• The Orville

    If ever a show needed to be either more funny or more serious, it is The Orville, Seth MacFarlane’s big-budget homage to Star Trek and all who followed in her jetstream.
    This one hour series is long overdue on Australian screens (it premiered in the US a year ago) but sadly the wait isn’t really worth the while. There are just too few laughs in this uneven first episode with MacFarlane as creator, writer and leading man seemingly on a boys’ own adventure to go where only
  • What I’ve Been Watching: David Campbell

    Today Extra‘s co-host David Campbell is a fan of Ozark, Luke Cage and Arrested Development.
    Here’s what else makes his watch list:
    1. What shows are on your must-see TV list lately?I have so much backed up at the moment. Obviously Today Extra is up there. However I just started Ozark after Sonia kept harassing me and it’s brilliant. Lisa and I loved Who is America on Stan. We are also addicted to The Block this season. Then I am all superheroes. So I am finishin
  • Nine leads primary channels, Seven wins ratings week.

    Another week, another win to Seven thanks largely to AFL finals.
    Nine was again winning the week, on the back of The Block up until Friday. But Seven’s two big shares on Friday and Saturday -at 42% and 39% respectively- brought it home once more.
    Nine managed to stay in front on primary shares and demos.  Elsewhere TEN & SBS were up, while ABC was down.
    Network:Seven: 31.4Nine: 28.5TEN: 17.4ABC: 15.7SBS: 7.0
    Primary channel:Nine: 20.8Seven: 20.6TEN: 12.3ABC: 10.8SBS: 4.9
  • Vale: Peter Donat

    Actor Peter Donat, best known for The X-Files, has died aged 90.
    He died at his home in California last Monday following complications with diabetes.
    The Canadian-born actor had a recurring role as Agent Fox Mulder’s father on the sci-fi series.
    On social media David Duchovny said, “Peter had an easy gravitas as a performer and seemed to come from that generation that took the art seriously but not too seriously. It was an honour to know him and work with him.”
    He also guest s
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  • Airdate: Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy

    Seven will soon screen Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy, described as “Australia’s biggest feature documentary of all time”  just days after Barnsey performs at the AFL Grand Final.
    The doco directed by Mark Joffe and produced by CJZ has broken box office records in documentary and comes to television just 6 weeks later, due to an early interest in the project by Seven.
    Screening on Monday October 1, Seven is yet to reveal a timeslot.
    Based on the best-selling book and now
  • The Feed: Sept 17 – Oct 4.

    The Feed is the only news & current affairs show I can think of that maps out so far in advance its highlights.
    Here’s what is coming up:
    Mon Sept 17: Tonight: long before ‘adulterated’ Aussie honey was front-page news, one beekeeper blew the whistle. Big honey firm Capilano sued him. Now he’s crowdfunding his defence.
    Tues Sept 18: Tonight: the best way to give birth. The NSW government wants 80% of births to be ‘normal’. But critics say that leads to tr
  • Bumped: Bancroft

    Seven has pushed Bancroft to a later 9:40 start tonight with Crime Investigation Australia in at 8:30pm.
    These are the concluding 2 episodes of the UK series. Last week it drew 341,000 / 257,000 viewers.
    I enjoyed the series but it does descend into a bit of silliness tonight.
    The Investigator moves to 11:40pm.
  • Airdate: Movie: Hold the Dark

    Netflix thriller Hold the Dark stars Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright and screens next week.
    Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone (Riley Keough), a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls.
    But when Medora’
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  • Weather reporter accused of exaggerating

    A weatherman firmly braces himself for Hurricane Florence as two people walk behind him, appearing unaffected by the high winds https://t.co/QHxXcCp7Be pic.twitter.com/iwd1LvlNxJ
    — CNN (@CNN) September 15, 2018Social media users accused US Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel of exaggerating the impact of winds during a live report on Hurricane Florence.
    In a statement The Weather Channel said, “It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking
  • Saturday 15 September 2018

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  • A Very English Scandal

    What is it about British political scandals that invariably involves sex?
    A Very English Scandal is the dramatisation of one that envelops Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the Liberal Party from 1967 – 1976. Educated from a privileged upbringing, he was a fine orator and skilled violinist.
    Yet he harboured homosexual tendencies which, in the late 1960s were yet be decriminalised. Those activities were carried out furtively so as not to ruin his public persona.
    A Very English Scandal, based on the
  • The Cry: trailer

    The BBC have released a trailer for The Cry, its co-production with ABC.
    In this four-part psychological thriller Jenna Coleman & Ewen Leslie star young parents travelling from Scotland to Australia to visit family and fight for custody of the husband’s daughter against his Australian ex-wife. But when they arrive they face a tragedy that changes their lives and marriage.
    The series from writer Jacquelin Perske and director Glendyn Ivin also features Asher Keddie & Stell
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  • Ashleigh Cummins to star in US horror series

    Ashleigh Cummings (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Puberty Blues) will star alongside Zachary Quinto (Heroes, American Horror Story) in a new US horror series NOS4A2.
    The series, based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same title, sees Quinto play an immortal who sustains himself by feeding on the souls of children.
    His world will be threatened when a young, working-class artist (Cummings) discovers she has a dangerous gift: a supernatural ability to track him.
    “As a huge fan of Joe
  • Bruce Gordon increases stake ahead of Nine / Fairfax merger

    WIN Corporation owner Bruce Gordon has upped his grip on Nine at just on 25%, positioning him as the largest shareholder of a merged Nine / Fairfax Media company.
    The Australian Financial Review reports that on Friday, Birketu, Gordon’s private investment vehicle, confirmed it had increased its cash-settled share swap related to Nine to 9.97% of the free-to-air broadcaster.
    Gordon already holds 14.97% of Nine shares but is prevented from owning more due to the one television licence to a
  • Channel 5 axes Big Brother UK

    Britain’s Channel 5 has confirmed the end for Big Brother – the third longest running version of the show worldwide, following the Spanish and American adaptations.
    It has aired for 19 years across two channels. Over the course of its run, there will have been a total of 45 series of Big Brother in the UK: nineteen regular series, twenty two celebrity series and four other series.
    But Endemol has announced that they are “excited” for the future of the show, hinting that
  • Australian Story: Sept 17

    Australian Story this week profiles Wiggle Emma Watkins, including her marriage break-down and diagnosis with endometriosis.
    This episode is introduced by Wiggles founder Anthony Field.
    “I think my health was a real start for me to think about myself, and to think about how healthy I was in myself emotionally and spiritually and physically.”
    Emma Watkins
    Australian Story goes behind the scenes of Australia’s most successful children’s group to chart the extraordinary ris
  • Airdate: Star Wars Resistance

    New animated series Star Wars Resistance will premiere in mid-October.
    Set decades after the events in Return of the Jedi and six months before the events of The Force Awakens, it follows Kazuda Xiono, a pilot who is recruited into the Resistance to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.
    The series is inspired by Japanese anime and produced by Lucasfilm Animation.
    It screens around a week after its US debut.
    Star Wars Resistance is an exciting new animated adventure series about Kazuda X
  • Friday 14 September 2018

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  • Emmy Awards 2018: guide

    Colin Jost and Michael Che, hosts of Saturday Night Live’s ‘Weekend Update’ will host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
    Venue: Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
    Presenters: Patricia Arquette, Alec Baldwin, Eric Bana, Angela Bassett, Samantha Bee, Bobby Berk, Connie Britton, Rachel Brosnahan, Karamo Brown, Millie Bobby Brown, Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Claire Foy, Tan France, Hannah Gadsby, Ilana Glazer, Kit Harington, Taraji P. Henson, Abbi Jacobson, Jimmy Kimm
  • Rose d’Or Awards 2018: winners

    Joanna Lumley has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement this week at the prestigious Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin.
    Lumley, 72, said she was “thrilled and honoured“ to receive the award for her outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. “I can’t tell you what it means to me,” she said as she discussed her career.
    Other wins went to The Crown, A Very English Scandal and Detectorists.
    No Australian entries made it into the nominees this year. Here are t
  • 9Life to return to Tasmanian viewers

    9Life will return to viewers in Tasmania at the end of the month on TDT Channel 54 for the very first time.
    It has previously screened through WIN before affiliation changes.
    Launching on Sunday September 30, 9Life features predominantly lifestyle and reality programs including Million Dollar Listing, The Real Housewives, The Bachelorette U.S., House Hunters, Fixer Upper and more.
    “We are thrilled to be able to bring a whole new selection of shows to Tasmanian viewers with 9Life”, s
  • Vale: Ian Jones

    Pioneering writer, producer & director Ian Jones, who wrote for many Crawfords dramas, has died 86.
    He died on August 31 in Melbourne after a career in Australian screen distinguished by the Longford Lyell Award in 2006.
    Amongst his formidable writing credits were Hunter, Division 4, Matlock Police, Bluey, The Sullivans, The Bluestone Boys, and Ryan.
    With a strong interest in colonial and bushranger tales he wrote and produced Against the Wind and The Last Outlaw as well as Ned Kelly s
  • Four Corners: Sept 17

    A distressing edition of Four Corners will air on Monday.
    Who Cares? reported by Anne Connolly is a two-part investigation into the failings in aged care.
    “They’re all someone’s mum, someone’s dad, someone’s brother, someone’s sister. They were all young once and they’re just forgotten.” Senior aged care consultant, NSW
    On Monday Four Corners launches the first of a two-part special investigation into the treatment of the elderly in aged care home
  • 60 Minutes: Sept 16

    The good folk at 60 Minutes have been extra creative in titles for their stories this week…
    Say no more!
    Bricks and SlaughterIt’s no secret that Australia is experiencing a downturn in the property market. But for Aussies who own their own home or have a mortgage, there’s worse news. Many believe calling it a downturn is foolishly optimistic – the slump we are in is more like falling off a cliff. On 60 MINUTES, Tom Steinfort speaks with real estate and finance experts w
  • Airdate: Flight of the Conchords: Live at the Apollo

    Good news for comedy fans with the special, Flight of the Conchords: Live at the Apollo, to screen next month.
    This took place in the UK in May.
    Musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement return to HBO with a comedy special taped before a live sold-out audience during their United Kingdom tour featuring the duo performing their classics and new original songs from their “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”
    Tuesday October 9 at 8.30pm on Comedy.
  • The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

    This doco on the late star of the Larry Sanders Show just won an Emmy Award. 9:20pm Saturday on Showcase.The Split
    Movie: Ex Machina
    Drain the Titanic
    Escape to the Country
    Davis Cup
  • Hannah Gadsby to present at Emmys

    Who’da thunk?
    Hannah Gadsby has come a long way since her stunning Netflix special Nanette, due to present at the Emmy Awards on Tuesday (Australian time).
    That’s a long way from comedy routines in Tassie. Well done.
    Fellow Aussie Eric Bana will also present. Bana is soon to appear in Dirty John for Netflix alongside Connie Britton.
    FOX8 will screen the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Live in Australia at 10am on Tuesday.
  • “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight.”

    We are SHOOK at @JulieChen signing off of tonight's #BigBrother episode with, "I'm Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight!" Sticking with her man! #BigBrother20 #BB20 #JulieChen pic.twitter.com/FhVVUJGSJL
    — Zwooper.com (@Zwooper) September 14, 2018Julie Chen, wife of former CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves, returned to television in the US after days of no-shows on The Talk.
    Chen also hosts Big Brother for CBS and this week signed off with an unscripted “I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnigh
  • Sunday Night: Sept 16

    On Sunday Night, Michael Usher reports on a 2 year investigation on triple murderer Ashley Coulston, inferring he may be linked other crimes.
    This appears to be a story that would have been part of the Murder Uncovered series.
    “In Plain Sight”Ashley Coulston was an adventurer, a person who craved attention and fame.
    And for a moment, he was famous – making headlines after an ill-fated attempt to sail a bathtub-sized boat from Australia to New Zealand.
    But these days, Coulston&
  • Q&A: Sept 17

    Next Monday Q&A is back in Sydney with host Tony Jones.
    On the panel are:
    Feminist icon and provocateur Germaine GreerBritish journalist and Chairman of The Spectator Andrew NeilAuthor and commentator David MarrSouth African writer and political analyst Sisonke MsimangPeople’s Panellist from Perth Elena Jeffcoat.
    9:35pm Monday on ABC.
  • Ex-Studio 10 producer settles legal case over salary

    Former Studio 10 executive producer Rob McKnight has settled his pay dispute with Network TEN.
    McKnight, who was fired from the morning show in November 2017 had been seeking 13 weeks pay he claims he was owed.
    After mediation failed the matter was due to go to court on November 1, but Mediaweek today reports it has now been settled out of court.
    McKnight tells TV Tonight those details are confidential, but in recent weeks he has spilled on backstage drama from his time on the show vi
  • Returning: I Am Jazz

    US reality series I Am Jazz, which profiles 16 year old transgender Jazz Jennings returns for its third season on TLC soon.
    Jennings (pictured left) was one of the youngest people in America to attract public attention as identifying as transgender following a 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters.
    Life as a teenage girl can be difficult enough. But for 16-year-old Jazz Jennings, the struggles of being a teenager are amplified by the unique challenges of being a transgender girl on the cusp
  • Returning: Whovians

    ABC is yet to confirm its broadcast time for the season premiere of Doctor Who, following changes to the playout in the UK.
    But it has confirmed it will be fast-tracked to iview with a Monday broadcast on ABC’s primary channel in HD on Monday October 8.
    Short of making changes to its Monday line-up that strongly suggests a 5:55pm screening on ABC for the 65 minute opening episode (to be confirmed).
    Screening it after Q&A at around 10:40pm would be particularly unfair to Whovians, whic
  • Modern Family to kill off “significant character”

    Ten seasons in, Modern Family has decided to kill off “a significant character” -usually a sign a show is creatively struggling or a cast member wants out (…or both).
    “We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” co-creator Christopher Lloyd has told EW. “We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it’s not easy to do because that’s a heavy subject. But at the same time,
  • Homecoming: trailer

    Amazon Prime has released a full trailer for Homecoming which mark Julia Roberts’ first series lead.
    Directed by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), the cast also includes Bobby Cannavale, Dermot Mulroney and Sissy Spacek.
    For reasons which I presume become clearer in the show, the video format also switches throughout this clip.
    Homecoming is a mind-bending psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts and directed by Sam Esmail (creator of Mr. Robot). Heidi Bergman (Roberts) is a cas
  • Airdate: Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure

    ABC has confirmed Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure will screen from Sunday week.
    This launched this week in the UK.
    “I’m embarking on a 7000-mile journey following the route of the legendary Silk Road, that throughout history helped spread all manner of foods, inventions and cultures across Asia and Europe…my most adventurous and exotic journey yet,” she said.
    This epic new four-part series is Joanna Lumley’s grandest and most challenging journey yet, a b
  • Gap widens on AFL shows

    The gap between The Front Bar and The Footy Show continues to widen with Seven’s show taking its highest-ever Thursday audience at 383,000 (including on multichannels in Sydney & Brissy).
    The Footy Show‘s two editions in varied slots tallied to 242,000. In Melbourne where the battle was more head to head, Seven took 261,000 to Nine’s 116,000.
    The Bachelor was strong at 869,000 but down slightly on last week. Home and Away (from 7pm), 7:30 and 
  • Thursday 13 September 2018

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  • Why 9:01 is a TV exec’s worst fear

    All of us, at one stage or another, have been dead keen to see the TV ratings first thing in the morning to see how our favourite show performed.
    But what if your job depended on it doing well? That’s the grind every day for Television executives, who are given the often ugly news that they flunked at their job. Come rain, hail or shine, execs must face the rest of the day knowing with a set of numbers burnt into the front of their brain.
    True, they are paid handsomely for such challenges
  • Tel Aviv to host Eurovision in 2019

    Tel Aviv has been named as the host city for the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.
    It was chosen ahead of Jerusalem and Eliat by the European Broadcasting Union. It will be held at the EXPO Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) with the Semi-Finals on the 14 and 16 of May, and the Grand Final on 18 May.
    This will be the third time Israel has staged Eurovision, previously in 1979 and 1999, but the first in Tel Aviv. It was chosen in part for its openness to the LGBT community and a
  • Seven to screen UK doco Queen of the World

    Seven has picked up the rights to an upcoming ITV documentary Queen of the World in which The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex give an insight into Her Majesty The Queen.
    Filmed over more than a year by Oxford Films (Our Queen; Our Queen at 90; Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy) it enjoys privileged access to The Queen, her family, her staff and her residences.
    The two part documentary features the family and world leaders discussing the importance
  • Davis Cup: Australia v Austria

    Nine broadcasts Australia’s Davis Cup face-off against Austria this weekend on 9GEM and 9GO!
    Tony Jones hosts with commentary from Todd Woodbridge, Sam Groth and John Fitzgerald.
    Australia’s new tennis hero, US Open giant-killer John Millman, leads our assault on the World Group play-off in Graz, Austria.
    Millman’s US Open heroics, which saw him beat Roger Federer to reach the quarter-finals for the first time at a Grand Slam event, propelled the Queenslander to a career-high
  • Ed Asner to feature in Netflix comedy

    Veteran actor Ed Asner, 88, will feature in upcoming Netflix comedy, Dead to Me.
    He will join Westworld‘s James Marsden, Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate.
    Written by Liz Feldman and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez Prods. and CBS TV Studios, the series centres around a powerful friendship that blossoms between Jen (Applegate), a tightly wound widow, and Judy (Cardellini), a free spirit with a shocking secret.
    Marsden will play a love interest to
  • Airdate: Crikey! It’s the Irwins

    Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin will star in a new TV series, Crikey! It’s the Irwins on Animal Planet.
    The series to premiere on October 28 will feature them living and working at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. Bindi’s boyfriend Chandler Powell will also appear.
    The show is produced by Eureka and follows the family signing a deal with the Discovery-owned network, where Steve Irwin became famous through Crocodile Hunter.
    October 28 on Animal Planet
  • Forever

    Fred Armisen & Maya Rudolph play a couple whose stagnant existence is suspended after a spontaneous trip out of town. Friday on Amazon Prime.BoJack Horseman
    Killing Eve
    Better Homes & Gardens
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  • John Blackman out of intensive care

    A progress report for Hey Hey fans with word that John Blackman is out of intensive care after 11 days.
    Blackman recently underwent major surgery to remove his jawbone following an aggressive form of skin cancer, known as basal-cell carcinoma.
    Peter Ford told 6PR he had spoken with Blackman’s wife Cecile last night.
    “He still cannot speak, noises come out and sounds come out but you can’t understand anything he’s saying. But he is with it. He’s listening to th
  • Airdate: Trust

    2018 US anthology drama Trust gets its Australian debut on Showcase in October.
    The series by Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) begins in the 1970s and recounts the abduction of John Paul Getty III.
    Directed by Danny Boyle, the cast includes Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, and Brendan Fraser.
    This debuted in the US in March.
    Inspired by actual events, Trust delves into the trials and triumphs of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest fam
  • Airdate: D.L. Hughley: Contrarian

    Stand-up act D.L. Hughley is brave (or foolish) to tackle some of the subjects in his upcoming Netflix special D.L. Hughley: Contrarian, especially given fellow Netflix comedian Norm Macdonald landed in hot water in the US this week addressing similar topics.
    Comedian D.L. Hughley brings his honest and sharp observations to Netflix in his debut Original stand-up special, D.L. Hughley: Contrarian. Performing at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, Hughley keeps his audience in hysterics as he te
  • Katherine Langford to star in new US drama, Cursed.

    Aussie Katherine Langford, who became a break-out star from Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, will now star in a new drama, Cursed.
    The Netflix drama is a spin on the legend of King Arthur based on a comic-book from Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, yet to be published.
    Langford will play Nimue described as a “teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake.”
    Netflix describes Cursed as “a coming-of-age story whose themes are
  • BBC picks up Mystery Road

    Mystery Road will screen in the UK on BBC Four from next week.
    The channel has a focus on international arts, music and culture and acquired the Bunya Productions drama from distributors all3media international.
    Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, says: “Mystery Road is set in a uniquely stark and beautiful landscape and features a cast of some of the best acting talent around. We’re thrilled to be bringing this compelling and visually stunning drama to BBC viewers”

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