 490,000 436,000 54,000 14 THE GOOD DOCTOR Seven Network 428,000 300,000 128,000 15 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV ABC TV 416,000 403,000 13,000 16 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 413,000 179,000 234,000 17 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 381,000 163,000 217,000 18 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D9 -LATE Nine 372,000 372,000 0 19 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 370,000 369,000 1,000 20 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 363,000 363,000 0

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Timeshifted: Monday 15 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-monday-15-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-monday-15-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:47:26 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411567 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Monday Date: 15/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 999,000 999,000 0 2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 981,000 980,000 2,000 3 NINE NEWS Nine 948,000 948,000 0 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 947,000 947,000 0 5 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D8 -NIGHT Nine 879,000 879,000 0 6 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 677,000 676,000 1,000 7 7.30-EV ABC TV 600,000 599,000 1,000 8 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA MON Network 10 591,000 543,000 48,000 9 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 568,000 532,000 36,000 10 HOLEY MOLEY AUSTRALIA – MON Seven Network 521,000 468,000 53,000 11 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 517,000 512,000 4,000 12 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 512,000 511,000 2,000 13 MEDIA WATCH-EV ABC TV 474,000 427,000 47,000 14 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV ABC TV 468,000 452,000 15,000 15 FOUR CORNERS-EV ABC TV 467,000 452,000 15,000 16 9-1-1 Seven Network 450,000 310,000 139,000 17 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 441,000 223,000 218,000 18 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D8 -NIGHT PRE MATCH Nine 408,000 408,000 0 19 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 394,000 394,000 0 20 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 344,000 140,000 204,000

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Timeshifted: Sunday 14 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-sunday-14-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-sunday-14-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:45:32 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411564 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Sunday Date: 14/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Seven Network 989,000 988,000 1,000 2 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 917,000 914,000 3,000 3 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV ABC TV 702,000 702,000 1,000 4 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA SUN Network 10 611,000 564,000 47,000 5 HARROW-EV ABC TV 599,000 491,000 109,000 6 QUOLL FARM-EV ABC TV 567,000 530,000 38,000 7 HOLEY MOLEY AUSTRALIA – SUN Seven Network 563,000 510,000 53,000 8 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D7 -NIGHT SESSION 2 Nine 519,000 518,000 2,000 9 THE SUNDAY PROJECT 7PM Network 10 479,000 475,000 4,000 10 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D7 -NIGHT Nine 466,000 466,000 0 11 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 409,000 182,000 227,000 12 SILENT WITNESS-LE ABC TV 359,000 291,000 68,000 13 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D7 -NIGHT PRE MATCH Nine 346,000 346,000 0 14 10 NEWS FIRST SUN Network 10 343,000 343,000 0 15 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D7 -DAY Nine 333,000 333,000 0 16 M- SHOOTER Seven Network 331,000 310,000 21,000 17 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D7 -LATE Nine 312,000 311,000 1,000 18 FBI: MOST WANTED Network 10 302,000 245,000 57,000 19 INSIDERS-AM ABC TV 283,000 282,000 1,000 20 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 280,000 95,000 185,000

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Timeshifted: Saturday 13 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-saturday-13-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-saturday-13-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:43:04 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411561 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Saturday Date: 13/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 867,000 866,000 1,000 2 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Seven Network 837,000 836,000 1,000 3 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D6 -NIGHT Nine 764,000 764,000 0 4 DEATH IN PARADISE-EV ABC TV 639,000 572,000 67,000 5 ABC NEWS-SA ABC TV 623,000 620,000 2,000 6 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D6 -NIGHT SESSION 2 Nine 599,000 599,000 0 7 CALL THE MIDWIFE-EV ABC TV 504,000 435,000 68,000 8 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 500,000 228,000 272,000 9 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D6 -NIGHT PRE MATCH Nine 430,000 430,000 0 10 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D6 -LATE Nine 369,000 369,000 0 11 M- THOR Seven Network 355,000 348,000 7,000 12 ENDEAVOUR RPT ABC TV 328,000 262,000 65,000 13 10 NEWS FIRST SAT Network 10 278,000 278,000 0 14 M- THOR: THE DARK WORLD Seven Network 276,000 267,000 9,000 15 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D6 -DAY Nine 268,000 268,000 0 16 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 266,000 62,000 204,000 17 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Seven Network 247,000 247,000 0 18 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATE Seven Network 240,000 240,000 0 19 WEEKEND TODAY – SATURDAY Nine 209,000 209,000 0 20 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE (R) Seven Network 207,000 204,000 2,000

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Timeshifted: Friday 12 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-friday-12-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-friday-12-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:41:40 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411558 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Friday Date: 12/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D5 -NIGHT SESSION 2 Nine 1,103,000 1,098,000 5,000 2 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D5 -NIGHT Nine 871,000 868,000 3,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 866,000 865,000 1,000 4 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 828,000 826,000 2,000 5 NINE NEWS Nine 778,000 772,000 6,000 6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 753,000 749,000 4,000 7 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 578,000 572,000 5,000 8 VERA RPT ABC TV 548,000 461,000 87,000 9 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D5 -LATE Nine 514,000 512,000 2,000 10 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV ABC TV 471,000 424,000 47,000 11 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 427,000 422,000 5,000 12 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Seven Network 402,000 387,000 15,000 13 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 396,000 185,000 210,000 14 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 377,000 377,000 0 15 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 358,000 354,000 5,000 16 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D5 -NIGHT PRE MATCH Nine 344,000 344,000 0 17 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 295,000 126,000 170,000 18 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 280,000 275,000 5,000 19 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network 10 265,000 260,000 5,000 20 SUNRISE Seven Network 255,000 255,000 0

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Timeshifted: Thursday 11 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-thursday-11-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-thursday-11-february-2021.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:36:04 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411553 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Thursday Date: 11/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 899,000 899,000 0 2 NINE NEWS Nine 894,000 892,000 2,000 3 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 876,000 875,000 1,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 845,000 845,000 0 5 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 688,000 688,000 0 6 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D4 -NIGHT Nine 634,000 633,000 0 7 7.30-EV ABC TV 522,000 520,000 2,000 8 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 492,000 442,000 51,000 9 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 465,000 461,000 3,000 10 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D4 -NIGHT SESSION 2 Nine 463,000 463,000 1,000 11 BACK ROADS S7-EV ABC TV 459,000 447,000 12,000 12 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 455,000 189,000 266,000 13 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D4 -NIGHT PRE MATCH Nine 442,000 442,000 0 14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 409,000 408,000 1,000 15 WIFE SWAP AUSTRALIA Seven Network 407,000 346,000 62,000 16 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 340,000 340,000 0 17 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 326,000 136,000 190,000 18 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D4 -DAY Nine 318,000 318,000 0 19 Q+A-EV ABC TV 315,000 300,000 15,000 20 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 303,000 300,000 3,000

 

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Whatever happened to Rising Star? https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/whatever-happened-to-rising-star.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/whatever-happened-to-rising-star.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 02:27:53 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411548

Back in 2013 the hottest format internationally was a new singing show from Israel, Rising Star.

It was the breakout hit at the MIPCOM trade fest with ABC (US) producing one season.

Nine even optioned it for Australia. But it never happened.

Speaking at Screen Forever last week, Stephen Tate Head of Entertainment and Factual Programs, Network 10 said, “It was genuinely the hottest music format. Everybody was talking about it. It was the buzz of MIP. Apparently it did very well in Israel in its first season. The premise was that there was a social media element and a live studio audience and the curtain only rose for the singer if they got enough support.

“I was about to jump on a plane to Israel and go and look at the format. What we subsequently found out was, at the time that none of the back-end of it actually worked. It was all kind of faked. It was all smoke and mirrors, and that franchise hasn’t really worked anywhere in the world as a result. ”

There have been 7 seasons in Israel as recently as 2020, with 5 in United Arab Emirates and 3 so far in India and Indonesia.

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The Handmaid’s Tale: teaser https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-handmaids-tale-teaser-5.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-handmaids-tale-teaser-5.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 01:30:22 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411540

The US has released its first glimpse of The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4… you remember when June chose to stay in Gilead, right? We all screamed at our TVs.

Hulu has set an April 28 premiere of 3 episodes, meaning SBS will now be looking to scramble it into schedules here. Expect that confirmation very soon.

There are 10 episodes all up. The show is already renewed for a 5th season.

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Airdate: Galácticos https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-galacticos.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-galacticos.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:36:33 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411534

On Sunday ESPN screens Galácticos, a three-part series that centres around Real Madrid securing superstars David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and more.

‘Galácticos’ documents Florentino Pérez’ first term as president of Real Madrid and the Galactico revolution he oversaw to make Real Madrid the most glamorous and successful football club the world has ever seen.

The documentary includes fascinating insights from a stellar cast of Real Madrid legends, including Iker Casillas, Roberto Carlos, Fernando Hierro, Claude Makélélé, Fernando Morientes, Steve McManaman and Manager Vicente del Bosque, alongside individuals closest to Perez.

The three-part series traces Real Madrid’s time under Perez, from his Presidential win and controversial transfer of Luis Figo from bitter rivals Barcelona in July 2000, to the resignation of his first term as Real Madrid President in February 2006 following the fallout from his ‘Galáctico’ vision.

The three films focus on the transfers of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham, who joined the club between 2001 to 2003 and, alongside Figo, formed the Galáctico generation. The series explores Perez’ vision to modernise Real Madrid in a new world of sponsorship, image rights and the internet to become a global sporting superpower in the 2000s.

In Perez’ first three years at the club Real won two La Liga titles, the UEFA Champions League in 2002, two Spanish Super Cups, the European Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.

Yet as Perez’ reign progressed, we hear from key players, board members and journalists about the friction between the old and new Real Madrid. With huge egos in both the dressing room and board room, and with the importance of marketing over football, the breaking-up of Real’s winning formula led to the demise of the ‘Galáctico’ revolution, ending in Perez resigning from his role at the club in 2006.

Sunday February 28
4pm AEDT, ‘Galacticos’ – Part One, ESPN2
4.30pm AEDT, ‘Galacticos’ – Part Two, ESPN2
5pm AEDT, ‘Galacticos’ – Part Three, ESPN2

ESPN and ESPN2 are available on Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV and Sky NZ.

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Axed: The Twilight Zone https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/axed-the-twilight-zone.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/axed-the-twilight-zone.html#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:14:52 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411419

Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone has been axed after two seasons.

“Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and the entire production team truly reimagined The Twilight Zone for the modern age,” said Julie McNamara, Paramount Plus programming chief. “They upheld the classic series’ legacy of socially conscious storytelling and pushed today’s viewers to explore all new dimensions of thought-provoking and topical themes that we hope will resonate with audiences for years to come.”

This reboot of the anthology series created by Rod Serling featured Peele as host, producer and narrator, with episodes featuring John Cho, Taissa Farmiga, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kumail Nanjiani, Chris O’Dowd, Seth Rogen and more.

It screened in Australia on 10 All Access.

Source: Variety

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Four Corners: March 1 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/four-corners-march-1.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/four-corners-march-1.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 23:30:58 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411526

Stan Grant presents Monday’s Four Corners story, “Chairman for Life” on China’s President Xi Jinping.

“I call him Chairman of everything, Chairman of everywhere, Chairman of everyone.” China scholar

China’s President Xi Jinping is a force to be reckoned with. As leader of the Communist colossus, he commands the world’s attention but who is China’s strongman? How did he rise to power and what is his agenda?

“No force can shake the status of our great motherland, and no force can stop the progress of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation.” President Xi Jinping

On Monday Four Corners delivers an insightful portrait of the Chinese president. Born into the privileged life of a princeling, banished to poverty in the countryside during a political purge, his early life formed and framed his views on power and control.

“When he initially went out into the countryside he was scared, frightened…it both hardened him, it gave him a taste of the ups and downs of power. I think it’s one of the reasons he’s so ruthless himself.” Academic

His rise up the political ladder was propelled by party connections and an advantageous celebrity marriage. As he rose through the party ranks he carefully crafted his image. Today it’s a full-blown cult of personality featuring compulsory lessons in “Xi Jinping Thought” and a TV gameshow based on his personal history.

“The moment he came into power it was pedal to the metal. He accelerated on all fronts to eliminate dissent, to eliminate rivals, to eliminate corruption.” Academic

The program shows how Xi consolidated his grip on the leadership of the Communist Party through a combination of economic strength, populism, iron fist control, jailing of opponents and crushing dissent.

“We are seeing a turning more towards authoritarianism under Xi Jinping…there’s increased concerns about human rights in China, as well in Hong Kong with regards to pro-democracy activists and legislators, and in Xinjiang with regards to what the Chinese Government has been doing to Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups.” China academic

Central to President Xi’s leadership is his doctrine of “The China Dream”, an existential challenge to the existing world order.

“The reality is that Xi Jinping and his colleagues believe themselves as the agents of history and the history that is about making China one of the great powers.” China scholar

“It’s a vision of a Chinese state that’s very strong, that’s internationally respected, that can throw its weight around internationally if it needs to.” Former China correspondent

China specialists warn that countries like Australia were too slow to understand the challenge posed by the rise of President Xi.

“It’s only now as some of the more insightful and longstanding China analysts have started to expose what Xi Jinping was saying way back at the end of 2012 and in 2013. They were starting to say, “Oh. We were just so wrong about this man.” Author

Prominent China scholars say that China has already fundamentally re-written the international rule book. The question is, how will the rest of the world respond?

“Now we are dealing with this radically different view of the world…this world we are moving into, there is no roadmap…there is no easy roadmap.” UK academic

Monday 1st March at 8.30pm on ABC.

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MAFS honeymoons leads in entertainment https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/mafs-honeymoons-leads-in-entertainment.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/mafs-honeymoons-leads-in-entertainment.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 23:01:45 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411517

Married at First Sight honeymoons are underway, last night landing as the top entertainment show on 773,000 metro viewers.

That was ahead of 7:30 (539,000), Back Roads (439,000), Territory Cops (270,000), Bondi Rescue (259,000) and The World’s Greatest Palaces (141,000).

Later Gogglebox won at 517,000 then Q+A (289,000), The Equalizer (280,000) and Wife Swap (238,000).

Nine network won Thursday with 30.2% then Seven 24.8%, 10 19.0%, ABC 17.7% and SBS 8.3%.

Nine News was best for Nine at 837,000 / 828,000. A Current Affair was 619,000 then Hot Seat (386,000 / 237,000). Murder for Hire was 129,000.

Seven News was #1 at 864,000 / 858,000. An extended Home & Away was 446,000 then The Chase (431,000 / 258,000). Busted in Bangkok was 120,000.

The Project drew 378,000 / 257,000 for 10 then 10 News First (324,000 / 191,000).  SVU was 222,000.

ABC News won its slot at 634,000 for ABC. Sammy J pulled 272,000 followed by One Plus One (163,000), The Drum (151,000) and Aussie Inventions that Changed the World (139,000).

On SBS it was SBS World News (150,000 / 128,000), Trust Me I’m a Doctor (130,000), Cornwall with Simon Reeve (116,000) and Mastermind (75,000).

The Adventures of Paddington led multichannels at 151,000.

Today Extra: 116,000 / 66,000
The Morning Show: 114,000 / 64,000
Studio 10: 36,000 / 32,000 /

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 25 February 2021

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Thursday 25 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/thursday-25-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/thursday-25-february-2021.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 22:25:50 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411513 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Thursday Deliverable: Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28 Channel Overnight Consolidated 7 Consolidated 28 25/02/2021 18/02/2021 28/01/2021 ABC TV 11.9% 11.9% 10.5% ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 3.2% 2.9% 3.5% ABC ME 0.4% 0.7% 0.5% ABC NEWS 2.1% 2.0% 2.1% ABC TV Network 17.7% 17.6% 16.5% Seven 16.4% 17.8% 15.3% 7TWO 3.6% 4.2% 4.4% 7mate 2.9% 3.5% 1.9% 7flix 1.9% 1.7% 1.8% Seven Network 24.8% 27.2% 23.4% Nine 21.9% 18.2% 16.4% 9GO! 2.7% 2.4% 3.1% 9Gem 2.2% 1.7% 2.7% 9Life 2.3% 2.5% 2.7% 9Rush 1.2% 1.3% 0.9% Nine Network 30.2% 26.0% 25.8% 10 12.4% 13.3% 16.5% 10 Bold 3.2% 3.5% 3.8% 10 Peach 2.8% 2.8% 2.8% 10 Shake 0.6% 0.5% 0.7% Network 10 19.0% 20.1% 23.8% SBS 4.8% 5.0% 6.5% SBS VICELAND 2.3% 1.7% 1.2% SBS Food 0.6% 0.8% 1.1% NITV 0.1% 0.3% 0.3% SBS World Movies 0.5% 1.2% 1.2% SBS Network 8.3% 9.1% 10.4%

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Thursday
Date: 25/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 864,000 214,000 269,000 142,000 88,000 152,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 858,000 224,000 262,000 140,000 89,000 142,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 837,000 232,000 291,000 186,000 76,000 52,000
4 NINE NEWS Nine 828,000 245,000 294,000 157,000 80,000 52,000
5 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -THU Nine 773,000 225,000 265,000 140,000 72,000 72,000
6 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 634,000 164,000 215,000 99,000 58,000 97,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 619,000 157,000 221,000 141,000 53,000 46,000
8 7.30-EV ABC TV 539,000 151,000 178,000 81,000 49,000 81,000
9 GOGGLEBOX Network 10 517,000 121,000 175,000 93,000 64,000 64,000
10 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 446,000 117,000 129,000 86,000 46,000 68,000
11 BACK ROADS S7-EV ABC TV 439,000 125,000 158,000 60,000 36,000 61,000
12 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 431,000 108,000 145,000 66,000 44,000 69,000
13 HOT SEAT Nine 386,000 130,000 142,000 85,000 20,000 9,000
14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 378,000 86,000 155,000 83,000 25,000 29,000
15 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 324,000 77,000 98,000 76,000 25,000 49,000
16 Q+A-EV ABC TV 289,000 79,000 113,000 35,000 26,000 35,000
17 THE EQUALIZER Nine 280,000 87,000 86,000 45,000 38,000 24,000
18 SAMMY J-EV ABC TV 272,000 65,000 102,000 45,000 17,000 43,000
19 TERRITORY COPS Network 10 270,000 62,000 100,000 47,000 31,000 30,000
20 BONDI RESCUE Network 10 259,000 82,000 82,000 47,000 21,000 27,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Thursday
Date: 25/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 151,000 33,000 42,000 26,000 18,000 31,000
2 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 143,000 45,000 31,000 26,000 19,000 23,000
3 KIRI AND LOU-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 142,000 38,000 43,000 14,000 23,000 25,000
4 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 141,000 21,000 58,000 29,000 13,000 20,000
5 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 133,000 34,000 46,000 15,000 18,000 20,000
6 NEIGHBOURS 10 Peach 124,000 30,000 49,000 21,000 15,000 8,000
7 ANDY’S DINOSAUR ADVENTURES-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 118,000 31,000 32,000 12,000 17,000 26,000
8 FATHER BROWN-PM 7TWO 117,000 31,000 26,000 23,000 11,000 26,000
9 MURDOCH MYSTERIES-PM 7TWO 110,000 24,000 38,000 19,000 12,000 17,000
10 KANGAROO BEACH-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 109,000 25,000 50,000 10,000 11,000 13,000
11 PEPPA PIG-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 106,000 19,000 50,000 17,000 8,000 12,000
12 PEPPA PIG-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 106,000 14,000 51,000 21,000 12,000 8,000
13 8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN RPT SBS VICELAND 104,000 17,000 38,000 17,000 8,000 25,000
14 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 102,000 22,000 44,000 17,000 8,000 12,000
15 ATOMIC BLONDE 9GO! 101,000 20,000 34,000 21,000 9,000 16,000
16 BRAVE BUNNIES-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 96,000 26,000 33,000 14,000 12,000 11,000
17 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 96,000 27,000 34,000 20,000 13,000 2,000
18 M- FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM-PM 7mate 95,000 24,000 30,000 17,000 9,000 14,000
19 DINO DANA-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 94,000 27,000 29,000 3,000 17,000 18,000
20 NODDY TOYLAND DETECTIVE-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 89,000 24,000 43,000 7,000 11,000 3,000

Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -THU Nine 393,000 116,000 129,000 73,000 33,000 42,000
2 GOGGLEBOX Network 10 249,000 58,000 90,000 42,000 29,000 30,000
3 NINE NEWS Nine 240,000 75,000 93,000 35,000 21,000 15,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 240,000 69,000 88,000 44,000 19,000 19,000
5 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 216,000 56,000 67,000 32,000 20,000 42,000

 

Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -THU Nine 345,000 106,000 111,000 57,000 31,000 40,000
2 GOGGLEBOX Network 10 211,000 47,000 77,000 36,000 22,000 29,000
3 NINE NEWS Nine 196,000 61,000 77,000 27,000 20,000 11,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 192,000 54,000 70,000 36,000 18,000 14,000
5 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 190,000 58,000 60,000 18,000 14,000 40,000

 

Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -THU Nine 180,000 63,000 54,000 24,000 19,000 20,000
2 GOGGLEBOX Network 10 120,000 34,000 53,000 10,000 8,000 14,000
3 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 112,000 29,000 44,000 9,000 6,000 24,000
4 NINE NEWS Nine 110,000 31,000 49,000 12,000 11,000 6,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 100,000 25,000 41,000 7,000 6,000 21,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Subscription Channels
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Thursday
Date: 25/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: T20: NZL V AUS GAME 2 FOX CRICKET 112,000
2 LIVE: INNINGS BREAK: NZL V AUS GAME 2 FOX CRICKET 100,000
3 LIVE: T20: NZL V AUS GAME 2 FOX CRICKET 79,000
4 LIVE: TWENTY20 POST GAME: NZL V AUS G2 FOX CRICKET 76,000
5 OUTBACK OPAL HUNTERS Discovery Channel 60,000
6 CREDLIN Sky News Live 57,000
7 THE BOLT REPORT Sky News Live 57,000
8 ALAN JONES Sky News Live 53,000
9 PAUL MURRAY LIVE Sky News Live 52,000
10 SUPERMAN & LOIS FOX8 45,000
11 LIVE: IND V ENG 3RD TEST DAY 2 FOX CRICKET 45,000
12 GOLD RUSH Discovery Channel 41,000
13 THE SIMPSONS FOX8 37,000
14 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Lifestyle Channel 32,000
15 THE KENNY REPORT Sky News Live 32,000
16 JUDGE JUDY FOX Arena 30,000
17 PML LATER Sky News Live 29,000
18 BLUE BLOODS FOX One 29,000
19 THE GREAT POTTERY THROWDOWN Lifestyle Channel 28,000
20 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Lifestyle Channel 28,000

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Binge for the fans https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/binge-for-the-fans.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/binge-for-the-fans.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:58:05 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411441

On March 18 Binge subscribers will take part in a global screening of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a marathon movie event into the world of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gai Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller).

And for Executive Director Alison Hurbert-Burns it will cap off a deal liaised over and above Foxtel’s Warner Bros. output. The film realises Director Zack Synder’s original vision for a film he was unable to complete.

“We’ve done this really for the fans. I’ve been following this story in entertainment circles for years,” she tells TV Tonight.

“Zack Synder had taken the DC Universe into a slightly darker and more serious angle with Batman v Superman and other things. He thought this film would go in a certain direction and he had to come out of it.

“But his daughter died so he stepped away quite suddenly. Warner got Joss Whedon in to finish it. He’d obviously been doing Avengers and Marvel, but it was such a different sensibility that the outcome was very different.

“I haven’t seen it yet but I understand he took characters out that Zack had envisioned, villains and stories.

“Binge exists for these types of fans in the Streaming generation”

“Last year HBO Max announced that they wanted to bring it back with Zack on board. This online movement has raised money for suicide prevention for Zack’s daughter, in her name and her honour. They’ve done things respectfully, it hasn’t just been shouty. They genuinely love and are so passionate about this show. Binge exists for these types of fans in the Streaming generation. We can’t wait to bring it to the screen.”

Indeed fans will have plenty to sink their teeth into. The new version clocks in at some 4 hours, on par (in duration, anyway) with Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, Gone with the Wind and The Ten Commandments.

“That’s why we think it’s so cool for Streaming because, whilst it’s nice to see things on the big screen, with everyone’s home set ups, you have the ability to pause and make a cup of tea or go to the toilet!”

In News Corp’s December statement, Binge had 468,000 subscribers, of which 431,000 were paying with the remainder on a free trial.

Biggest titles have included The Undoing, The Flight Attendant, Euphoria, Upright and Discovery of Witches.

“We’ve just finished launching Devils, which comes to us from the BBC, with Patrick Dempsey. It’s a high concept drama set in the world of banking. It’s a Sky Vision co-pro with Sky Italia based on an Italian book.

“It’s set in this finance world and it’s just such a gripping program that has proved really popular with our audience. It was the number one hit of January.”

“Weekends is where we see subscribers sign up”

Peak viewing times are Friday and Saturday nights, just like the old video rental habits.

“Back in the Blockbuster days, you’d often go on the weekends,” she agrees, “but we also see in the evenings, 8:30 / 9:00 maybe after people have watched Free to Air we see an evening peak. But certainly weekends is where we see subscribers sign up, but also viewing behaviour peak. And interestingly Sundays are a very strong day.”

But last year Binge also attracted some comment around a promotion in which drama fans were given a free subscription in exchange for public reviews (published here). Will they be hired when the contest ends?

“It was something that started before I joined and I think we were really looking at it as a promotion as we launched. We knew people were trying to find things to watch during COVID. They’ve been some, some great people to work with and we’ve loved working with them. I think we haven’t quite worked through the next steps.”

“I’m buoyed by how many good stories we get pitched”

But there’s good news with Binge open to local commissions separate from Foxtel. Hurbert-Burns says announcements will come, likely to be in the genre of Drama.

“I’m buoyed by how many good stories we get pitched and how many cool things there are to bring to the screen,” she explains.

“Certainly for Binge, we’re always looking for great drama, initially, to connect with our audiences. Rather than being different to Foxtel, necessarily, for me it’s a reflection of the audience at the time and what they’re looking for. As you come out of COVID, shutdown or hard economic times, we were initially looking at things that were uplifting.

“But we’ll have a bit more to announce on that soon.”

Zack Snyder’s Justice Leaguepremieres on March 18 on Binge and Foxtel’s DC Movies Pop Up Channel (Ch. 402).

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Linear TV still king over BVOD https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/linear-tv-still-king-over-bvod.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/linear-tv-still-king-over-bvod.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:55:09 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411486

Total TV delivered a national average audience over 2.4 million people daily in 2020.

Data was released yesterday at the Future of TV Advertising Sydney forum by OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer.

2.3m of those watch linear broadcasting (blue on graph), while 100,000 are via Broadcast Video on Demand (yellow).

But during the national lockdown (Weeks 12 – 22) viewing numbers lifted to 2.7m Total TV viewers, with 5.2% of those as BVOD.

There was another spike when Melbourne went into Stage 4 lockdown at Week 32.

The median age of viewers to linear TV was 57 years -notably outside the 25-54 demo- but it lowered to 41 years for BVOD.

Connected TVs are still overwhelmingly the preferred device for viewing BVOD, well ahead of PC, Smartphone and Tablets.

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Gordon Ramsay, game show host…. https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/gordon-ramsay-game-show-host.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/gordon-ramsay-game-show-host.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:52:55 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411503

He’s a chef, no wait …he’s a game show host…

UK viewers this week got their first look at Gordon Ramsay’s Bank Balance, a game show in which contestants answering questions from different categories in an attempt to win £100,000.

They also have to place different-sized stacks of gold bars on a balancing board. Not sure why. Just because?

Ramsay promised not to cook and not to swear (doesn’t look like it). It follows from Jeremy Clarkson recently hosting Who Wants to be A Millionaire to some success.

But viewers were a tad bamboozled by the concept. Some likened the set to the inside of the Tardis. Others thought confusing rules, likening it to Bamboozled, the gameshow Joey Tribbiani tried out on Chandler and Ross in Friends.

No plans to screen it in Australia. Be grateful.

Source: Digital Spy

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Hamish Macdonald fights back tears in emotional Q+A https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/hamish-macdonald-fights-back-tears-in-emotional-qa.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/hamish-macdonald-fights-back-tears-in-emotional-qa.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:50:13 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411462

Q+A host Hamish Macdonald fought back tears last night in a discussion about aged care.

Included in the audience were brave Australians fighting dementia, but given a chance to voice their concerns to the panel.

One of those was 56 year old Tim, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers at just 51.

“How do you feel about the prospect of one day going into an aged care facility?” Hamish Macdonald asked.

“I’d be horrified…if it was me. If that’s the thing we’re looking for… we need to do a lot more than that,” Tim replied.

Daughter Prue added, “I think what makes it scary, too, is that he’s, he’s so much younger, he’s going to be potentially going in and he’s in his 60s or sooner, and which we really want to avoid.

“How can he live his best life in these facilities that aren’t really set up for him at his age? It’s an issue. There’s more and more people getting diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.”

“What do you say to your wife and daughter, when this comes up when you have to talk it through?” asked Hamish.

“It’s gonna be difficult……and probably, that’s gonna be very hard for them as well. Very, very hard.”

It was a discussion that moved the Q+A host.

“I’m so sorry to hear that that’s a choice you’ve got to make as a family.”

 

Another audience member, Trevor, was diagnosed at 62. He too is reluctant to enter an aged care facility.

“I’d avoid it like the plague, for starters and after that I’d continue to find an alternative,” he said.

A final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care is due to be handed down today.

Alzheimer’s Australia

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Airdate: Mega Zoo https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-mega-zoo.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-mega-zoo.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:45:21 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411499

New Australian factual series Mega Zoo comes to Nine next week in Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth.

The series by WTFN features a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run one Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.

Cameras capture the special relationship between the animals and their keepers, as they fight to save critically endangered species from the brink of extinction and welcome newborns.

7:30pm Thursday on Nine (Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth… other cities at a later date).

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Airdate: South ParQ: Vaccination Special https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-south-parq-vaccination-special.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-south-parq-vaccination-special.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:44:26 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411436

In March 10 Shake will fast-track a new one hour special South ParQ Vaccination Special.

The ruthlessly funny new episode follows on from the 2020 premiere of South Park The Pandemic Special, where the citizens of South Park came to terms with the continued challenges of the on-going pandemic.

The residents of the small town in the Colorado Rockies are all clamoring for the COVID-19 vaccine. When a new militant group arrives to town and tries to stop the boys from getting their teacher vaccinated, the foul mouthed misadventures kick off.

Comedy Central’s South Park launched on August 13, 1997. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the co-creators of South Park. Parker, Stone, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II are the Executive Producers of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning South Park. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman are Producers. Chris Brion is the Creative Director of South Park Digital Studios.

11 March at 8.30pm on 10 Shake.

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Younger confirms final season https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/younger-confirms-final-season.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/younger-confirms-final-season.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:42:07 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411422

Younger, starring Sutton Foster and Hillary Duff, will end with its upcoming seventh season.

Younger follows Liza Miller (Foster), a talented editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing while juggling the complications of mixing business with pleasure and facing the lie she created about her age to land her dream job.

It airs in Australia on Stan, which has released a S7 teaser.

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Netflix appoints Director of Business Development https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/netflix-appoints-director-of-business-development.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/netflix-appoints-director-of-business-development.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:41:11 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411477

This week Netflix announced the appointment of Ben Cox, who will be the company’s first local Director of Business Development in Australia.

In his role, Ben will be responsible for leading Netflix’s new and existing partnerships with a range of Australian companies, including ISPs, subscription television operators, and consumer electronics device manufacturers.

He joins Netflix from ViacomsCBS where he was VP, Business Development, with previous roles at Nickelodeon, Foxtel and AUSTAR Entertainment.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Netflix team. Since launching in Australia in 2015, Netflix has already built a number of strong partnerships with local companies to deliver effective outcomes for Netflix, partners and subscribers,” he said.

“As a leader in both content and technology I’m looking forward to finding new ways to drive growth for the business in the years ahead”.

Netflix’s local team recently added Nakul Legha and Hannah Pembroke to the ANZ Content team led by Que Minh Luu.

Netflix is the only international streamer with a content team on the ground in Australia.

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Airdate: The Critics’ Choice Awards 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-the-critics-choice-awards-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-the-critics-choice-awards-2021.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:40:55 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411508

The Critics’ Choice Awards 2021 will screen Live from the US in March.

Acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs returns to host The Critics Choice Awards for his third consecutive time. The Critics’ Choice Awards are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.

Monday March 8 from 11.00am on FOX Arena (repeat 9:30pm).

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Grey’s Anatomy https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/greys-anatomy-9.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/greys-anatomy-9.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:00:08 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411457 Season 17 begins with new episodes weekly. Friday on Star.

  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Mum
  • Punky Brewster
  • Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
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Timeshifted: Wednesday 10 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-wednesday-10-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-wednesday-10-february-2021.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:10:19 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411454 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Wednesday Date: 10/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 997,000 994,000 3,000 2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 941,000 939,000 3,000 3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 843,000 841,000 2,000 4 NINE NEWS Nine 833,000 829,000 4,000 5 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D3 -NIGHT SESSION 2 Nine 704,000 704,000 0 6 HARD QUIZ S5-EV ABC TV 666,000 599,000 67,000 7 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 635,000 633,000 2,000 8 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D3 -NIGHT Nine 625,000 625,000 0 9 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 551,000 510,000 41,000 10 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 532,000 530,000 2,000 11 THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING-EV ABC TV 529,000 500,000 28,000 12 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 527,000 231,000 296,000 13 7.30-EV ABC TV 496,000 495,000 1,000 14 AFTERTASTE-EV ABC TV 438,000 340,000 98,000 15 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 429,000 429,000 0 16 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D3 -LATE Nine 417,000 416,000 1,000 17 AMBULANCE: CODE RED Seven Network 388,000 366,000 22,000 18 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 359,000 359,000 0 19 THE BAY Seven Network 345,000 266,000 80,000 20 THE BAY-EP.2 Seven Network 314,000 229,000 85,000

 

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Timeshifted: Tuesday 9 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-tuesday-9-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-tuesday-9-february-2021.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:09:06 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411451 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 09/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 966,000 963,000 3,000 2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 935,000 929,000 6,000 3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 871,000 870,000 1,000 4 NINE NEWS Nine 867,000 866,000 1,000 5 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 641,000 637,000 3,000 6 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 602,000 549,000 53,000 7 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA TUES Network 10 574,000 512,000 63,000 8 HOLEY MOLEY AUSTRALIA – TUE Seven Network 542,000 469,000 74,000 9 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 506,000 503,000 2,000 10 7.30-EV ABC TV 465,000 464,000 1,000 11 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D2 -NIGHT Nine 464,000 463,000 0 12 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 446,000 445,000 1,000 13 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 412,000 165,000 247,000 14 THE GOOD DOCTOR Seven Network 397,000 283,000 114,000 15 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV ABC TV 374,000 361,000 13,000 16 NCIS Network 10 362,000 298,000 64,000 17 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D2 -NIGHT PRE MATCH Nine 356,000 356,000 0 18 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 317,000 317,000 0 19 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 303,000 301,000 2,000 20 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 302,000 120,000 182,000

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Timeshifted: Monday 8 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-monday-8-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/timeshifted-monday-8-february-2021.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:07:43 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411448 Report: Top 20 Consolidated 7 Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Monday Date: 08/02/2021 Deliverable: Consolidated 7 v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 7 Overnight Increase
000s 1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 1,052,000 1,051,000 1,000 2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 1,043,000 1,041,000 2,000 3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 880,000 879,000 0 4 NINE NEWS Nine 848,000 846,000 2,000 5 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 724,000 719,000 5,000 6 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 632,000 587,000 45,000 7 THE AMAZING RACE AUSTRALIA MON Network 10 621,000 557,000 64,000 8 HOLEY MOLEY AUSTRALIA – MON Seven Network 606,000 528,000 78,000 9 FOUR CORNERS-EV ABC TV 547,000 515,000 31,000 10 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 539,000 536,000 4,000 11 MEDIA WATCH-EV ABC TV 536,000 481,000 56,000 12 7.30-EV ABC TV 534,000 531,000 2,000 13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 524,000 523,000 1,000 14 2021 AUSTRALIAN OPEN D1 -NIGHT Nine 486,000 486,000 0 15 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV ABC TV 476,000 444,000 32,000 16 9-1-1 Seven Network 452,000 325,000 127,000 17 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 448,000 200,000 248,000 18 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 371,000 371,000 0 19 THE PACIFIC: IN THE WAKE OF CAPTAIN COOK WITH SAM NEILL-LE ABC TV 360,000 312,000 48,000 20 SUPER BOWL LV: BUCCANEERS V CHIEFS – HALFTIME SHOW Seven Network 336,000 319,000 18,000

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Documentary filmmakers ready for AIDC 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/documentary-filmmakers-ready-for-aidc-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/documentary-filmmakers-ready-for-aidc-2021.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 05:57:18 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411427

Rachel Griffiths & Craig Reucassel are amongst speakers at next week’s Australian International Documentary Conference.

This year’s event, a year on from when pandemic concerns were starting to impact the 2020 Conference, will be held online.

Actor and director Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Hilary & Jackie, Six Feet Under) and writer, comedian and documentarian Craig Reucassel (The Chaser, War on Waste) are amongst speakers this year.

Speaking in the session Working With ABC Arts, focusing on new opportunities for Arts content at the ABC, Rachel Griffiths will chat about her new documentary series exploring 100 years of the Archibald Prize. Joining her will be director of Step Into Paradise, Amanda Blue, as well as Executive Producer for ABC Arts TV Kalita Corrigan, with the session moderated by ABC Radio National’s Namila Benson.

Craig Reucassel will be hosting ABC Opening Night Trivia, in a special limited-capacity session.

Alice Burgin, CEO/Conference Director, AIDC said, “AIDC recognises that we live in an urgent and tumultuous time. It is a time that demands we stand together as an industry and make some decisions for our future. Our theme, Moment of Truth, has allowed us to design a program around this concept, and asks our delegates to consider how action, sustainability, resistance and truth can inform the world we want to live in, and the world we want to leave behind. If there was ever a year to attend AIDC and be part of this big conversation, it’s 2021!”

Caroline Pitcher, CEO, Film Victoria said: “AIDC is seizing this unique moment in time to shape the future of factual storytelling and bring together some of the most prominent movers and shakers in the global documentary space. As principal partner, Film Victoria is excited to present award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney in conversation with our own Alicia Brown for just one of the many inspiring discussions that will take place during AIDC 2021.”

Featuring keynotes from documentary heavy-weight Alex Gibney (Taxi To the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Totally Under Control) and Netflix’s VP of Documentary Features, Lisa Nishimura (Tiger King, Making A Murderer, 13th, Crip Camp), AIDC 2021 will also present an impressive line-up of guest speakers working at the forefront of the screen and digital media industries.

Last-minute registrations are now open. AIDC runs online Sun 28 Feb until Wed 3 March.

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Australian Story: March 1 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/australian-story-march-1.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/australian-story-march-1.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:40:07 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411409

Monday’s Australian Story “I Dream of Jeannie” looks back on the life of the late, great Jeannie Little and how the family’s life was impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Katie Little reflects on her mother’s colourful life -this could well be the show’s biggest episode all year.

Unique and outrageous, Jeanne Little was the comedy dah-ling of daytime television in the 70s and 80s. Four months after her death, her daughter Katie reveals some intimate family secrets.

“I’ve never actually spoken about this on camera,” she told the program. “This is quite a weird experience.”

Jeanne Little was a showbusiness legend: a daytime TV star, comedian and cabaret performer who won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Television Personality in 1976.

Her entertainment career started by chance when a Sydney newspaper published a photo of Jeanne wearing home-made colourful maternity clothes.

The photo was spotted by producers of The Mike Walsh Show, who were desperate to find a replacement for a guest who had dropped out.

Jeanne was an instant hit and went on to become famous for her outrageous outfits, zany humour and her signature catchcry, “Oh, darling.”

When Jeanne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010, Katie says her father wanted to keep it secret for as long as possible.

But as Jeanne’s condition rapidly worsened, the family “fell apart” over the difficult question of whether to put her into fulltime care.

Around the same time, Katie was astonished to find another family secret, this time about her father’s love life prior to meeting her mother.

“Over the last few years, there’ve been a few revelations that have made me rethink my whole family in the world that I grew up in,” she says.

Producer: Ben Cheshire

Monday 1 March at 8pm on ABC TV

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Disney+ unveils key airdates https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/disney-unveils-key-airdates.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/disney-unveils-key-airdates.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:49:23 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411414

At today’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour the streaming service also unveiled premiere dates for additional new scripted series including Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Loki and Turner & Hooch.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (Series Premiere) Friday, March 19
Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of “Avengers: Endgame,” team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience. Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (Series Premiere) – Friday, March 26
In present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game.

The series features a talented new team of up-and-coming young actors including Brady Noon, Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham, and DJ Watts. “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” is produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios. Steve Brill serves as executive producer with Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa as executive producers and showrunners. Michael Spiller is also an executive producer/director on the series, with James Griffiths serving as director/EP on the Pilot. Emilio Estevez is an executive producer and Lauren Graham is co-executive producer. George Heller and Brad Petrigala of Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jon Avnet and Jordan Kerner also serve as non-writing executive producers.

Big Shot (Series Premiere) – Friday, April 16
After getting ousted from the NCAA, a hothead men’s basketball coach must take a job at an all-girls high school. He soon learns that teenage girls are more than just X’s and O’s; they require empathy and vulnerability — foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Korn (John Stamos). By learning how to connect with his players, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and off the court.

Series regulars include John Stamos, Jessalyn Gilsig, Richard Robichaux, Sophia Mitri Schloss, Nell Verlaque, Tiana Le, Monique Green, Tisha Eve Custodio, Cricket Wampler and Yvette Nicole Brown. Created and Executive Produced by David E. Kelley, Dean Lorey and Brad Garrett; Bill D’Elia also serves as Executive Producer. The series is a Disney+ Original produced by ABC Signature.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Series Premiere) – Tuesday, May 4
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army – each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2) – Friday, May 14
In season two, the East High Wildcats, who are preparing to perform “Beauty and the Beast” as their spring musical, face off against rival school North High to win a prestigious and cutthroat student theater competition. Wigs are snatched, loyalties are tested, and ballads are belted. The season also features brand-new solos written by Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett.

The series stars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders. Guest-starring this season are Derek Hough, Olivia Rose Keegan, Roman Banks, Andrew Barth Feldman and Asher Angel. “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” is executive-produced by its creator Tim Federle (Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated “Ferdinand”) and is “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, and recently was awarded a GLAAD Media Award.

Loki (Series Premiere) – Friday, June 11
“Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer.

Zenimation (Season 2) – Friday, June 11
“Zenimation,” the series that creates a mindfulness soundscape experience with scenes from the timeless films of Walt Disney Animation Studios returns for a second season June 11 with all-new episodes. Season 2 features moments from over eight decades of acclaimed films – including scenes from Disney’s first feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way through to the Studios’ latest, anticipated animated film, “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Unplug, relax, and refresh your senses with an aural experience like no other as “Zenimation” pays tribute to both the visual and sound artists who have created Disney Animation’s legacy of films. Created and edited by David Bess. Executive produced by Amy Astley. From Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (Series Premiere) – Friday, June 25
Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, a group of orphans must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications while creating a new sort of family along the way. Based on the bestseller by Trenton Lee Stewart which Time Magazine called “one of the best young adult books of all time,” The Mysterious Benedict Society” stars Emmy® Award winner Tony Hale in the titular role and features a standout ensemble of young actors.

“The Mysterious Benedict Society” stars Tony Hale, Kristen Schaal, Ryan Hurst, MaameYaa Boafo, Gia Sandhu, Seth Carr, Emmy DeOliveira, Mystic Inscho and Marta Kessler. The series is executive produced by Sonar Entertainment, 20th Television, Jamie Tarses, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Deepak Nayar, James Bobin, Matt Manfredi (writer/creator) and Phil Hay (writer/creator). Showrunners for the series are Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin.

Monsters At Work (Series Premiere) – Friday, July 2
“Monsters At Work” takes place the day after the Monsters, Incorporated power plant started harvesting the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis, thanks to Mike and Sulley’s discovery that laughter generates ten times more energy than screams. It follows the story of Tylor Tuskmon, an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University and always dreamed of becoming a Scarer, until he lands a job at Monsters, Incorporated and discovers that scaring is out and laughter is in.

Ben Feldman stars as the voice of Tylor Tuskmon in the series, which introduces new monster characters alongside returning favorites, including Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman). Starring alongside Feldman as part of the MIFT crew are: Henry Winkler as Fritz, the scatterbrained boss; Lucas Neff as Duncan, an opportunistic plumber; and Alanna Ubach as Cutter, the officious rule follower.

In addition to Crystal and Goodman, returning cast members from the original movies include John Ratzenberger as Yeti and Tylor’s dad, Bernard; Jennifer Tilly as Celia Mae; and Bob Peterson as Roze, twin sister to his original Monsters, Inc. character, Roz. Voicing additional characters are Stephen Stanton as Smitty and Needleman, the bumbling custodial team at Monsters, Inc., and Aisha Tyler as Tylor’s mom, Millie Tuskmon. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series was developed and is executive produced by Disney animation veteran Bobs Gannaway.

Turner & Hooch (Series Premiere) – Friday, July 16
When an ambitious, buttoned-up US Marshal inherits a big unruly dog, he soon realizes the dog he didn’t want may be the partner he needs. “Turner & Hooch” stars Josh Peck as Scott Turner, son of Detective Scott Turner portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name.

The series also stars Carra Patterson as Jessica Baxter, Scott’s brave, street-smart partner; Brandon Jay McLaren as Xavier Wilson, a cool, enigmatic marine-turned-US Marshal; Anthony Ruivivar as Chief James Mendez, Scott’s boss with a secret soft spot for Scott’s new dog, Hooch; Lyndsy Fonseca as Laura Turner, Scott’s sweet, animal-loving sister; Jeremy Maguire as Matthew Garland, Laura’s dog-loving son; and Vanessa Lengies as Erica Mouniere, the quirky head of the US Marshals dog training program. Five French Mastiffs also star as Hooch, Scott’s slobbery, loveable French Mastiff.

“Turner & Hooch” is a Disney+ original series produced by 20th Television. Matt Nix is creator, executive producer and writer on the series. McG is an executive producer and directed the series premiere. Michael Horowitz, Robert Duncan McNeill and Mary Viola also serve as executive producers, and Josh Levy serves as co-executive producer.

Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life (Series Premiere) – Friday, July 23
“Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life” follows two tiny troublemakers trying to live the good life in a big city park while having giant-sized, sky-high adventures. Disney’s beloved chipmunks, nervous worrier Chip and laid-back dreamer Dale, make the perfect odd couple. They’re best buddies and they drive each other nuts! In their perpetual pursuit of acorns, these ultimate underdogs are joined by Pluto, Butch and other iconic Disney characters as they face down bullies great and small. Combining classic-style cartoon comedy with contemporary storytelling, the 36 seven-minute episodes are directed by Jean Cayrol and produced by Marc du Pontavice at Xilam Animation.

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VOZ ratings to launch in June https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/voz-ratings-to-launch-in-june.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/voz-ratings-to-launch-in-june.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:16:06 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411396

New ratings data from Virtual Australia (‘VOZ’) is set to launch in June.

The ‘Total TV’ data from OzTAM, Regional TAM and Nielsen, encompassing all channels, screens and platforms, was originally due in Q1 2019, then 2020 before COVID delayed its arrival and Q1 2021.

Speaking at a Future of TV Advertising Sydney forum today, OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer shared top line test data.

“The latest VOZ test data illustrates the extent to which TV has become a multi-device, everywhere medium, and why advertisers need a strategic presence across all assets in the TV ecosystem,” he said.

“This is where VOZ comes to the fore, as the only service in this market that can deliver Total TV measurement, with demographic profiles, across all screens and devices nationally.

“VOZ data clearly shows the future of TV is linear + BVOD, and enables us to track how the Total TV marketplace continues to evolve.”

BVOD adds approximately 5% to linear TV audience
BVOD adds 13.9% for People 18-24 & 10.4% for People 25-39

The latest VOZ test data reveals:

  • Total TV (linear + BVOD) delivered a national average audience of over 2.4 million people daily in 2020.
  • BVOD consumption has grown 39% year-on-year+, with approximately 80% of Australians using a BVOD service over the past 12 months.
  • BVOD adds approximately 5% to the linear TV audience, and more for younger demographics: + 13.9% to people aged 18-24; +10.4% for 25-39s; +8.8% for 0-17s.
  • 66% of the Total TV audience is under 65 years-old. The median age of the BVOD audience is 41, which is 16 years younger than linear TV audience.
  • Across all major demographics, the majority of BVOD viewing takes place on the largest screen.

Doug Peiffer said VOZ was more complex to build than ever imagined.

“We leveraged all the datasets we have – OzTAM and Regional TAM linear TV ratings, streaming TV meters, and BVOD – and created a representative modelled universe of over 25 million Australians to bring it all together.

“We began delivering daily test data in December and are taking broadcaster and TPSS feedback on board.

“Now we are working to refine the VOZ methodology to ensure VOZ estimates closely align with the established TV and BVOD currencies across the board.

“Our target is to deliver daily VOZ data to subscribing clients in June.”

Majority of BVOD viewing is still to the largest screen
Linear TV + BVOD on Smart TV accounts for 95%+ of Total TV audience for all demographics

 

Virtual Australia (‘VOZ’) is the foundation of Australia’s forthcoming national Total TV reporting standard. VOZ brings together broadcaster* content viewed on TV sets (linear TV) and connected devices (BVOD) to provide all-screen, cross-platform planning and reporting for Australia’s television industry.

VOZ has also been built to allow the industry to agree a common set of audience groups or segments in future that reflect buying behaviour and support planning and post-analysis beyond standard age/sex demographics.

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RocKwiz reunites for live event https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/rockwiz-reunites-for-live-event.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/rockwiz-reunites-for-live-event.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 02:25:46 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411234

RocKwiz fans rejoice with news of a new live event in Melbourne, RocKwiz Really Really Good Friday.

Julia Zemiro, Brian Nankervis, Dugald and the RocKwiz Orkestra will perform at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl with COVID-safe distancing.

“To say I have missed performing with my RocKwiz brothers and sisters would be an understatement!” said Julia Zemiro.

“I will be holding back the tears when I step onstage at the magnificent Bowl to a beautiful audience again!

“Get ready to Rock!”

Brian Nankervis said, “Putting on our traditional Easter Rockwiz extravaganza, the Really, Really Good Friday show at The Bowl is very exciting. A tonic for the RocKwiz gang to be back there! This will be Easter show number five for our good friends at the Arts Centre and to be invited to step out from the salubrious and sophisticated Hamer Hall, cross St Kilda Road, through the gardens, up a hill and into the outdoor wonderland that is The Bowl is a huge thrill!

“Flooded with memories of rock concerts we’ve all seen there, but of course inspired by the big show we did there in March 2009, a sweltering night when Melbourne was getting over a hot summer of bushfires, coming together as a big, rowdy family for music, quizzing and pure fun at the Bowl to shake off the sadness of recent events. Sound familiar?”

Tix for April 2 are on sale here.

Here’s a clip from the last time RocKwiz played the Bowl, when Adalita from Magic Dirt performed AC/DC’s Rock n Roll Aint Noise Pollution .

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Airdate: Searching For Cleopatra https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-searching-for-cleopatra.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/airdate-searching-for-cleopatra.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 01:44:51 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411277

History documentary special Searching For Cleopatra will screen on SBS this Sunday.

This UK doco follows Dr. Kathleen Martinez who discovers two ancient mummies. Spoiler alert?

Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, is an icon of popular culture, but who is the real woman behind the myth? In Searching for Cleopatra, we seek out the latest ground-breaking archaeology and research to unravel the mystery of the elusive Egyptian queen. We discover that Cleopatra was more than the romantic narrative that has surrounded her to this day – she was in fact a learned scholar and mathematician.

At Taposiris Magna in Egypt, archaeologist Dr. Kathleen Martinez is searching for the tomb of the country’s most famous pharaoh; using painstaking archaeology and cutting-edge technology. Dr. Martinez makes unique and rare discoveries, that include the astonishing find of a tomb containing two mummies, decorated in gold leaf, undisturbed for 2,000 years. Coupled with the search for her final resting place, we retrace Cleopatra’s life and revolutionise our understanding of who she was and how she lived.

Sunday, 28 February at 7.30pm on SBS.

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Parent Up, The PM’s Daughter for ABC ME. https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/parent-up-the-pms-daughter-for-abc-me.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/parent-up-the-pms-daughter-for-abc-me.html#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:54:40 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411391

ABC ME and Screen Australia have announced two new live action series.

Parent Up, a comedy action series for 8-13 year-olds. Yu Na and Min Park want more excitement in their lives, but they don’t realise just how crazy their lives will become when they discover their once unremarkable parents are actually international spies and have disappeared in suspicious circumstances! The series from Aquarius Films is created by Justine Flynn (The Unlisted).

The PM’s Daughter is a political comedy-drama series co-created by Tristram Baumber, Catalina Parkes Pérez (Cat to her friends) is like any other teenager who wants to fight the powers that be. There’s just one complication: her mother is the Prime Minister of Australia. The series is produced by Fremantle.

Both are working titles and will go into production this year, joining ABC ME’s MaveriX, Itch Season 2 and Hardball Season 2.

ABC Head of Children’s Production Libbie Doherty says “Strap in for a very exciting ride on ABC ME. We are turning up the heat with big E for Entertainment – new and returning series purpose fit for iview and the streaming landscape. Audiences will be thrilled with the return of much-loved favourites Hardball S2 and Itch S2 and wonderful new comedy series Parent Up and The PM’s Daughter.”

Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia said, “We were incredibly impressed by these live-action childrens’ dramas, with clever scripts and distinctly Australian stories that reflect our multicultural society on screen. Whether it’s delving into the world of leading a country in PM’s Daughter or exploring a mysterious spy underworld in Sydney in Parent Up, these are two fun, high stakes series that I’m sure will entertain and inspire young viewers.”

Parent Up Production Credit: An Aquarius Films production in association with Buster Productions for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW and Cutting Edge and financed with support from ABC Commercial. Directors: Nick Verso, Chase Lee, Hyun Lee, Darlene Johnson, Neil Sharma and Justine Flynn. Producers: Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford. Creator/Executive Producer: Justine Flynn. Series Producer: Naomi Just. ABC Executive Producer: Mary-Ellen Mullane. International Distributor: ABC Commercial.

The PM’s Daughter Production Credit: A Fremantle Australia production for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW and financed with support from Fremantle International and the ACTF. Directors: Julietta Boscolo, Erin White, Alana Hicks. Producer: Alice Willison. Co-Producer: Kieran Hoyle. Creators: Tristram Baumber, Matthew Allred. Executive Producers: Chris Oliver-Taylor, Tristram Baumber. ABC Executive Producer: Mary-Ellen Mullane.

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Ray Donovan movie in the pipeline https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/ray-donovan-movie-in-the-pipeline.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/ray-donovan-movie-in-the-pipeline.html#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:20:46 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411386

Ray Donovan is getting a feature length film with star Liev Schreiber -but it isn’t clear where this one may screen.

Jon Voight (Mickey) and Kerris Dorsey (Bridget) also returning to the project.

The film picks up where Season 7 left off, with Mickey (Voight) in the wind and Ray determined to find and stop him before he can cause any more carnage. It will also weave together the present-day fallout from the Donovan / Sullivan feud with Ray and Mickey’s origin story from 30 years ago. Production on the film is tentatively scheduled to begin later this year in New York.

Liev Schreiber is co-writing the script with showrunner David Hollander, with Hollander also directing.

“When Ray Donovan went off our air after seven great seasons, we heard from so many of its loyal fans that they were not ready to say goodbye to Ray and the wonderfully dysfunctional Donovan clan,” said Gary Levine, co-president of Entertainment for Showtime. “And so, for them, we are delighted that Liev and David are creating a thrilling new chapter of this iconic series.”

Ray Donovan wrapped after 82 episodes in early 2020.

Last February Schreiber said, “It seems like your voices have been heard. Too soon to say how or when, but with a little luck and your ongoing support, there will be more Ray Donovan.”

Showrunner David Hollander had said of the cancellation, “We’re still scratching our heads. We had no indicator that the show was ending. We were behaving creatively as though we were in mid-sentence. And so, there was no sense that this was going to be a completion. This was in no way a series finale.”

The new film is set for Showtime in the US, which could mean the film may head to Paramount+ in Australia given it is a separate project to the series output deal, previously held by Foxtel.

Source: Variety

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Back Roads: Feb 25 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/back-roads-feb-25.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/back-roads-feb-25.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:30:35 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411315

Back Roads detours to a “Best of” episode this week around the theme of Conquering Isolation.

No doubt it was difficult to make a travel show when border restrictions have been so inhibiting.

This time, presenter Heather Ewart takes a wild ride through the outback, from South Australia’s legendary Oodnadatta Track to the sweeping open plains of western Queensland and the Northern Territory’s harsh Tanami desert.

In this remote country people can live hundreds of kilometres away from a supermarket, even a roadhouse. To make isolation work you need resilience, a sense of humour and, as Heather discovered, you’ve got to be a bit creative too.

In this special episode, Heather brings together the inspiring characters she’s had the privilege to meet on the back roads and shares their latest news.

One of the highlights is a road trip a few years back with a much-loved hero of the Queensland bush, old- fashioned greengrocer Fari Rameshfar. For 30 years, Fari had steered his trusty truck through floods, droughts and cyclones to bring fresh food and supplies to far flung communities. Heather joined him on his run to the Lynd Junction roadhouse, 400 kms inland from Cairns.

8pm Thursday on ABC.

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Frasier revival for Paramount+ https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/frasier-revival-for-paramount.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/frasier-revival-for-paramount.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:30:08 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411383

It’s official.

Frasier is getting a revival through Paramount+.

Kelsey Grammer will return in the title role but so far David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin are yet to be attached, while John Mahoney died in 2018 (plus assorted pooches).

Cast last ‘reunited’ during a lockdown video chat last April.

“Having spent over 20 years of my creative life on the Paramount lot, both producing shows and performing in several, I’d like to congratulate Paramount+ on its entry into the streaming world,” said Grammer. “I gleefully anticipate sharing the next chapter in the continuing journey of Dr. Frasier Crane.”

Grammer will executive produce while Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli will serve as writers and executive producers, with Grammnet Productions’ Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon also executive producing.

Frasier is one of the most acclaimed comedies in modern television history and truly defines premium storytelling,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios. “There has long been a call from fans for its return, and that call is now answered thanks to the amazing Kelsey Grammer reprising his iconic role of Dr. Frasier Crane and a brilliant creative plan from Joe, Chris and Kelsey. We can’t wait to reveal its next chapter on Paramount +.”

Frasier remains one of the most successful US sitcoms of all time, having won 37 Emmy Awards over 11 seasons and 264 episodes.

Paramount+ will launch mid year in Australia.

Source: Variety

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567,000 enter 10’s Cube https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/567000-enter-10s-cube.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/567000-enter-10s-cube.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:56:00 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411376

The Cube kicked off for 10 last night with 567,000 tuning in, third in its slot but second in the demos.

10 cites this as its biggest game show launch since 2014. On social media Andy Lee was well received as host, although there was some commentary around the show’s pacing and number of commercial breaks.

Married at First Sight still won the slot at 891,000 then Hard Quiz 584,000. Meanwhile 7:30 drew 536,000 while Ambulance: Code Red (255,000) and Britain’s Historic Towns (235,000) trailed.

Later The Weekly with Charlie Pickering drew 474,000 then The Equalizer (352,000) and Aftertaste (290,000).

Nine network won Wednesday with 33.1% then Seven 21.8%, 10 19.8%, ABC 16.6% and SBS 8.8%.

Nine News drew 858,000 / 857,000 for Nine while A Current Affair won its slot at 676,000. Hot Seat was 397,000 / 231,000.

Seven News was #1 at 934,000 / 875,000. Home & Away was 489,000 then The Chase 478,000 / 301,000. The Bay ended at 202,000 / 171,000.

The Project drew 464,000 / 269,000 for 10. 10 News First (299,000 / 207,000) and Bull (218,000 / 184,000) followed.

ABC News (654,000) was best for ABC. The Drum was 146,000 and Why Are You Like This was 136,000. Adam Hills: The Last Leg managed 115,000.

On SBS it was Michael Palin: Travels of a Lifetime (205,000), SBS World News (154,000 / 153,000), Vikings (127,000) and Mastermind (63,000).

NCIS topped multichannels at 160,000.

Sunrise: 232,000
News  Breakfast: 115,000 / 86,000
Today: 191,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 24 February 2021

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Wednesday 24 February 2021 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/wednesday-24-february-2021.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/wednesday-24-february-2021.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:24:18 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411373 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Wednesday Deliverable: Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28 Channel Overnight Consolidated 7 Consolidated 28 24/02/2021 17/02/2021 27/01/2021 ABC TV 12.2% 13.3% 11.7% ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 2.0% 2.4% 3.9% ABC ME 0.4% 0.4% 0.3% ABC NEWS 2.0% 1.9% 2.0% ABC TV Network 16.6% 18.1% 17.9% Seven 14.3% 16.0% 12.4% 7TWO 3.1% 3.2% 3.5% 7mate 2.3% 2.3% 1.7% 7flix 2.0% 2.3% 1.6% Seven Network 21.8% 23.8% 19.2% Nine 24.7% 24.8% 19.6% 9GO! 2.6% 2.9% 2.8% 9Gem 2.6% 2.2% 3.3% 9Life 1.9% 1.9% 1.9% 9Rush 1.3% 1.4% 1.2% Nine Network 33.1% 33.2% 28.8% 10 11.8% 8.8% 17.7% 10 Bold 4.2% 3.6% 4.3% 10 Peach 3.1% 3.1% 2.7% 10 Shake 0.7% 0.7% 0.6% Network 10 19.8% 16.3% 25.3% SBS 5.8% 5.5% 5.5% SBS VICELAND 1.4% 1.5% 1.2% SBS Food 1.0% 0.7% 1.3% NITV 0.2% 0.3% 0.1% SBS World Movies 0.4% 0.7% 0.6% SBS Network 8.8% 8.7% 8.8%

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Wednesday
Date: 24/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 934,000 251,000 271,000 177,000 98,000 136,000
2 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -WED Nine 891,000 286,000 282,000 152,000 88,000 83,000
3 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 875,000 235,000 255,000 179,000 88,000 118,000
4 NINE NEWS Nine 858,000 249,000 278,000 165,000 91,000 74,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 857,000 233,000 296,000 179,000 82,000 67,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 676,000 203,000 216,000 142,000 60,000 56,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV ABC TV 654,000 158,000 212,000 105,000 84,000 96,000
8 HARD QUIZ S6-EV ABC TV 584,000 170,000 182,000 97,000 69,000 66,000
9 THE CUBE – LAUNCH Network 10 567,000 129,000 212,000 111,000 51,000 64,000
10 7.30-EV ABC TV 536,000 156,000 156,000 85,000 68,000 71,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 489,000 131,000 146,000 96,000 48,000 69,000
12 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 478,000 113,000 150,000 92,000 52,000 72,000
13 THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING-EV ABC TV 474,000 144,000 147,000 70,000 57,000 57,000
14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 464,000 109,000 171,000 97,000 37,000 49,000
15 HOT SEAT Nine 397,000 138,000 122,000 100,000 25,000 12,000
16 THE EQUALIZER Nine 352,000 111,000 117,000 62,000 37,000 24,000
17 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 301,000 70,000 93,000 50,000 35,000 53,000
18 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 299,000 84,000 83,000 59,000 20,000 54,000
19 AFTERTASTE-EV ABC TV 290,000 105,000 80,000 41,000 37,000 27,000
20 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network 10 269,000 61,000 90,000 71,000 19,000 29,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Wednesday
Date: 24/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 160,000 60,000 35,000 35,000 11,000 20,000
2 BLUEY-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 157,000 47,000 41,000 21,000 12,000 36,000
3 BLUEY-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 151,000 34,000 73,000 20,000 18,000 6,000
4 THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 148,000 38,000 30,000 38,000 10,000 31,000
5 KIRI AND LOU-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 144,000 46,000 30,000 24,000 8,000 34,000
6 BRAVE BUNNIES-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 143,000 48,000 30,000 21,000 9,000 34,000
7 PEPPA PIG-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 140,000 52,000 30,000 14,000 19,000 26,000
8 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 136,000 52,000 24,000 17,000 14,000 30,000
9 NCIS: LOS ANGELES RPT 10 Bold 131,000 37,000 25,000 34,000 15,000 19,000
10 NEIGHBOURS 10 Peach 122,000 26,000 43,000 20,000 20,000 12,000
11 NCIS: LOS ANGELES EP 2 RPT 10 Bold 121,000 38,000 30,000 26,000 14,000 13,000
12 PEPPA PIG-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 121,000 27,000 53,000 15,000 18,000 7,000
13 PETER RABBIT-PM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 115,000 49,000 28,000 11,000 14,000 14,000
14 ANDY’S SAFARI ADVENTURES-EV ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 112,000 27,000 25,000 25,000 10,000 25,000
15 KANGAROO BEACH-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 110,000 25,000 45,000 13,000 17,000 9,000
16 THE BIG BANG THEORY EP 3 RPT 10 Peach 108,000 38,000 19,000 13,000 19,000 19,000
17 INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM 9GO! 96,000 31,000 35,000 14,000 9,000 8,000
18 AS TIME GOES BY -EV TX1 9Gem 96,000 15,000 29,000 12,000 17,000 24,000
19 A TOUCH OF FROST-PM 7TWO 92,000 19,000 32,000 17,000 11,000 13,000
20 NODDY TOYLAND DETECTIVE-AM ABC Kids/ABC TV Plus 92,000 26,000 36,000 11,000 14,000 5,000

 

Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -WED Nine 439,000 133,000 143,000 80,000 42,000 41,000
2 THE CUBE – LAUNCH Network 10 254,000 55,000 99,000 55,000 24,000 21,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 251,000 68,000 89,000 53,000 19,000 22,000
4 NINE NEWS Nine 249,000 74,000 84,000 44,000 24,000 23,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 236,000 65,000 70,000 50,000 22,000 29,000

 

Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -WED Nine 399,000 123,000 130,000 69,000 40,000 37,000
2 THE CUBE – LAUNCH Network 10 223,000 49,000 89,000 47,000 20,000 19,000
3 NINE NEWS Nine 199,000 64,000 64,000 33,000 20,000 18,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 199,000 56,000 69,000 37,000 18,000 20,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 199,000 59,000 65,000 40,000 17,000 18,000

 

Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -WED Nine 232,000 79,000 72,000 36,000 25,000 21,000
2 THE CUBE – LAUNCH Network 10 128,000 27,000 54,000 28,000 8,000 12,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 115,000 31,000 46,000 20,000 9,000 10,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 104,000 22,000 47,000 19,000 6,000 10,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 98,000 29,000 32,000 17,000 13,000 8,000

 

Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Subscription Channels
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Day: Wednesday
Date: 24/02/2021
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 GOGGLEBOX AUSTRALIA Lifestyle Channel 149,000
2 THE BOLT REPORT Sky News Live 73,000
3 PAUL MURRAY LIVE Sky News Live 70,000
4 CREDLIN Sky News Live 68,000
5 ALAN JONES Sky News Live 66,000
6 LOVE IT OR LIST IT AUSTRALIA Lifestyle Channel 42,000
7 PML LATER Sky News Live 38,000
8 LIVE: IND V ENG 3RD TEST DAY 1 FOX CRICKET 36,000
9 THE KENNY REPORT Sky News Live 34,000
10 SANTIAGO OF THE SEAS Nick Jr. 32,000
11 ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Lifestyle Channel 27,000
12 NCIS FOX Crime 25,000
13 FIRST EDITION Sky News Live 25,000
14 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Lifestyle Channel 25,000
15 PARLIAMENT LIVE Sky News Live 24,000
16 AFTERNOON AGENDA Sky News Live 24,000
17 FRONTLINES History Channel 24,000
18 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Lifestyle Channel 24,000
19 AS TIME GOES BY FOX Classics 24,000
20 ABBY HATCHER Nick Jr. 24,000

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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“I feel like I’ve seen more babies getting born than any other human on the planet!” https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/i-feel-like-ive-seen-more-babies-getting-born-than-any-other-human-on-the-planet.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/i-feel-like-ive-seen-more-babies-getting-born-than-any-other-human-on-the-planet.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:58:38 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411333

In her research preparing for her Amazing Grace role as a midwife, actor Kate Jenkinson, watched a lot of TV.

But it wasn’t Call the Midwife, Love Child nor Offspring.

Instead it was factual series One Born Every Minute.

“I watched a lot of that show as part of my research,” she tells TV Tonight. “Other than professional midwives, I feel like I’ve seen more babies getting born than any other human on the planet!

“But I can understand why people continue to, and will continue to, write stories, incorporating birth & motherhood. It’s the most important relationship that you will ever have …between you and your parents, and especially the woman that grew you inside her.”

Jenkinson plays Grace Cresswell who runs an unconventional Birth Centre attached to a major hospital. A fierce advocate for her pregnant mothers-to-be, her dubious work / life balance is about to get even more chaotic when a new arrival at the Birth Centre changes her life forever.

“At the heart of the show is what a lot of wonderful dramas are about”

“At the heart of the show is what a lot of wonderful dramas are about: a wonderfully dysfunctional family. In the case of this story, it’s about Grace, her biological mother Diane (Sigrid Thornton), her biological daughter Sophia (Alexandra Jensen), and her biological granddaughter Edie.

“We are so very connected by blood and relation but we are so completely disconnected in ‘real life.’”

The cast also features Alex Dimitriades, Ben O’Toole, Catherine Văn-Davies, Kat Hoyos, Ben Mingay and Luke Ford.

For Jenkinson, whose credits include Wentworth, Doctor Doctor, Super Fun Night and The Ex-PM, the series also marks the first time she has the title role.

“It’s really weird, because from the inside, and certainly everyday filming it, it never really feels like I’m at the head of the triangle.

“I just feel like I’m one part of a very large ensemble and we’re all making it together”

“I just feel like I’m one part of a very large ensemble and we’re all making it together. I certainly don’t feel like I’m more important than anyone else. But certainly in in terms of workload, it’s been a different kettle of fish for me.”

The Playmaker drama is written by Jonathan Gavin, Sarah Smith, Ainslie Clouston with directors Shawn Seet, Lucy Gaffy & Sian Davies.

Given the flux of baby-related dramas that precede Amazing Grace, how does the Nine show differ?

“It’s as different as it is similar. But I don’t think that what made shows like Call the Midwife, Offspring, Love Child wonderful was the delivering of babies.

“I think what made those shows wonderful and what makes this show wonderful, is the incredible relationships and the dynamic between the characters. It’s the beautiful, big extended dysfunctional family that we meet in Amazing Grace. That’s really where the heart of the drama is. In that respect, it’s kind of similar to so many stories.

“It can be the best day of someone’s life, it can also be the worst day of someone’s life”

“But there is just something incredibly intoxicating, and instantly dramatic about babies being born. It’s the most important day of so many people’s lives: the parents, the baby. Just as easily as it can be the best day of someone’s life, it can also be the worst day of someone’s life.

“People’s lives can hang in the balance and the propensity for things to go wrong is high. It’s a good recipe for drama so I can understand on that level, why so many stories have been created with that as a backdrop.

“It’s about the four generations of women who gave birth to each other and through life have become distanced from each other. But the way that they come crashing together is the point of interest in this show.

“How we navigate relationships with one another is a very, very tricky dynamic. I think it’s something that hopefully we will get to explore for many seasons to come.”

Amazing Grace premieres 9pm Wednesday on Nine.

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Smoke, mirrors & SBS Drama https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/smoke-mirrors-sbs-drama.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/smoke-mirrors-sbs-drama.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:52:38 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411363

SBS doesn’t get to make a lot of local drama each year, due to limited budgets, but it believes there is more benefit to the broadcaster for limited series instead of a returning drama.

Last week at Screen Forever Marshall Heald, SBS Director of TV and Online Content, explained, “So far, we’ve been doing, typically in an ordinary year, maybe three, four-parters, non-returnables.

“I think we’re at a point now with a slate where the amount of international investment has grown. We could potentially get some of those to six-parters. But that means there’s really only 18 hours a year at a max.

“Our local slate is much more of a punctuation point for us. We nest those shows within acquired drama titles, whether it’s Vikings, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Good Fight or Zero Zero Zero.”

Heald says having a varied drama slate helps build a reputation for SBS Drama.

“We don’t do returnables because you get diminishing returns from a reputational perspective. With us, to be frank, there’s a certain degree of smoke and mirrors. If you can produce three new series every year, then the reputational benefit you get is greater than getting into the world of returnables,” he continued.

“Of course, you want returnables because you can grow brands and get audience. So given the resources we have, there are some trade-offs we have to make.

“But equally making three new shows every year allows you to explore new issues, new communities, new worlds. So that’s kind of fun as well.”

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Bill Woods returns in Ultimate Tag https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/bill-woods-returns-in-ultimate-tag.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/bill-woods-returns-in-ultimate-tag.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:50:19 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411367

Former 10 News presenter Bill Woods makes his return to primetime television next month as part of Seven’s new Ultimate Tag series.

Woods finished at 10 in 2012 after 23 years with the network, but has made appearances on SportsFan Clubhouse and Shannons Legends of Motorsport both on 7mate.

On Ultimate Tag he is commentator, joining hosts Matt Shirvington & Abby Gelmi. “woodsy’ says he is impressed with the athleticism of the shows Pro Taggers and Players.

“The pros, while coming from a variety of backgrounds from parkour to stunts, needed broad capability to cope with all kinds of opponents. Some had skills which they used to spectacular effect – Eagle’s remarkable leg and wingspan, for example – but their all-round athleticism is a real feature of the series. They even look great standing still,” he said.

“What surprised me was the kind of athlete signing up to take them on. I expected a lot of gym junkies and fitness freaks, but there were so many high achievers from just about any sport you could think of, from the AFLW to the Olympics to dancing! Even those who didn’t have ‘elite’ chops were all-rounders who clearly could have made it in a chosen sport if they put their minds to it.”

Ultimate Tag starts soon on Seven.

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MasterChef Australia 2021: promo https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/masterchef-australia-2021-promo.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/masterchef-australia-2021-promo.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:45:43 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411336

10 has released its first glimpse of MasterChef Australia contestants in two tasty new promos.

Boldly announcing “Best Cooks Ever. Best Food Ever,” it certainly looks tempting.

The series is due after Easter.

MasterChef Australia judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen are back in the MasterChef kitchen, ready to introduce the next generation of exceptional home cooks.

Sacrificing everything to follow their food dreams, this season’s passionate contestants have put their lives on hold to be part of this life-changing experience.

MasterChef Australia is world-renowned for transforming the country’s most inspiring home cooks into treasured household names.

With heart, soul and drive, this season’s exceptional contestants will follow their food dreams and make magic happen.

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Q+A: Feb 25 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/qa-feb-25-2.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/qa-feb-25-2.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:44:30 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411354

On the eve of the final report of a Royal Commission this week Q+A turns the spotlight onto Aged Care.

Joining Hamish Macdonald on the panel:

Katie Allen, Liberal Member for Higgins
Clare O’Neil, Shadow Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services
Mike Baird, CEO of HammondCare and Former NSW Premier
Jane Halton, Health expert and former head of Australia’s Finance Department
Joseph Ibrahim, Professor at the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

8:30pm tonight on ABC

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Paul Murray Live: Feb 25 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/paul-murray-live-feb-25.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/paul-murray-live-feb-25.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:40:51 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411360

Following two successful years on the road, Paul Murray Live resumes its Our Town visits for 2021 with a broadcast from Mudgee, NSW.

Murray will hear from the local community and find out how the rest of Australia can get behind the town and help local wool producers, farmers, wine exporters and other businesses bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.

Kate Ceberano will also perform.

Paul Murray said: “I am excited to be heading to Mudgee, the first cab off the rank in this bumper season of Our Town. Mudgee is not just visually stunning but plays a big part in our Australian wine, produce and wool industries. There is a lot to discuss on the topic of trade and exports and I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck into it.”

Paul Whittaker, Sky News Chief Executive said: “We are proud to bring Paul Murray Live Our Town to the regions again in 2021 and welcome back our longstanding commercial partners Harvey Norman and Sony Music for the third instalment of this series. There is not a program out there that is as committed to providing a platform for regional Australians to present their local spirit to the rest of the nation, and I don’t know a bigger advocate for regional Australia than Paul Murray.”

The special episode will also take a look at one of the town’s historic properties and testament to the thriving local thoroughbred industry, Gooree Park. A world class thoroughbred horse stud and the largest vineyard in the district, this property is nestled in the picturesque rolling hills of Mudgee. Gooree Park grows a variety of red and white wines, as well as overseeing the breeding and pre-training of the next generation of thoroughbred champions.

Since 2019 the Paul Murray Live Our Town tour has visited more than 14 regional towns across the country, last year visiting Batemans Bay, Darwin, Albury, Gold Coast, Goulburn and Murray Bridge.

9pm Thursday on SKY News.

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Superman & Lois https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/superman-lois-2.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/superman-lois-2.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:00:42 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411347

The Man of Steel & comic books’ most famous journalist face one of their greatest challenges. 8:30pm Thursday on FOX8.

  • Bondi Rescue
  • Q&A
  • Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Murder For Hire
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Returning: Balthazar https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-balthazar.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/returning-balthazar.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:40:19 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411237

In March Acorn TV screens the second series of France’s top-rated procedural Balthazar starring Tomer Sisley (Philharmonia, Messiah).

This follows a suave forensic pathologist who makes the dead “speak” to help solve Paris’ most disturbing crimes.

Compared favourably to such shows as Castle, The Mentalist and Bones, this acclaimed series was one of the 10 highest-rated dramas in France in 2018. Popular actor, director and comic Tomer Sisley (Messiah, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch) stars as Raphaël Balthazar, a handsome, intelligent and quick-witted forensic pathologist in Paris. Working on the investigations of violent murders, Balthazar can make the dead “speak” like no one else, but he is also irreverent, mischievous and lives his life in firm defiance of norms and conventions. This presents a major challenge for new, no-nonsense police commander HeìleÌne Bach (HeìleÌne de Fougerolles, Le Secret d’Elise, VA Savoir), who must collaborate with him on these complicated cases.

On the job, Balthazar is confident; his conclusions about the victims, their lifestyles and their deaths often accurately fill in gaps and, drawing from his top-notch skills and the latest technology, he helps uncover evidence that police missed on the crime scene. He becomes so personally invested in the victims’ back stories that he speaks with them while conducting their autopsies at the morgue and they interact in return. Balthazar is openly flirtatious with Bach, yet he is vulnerable at home where he still mourns – and draws comfort from intimate imagined conversations with – his late wife, Lise (Pauline Cheviller, Le Secret d’Elise), who was murdered 13 years earlier. Balthazar is now greatly conflicted over whether the man locked up for Lise’s murder was actually the perpetrator. Thanks to new clues, he is in hot pursuit to learn the true identity of her killer.

Monday, 1 March on Acorn TV.

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2021: performers https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/sydney-gay-lesbian-mardi-gras-2021-performers.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/sydney-gay-lesbian-mardi-gras-2021-performers.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 06:00:38 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411322

UK singer Rita Ora, electronic duo Electric Fields, Eurovision entrant Montaigne and indie pop act G Flip are all set to perform at the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on SBS.

Joel Creasey, Narelda Jacobs, Zoë Coombs Marr and Courtney Act all return to host this year’s coverage.

As the official broadcast partner, SBS is proud to bring to life the colour and magic from the event’s temporary new home, the Sydney Cricket Ground, which will be transformed into a sparkling showcase of LGBTQI+ culture and community.

The international chart-topper behind hit tracks Anywhere and the new release Big will light up the SCG with her performance along with other acts on the night including soulful electronic duo Electric Fields, ARIA Award-winning art-pop songwriter Montaigne and indie pop darling G Flip.

A very special Welcome to Country curated by Ben Graetz will be performed at the start of the show featuring John Leha, singer/songwriter Scott Hunter, plus Koomurri dancers, NAISDA dancers and Buuja Butterfly dancers.

The Dykes on Bikes will then take to the stadium on their hogs to perform a lap, heralding the start of the glittering Parade, led with the First Nations and 78ers floats.

For those that can’t join the action at the SCG, SBS is the place to be bringing the coverage to audiences across Australia and around the world, live and free from 6pm AEDT on SBS On Demand (geo-block removed for viewers internationally), or tune in for the full parade on SBS and NITV at 7:30pm.

The SBS coverage will also sparkle across the country, from regional outback areas to coastal towns and inner-city hubs with Mardi Gras parade viewing events taking place in venues across Australia.

SBS’s broadcast of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is produced by Blink TV.

Live 6pm AEDT Saturday 6 March on SBS On Demand,
Full parade at 7:30pm on SBS and NITV.

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“The Queen’s Gambit is not about chess.” https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-queens-gambit-is-not-about-chess.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/the-queens-gambit-is-not-about-chess.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 05:15:25 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411241

Executive Producer of The Queen’s Gambit, William Horberg was in conversation with film critic Luke Buckmaster last week as part of the Screen Forever conference.

Amongst the questions he was asked, “How do you make chess come alive on screen?”

“Well, I am going to push back and say, I don’t think it is really about chess,” Horberg said.

“It is about this character, a very, very unique character, Beth Harmon that Walter Tevis created. She is a genius, she is a nerd, she is sexy, she is a killer, she is shy. She was just so fascinating and embodied so many contradictions.

“There is also the underdog sports narrative that is part of the story, of the girl growing up and winning the world championship.

“I think what really made this something that connected to audiences all over the world was the emotional journey of Beth as an orphan, someone who came from such a dark place in terms of her childhood. And who overcame a lot of obstacles in terms of her own concern about her sanity, her own loneliness, her own battle with her demons and addictions.

“I think the limited series format is what really allowed us to do a deep dive into the character and do not have this produced sports movie.

“A lot of work went into making the chess cinematic – the visuals varied and exciting. We were just so terrified about how the heck we would do this.”

He elaborated on how the games were visualised into the narrative.

“A lot of work went into thinking about the chess games, really starting with the script. You know, Scott knew that he would have to find a way to make the emotional stakes, not just about watching people move the pieces around the board,” he said.

“It was about the context of each scene, where she was out in her life and what she wanted, what she needed. So, there were probably a lot more matches in the novel. We pick the ones that we felt had to be a part of, looking at it from a point of view of her character’s dramatic arc.

“With that in mind, once it came to making the show, we spent a lot of time with chess consultants. We really wanted to get every aspect of that authentic. Not that the chess audience was going to be the biggest audience in the world, but we knew we had to pass the smell test with those people. We wanted to show them how much we respected the game in terms of the care that went in.

“We wanted to show that that was important to us. We had Gary Karpov, one of the greatest chess players in history. He was reading the scripts and talking to Scott. And we had him and Bruce Pandolfini helping us design the matches to help us service the story. Scott is a storyteller.

“The pieces on the ceiling is something that is in the novel but how that is going to look and how to do that and how to realise that as an organic element of the show was a long, long process of trial and error. We had a fantastic visual effects supervisor, John Mangia on the show.

“It was one of the last things to lock in deep in postproduction. There was just so many elements to get it right. How big are they, how dense are they, how transparent are they, how is it lit, how is the camera moving? The film, the relationship between the character and the board? How do those pieces move? What sound do they make?

“There was just an infinite level of very specific choices. And it was a little bit like a soufflé, Luke. It is getting really close – ‘No, it looks a little bit too Harry Potter, it looks a little bit cheesy.'”

The Queen’s Gambit screens on Netflix.

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How 10 staff convinced execs to make The Bachelor https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/how-10-staff-convinced-execs-to-make-the-bachelor.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/how-10-staff-convinced-execs-to-make-the-bachelor.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 04:30:32 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411329

10 may well owe its success with The Bachelor to some its female staff, many of whom were hooked on the international series.

As fans of the show, they convinced network bosses to pick up the rights for an Australian series, now approaching its 9th season.

Speaking at Screen Forever last week, Stephen Tate Head of Entertainment and Factual Programs, Network 10 said, “Bachelor had sort of languished for many years. Nobody really thought that Australia would like it and it was actually some of the female staff here at 10, who came to me and said, ‘You really need to be making The Bachelor because we’re completely invested in the various versions around the world.’ I thought ‘there’ something in this.'”

Tate also spoke about 10’s revival of Australian Survivor after one season struggled on Nine.

“In a way, Survivor was the same. It had been tried unsuccessfully, twice. The first time it was tried in Australia, the network had a gun to their head. They basically were told in order to have the (US series), they had to make the show,” he continued.

“I know many of the people that were on that foundation series. It had all sorts of difficulties because the network didn’t really want to make it. When we decided to do Survivor, we knew there were at least 600,000 superfans in the Australian market. If we were going to do it, we had to do it properly. Otherwise, they would turn on it immediately.

“So the first few seasons were very much a loss-leader for us financially, we absolutely over-invested. But the production company put every single dollar on the screen. And that’s that’s why it’s still on air.”

The Masked Singer has been another success story on which Tate gambled.

“When we first saw it, we went, ‘This is insane. It’ll never work!’ And then lo and behold, it actually did end up working in another English-speaking market. So we had to sit up straight. With Idol in my DNA, I was actually very excited to be making music television again, as bonkers as it.

“We were lucky enough to be the successful bidder and we’ve had great success with it.”

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Foxtel appoints new head of Communications https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/foxtel-appoints-new-head-of-communications.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/foxtel-appoints-new-head-of-communications.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 03:40:47 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411264

Foxtel has appointed Jacqui Abbott to the newly titled role of Group Director, Content Communications, responsible for the publicity and events team across Foxtel, Fox Sports, Kayo and Binge.

Hilary Perchard, who joined as Chief Customer, Marketing and Revenue Officer in January, said, “The new title reflects that the way people are learning about and engaging with our content is changing, and publicity has new opportunities to collaborate and innovate as part of the way we go to market.”

Abbott joins from Ogilvy PR marketing agency Pulse,  where she was Managing Director. She has spent the past six years leading the agency with a team of more than 30 and has represented major consumer brands including Netflix, Tourism Australia, Xbox, Microsoft, Audible, Coca-Cola, eBay, KFC and IKEA.

She originally joined the agency in early 2015 to lead the Netflix account, and was previously head of public affairs and social media at Virgin Australia and before that at Optus.

The role also encompasses the Foxtel magazine and Insiders digital content platform.

Paul Edwards has been leading the team in recent months, following the departure of Jamie Campbell.

Abbott begins at Foxtel on Monday, March 29.

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Report: Seven may get $5m discount from Cricket Australia https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/report-seven-may-get-5m-discount-from-cricket-australia.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/report-seven-may-get-5m-discount-from-cricket-australia.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 03:05:46 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411273

After months of haggling over rights, the tussle between Seven and Cricket Australia appears to be nearing an outcome.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports an independent arbitrator found Seven is entitled to only a $5m discount to its rights fee this season -well short of the $70 million reduction it sought in its annual $82 million cash and contra deal.

That figure will rise to $8.3 million if the Test against Afghanistan, initially scheduled for this season but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is not played next summer.

A final determination is due to be delivered next week by Venture Consulting chief executive Justin Jameson, the man agreed by the warring parties to provide an independent ruling.

The draft determination figure stands to be a massive win for CA, which had offered its free-to-air TV partner a 20 per cent discount for this summer, which amounted to about $15 million, split over what had been the four seasons remaining on the term. This was rejected by Seven.

The two parties are also in a fight at the Federal Court, resuming on March 15. The network has said it is prepared to walk away if it does not get its way either through mediation and / or through the Federal Court.

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Kurt Fearnley’s One Plus One: Feb 25 https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/kurt-fearnleys-one-plus-one-feb-25.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/kurt-fearnleys-one-plus-one-feb-25.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 02:15:15 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411181

Kurt Fearnley’s One Plus One returns to ABC on Thursday, with an interview with mining engineer, athlete, motivational speaker Turia Pitt.

A decade ago Turia Pitt was running an ultramarathon when a grassfire caused burns to 65% of her body. Doctors weren’t sure she’d survive, but she encapsulates what it means to have grit and determination.

9:35pm Thursday on ABC.

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City on a Hill: trailer https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/city-on-a-hill-trailer-2.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/city-on-a-hill-trailer-2.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 01:30:26 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411281

A new trailer has dropped for Season two of crime drama City On A Hill.

Starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, this will premiere in March same day as the US, on Stan.

Season two centres on a federal housing project in the Roxbury neighbourhood of Boston that is plagued with drug violence and a rightful distrust in local law enforcement. As coalition leader Grace Campbell (Pernell Walker) works tirelessly on behalf of the community, her efforts are undermined by gang activity happening right under her nose. Enter irreverent FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Bacon), who is here to exploit Boston’s defective criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career. Unfortunately for Jackie, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) is onto his adversary’s latest misstep. In time, the personal antagonism between these two escalates to an all-out war between the offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Suffolk DA. No one is safe from the collateral damage.

Season two also stars Lauren E. Banks, Mark O’Brien, Amanda Clayton, Matthew Del Negro and Jill Hennessy with guest stars Pernell Walker, Lucia Ryan, Kameron Kierce, Shannon Wallace, John Doman, and Michael O’Keefe.

City On A Hill is executive produced by multiple Emmy winner Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street), who also serves as showrunner. In addition, City On A Hill is executive produced by Jennifer Todd, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jorge Zamacona Barry Levinson, Chuck MacLean and Michael Cuesta. Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge and Michele Giordano serve as co-executive producers.

Monday 29 March on Stan.

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Nine posts $182m profit, set to return $2m JobKeeper. https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/nine-posts-182m-profit-set-to-return-2m-jobkeeper.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/nine-posts-182m-profit-set-to-return-2m-jobkeeper.html#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:50:44 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411305

Nine has pledged to return Nine’s $2m JobKeeper allowance for its wholly-owned businesses, to the Federal Government as it reports a net profit of $182m for the six months to December 2020.

Nine reported a 42% increase on last year in EBITDA of $355 million and a total revenue of $1.16 billion for the December half year.

CEO Hugh Marks delivered his final results today ahead of his departure, expected by mid year.

“Our business has performed incredibly well through this period of heightened volatility, and has come out the other side in a very strong operating position,” he said. “We acted swiftly when circumstances changed, whilst continuing to embrace opportunity and remain true to our vision – of building Australia’s leading cross-platform media business. In these latest six months, the combined contribution from Stan and 9Now, and the digital components of Domain and Publishing grew by 53% to more than $140m, and, notwithstanding the strong recovery in earnings from our traditional markets, equated to 41% of our total EBITDA.

“From an advertising perspective, this latest half year was a tale of two quarters. The advertising market clearly turned in late September, earlier and more sharply than we had anticipated, and this was led by Television, both Free To Air and BVOD. The brand-building strength of these segments underpinned clear growth in market share overall for the Television industry, that has continued into the first quarter of 2021. Nine’s consistently strong audience performance, across all of our platforms, means we are well positioned to benefit from this improvement in the ad cycle.

“The lessons we have learned from COVID are clear. Our focus on strict cost efficiency at our traditional media assets delivered the profitability we were targeting. And continued investment in our digital businesses is delivering strong digital profit growth. Together, enabling us to continue to migrate the business to a more flexible, digital-base.”

“Moreover, the accelerated growth in businesses like Stan and 9Now, as well as our digital publishing mastheads, has enabled us to bring forward our longer term plans. And importantly has enhanced our competitive position across all segments. This will enable us to continue to invest in our audiences to ensure continued growth into the future.

“I’ve had a great five years at Nine, and am confident that I am handing over the reins at the perfect time – of a business which is clearly firing on all cylinders, but that has plenty of scope to accelerate its profitability in the coming few years.”

Broadcast

Nine’s Broadcast division comprises Nine Network (FTA), 9Now as well as Nine Radio. Together, Broadcast reported EBITDA of $207m on revenues of $622m for the half. Nine Network reported a revenue decline of 2%, or $8m for the half. After a September quarter decline of 14.3%1 , the Metro Free To Air ad market grew by 16.6%1 in the December quarter, combining for growth of 0.6% across the half. Nine’s Metro FTA revenue share of 38.6%1was broadly flat on pcp. For Ratings Season 2020, Nine was the #1 Network and Primary Channel in all key demographics. Nine attracted a commercial network share of 37.5%2 of the 25-54 demographic, 4.7 points ahead of its nearest competitor. On a primary channel basis, Nine’s share of the 25-54s was 38.3%2 , and 6.1 share points ahead of its nearest competitor. In the December half, Nine also won all of the key demographics.

FTA costs declined by 16%, or ~$70m. There were both cyclical and structural elements to the cost decline, which was partially offset by a close to $10m increase in revenue-related costs, given the stronger market.

For the half, FTA EBITDA increased by 55%, to $171m, with the associated margin of almost 33% being the highest achieved since Nine listed in 2013.

The BVOD market grew by 44% for the half to $123m3, with both quarters showing clear growth (+41% in Q1 and 48% in Q2). 9Now recorded revenue growth of 30%, equating to share of ~45%.

Nine’s investment in incremental content helped to broaden usage, with Daily Active Users up 8% across the period, notwithstanding the absence of Love Island (which contributed as much as half the VOD minutes in the months it played). Live and VOD minutes streamed increased by 24% across the half on pcp. Overall, 9Now increased its EBITDA contribution by 22% to $33m.

Stan

During the half, Stan consolidated on the subscriber gains of FY20, with the strong summer period resulting in current active subscribers of 2.3m. Across the half, Stan sourced content from 18 different distributors. Particularly popular were Sky Original Gangs of London, the Bryan Cranston series Your Honour (CBS Showtime), the reboot of Saved By The Bell (NBC Universal), the hit new UK drama series It’s a Sin (All3 Media), Clarice (MGM) and Stan Originals A Sunburnt Christmas and more recently Bump, which was released on January 1 and has quickly become Stan’s most successful show of all time. Across the half, total streams increased by almost 20%.

The higher subscriber base going into this half, coupled with the September price increase (premium plan subscribers from $17 to $19) underpinned the reported 28% growth in revenues. Costs increased by 10% (split fairly equally by content and marketing), resulting in an EBITDA more than doubling to $37m.

The strong subscriber growth of the past 12 months has enabled Stan to expedite previous growth ambitions. During the half, Stan announced a long-term content deal with NBCU, the launch of Stan Sports as well as an increased commitment to Stan Originals. Already, Stan has a strong market position and significant EBITDA and cash profitability. There remains substantial upside in both subscribers and profitability for Stan on a longer-term basis.

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Romulus https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/romulus.html https://tvtonight.com.au/2021/02/romulus.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:14:29 +0000 http://tvtonight.com.au/?p=411151 The tale of the founding of Rome, filmed entirely in archaic Latin. 10:15pm Wednesday on SBS.

  • The Cube
  • The Equalizer
  • Aftertaste
  • Gogglebox
  • Wellington Paranormal

 

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