• Friday 18 May 2018

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  • TEN planning new variety for Julia Morris & Chris Brown

    EXCLUSIVE: TEN is planning a new variety show for Julia Morris & Chris Brown.
    Industry sources tell TV Tonight TEN will mount a local version of the big budget Saturday Night Takeaway, one of the UK’s top-rating shows hosted by Ant & Dec. The network has recently been hinting at shiny floor shows on the way….
    The studio-audience show includes musical numbers, hidden camera pranks and prize giveaways, including a Win the Ads game where audience members win products feat
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    The opening sequence of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is exquisitely presented.
    Adagio in G Minor strings accompany the striking visuals of 1997 Miami (as used so dramatically in works such as Platoon and The Elephant Man).
    It is a summer’s morning and Italian fashion designer Gianni Versaci (Édgar Ramírez) is enjoying the luxury of his lavish beachfront villa. Brimming in ornate interiors, classic furniture, artworks, flowers, pool
  • Gallery: Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You

    Gyton Grantley & Delta Goodrem: Roger Davies & Olivia
    Part II of Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You airs Sunday night on Seven.
    There’s more drama in the second half including a stalker, Koala Blue bankruptcy, cancer and a missing partner in Patrick McDermott. Alas it isn’t as good as Part I, trying to cram too much in, and lacking the fine talents of Morgan Griffin.
    But the musical recreations such as Xanadu and Physical are top notch.
    8:30pm Sunday on
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  • US Fall trailers: The CW

    US network The CW has released trailers for the rebooted Charmed plus All American.
    Charmed“Stronger together.” That’s what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie “Mel” Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family. Mel is a graduate student in the women’s studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel’s amused dismay) and goi
  • Update: Buying Blind, Young Sheldon.

    Nine has made an amendment to its upcoming schedule which will delay the launch of Buying Blind, previously due on 7:30 Tuesday May 29.
    Nine will now screen 4 episodes of Young Sheldon over successive nights.
    Young Sheldon is now screening new episodes:
    7:30pm Wednesday May 23 (2 eps)7:30pm Tuesday May 29 (2 eps)7:30pm Wednesday May 30 (2 eps)
    A new date fo Buying Blind is yet to be confirmed.
  • 60 Minutes

    On 60 Minutes, more Royal Wedding stories, spilling on the big banks, and conflict in Jerusalem.
    The Big DayThe week leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry is not what Meghan Markle ever would have expected – with her own family stealing the bride-to-be’s limelight. While it has been a stressful time for Ms Markle, there’s one thing Hollywood celebrities and the Royal Family both understand – the show must go on! On 60 Minutes, Allison Langdon reports on the most anti
  • Airdate: All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks

    Next month Amazon premieres NZ sports doco All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks.
    The six-episode season, narrated by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), embeds a film crew with the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, one of the most successful teams in global sports history. For the first time ever, the legendary All Blacks allow cameras to join them as they face the formidable British & Irish Lions in a showdown that comes around only once every 12 years, to battle for the 2017 Rugby Cha
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  • Royal Wedding

    Hollywood meets Royalty in an historic global event. Live Saturday on ABC, 7, 9, SBS, SKY, CNN, UKTV, E!, FOX8 & Comedy.Ambulance
    Secrets of Eurovision
    Spice Girls: Live at Wembley Stadium
  • CBS keen for more of Big Bang Theory

    CBS has indicated it is keen for more of The Big Bang Theory.
    The upcoming 12th season is the end of the current contracts but CBS entertainment president Kelly Kahl told media the 11th season is “zero down” from Season 10, and may even finish up year-on-year in total viewing.
    With performance like that, “we are hopeful that there will be more” seasons of Big Bang beyond the upcoming 12th,” Kahl said.
    “As long as Chuck (Lorre) and his team have stories to tel
  • Axed: Jane the Virgin to end with fifth season

    Jane the Virgin is the latest US drama to confirm a final season is coming up.
    Recently renewed for a fifth season, The CW has confirmed the next season will be its last, at US Upfronts.
    Star Gina Rodriguez will direct two instalments in the 2018-2019 season, including the Season 5 premiere, and the executive producer and director Brad Silberling will direct the program’s series finale.
    Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman recently spoke to the New York Times: “You could see a million dif
  • Who Do You Think You Are?: May 22

    Tuesday’s subject on Who Do You Think You Are? is performer Todd McKenney.
    Perth born entertainer and performer Todd McKenney is keen to know where the McKenney name comes from and is on a quest to uncover traits passed down to him by his father’s forebears. On his maternal side, there is no doubt that Todd gets his dancing talent from his mother, Peta and his maternal grandmother. However, Todd is keen to discover an ancestor with a colourful past. Will Todd find what he’s lo
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  • Judge orders deadline in Craig McLachlan case

    A Supreme Court of New South Wales judge has ordered defendants in the Craig McLachlan defamation case to file their defence by next Thursday.
    ABC, Fairfax Media and actor Christie Whelan Browne, who are all being sued by McLachlan following allegations surrounding a 2014 stage production of The Rocky Horror Show, had been seeking an extension on their defence, due on May 4th.
    McLachlan’s legal team submitted an affidavit quoting McLachlan saying: “I cannot believe they still need t
  • Axed: iZombie to end with fifth season

    Cult US comedy iZombie will wrap up with its upcoming fifth season.
    It was recently renewed by The CW but now the extra news confirms a conclusion.
    The series, loosely based on a graphic novel series by writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred, focuses upon Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) – an overachieving medical student who finds her entire life upended after she becomes a zombie.
    Despite a rabid fan-base and critical acclaim, iZombie was something of a cu
  • Auditions: Marry Me, Marry My Family

    A casting notice has gone out for a second season of SBS doco Marry Me, Marry My Family.
    The first season screened in January to positive reviews, showcasing 3 cross-cultural marriages.
    “What happens when you try to send two different cultures down the aisle? Are you or your partner trying to embrace your Australian identity, while staying true to your culture, identity and family?How do you blend religions, traditions and cultures? How do you bridge your parents’ expectations and y
  • Catfish suspended amid host allegations

    MTV has halted production on its reality series Catfish following allegations of sexual misconduct made against executive producer and host Yaniv “Nev” Schulman.
    The series see Schulman investigate online relationships and revealing whether identities are real or fictionalised.
    “We take these allegations very seriously,” a spokesperson for MTV said of the allegations. “We’re working with Critical Content, our third-party production company, to conduct a thoro
  • Gillian Anderson set for Sex Education

    Gillian Anderson has signed onto an upcoming Netflix dramedy, Sex Education.
    The X-Files star will play an uninhibited sex therapist whose son, played by Asa Butterfield (Merlin, Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) is a socially awkward virgin who sets up an underground sex therapy clinic at his high school.
    The UK-based series is due in 2019.
  • Q&A: May 21

    On Monday Q&A is Live from ABC’s Melbourne studios with host Tony Jones.
    On the panel are:
    Philosopher, Peter Singer Foreign Editor, The Australian, Greg Sheridan Author and race scholar, Randa Abdel-Fattah Victorian Liberal Senator, Jane Hume Tasmanian Labor Senator, Julie Collins
    9:35pm Monday on ABC.
  • Viewers get pre-wedding jitters

    If Royal Wedding fever is in the air many viewers appear to be over it already.
    Last night several specials and a telemovie struggled to generate interest, while London-based breakfast shows have been underperforming all week.
    Invitation to a Royal Wedding at 7:30 last night on Seven pulled 410,000, almost doubled by MasterChef‘s 792,000 and eclipsed by 7:30 on 476,000. The Harry & Meghan telemovie at 9:30 was unexcited at 235,000.
    All week London-based Sunris
  • Thursday 17 May 2018

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  • FOX Sports confirms Shane Warne

    Shane Warne has been confirmed as part of FOX Sports cricket commentary team.
    He joins Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Allan Border, Brendon Julian and Michael Hussey plus Michael Vaughan, Isa Guha and Mel Jones.
    “In the end, talking to head of television Steve Crawley and old pal Brendon Julian at FOX about the designated channel made the call easy. The team they’ve put together is fantastic. Where Australian cricket is at the moment, I think it’s important the fans get what they
  • Shark Tank facing up to due diligence

    Last year I reported that the Due Diligence undertaken after Shark Tank meant that not all of the pitches proceeded beyond the broadcast, a point which has come as a revelation to other sectors of the media this week.
    Fairfax is now reporting of the 50 businesses which appeared last year, 27 received deals but only four of them actually went ahead as investments: Cancer Aid, which secured a $250,000 investment, Monday Food Co ($100,000), Be Fit Food ($200,000) and Jimalie ($85,00
  • Axed: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to end with 4th season

    Musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will end with its upcoming fourth season.
    The show, originally piloted at Showtime as a half-hour with co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, got attention for its unique setup in the crowded TV landscape. While it was never a ratings hit, it did find a consistent viewership and a second window audience on Netflix.
    Bloom also won a Golden Globe for her performance.
    But The CW has now confirmed the fourth season, announced in April, will be the last.
  • Vale: Joseph Campanella

    Veteran US actor Joseph Campanella, best known for Mannix & The Bold and the Beautiful has died, aged 93.
    He died at home in California according to reports.
    Campanella played Lew Wickersham in the late 1960s / early ’70s series Mannix, nominated for a supporting actor Emmy in 1968 for the role. He also played Ed Cooper on six seasons of One Day at a Time.
    In the late 1980s, Campanella joined Days of Our Lives as Harper Deveraux, a powerful senator who eventually was revealed as the f
  • Royal Wedding Day: guide

    On Saturday nearly all Australian networks will offer blanket coverage of the Royal Wedding from  St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
    The Ceremony itself begins at 9pm AEST but coverage will ramp up across the day, largely from 4pm on Seven, joined progressively by Nine, ABC & SBS.
    Pay TV coverage will feature on UKTV, CNN, SKY News, E! and comedic commentary on Comedy / FOX8.
    Begins 4pm AEST:Senior correspondents Melissa Doyle and Michael Usher will a
  • Bumped: The Big Bang Theory

    Perpetually-bumped comedy The Big Bang Theory has another new timeslot next week.
    A new episode will now screen at 8:45pm Monday, followed by a repeat.
    “The Neonatal Nomenclature”When Bernadette won’t go into labour, all her friends try different tactics to get things started; and Howard confronts Bernadette after Amy accidentally reveals that she’s already chosen their son’s name.
    On Wednesday Young Sheldon will air two new episodes.
  • Airdate: Secrets of Eurovision

    Just when you thought it was all over, a premiere special Secrets of Eurovision airs on SBS VICELAND.
    Each May, 40 European and not-so-European countries, from Ireland to Azerbaijan, send pop groups or singers to represent them in a contest between nations, filmed simultaneously by multiple television channels.
    With its classic pop numbers, catchy refrains, razzamatazz, and over-the-top lighting, the annual ritual of the Eurovision Song Contest has held audiences spellbound for decades.
    Each co
  • Airdate: Alex Strangelove

    Netflix screens the movie Alex Strangelove described as a rollercoaster of sexual identity.
    This is written and directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins, Wilson), produced by Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock, and Jared Ian Goldman.
    Alex Strangelove tells the story of Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny), a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) and a bright future ahead of him – and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his v
  • Airdate: The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!

    Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon will commentate the Royal Wedding in character on The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish! .
    It will air in Australia on both Comedy and FOX8 Live at 9:30pm Saturday, same time as the US (replayed Sunday on FOX8 and Monday on Comedy).
     The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon gives us a taste of what’s to come…
  • Airdate: Making Child Prodigies

    ABC screens a 6 part factual Making Child Prodigies, profiling five gifted children and exploring what it takes to be a child prodigy.
    The series includes coach Alan D. Thompson, Chairman of Mensa International’s Gifted Youth Committee and Education Consultant Michele Juratowitch, co-author of Releasing the Brakes.
    Prodigies are a rare phenomenon – awe-inspiring, yet barely understood. In Australia, there are less than 4,000 exceptionally gifted children under the age of 12, and of
  • Pointless without Chris Bath

    Chris Bath was approached to host Pointless, according to reports this afternoon, but it isn’t happening due to her ABC commitments.
    News Corp reports the Evenings host on ABC Radio was offered the hosting gig but the broadcaster has other plans.
    “Chris Bath is a popular and highly valued member of the ABC Radio Sydney team,” an ABC spokesman said. “The ABC is looking to use Chris’ television and radio skills across all its platforms in the future.”
  • BBC Knowledge: Divided States

    BBC Knowledge will screen Divided States, a series of documentaries that will examine racism, gun violence and hate crimes in America.
    These include Love & Hate Crime, One Deadly Weekend in America, KKK: Fight for White Supremacy and Black Power: America’s Armed Resistance.
    Love & Hate Crime (Thursdays from 31 May at 9.30pm) exposes how dangerous it is to be different in America with three devastating hate crimes explored. A beautiful teenage transsexual, Mercedes Williamson, is k
  • US Fall trailers: CBS

    CBS has now released trailers for its upcoming Fall shows including the revived Murphy Brown and the rebooted Magnum P.I.
    Aussie Felix Mallard (Neighbours) also has a key role in Happy Together.
    Murphy BrownMultiple Emmy Award winners Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for Murphy Brown, the revival of the groundbreaking comedy about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, &ldquo
  • 50,000 homecoming crowd for Netta in Tel Aviv

    Netta | Toy | Rabin Square
    Israel, I'm HOME! 🇮🇱💙כאן
    Posted by ‎Netta Barzilai נטע ברזילי‎ on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
    Eurovision winner Netta performed to a crowd of 50,000 adoring Israelis in Tel Aviv this week, following her triumph in Lisbon.
    Prior to landing, she treated passengers on her El-Al flight to a reprise of “Toy”, with airline crew and passengers clapping along, followed
  • One Plus One: May 18

    The Living Room‘s Barry Du Bois is interviewed by Jane Hutcheon tomorrow on ABC’s One Plus One.
    Builder-turned-TV presenter Barry Du Bois is battling cancer for a second time. While he accepts his disease is incurable, he says his approach to life is more positive than ever.
    1pm Friday on ABC.
  • Just how bad are the lookalikes in Harry & Meghan telemovie?

    Poor Prince William. We’re so sorry Your Majesty. Apologies to Prince Charles too.
    These three cop the most shocking lookalikes in Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance which screens tonight on Seven.The opening scene in Africa with young Harry, William and dad Charles is such a shocker I couldn’t move from my couch.But while the script is poor throughout, I have to say it’s the two leads, Parisa Fitz-Henley as Meghan Markle, and Murray Fraser as Prince Har
  • Returning: Ransom

    Season 2 of Canadian-US-Euro drama Ransom, begins next month on FOX8.
    It stars Luke Roberts as Eric Beaumont in a drama inspired by crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner Marwan Mery.
    This premiered in the US in April.
    Eric’s team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. He understands criminals better than they do and uses his insight into human behaviour to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, he refuses to resort to violence, ev
  • Axed: The Last Ship to end with fifth season

    US cable network TNT has now confirmed what fans of The Last Ship have suspected: the fifth season will be the last.
    In September cast member Travis Van Winkle posted news (and subsequently deleted) on Instagram after wrapping production on Season 5, referring to a “series wrap.”
    At the time TNT responded with a statement, “We shot two seasons simultaneously, the fourth is currently on the air and the fifth will return next summer. We greenlit the fifth with the idea that it c
  • The Graham Norton Show: May 18

    This week on The Graham Norton Show: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, David Beckham and Joan Armatrading.
    Graham is joined by Hollywood superstars Ryan Reynolds and Josh who star in the marvel blockbuster film, Deadpool 2.
    Sporting icon David Beckham drops by for a chat and music legend Joan Armatrading warms up Graham’s famous red couch.
    Later in the show, Joan performs ‘I like It When We’re Together’ from her new album.
    8:30pm Friday on TEN.
  • Gruen tops entertainment shows on Wednesday

    Gruen was the top ranking entertainment show last night, pulling 798,000 viewers for ABC, ahead of Britain’s Got Talent, Instinct & Modern Family (both from 8:45pm) and Lebanese Beauty Queens.
    That helped boost The Weekly with Charlie Pickering from 550,000 last week to 673,000 last night too, also leading the pack.
    MasterChef Australia won again at 7:30pm with 762,000 and topping the demos defeating Young Sheldon, House Rules, Home Delivery, 7:30, Big Bang and Secrets
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018

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  • Yael Stone wary of the Rock

    “I have never been to Hanging Rock,” admits Yael Stone.
    “My character doesn’t go on the Picnic because she is charged with staying at home. And we did some press at the Rock but I was too pregnant to climb it.
    “I’m a little wary of it. I imagine it does have some power.”
    In fact everything about Picnic at Hanging Rock makes Stone a very wary woman.
    Whether it is the Central Victorian formation itself, Joan Lindsay’s haunting 1967 book or Peter Wei
  • Renewed: Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell

    EXCLUSIVE: ABC will screen another season of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell on the way.
    More episodes will screen around August, marking only the second time the show has taken on two seasons in one calendar year (the last was in 2014). With another 13 episodes due, it will be the show’s biggest output in one year.
    With Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation launching on Nine on Monday, fans are getting an embarrassment of Micallef riches.
    On Nine he sports a trim beard and colourf
  • Gallery: #9AllStars

    The stars of The Voice, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, True Story with Hamish & Andy and Love Island gathered in Sydney last night for a media event to promote upcoming shows.
    The Voice coaches have returned to Australia ahead of Sunday’s first Live show this year, so the even at Twitter HQ was a chance to promote other titles due soon.
    If you’re a fan of any of the shows, check their Twitter accounts for the dedicated Q&As Twitter recorded (there&
  • Lachlan Murdoch CEO of New Fox

    Lachlan Murdoch will serve as chairman and CEO of New Fox, the new company to be formed after 21st Century FOX sells much of its TV and entertainment holdings to Walt Disney Co.
    John Nallen, currently CFO of 21st Century FOX, will serve as chief operating officer of New Fox. Rupert Murdoch will be co-chairman of New Fox.
    “We have worked through the winter ‘standing up’ a reimagined independent Fox. The strengths of the new company, a leader in News, Sports and Entertainment, p
  • In: Roswell, Charmed, Magnum reboots.

    Amongst the US Upfronts this week is the confirmation that Charmed, Magnum PI and Roswell reboots are headed to series, but The Greatest American Hero and Cagney & Lacey are not.
    Magnum P.I.  for CBS stars Suicide Squad’s Jay Hernandez, sans Selleck-moustache.
    A modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii.
  • Airdate: Counterpart

    Critically acclaimed US spy drama Counterpart, starring J.K. Simmons, is coming to SBS in June.
    The 10-part Starz-produced drama, which boasts a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, is set to give new meaning to the term ‘double-crossing .’
    Marshall Heald, SBS’s Director of Television and Online Content said: “Counterpart has been highly-acclaimed by both international critics and audiences alike, for its intense exploration of identity, relationships and culture. The
  • Delta vs Delta showdown

    It may only have been around 9 minutes head to head last Sunday but this weekend Delta Goodrem shows will battle in the same timeslot for 30 – 45 minutes.
    Nine’s Live Voice showcase is timed to wrap at 9pm -unlikely to finish on time in any realistic scenario.
    Meanwhile Part 2 of Olivia Newton John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is due to begin at 8:30pm after House Rules (also unlikely).
    But for around half an hour both shows will be competing. Nine ranked highest last S
  • Report: Netflix in talks to revive Designated Survivor

    Axed-drama Designated Survivor may yet return with producers eOne reportedly in discussion with Netflix, but talks are said to be preliminary.
    While the drama was produced for ABC, Netflix has SVOD rights outside the US and Canada (Hulu has US rights). The Kiefer Sutherland series has performed will in its delayed viewing if not necessarily in Overnight broadcasting.
    Designated Survivor also went through four showrunners for its two seasons on the air, and had a deal a place with a fifth to run
  • Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

    At its worst this is car-crash hilarious, at its best the two leads make it an endearing chick flick. 9:30pm Thursday on Seven.The Handmaid’s Tale
    Law & Order: SVU
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