• AACTA Awards 2019: nominees

    Lambs of God, Wentworth, Bloom, Total Control, The Hunting, Australian Survivor, The Masked Singer, Lego Masters, Frayed and Bluey are amongst TV nominees in the 2019 AACTA Awards.
    Subscription and public broadcasters dominate the Drama categories.
    Alarmingly no commercial Free to Air networks configure in the TV Drama nods. Competing for Drama series are Bloom, Mr. Inbetween, Secret City, Wentworth and Total Control. In the Miniseries / Telemovie category are Lambs of God, Fighting Season
  • Banijay to buy out Endemol Shine?

    Rumours are afoot internationally French-based giant Banijay may buy out Endemol Shine Group.
    UK newspapers The Daily Telegraph and Financial Times tip a deal is expected in the coming days.
    ESG is owned by Disney and US private equity firm Apollo Global Management. In June last year, ESG hired two banks to investigate a possible sale, estimated to be worth about US$2.5b.
    But neither All3Media, ITV, FremantleMedia, US telco Liberty and Hollywood talent agency Endeavour did not proceed.
    Now Bani
  • Guinness World Records format for Australia

    Guinness World Records recently announced it will partner with Banijay Group for a primetime family entertainment show format.
    The format has already been produced by Banijay Group’s Magnolia in Italy as five-part series, La Notte Dei Record, which premiered on TV8 in 2018.
    The year-long deal will span 15 key markets including UK/Eire, USA, Australia and Germany.
    The studio format features record-breaking contenders going head-to-head in challenges as well as established record-holders vy
  • Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Oct 23

    Indigenous comedian and actor Nakkiah Lui is guest tonight on Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.
    Nakkiah Lui is a one-woman multi-media phenomenon. She’s a prize-winning playwright, actor, comedian and enthusiastic taunter of society’s sacred Cows.
    Nakkiah takes Julia back to her house in Sydney’s west to meet her parents, and talks of a childhood full of books, movies and the occasional attempt to run away.
    In a Ford Laser they drive to her old primary school where she recal
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  • Struggle Street: Oct 23

    Tonight in he penultimate episode of Struggle Street attention turns to medical care for a family struggling in the Riverina.
    Episode Three:Peta and Ricky live in a small town in the Riverina and are parents to five-year-old twins Cody and Bree. Cody also has Dent’s Disease, a chronic kidney condition that also affects his speech and physical development. Cody’s condition requires constant medical attention – including regular specialist visits as far away as Sydney and Melbour
  • The Feed: trailer

    A trippy trailer has dropped for upcoming Amazon sci-fi drama series The Feed, based on the novel by Nick Clark Windo.
    It stars David Thewlis (Fargo, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Suits).
    Tom (Guy Burnet) and Kate (Nina Toussaint-White) are a young couple trying to resist their addiction to tech. Tom’s father, Lawrence (David Thewlis) invented The Feed, and his mother Meredith (Michelle Fairley) is the CEO overseeing its daily operations. When strange
  • Foxtel draws record haul in AACTA nominations

    Foxtel is celebrating today with a record haul of 56 AACTA Awards nominations.
    Lambs of God leads the pack with 18 nominations, an AACTA record, including 4 in the Subscription TV categories.
    Actor Damon Herriman also took our dual nods in the one category for Lambs of God and Mr. Inbetween.
    Wentworth, Secret City and Fighting Season are also nominated in the Drama categories.
    Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “This stellar result is testament to ourongoi
  • Oops. As dressed on Reign.

    Eagle-eyed viewers of US period drama Reign noticed a pair of Everlast underwear on one character.
    The scene in season two episode three took place during a medieval sword-fight.
    He may have had a coffee courtesy of Game of Thrones or bottled water from Downton Abbey afterwards…
    Source: NZ Herald
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  • NRL may produce broadcasts in-house

    A report today suggests the NRL will consider bringing broadcast production of its matches in-house for the next television rights deal.
    The existing deal with Foxtel and Nine expires at the end of the 2022 season, as part of a $2 billion deal.
    But Nine-owned Sydney Morning Herald reports the NRL could produce the broadcast content itself and then look to sell off the properties to interested parties if it isn’t satisfied with the price broadcasters are willing to pay.
    However, the govern
  • Airdate: Shark Week 2019

    It’s still some time off but Discovery has now confirmed Shark Week is returning from Thursday 5 December.
    The annual 24/7 takeover includes 16 hours of premiere shows.
    Not only is Shark Week the best week of the year, it’s also one of the most important as it raises awareness about the increasing threats faced by our ocean’s greatest predator at the hands of humans and the environment. Now in its 25th year in Australia, the event also highlights recent developments in shark s
  • UEFA Champions / Europa: Oct 23 – 25

    The UEFA Champions League and Europa League group stages resume Live on Optus Sport from Wednesday morning (AEDT).
    Three games are also free to watch:Wednesday October 23: Galatasaray v Real MadridThursday October 24: Slavia Prague v BarcelonaFriday October 25: Celtic v Lazio
    UEFA Champions League: Group Stage Matchday 3
    Wednesday October 23 (all times listed AEDT)3.50am – Shakhtar v Dinamo, Atletico Madrid v Leverkusen5.45am – Tottenham v Crvena Zvezda5.55am – Manchester City
  • Airdate: Pros and Cons

    Next week SBS on Demand will premiere Danish heist drama Pros and Cons.
    This is a 2018 title which debuted internationally a year ago.
    All ten episodes available to stream. In Danish with English subtitles.
    When they were young and in love, Nina (Lena Maria Christensen) and Erik (Lars Ranthe) lived adrenaline-fueled lives as con artists. Together with their partner in crime, Jacqueline, they could cheat anybody out of anything. But when Nina became pregnant, the young couple withdrew from their
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  • Pacific islands still awaiting Aussie TV shows

    Nearly a year after the Morrison government announced a multi-million dollar deal to have Australian TV shows screening to Pacific island audiences, none have begun screening.
    Last November Scott Morrison said, “I’ve been speaking to Free TV Australia and the commercial TV networks about how we get more of our Australian content into the region. Our Pacific family switching on to the same stories, news, drama and sports we are watching at home. What better way of staying connected t
  • Returning: Legacies

    Season 2 of Legacies, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, begins in early November on FOX8.
    Riley Voelkel (The Originals) will be reprising her role as Freya Mikaelson for episode 6.
    This premiered in the US earlier this month.
    Legacies follows Hope Mikaelson who is descended from some of the most powerful vampire, werewolf, andnwitch bloodlines. Two years after the events of ‘The Originals’, 17 year old Hope attends the Salvator School for the Young and Gifted. The
  • Fredbird signs first look deal with all3media

    Sydney-based production company Fredbird Entertainment (Aussie Salvage Squad, The Embassy, Aussie Lobster Men, The Justine Clarke Show) has signed a first-look development deal with distributors all3media international to create a series of returnable factual programs in the Australian Outback.
    Shannon Weir, Head Of Development, Fredbird Entertainment said, “This deal allows Fredbird to fast-track early stage development into some of the most remote areas of Australia, as we search for ne
  • Airdate: Nigel Slater’s Middle East

    ABC tonight premieres Nigel Slater’s Middle East, a 3 part 2018 series that puts the food writer in Lebanon, Turkey and Iran.
    Nigel Slater embarks on a Middle Eastern food adventure to explore some of the oldest and grandest cuisines in the world. His first stop, Lebanon, exemplifies Levantine cuisine but is also influenced by its position on the Mediterranean. The flavours, colours and fragrances of the region have travelled the globe but Nigel sets out to eat and cook with the people who
  • 10 wins Monday with Masked Singer, HYBPA?

    10 has managed a win on Monday thanks to two broadly popular shows.
    The Masked Singer drew 1.05m viewers for its grand finale, but it rose to 1.37m for the moment Cody Simpson was revealed as The Robot.
    That was comfortably ahead of The Block on 897,000 viewers. Trailing behind were 7:30 (563,000), Australian Story (508,000), and Bride & Prejudice (407,000).
    Have You Been Paying Attention? also dominated its slot at a bumper 926,000 viewers, way ahead of Four Corners (533,000), Media Watch
  • Monday 21 October 2019

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  • Cody Simpson wins The Masked Singer

    Singer Cody Simpson has won The Masked Singer disguised as The Robot.
    “This is a top shelfer in the cabinet for sure,” he said referring to the trophy. “I won the Masked Singer!”
    He defeated actor-singer Rob Mills who was runner up as The Wolf.
    “I’ve been doing Neighbours for the past couple of years and I am always in a studio with a crew and no audience. It’s just the crew. I needed a stage and I wanted to have some fun!” he said.The Project&lsq
  • Seven Upfronts set for the big one

    Seven network will unveil is Upfronts tomorrow, the first under newly-installed CEO James Warburton.
    After a challenging year Seven will be looking to convince clients the worst is behind them and that 2020 has renewed energy.
    At the top of the list is Tokyo Olympics, to be held from July 24 – August 9. Screening with a favourable timezone, this is an event around which all other networks will be forced to schedule.
    While Nine and 10 Upfronts have been dominated by renewals, expect Seven
  • New star for Death in Paradise confirmed

    UK actor Ralf Little (The Royle Family) has been confirmed as the new star of Death in Paradise.
    He will replace Ardal O’Hanlon, whose departure was recently announced.
    Little takes on the role of Detective Inspector Neville Parker, who is reluctantly dispatched to the fictional island of Saint Marie to investigate the suspicious death of a woman from his home city, Manchester. He has previously appeared in the series, in the role of a holidaymaker called Will Teague.
    He joins series regu
  • Catalyst: Oct 22

    In this Catalyst final Ruby Jones meets some of the 2.5 million Australians for whom body image concerns have become a serious mental health issue.
    Body dysmorphia is an overwhelming obsession with body image and now affects millions of Australians. Yet these mental illnesses often remain hidden, undiagnosed, and even unrecognised by the people who have them.
    In this programme, investigative reporter Ruby Jones meets men and women who have experienced serious body image issues and she discovers
  • Airdate: Berry Bees

    New kids series Berry Bees begins on 9GO! this weekend.
    The 52 x 11 minute animated spy action series is a co-production between Australia’s SLR Productions, Italy’s Atlantyca Entertainment, Ireland’s Telegael and Singapore & India’s Studio Cosmos-Maya.
    Seemingly ordinary school-age children, Bobby, Lola and Juliette have been selected by the B.I.A. (Bee Intelligence Agency) for those special spy missions in which only child agents can be involved.
    Together the
  • Production halts on Cowboy Bebop

    Netflix production Cowboy Bebop has halted production in New Zealand following an injury to star John Cho.
    Cho (Hawaii Five-0) sustained a knee injury on the set while filming. The nature of the incident that led to the injury is not altogether clear, but reports claim it occurred during a rehearsed sequence that was not considered to be a large-scale stunt.
    Cho is now back in Los Angeles, where he will undergo surgery.
    Cho posted a Bruce Lee quote on his Instagram page Friday afternoon: &ldquo
  • Dannii Minogue: are they singing Live?

    View this post on InstagramBefore we head into tonight’s @themaskedsingerau Grand Final, let’s get the answer to the question I’m asked most about the show, direct from the horse’s (musical director Dorian’s) mouth. ARE THEY SINGING LIVE???? #maskedsingerau
    A post shared bydanniiminogue (@danniiminogue) on Oct 20, 2019 at 9:26pm PDTSherlock Minogue gets to the bottom of a Masked Singer question.
  • One Born Every Minute Australia

    Cameras capture all the drama of new life. 8:30pm Tuesday on 10Harry And Meghan: An African Journey
    Secret Bridesmaids’ Business
    Love Island
  • “There will never be another Don Lane”

    Bert Newton has given an interview with Woman’s Day to mark 10 years since the passing of the legendary Don Lane.
    Newton has nothing but kind words for the lanky Yank whom he says saved his career.
    Newton was without a regular TV gig after Graham Kennedy quit his nightly show. But out of the blue, Don called with an offer to be his sidekick for The Don Lane Show.
    “We’d never worked together before, but the moment those cameras came on, we clicked. Working with Don was magic. A
  • A Current Affair: Oct 21

    Tonight on A Current Affair, boxer Jeff Fenech sits down with Sylvia Jeffreys for a tell-all chat about his recent health battle.
    Sylvia Jeffreys follows the emotional journey that the family of legendary Australian boxer Jeff Fenech has endured as of late.
    Known by his moniker of The Marrickville Mauler, Fenech was famous for his toughness in the ring, winning world titles in three divisions which saw him enter the Boxing Hall of Fame.
    But while training one of his young fighters in Thailand e
  • The Amazing Race Australia 2019: meet the cast

    11 teams will compete in the fourth season of The Amazing Race Australia, premiering next week on 10.
    Full marks to 10 for diversity, with this cast ticking multiple boxes.
    Travelling across three continents they will encounter Roadblocks, Fast-Forwards, Detours and U-Turns in their quest for a $250,000 cash prize.
    The action kicks off in Seoul, South Korea.
    Hosted by Beau Ryan, this season is produced by Eureka Productions.Newlyweds: Tim (29) and Rod (28), NSWIt was love at first sight for new
  • Love Island: update

    Nine has made a minor change to its playout of Love Island this week.
    There will be no episode this Friday night.
    Instead it will add a Sunday night episode screening at 8:30pm on 9GO!
    Nine has an NRL Trans-Tasman game this Friday between Kangaroos v Kiwis, so it was moving the episode to 9GO! anyway, but has now reshuffled things.
    At this stage the change is understood to be for this week only.
  • Georgie Stone now joins Neighbours cast

    19 year old Georgie Stone, who debuted as Neighbours’ first transgender character, Mackenzie Hargraves, is returning as a permanent cast member.
    Mackenzie first appeared as a ferociously independent 17-year-old student several months ago, taken in by Erinsborough matriarch, Susan Kennedy.
    Stone, who won Hero of the Year at the 2019 LGBTI Awards, the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year and the 2017 Young People’s Human Rights Medal, first approached producers with the idea of
  • Airdate: Daybreak

    New post-apocalyptic comedy-drama Daybreak begins this week on Netflix.
    The series is comic series by Brian Ralph and centres around a high school outcast searching for his girlfriend in a world of Mad Max-style gangs and zombie-like creatures.
    The cast features Matthew Broderick as Glendale High School’s Principal Michael Burr; Krysta Rodriguez as the biology teacher; Colin Ford as hero and every-teen, 17-year-old Josh Wheeler; Sophie Simnett as Sam Dean, the most widely admired girl at
  • Oops. Trinny Woodall drops C-bomb on The Project

    The Project last night spoke to Trinny Woodall, one half of Trinny and Susannah’s What Not to Wear duo.
    But nobody expected her to drop this clanger on Live TV.
  • Airdate: Australia Talks

    Annabel Crabb and Waleed Aly will host an Australia Talks special on ABC next month.
    The Live 90 minute special which asks “Do you know what Australia really thinks?” is part of a wider ABC survey into issues big and small that get Australia talking.
    They will be joined by by Kitty Flanagan, Craig Reucassel, Anne Edmonds, Wyatt Roy, Adam Liaw, Rosie Batty and Steph Tisdell and feature social researcher Rebecca Huntley and writer Benjamin Law.
    The live 90-minute TV special will take
  • SKY News appoints Kieran Gilbert as Chief News Anchor

    SKY News has appointed Kieran Gilbert as Chief News Anchor, based in the Canberra bureau.
    He will move from Chief Political Reporter to the newly-created position when he returns from hosting the Rugby World Cup for FOX Sports.
    Gilbert will front the channel’s election coverage, host leaders’ debates and the SKY News People’s Forum events. He will also anchor a new political program Live from Parliament House in 2020.
    His appointment comes as David Speers prepares to depart th
  • Seven selling Pacific Magazines to Bauer Media

    Seven West Media has announced it has signed a binding agreement to sell Pacific Magazines to Bauer Media for a cash consideration of $40 million.
    The deal includes a further $6.6 million of advertising on Bauer Media assets over three years.
    Pacific Magazines includes titles including Better Homes and Gardens, New Idea, Who, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Famous and Marie Claire.
    SWM and Bauer Media have also entered into commercial arrangements to mutually benefit both parties, inc
  • The Block nabs easy Sunday win

    The Block was #1 with 1.1m viewers and topped the demos, more than double any competition last night.
    It thumped Grand Designs: The Street (435,000 from 7:40pm), Sunday Night (398,000), Border Security (361,000 from 8pm), The Graham Norton Show (345,000 from 7:30pm).
    60 Minutes also won its slot at 533,000 ahead of Total Control (446,000), NCIS (305,000), A Confession (291,000).
    Nine network easily won Sunday with 34.5% then Seven 24.1%, 10 15.6%, ABC 15.3%, and SBS 10.5%.
    Nine News was 790,000
  • Sunday 20 October 2019

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  • From supporting emerging talent to high-end global drama

    Alistair McKinnon has been managing director of Matchbox Pictures for 9 months when we meet to discuss the company’s slate.
    Majority-owned by NBCUniversal, it remains one of the biggest production companies in Australia. This year alone it has seen productions of The Heights, Secret City, Glitch, The Family Law, Mustangs FC, I Am Roxy screen across ABC, Foxtel, SBS and 10. Its library of shows includes popular titles including The Slap, Wanted, Nowhere Boys, Safe Harbour, Barracuda and Th
  • Filming underway on Rosehaven S4

    Season Four of Rosehaven begins filming in Tasmania today.
    Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola return as best friends and small town estate agents Daniel and Emma, respectively.
    For the first time, McCallum Real Estate is getting some competition in the form of another agent. Daniel, Emma and Daniel’s mum Barbara (Kris McQuade) will have to draw upon all their skills, all their local knowledge to defeat the competition.
    Returning cast include Sam Cotton as town bully Bruce, Noela
  • Record HYBPA? helps 10 take week in 16-39

    10 has wrapped a strong week in the ratings thanks to strong 7:30 shows including Masked Singer & The Bachelorette, and bolstered by Bathurst 1000. Panel show Have You Been Paying Attention? drew its best-ever numbers edging close to the magic million.
    It all helped 10 to win the 16-39 demo for the week.
    Nine won another week, and the 25-54 demo on the back of The Block but Nine News is losing ground.
    Bad news too for Seven …it was third in all key demos last week.
  • Australian Story: Oct 21

    Tonight Australian Story profiles Jock Palfreeman, whose 12-year fight for freedom is at the centre of a diplomatic row between Australia & Bulgaria.
    For the past decade, Australian Story producer Belinda Hawkins has been following the case of Jock Palfreeman, a young Australian man convicted in Bulgaria for a stabbing murder he says he didn’t commit.
    He claims he was acting in self-defence when he was protecting a Gypsy who was being attacked; the court found him guilty of murder wit
  • Airdate: The End Of Britain?

    Following the latest Brexit vote, The Feed’s Marty Smiley looks at how young Brits are affected by the debate, in The End Of Britain? As Britain descends in chaos over how to divorce from Europe, Marty Smiley finds a generation of young people torn between their idea of what Britain could be and the reality of what it is. From the fishing villages ravaged by EU industries, to the communities living in council flats, the future for young Brits is murky.
    10pm Tuesday on SBS.
  • Returning: Atypical

    Season 3 of autism drama Atypical featuring Keir Gilchrist as Sam begins next week on Netflix.
    Recurring this season are Sara Gilbert as Sam’s new Ethics professor, and Eric McCormack as his art professor.
    Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), a 19-year-old on the autism spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own l
  • Saturday 19 October 2019

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  • Watchmen

    HBO’s new take on Watchmen is certainly out there… but would we expect anything less from the likes of Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers)?
    Based on the comic book of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, this opens with a massacre in Tulsa in 1921 before settling into 2019. But it’s 2019 in an alternate universe.
    Now American cops, who have been targeted in their private lives and murdered by renegades, will only work with masks to hide their identity. Working under
  • Hugh Marks aboard the Nine rollercoaster

    Nine threw a huge carnival-themed party following its Upfront on Wednesday inside the art-deco Stage 7 at FOX Studios.
    1300 people partied to a live performance from Guy Sebastian & band, joined by Nine personalities.
    The theming included a towering LEGO rocket, and various show activations with prize giveaways.
    Last year Nine included a mini-ferris wheel and this year was a mini-rollercoaster.
    Even CEO Hugh Marks boarded the rollercoaster happily throwing his arms in the air -and why shoul
  • Bruce McAvaney calls for “immediate action”

    This is a critical time for the racing industry.
    Bruce McAvaney’s statement on the treatment of retired race horses. pic.twitter.com/Sj5r2brsCC
    — 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) October 19, 2019Broadcasting icon Bruce McAvaney made an editorial yesterday ahead as Seven telecast The Everest at Royal Randwick and the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne.
    His comments follow horrific footage of horse slaughter in abattoirs, on ABC’s 7:30.
    “Thursday night’s ABC expose of w
  • New Seven show for Matt & Gary?

    Rumours suggest Seven may announce a new cooking show with Matt Preston & Gary Mehigan at the network Upfronts this week.
    Last week Matt Preston denied the pair were joining My Kitchen Rules, but confirmed they were “talking to other networks and producers about new projects for 2020 and beyond”.
    But George Calombaris is not expected to be part of any line-up.
    MasterChef judges are understood to be signed to 10 until the end of the year with various “hold-backs” ther
  • The Block finale date?

    The Block is open for inspection today in St. Kilda.
    Nine’s auction finale is tipped to screen on Sunday November 3rd.
    Last week at Nine’s Upfronts it was revealed the show still had “three weeks” to run.
    Update: An episode on Wednesday 30 also looks back on the season build.
    All real estate agencies representing the five properties have withheld the date of the private auctions.
    Nine is then set to screen Hamish & Andy’s Perfect Holiday in November.

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