TV Tonight Australia's leading TV blog Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:58:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Australia’s Next Top Model Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:58:02 +0000 2015-04-18_1904

Omigawd Australia’s Next Top Model is back. And Omigawd they say Omigawd a lot.

It’s been two years since Gen-Y’s ultimate reality show has appeared, due to the death of Charlotte Dawson.

In truth Dawson had quit the series, claiming she no longer felt young girls should pursue modelling, despite having aligned with the brand since 2007. But given she had a hot and cold relationship with fame, it’s probably safe to assume her exit was affected by her mood.

The 2015 season is therefore dedicated to her memory, as US host Tyra Banks tells us at the top of the first episode. The “irreplaceable” Dawson is only replaced this season by a roll-call of A-list stars including Alessandra Ambrosio, Kelly Osbourne, Jean Paul Gaultier and Linda Evangelista. Points for pulling power. They’ve even secured the services of Kim Kardashian -albeit via video- enough to send the  girls, and presumably the audience, into meltdown.

Returning too is host Jennifer Hawkins, judge Alex Perry, mentor Didier Cohen and new mentor Cheyenne Tozzi.

This year the top 12 have been pre-selected, abandoning elimination challenges, which helps cut to the chase. The girls are aged from 16 years old and according to Alex Perry are the strongest 12 they’ve had for many years (he also referred to one of them as a “Hobbit” -have we learned nothing about inappropriate comments?).

Amongst the 12 is a tomboy who drives excavators and an ex-pat Sudanese who tells us she would have been oppressed had she remained in South Sudan. You go girl. At this exciting stage of the contest there is strength in numbers and the girls show little sign of competitiveness. Yes, there are plenty of “Omigawd” exclamations.

The first challenge is thrown at them on Day 1: a public fashion catwalk -with none of the usual coaching. Suffice to say, it’s totes awks.

The aspirational model house in Sydney draws more gasps and “Omigawds” as they run amok between the pool and the bedrooms, only stopping for the product placement gift packs.

The first powerhouse guest is model Alessandra Ambrosio who, with her gleaming white teeth, helps judge the first portfolio challenge. Jennifer Hawkins tells us there’s a new scoring system in place this year, reliant on the challenge and photos. After a 2 year break I can’t really recall what else factored into the scoring, so there is a risk this is overplayed.

Perry, whilst judging, tells one girl that models who top and tail a catwalk are more memorable.

“The ones that are in the middle are kind of like in the middle of the show,” he says. Deep.

Hawkins as host is a lot more relaxed than her 2013 debut. I’d like to see her more present in the episodes, but I’ve had this minor beef with the format, regardless of host.

Episode two features Kelly Osbourne and a season twist.

It’s hard to avoid the harsh elimination (oh, the tears) of teenage girls being culled on their physical appearance, but on the upside ANTM has managed to propel several winners onto the international modelling circuit.

ANTM is Foxtel’s most enduring local brand and if it can avoid the bullying claims and associated publicity moves of former cycles, then 2015 should hit the target with its core demographic.

Australia’s Next Top Model returns 7:30pm Thursday April 30 on FOX8.

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Confirmed: Home and Away to be inducted into Hall of Fame Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:55:59 +0000 2015-04-19_0056

As first revealed by TV Tonight, Home and Away will be inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame.

The Sunday Telegraph revealed the “Exclusive” today, despite a previous claim it would be announced on the night.

In its 27th year on air Home and Away certainly deserves a place in the roll call, joining just three other shows: Four Corners, Neighbours and Play School. The Seven show has a rich history of catapulting talent to international stardom, and dominates TV Week magazine sales.

But the Hall of Fame award remains so terribly gender imbalanced with 27 men and 1 woman in its annals.

Since launching the #morelogiewomen campaign, social media users have called upon judges to recognise our great Australian TV women, including coverage on Studio 10, ABC Radio, Mamma Mia and BuzzFeed.

2016 your ladies await you…

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Aussies nominated at Rockie Awards Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:53:34 +0000 2014-12-28_1421

SBS and ABC titles are in the running for the Rockie Awards at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada.

Aussie nominees include:

Youth Fiction
Nowhere Boys, ABC

Science and Technology
MythBusters, SBS

Humanitarian and Investigation
Prison Songs, SBS

Environmental and Wildlife
What’s The Catch?,SBS

Children’s Nonfiction
Wacky World Beaters, ABC

Also nominated were Happy Valley, How To Get Away With Murder, Suits, The Blacklist, Continuum, Doctor Who, Outlander and The Flash.

Canadian series have scored 39 nominations, mainly in digital categories this year. US titles have 29 nominations, while British series garnered 26 nominations.

The event takes place from June 7 to 10.

Full nominees.

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Voting opens on Bogie Awards Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:52:28 +0000 2015-04-19_0112

Sydney Morning Herald launches its annual Bogie Awards, the alternative to the Logies today.

The snarky awards for the worst on the box are run by TV columnist David Dale every year, who has already shortlisted the categories and nominees for you.

They include:

Least real “Reality” show: My Kitchen Rules (Seven); The Block (Nine); Beauty and the Geek (Seven); The Real Housewives of Melbourne (Arena); The Bachelor Australia (Ten).

Smuggest talent quest judge: Shaynna Blaze (The Block); George Calombaris (MasterChef); Pete Evans (My Kitchen Rules); Alex Perry (Australia’s Next Top Model); Matt Preston (MasterChef); Neale Whitaker (The Block).

Network most contemptuous of viewers: ABC; Foxtel; Nine; SBS; Seven; Ten.

Most incomprehensible plotting: The Code; State of Affairs; Fortitude; How To Get Away With Murder; Witnesses.

You can vote in the categories here.

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Sonia Kruger returning to Mornings Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:46:24 +0000 2015-04-18_2315

TV Tonight can reveal Sonia Kruger will return to Mornings on Nine on Monday April 27th.

She will join co-host David Campbell -also recently a new father once again, back in the chairs in their fourth year.

It will be busy times ahead for Kruger with a primetime co-hosting of The Voice, alongside Darren McMullen.

Nine is yet to confirm the future for Big Brother, amid rumours of a possible Celebrity Big Brother later this year.

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Airdate: Top of the Lake Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:44:33 +0000 2013-02-20_0047

ABC originally rejected backing it but next month will finally get to screen Jane Campion’s miniseries Top of the Lake.

The BBC mystery went on to receive plenty of critical acclaim and award wins from Golden Globe Awards, AACTA Awards, Logies, ASTRA Awards, Creative Emmys, Critics Choice Awards and nominations from Emmy Awards.

It has since been renewed for a second season.

Starring Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Tom Wright and Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting mystery. Set against a vast, varied terrain – moody, pure and remote – Top of the Lake is a story about our search for happiness, where the dream of paradise attracts its dark twin, the fall.

Twelve year old Tui Mitcham, daughter of the local drug lord, is pulled from the freezing waters of an alpine lake in New Zealand. She is discovered to be pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears. Robin Griffin is the straight-talking detective experienced in child protection who is called in to investigate. But as Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she begins to realise that finding the girl is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well-hidden.

9:30pm Sunday May 10 on ABC.

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Cristela’s “possible farewell” to fans Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:40:50 +0000 2015-04-19_0144

Cristela creator-writer-producer-star Cristela Alonzo has written a blog post headed “A Possible Goodbye” in case her US comedy is not renewed.

She writes:

I want to be realistic and honest about things. I’m not sure if the show is coming back. It worries me and not because I want to be on TV more. It worries me because I think this show gives a voice to people that haven’t been given a voice before.

Cristela isn’t a flashy show. It’s not a slick single-cam that looks like it’s a movie shot on a weekly basis, it doesn’t have voiceovers telling you thoughts the characters are currently having and it certainly doesn’t use crass and edgy things to tell its stories. That was my choice to not do any of those things. I wanted to take a harder path, a path that really isn’t taken on TV anymore. I wanted to make a TV show like the kind I grew up with, the kind that looked like a play, the kind that made the live studio audience we tape in front of, just as important as the cast because they are as important.

She also addresses two criticisms levelled at the show:

I grew up in a household where women served men. I had to serve my brothers. My brothers always ate before my sister and I. The women were expected to cook and clean. That’s the family I’m from. And you’re right. Not all Latinos are like that but think about it this way. Let’s look at Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, two successful shows that feature a predominantly white cast. White people don’t say, “HEY BIG BANG THEORY! NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE LIKE THAT! MODERN FAMILY! NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE LIKE THAT!”

Which mom are you talking about? Because on the show, there are TWO mothers: my mother Natalia and my sister Daniela. So which one is stereotypical? They always mean Natalia but that’s my point exactly. There are TWO mothers on the show and the reason Natalia is so rough and mean is because that’s how my mom was in real life. I can’t write her any other way because that wouldn’t be honoring the person my mom really was.

You can read her full blog here.

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Deadline Gallipoli Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:00:23 +0000 Hugh Dancy, Joel Jackson & Sam Worthington star as press fighting military censorship in Foxtel’s excellent miniseries 8:30pm Sunday on Showcase.

  • Shark Tank
  • Australia’s Great War Horse
  • Outlander
  • The Block
  • Californication


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Friday 17 April 2015 Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:50:57 +0000 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:
Date: 17/04/2015 Deliverable: Overnight Channel\Variable FTA SHR % Network ABC 14.7 Network ABC2 2.8 Network ABC3 0.6 Network ABC News 24 1.1 Network ABC TTL 19.2 Network 7 22.9 Network 7TWO 5.7 Network 7mate 5.3 Network 7 TTL 33.9 Network 9 20.0 Network GO! 4.2 Network Gem 3.3 Network 9 TTL 27.5 Network TEN 10.6 Network ONE 2.9 Network ELEVEN 2.2 Network TEN TTL 15.7 Network SBS ONE 2.1 Network SBS 2 1.6 Network NITV 0.1 Network SBS TTL 3.7



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
Date: 17/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 958,000 296,000 325,000 196,000 73,000 67,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 879,000 308,000 264,000 170,000 77,000 60,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 804,000 185,000 236,000 126,000 123,000 133,000
4 MIDSOMER MURDERS-EV Network ABC 803,000 209,000 216,000 160,000 108,000 111,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 783,000 167,000 242,000 161,000 106,000 106,000
6 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 735,000 196,000 233,000 103,000 83,000 120,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 731,000 293,000 175,000 155,000 60,000 47,000
8 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 723,000 206,000 244,000 161,000 111,000
9 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 602,000 344,000 258,000
10 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 584,000 147,000 189,000 99,000 86,000 64,000
11 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 575,000 165,000 161,000 89,000 86,000 73,000
12 HOT SEAT Network 9 552,000 170,000 175,000 126,000 37,000 44,000
13 7.30-EV Network ABC 543,000 151,000 202,000 71,000 62,000 57,000
14 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 543,000 144,000 166,000 98,000 55,000 79,000
15 QI-EV Network ABC 531,000 150,000 179,000 83,000 59,000 59,000
16 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 494,000 141,000 151,000 68,000 64,000 70,000
17 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE -PRE MATCH Network 9 461,000 255,000 206,000
18 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 459,000 96,000 169,000 85,000 45,000 64,000
19 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 440,000 333,000 107,000
20 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Network TEN 410,000 127,000 108,000 78,000 61,000 37,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 301,000 105,000 87,000 46,000 31,000 31,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 300,000 103,000 107,000 46,000 23,000 21,000
3 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 276,000 81,000 96,000 35,000 39,000 26,000
4 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 263,000 147,000 116,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 260,000 96,000 74,000 44,000 25,000 20,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 250,000 129,000 121,000
2 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 241,000 66,000 83,000 31,000 37,000 23,000
3 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 236,000 55,000 98,000 35,000 20,000 28,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 234,000 76,000 68,000 39,000 26,000 24,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 231,000 78,000 82,000 35,000 19,000 17,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 169,000 92,000 77,000
2 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 163,000 32,000 68,000 24,000 23,000 16,000
3 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 158,000 28,000 65,000 43,000 22,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 143,000 21,000 55,000 33,000 16,000 19,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 138,000 29,000 66,000 18,000 14,000 13,000



© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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ANZAC Day: guide Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:58:13 +0000 2015-04-18_0035

Four networks will cover ANZAC Day events Live next Saturday, April 25.

ABC has the most comprehensive coverage across the day. Due to the various time differences, involved, viewers should also check local guides.

On Anzac Day the ABC will have comprehensive broadcast coverage of all the commemorations, from local marches in towns and cities across Australia to services in Turkey and France.

From 4.25am AEST on ABC and ABC News 24, join host Michael Rowland live from Turkey and Virginia Trioli in Canberra along with ABC reporters at dawn services across Australia, as the nation wakes up on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Stephanie Brantz will also host coverage across the day live from Gallipoli on ABC.

The early morning live simulcast of Anzac Day events include the Anzac Dawn Service in Sydney, followed by the National Dawn Service from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

On ABC, Anzac Day marches in each capital city will be broadcast in every state and territory, while on ABC News 24, viewers can watch the Anzac Day National Ceremony from the Australian War Memorial.

Following the local marches, the TV simulcast will continue from 12.30pm on ABC and ABC News 24 of the Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Services. Coverage continues right throughout the afternoon from Gallipoli.

Just before 6pm AEST there will be the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove’s Address, followed by the Anzac Day Lone Pine Memorial Service. At 7pm, join us for a one hour ABC News special, hosted by Scott Bevan, live from Gallipoli, as well as full coverage of all the day’s highlights.

On ABC, the local Anzac Day marches are at:
NSW 9.00am – 12.30pm
ACT 10.30am – 12.30pm (National Ceremony)
VIC 9.00am – 12.30pm
TAS 10.30am – 12.30pm
QLD 9.30am – 12.30pm
SA 9.00am – 12.30pm
NT 10.45am – 12.30pm
WA 9.20am – 12.00pm

ABC and ABC News 24 Coverage Highlights (AEST):
4.25am – 5.30am ABC News Breakfast: Anzac Dawn Service from Sydney
5.30am – 6.00am Anzac Day National Dawn Service from Canberra
12.30pm – 1.30pm Anzac Day Gallipoli Dawn Service, Turkey
1.30pm – 2.30pm Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service, France
5.55pm – 6pm Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove’s Address
6.00pm – 7.00pm Anzac Day Lone Pine Memorial Service, Turkey
7.00pm – 8.00pm ABC News Special

Featuring an extensive range of live and catch-up programming from across the week across all channels, ABC iview’s Anzac Collection will also include all the state marches for catch-up viewing.


Nine’s coverage of Anzac Day will begin at 4.30am with the dawn service from Martin Place in Sydney. This will be followed by Weekend Today and Mornings.

From 12 Noon, join Peter Overton, Patrick Lindsay and Cameron Williams (live from Gallipoli) for Gallipoli 100 Years: Nine News Special Live celebrating 100 years on with the Live dawn service from Gallipoli (12.30pm to 1.30pm) and the Live dawn service from Villers Bretonneux (1.30pm to 2.30pm)

3pm in VIC, SA and WA
The First Victory
Documentary. November 9 1914, HMAS Sydney just departed from Albany in WA was instructed to investigate a German ship the SS Emden near the Cocos Islands. Both ships went into combat with the Sydney overpowering the Emden. It has been regarded as the First Victory of WW1.

15.30 in VIC, SA and WA
In Their Footsteps
Tony Boyd was an RAAF fighter pilot, a dangerous and glamorous job that took him to the skies above Malta during the Mediterranean island’s crippling siege during World War II. He was killed in action in 1942 and all these years later; his great niece wants to find out what really happened in the skies where he flew. will Live Stream the Anzac Day dawn services in Gallipoli, Villers Bretonneux, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.


Anzac Day coverage begins on Channel Seven at 4am AEST with Sunrise’s David Koch and Samantha Armytage live from ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli.

Then join Seven News’ Mark Ferguson, Chris Bath and Melissa Doyle from ANZAC Cove as we broadcast live the Dawn Service at the ANZAC Commemorative Site at Gallipoli from 12.30pm AEST on 7TWO, then the Dawn Service from Villers-Brettoneux in France from 1.30pm AEST on 7TWO.

Rolling coverage continues throughout the day until 6.00pm AEST on 7TWO.

Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG and Nick McCallum will be reporting live from ANZAC Cove, while Seven News senior correspondent Chris Reason will be joined by Mark Donaldson VCat Villers-Brettoneux in France.

Mark Ferguson will present Sydney’s Seven News from Gallipoli at 6pm AEST on Seven.


8:30am – 1:30pm TEN Eyewitness News Special: ANZAC Day 100 Years
Natarsha Belling hosts our live Centenary of Anzac Special including a comprehensive wrap of Anzac Day marches, followed by the Centenary of Anzac dawn service live from Gallipoli.

8:30pm Movie: Gallipoli. Don’t miss our digitally remastered Anzac Day presentation. Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Hunter, Bill Kerr, Robert Grubb, Harold Hopkins, David Argue


8:30pm Kokoda New Guinea, 1942. Australia is at war with Japan. A small platoon of Australian soldiers from the 39th battalion have been set as a forward patrol far outside the perimeter of Isurava, a village on the Kokoda track. After sustained bombardment and initial attacks from the Japanese, the men are cut off from their supply lines and all communications. Isolated in the jungle behind enemy lines, they must make their way back through the most unforgiving terrain on earth to get to safety and the main body of Australian troops. Allegiances form, strengths and weaknesses emerge, and leadership battles threaten to destroy the group, as the going gets tougher and tougher.

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Checkout producer calls for VPNs to become illegal Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:56:21 +0000 2015-04-18_0149

Well this one does not really add up….

Nick Murray, whose company CJZ produces The Checkout, is calling for a clampdown on Australians using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access content from overseas.

Asked by Mumbrella if VPNs should be illegal, Murray said, “It should be. It should absolutely be regulated somehow to make it so people in Australia shouldn’t use VPNs.” Murray defended the arrangement of selling content by territory saying “that’s how we get our money” adding: “The people who say we should get rid of the geo-blocker, it’s just bizarre, as that is how content is sold.”

The Checkout, as you may recall, spends much of its half hour championing the rights of the consumer and advising them how to work within the legal rights of fine print.

Even CHOICE magazine has openly published on the legal ways Australians can use VPNs.

Back in 2011 Hungry Beast, told viewers “If you are nervous about your privacy online, conscious that every website you visit might be tracked, recorded and analysed by others, don’t worry, there are ways
around the problem. One of those solutions is a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. Using a VPN allows you to visit websites anonymously, masking your computer’s IP address. This story by Hungry Beast’s Lewis Hobba and Patrick Clair explains how it works.”

The show was produced by Zapruder’s Other Films, which later merged with Cordell Jigsaw to form CJZ.

Murray had really better hope that well-informed Australian consumers don’t mark this one down for the F.U. Tube.

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Nathan Fillion signs for more Castle, but doubts over Stana Katic. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:54:23 +0000 2015-04-18_0014

Nathan Fillion has signed a new deal to continue as the title character on Castle, should the show be renewed for an eighth season.

However, the future for co-lead Stana Katic, whose contract also is up, is yet to be determined.

Showrunner David Amann would also not return for any possible Season 8, while TVLine reports both series creator Andrew W. Marlowe and executive producer Terri Edda Miller would likely step away from their producing/writing duties to focus on development.

Amann has previously said, “Obviously, we’re prepared for whatever comes along, and we’ll adjust as necessary…. In the meantime, we’ll just make the best show that we can.”

Last November Katic said, “If the character is complete, if there is nowhere else to go creatively, then I think it’s better to stop when you’re on top…. [F]or me it’s about art over finance, and as long as we’re creating something that is compelling and that has somewhere to go, then we’re good to go. And when we find that we’re not… then it’s time for everyone to pack up and move onto the next thing.”

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Must they colourise I Love Lucy? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:50:10 +0000 2015-04-18_0115

CBS is set to “colorize” two episodes of I Love Lucy for a one hour special, after it did the same to episodes over the Christmas season.

Variety reports “L.A. at Last!” and “Lucy and Superman,” which were filmed in the 1950s, will be given “a vintage look” for the special in May.

“Lucy and Superman” follows the trials of scheduling kids’ birthday parties and features George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman). William Holden guest stars in “L.A. at Last!” which has Lucy and Ricky finally landing in Los Angeles because Ricky is appearing in a new motion picture.

The special will also show additional material that has not been broadcast since the episode first aired in 1955.

No doubt the advancements have come a long way since the early days of colourisation -which still left greys alongside painted skin tones- but I think the only way to watch these is as they were originally produced: in glorious black and white.

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Four Corners: April 20 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:44:59 +0000 2015-04-17_1856

Next Monday on Four Corners in “Degrees of Deception” reporter Linton Besser looks at how our universities have traded away academic standards in the race for cash.

Australia has been gripped by a national debate over how to fund our university education. But perhaps there’s a more important question: what is it worth?

A Four Corners investigation has unearthed alarming new evidence of a decline in academic standards at institutions around the country.

Lecturers and tutors are grappling with a tide of academic misconduct and pressure from faculty managers to pass weak students. Many say commercial imperatives are overtaking academic rigour.

But why is this happening?

As Federal Government funding for universities has declined, Vice-Chancellors have been forced to look elsewhere to fill the void.

And for much of the past two decades, they’ve been tapping into a booming market – full fee-paying overseas students.

Right now the country’s 40 universities are pulling in billions of dollars from students who are desperate for a degree from an Australian university and the possibility of a job and permanent residency.

But to ensure a steady flow of students from overseas, universities have had to ensure their entry requirements are sufficiently low.

This week, reporter Linton Besser also provides alarming evidence of corruption among the network of overseas agents who tout for business on universities’ behalf.

“The risk is they’re going to put applicants through to the university with fake qualifications or who they know have cheated on tests, or who are trying to undertake some sort of visa fraud.” – Corruption investigator

Ironically, these forces are also placing international students under enormous pressure.

Despite the promises of agents, and after meeting universities’ entry requirements, many don’t have the level of English needed to successfully undertake a degree course.

It’s a situation that leaves students isolated and desperate; a scenario fuelling a thriving blackmarket in plagiarism and the corruption of some academics.

An experienced lecturer has told Four Corners the failure to maintain standards in the course she teaches means graduates could put lives in danger when they begin working.

“They might find themselves being the only registered nurse on duty. And that is something that frightens me.” – University Nursing lecturer

With universities now hooked on the income derived from foreign students, very few university employees can openly acknowledge these problems. Those who do, say that they face the possibility they will lose their job.

Monday 20th April at 8.30pm on ABC.

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Paula Tilbrook retires from Emmerdale Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:41:04 +0000 2015-04-18_0048

Long-running Emmerdale actress Paula Tilbrook who plays village gossip Betty Eagleton is retiring after 21 years with the UK soap.

She first appeared in April 1994 for just three episodes, but has now filmed her final scenes.

“I have been at Emmerdale for twenty-one years and I’ve loved every moment. Today is both the saddest and the happiest day of my life. Happy because I’ve got everyone here with me but the sad part is I’m leaving. But there is a great atmosphere and it is nice to go out on a high,” she said.

Kate Oates Series Producer says: “It’s impossible to overstate how much everyone at Emmerdale will miss Paula. In Betty, she’s created a British television icon: someone who has lit up our screens and touched our hearts. Off screen, she is an integral part of the Emmerdale family: an inspiration to those she works with, as well as a fabulous raconteur and hilarious storyteller. We are sad to lose her from the programme, but wish her the happy retirement she so deserves.”

Her final scenes will air in the UK in mid-May.

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New Tricks Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 In the season final a mixtape from 1983 is discovered, with the voice of a  girl who was murdered after it went into her school’s time capsule. 7:30pm Saturday ABC.

  • Wolf Hall
  • Great Continental Railway Journeys
  • Movie: A Good Day to Die Hard
  • If You Are the One
  • Bondi Vet
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Final season for Mr Selfridge? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:12:21 +0000 2015-04-17_1704

Is Mr Selfridge closing his doors with season four?

While ITV hasn’t made any finality statements, Amanda Abbington -who plays Josie Mardle- says the upcoming fourth series will be its last.

“I shall definitely be back to see Miss Mardle’s character through… It’s the last series, so after this we won’t be doing any more, which will be really sad because it’s been a part of my life for four years,” she told What’s on TV.

“But I’m sure there will be more heartache and a rollercoaster of emotions for Miss Mardle and Mr Groves. But I don’t know whether it’ll end very happily, who knows? I haven’t seen the scripts yet. I’m hoping they’ll ride off into the sunset, but I don’t think that will happen!”

Mr Selfridge will return with 10 new episodes in 2016. It airs in Australia on Seven.

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Foxtel adds Thronecast for GoT fans Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:05:16 +0000 2015-04-17_1540

This is a good idea…. Foxtel will capitalise on Game of Thrones for its rabid audience by screening the UK recap series Thronecast (yes they make TV shows talking about what happened on TV now…).

Host Sue Perkins (Great British Bake Off) and co-host Jamie East from are joined by a panel including cast and crew plus guest experts and celebrity fans who dissect the latest storylines.

There are special reports, audience interaction, sneak peeks and behind the scenes footage.

It also includes exclusive commentary of key scenes fro Executive Producers and Writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and interviews with cast members (please, no spoilers).

Episode one special guests includes Liam Cunningham who plays character Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight in Game of Thrones, Dermot O’Leary (The X Factor UK), and historian Dan Jones.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, Thronecast launches with a one hour special 7:30pm Sunday April 19 on FOX8 and continues with half hour episodes to accompany the series, Tuesdays at 10.30pm on Showcase.

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Jamie Lawson on The Loop Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:40:25 +0000

Jamie Lawson performs “Wasn’t Expecting That” on The Loop, tomorrow 9.05am Saturday on ELEVEN.

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Federation Cup on 7TWO Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:20:25 +0000 2015-04-17_1459

Australians Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua, Jarmila Gajdosova and Olivia Rogowska are in `s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands this weekend for the Federation Cup World Group play-offs.

Todd Woodbridge and Nicole Bradtke will host the coverage for Seven.

Captain Alicia Molik will lead the Australian team in the World Group play-off as they seek to atone for their first round loss to Germany in February.

Australia will go in favourite as they take on the Netherlands team of Kiki Bertens, Richel Hogenkamp, Arantxa Rus and Michaelle Krajicek.

Saturday April 18
Federation Cup – Australia v Netherlands
Sydney 9.30pm Live on 7TWO
Melbourne 9.30pm Live on 7TWO
Brisbane 9.30pm Live on 7TWO
Adelaide 9pm Live on 7TWO
Perth 7.30pm Live on 7TWO

Sunday April 19
Federation Cup – Australia v Netherlands
Sydney 9.30pm Live on 7TWO
Melbourne 9.30pm Live on 7TWO
Brisbane 9.30pm Live on 7TWO
Adelaide 9pm Live on 7TWO
Perth 7.30pm Live on 7TWO

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Paula Duncan opens up on depression Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:45:17 +0000

Paula Duncan, so memorable as Danni Francis in Cop Shop, has spoken to Craig Bennett on Studio 10, mostly about dealing with depression and marriage breakdown.

One of the biggest revelations she shares is that she only learned about her mother’s death during a recording of This is Your Life, when her father, brothers and sister emerged to greet her.

Duncan was as famous as Rebecca Gibney, Lisa McCune or Asher Keddie during her heyday on Seven’s 70s cop show.

She most recently appeared in ABC’s Hiding.

Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

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Marvel’s Daredevil hit by piracy too Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:00:20 +0000 2015-04-17_1347

It’s not just Game of Thrones being plundered by pirates, but Marvel’s Daredevil too.

A week ago Netflix unveiled its latest superhero series starring Charlie Cox.

They released the full series in Australia as the same time as the US, including for those enjoying a free first month of streaming video.

According to Variety, there have been 2.1 million individual users that have downloaded episodes of the show worldwide via torrent networks.

Brazil led all territories on piracy, with 190,274 torrent downloaders over the last week.

The next biggest countries were India (149,316), the U.S. (144,351), the U.K. (119,891), France (105,473) and Australia (101,025). Except for India, Netflix currently offers streaming in each territory.

2.1m torrents is still well behind GoT’s 6.5m for the same period, but the latter also includes past seasons.

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“Next on ABC”: a bit of a spoiler Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:07:37 +0000 2015-04-17_1259

“Next on ABC. A young medic fights to save a life to prove her worth when first stationed in Afghanistan.”

That’s what the voice over at the end of The Checkout said of UK drama Our Girl which premiered at 8:30pm last night.

Having watched the preview for Our Girl I was a tad confused.

Much of the telemovie was about young Molly (Lacey Turner) signing up for the armed forces. As a bit of a rebel, the story focussed heavily on whether she would actually rise to the challenge of training or drop-out altogether.

So it was a bit of a spoiler for ABC to promote the show as her being active on the ground in Afghanistan.

Even more surprising given she doesn’t actually head to Afghanistan until 1:24 hrs into the 1:28 hr telemovie.

An inaccurate voice-over at the end of a show which is slapping false advertising is not really a good look.

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HBO greenlights new comedy for Sarah Jessica-Parker Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:23:12 +0000 2015-04-17_1220

HBO has given a series order to Divorce, a single-camera comedy starring Sarah Jessica-Parker (the name isn’t exactly upbeat).

It marks her first major TV acting commitment since Sex and the City.

Written by Irish writer-actress Sharon Horgan, Divorce tells the story of a very, very long divorce. It centres on Frances (Parker), a New Yorker who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.

Also starring are Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam. Flight Of The Conchords‘ own Jemaine Clement guest starred in the pilot.

Parker will be an executive producer along with Horgan, Paul Simms and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment.

Source: Deadline

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Renewed: Midsomer Murders Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:15:27 +0000 2015-04-17_1026

There’s still trouble in ye olde county of Midsomer….

ITV has renewed Midsomer Murders for an 18th season.

The show is currently filming six feature length episodes starring Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby and Gwilym Lee as DS Charlie Nelson.

Joining the team this series will be a new pathologist Dr Kam Karimore played by Manjinder Virk, who will assist Barnaby and Nelson.

Storylines will include bodysnatching, competitive cycling and even the sighting of UFO’s over Midsomer County.

Director of Drama, ITV Channels Steve November said, “Midsomer Murders is one of ITV’s most enduring and successful dramas,” said Steve. We’re delighted to be recommissioning a further six episodes and to be continuing our working partnership with Jo Wright and her team.”

Jo Wright, executive producer, said: “We are back for even more episodes next year thanks to ITV, which gives us chance to explore more strange and entertaining tales of Midsomer life. And with a new pathologist who will cause DS Nelson trouble in more ways than one.”

Midsomer Murders sells to more than 220 territories worldwide and new episodes are currently airing Friday nights on ABC.

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60 Minutes: April 19 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:45:14 +0000 2015-04-17_1012

This Sunday on 60 Minutes, more behind a manslaughter case, private schools and the extra-talented Sam Smith.

But could we please get back to a decent starting time for the show? 8:30 just does not grab me.

Jessica Silva
On Mother’s Day 2012, 23-year-old Jessica Silva stabbed and killed her partner, the father of her young son. Last month she walked free from court, despite being convicted of manslaughter. Now for the first time Jessica tells her tragic tale of survival. She was the victim of domestic abuse, suffering years of verbal and physical attacks by her partner, James Polkinghorne. On that fateful night, Jessica made a split-second decision to save herself and her family. In this 60 Minutes exclusive, Jessica opens up about her life with Polkinghorne and recounts what happened the night that ended in his death. And she makes a nerve-wracking trip to see his father to seek his forgiveness.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producer: Laura Sparkes

Public v Private
It’s one of the most anxious questions facing parents – which school will give my child the best start in life? The great public-versus-private debate has raged for years. Will the local high school suffice, or do you need to pay big bucks for a private education? Independent schools might offer smart uniforms, high-tech gyms and advanced facilities, but is it worth the ever-increasing fees? A child born today will cost more than half a million dollars to put though private school. Are parents getting their money’s worth? Reporter Tara Brown speaks to families, educators and experts on both sides of the debate to uncover the truth about secondary education.
Reporter: Tara Brown

Producer: Rebecca Le Tourneau

Sam Smith
He is arguably the biggest name in music at the moment. Sam Smith cleaned up at this year’s Grammy Awards and is now a global superstar. Such is his success that it is hard to believe that just two years ago he was serving beers and cleaning toilets at a London pub. 60 Minutes travels with Sam back to where he wrote his debut hit album, Lonely Hour, and to the tiny church where he first performed for family and friends. Sam opens up to Allison Langdon about his sexuality, his battles with weight, and why he embraces melancholy. Underneath it all is a lovely young man with a warm smile and great sense of humour.

Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Steven Burling

8:30pm Sunday on Nine.

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Nine wins Thursday, TEN surges in demos. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:59:33 +0000 2015-04-17_0955

With no sign of either MKR or The Block last night there was a bit of a shake-up in the numbers.

Just one show ranked over a million viewers with Home and Away as the top entertainment show of the night. But Seven’s new Thursday line-up was beaten by Nine’s, and it landed third in the demos after TEN performed well with key demos.

Gogglebox ended its season with its best audience this year on 594,000 and topping all key demos.

In the end Nine network won the night with 28.6% then Seven 27.4%, TEN 20.5%, ABC 16.5% and SBS 7.0%.

Nine News (1.03m / 954,000) was #1 for Nine then A Current Affair (884,000), Top Gear (580,000), The Footy Show (574,000) and Hot Seat (511,000).

Seven News (921,000 / 868,000) was best for Seven followed by Home and Away (709,000), Australia: The Story of Us (653,000), Downton Abbey (640,000) and Million Dollar Minute (512,000). State of Affairs was just 193,000.

TEN had a pretty good night. The final Gogglebox was 594,000 for TEN. Modern Family was 579,000 / 576,000, TEN Eyewitness News (543,000) and The Project (496,000 / 408,000). SVU was 288,000.

ABC News (781,000) led ABC then 7:30 (671,000), The Checkout (603,000), Our Girl (399,000) and Antiques Roadshow (377,000).

On SBS ONE it was Poh and Co. (371,000), Chocolate Perfection with Michel Roux Jr. (271,000), Rachel Khoo’s Cosmopolitan Cook (238,000), Vikings (201,000) and SBS World News (115,000).

7TWO’s Lewis (276,000) topped mulichannels.

The Morning Show: 158,000 / 107,000
Mornings: 114,000
Studio 10: 57,000 / 44,000

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 16 April 2015.

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Thursday 16 April 2015 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:23:15 +0000 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: Thursday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 16/04/2015 09/04/2015 Network ABC 11.7% 13.0% Network ABC2 2.9% 2.8% Network ABC3 0.4% 0.7% Network ABC News 24 1.4% 1.2% Network ABC TTL 16.5% 17.7% Network 7 17.8% 16.0% Network 7TWO 6.3% 7.2% Network 7mate 3.3% 3.5% Network 7 TTL 27.4% 26.6% Network 9 20.1% 18.9% Network GO! 5.2% 5.9% Network Gem 3.4% 3.6% Network 9 TTL 28.6% 28.4% Network TEN 13.4% 13.7% Network ONE 2.9% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 4.1% 3.1% Network TEN TTL 20.5% 19.2% Network SBS ONE 5.3% 6.3% Network SBS 2 1.3% 1.2% Network NITV 0.4% 0.5% Network SBS TTL 7.0% 8.0%


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
Date: 16/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,026,000 309,000 323,000 251,000 73,000 71,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 954,000 298,000 323,000 199,000 77,000 57,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 921,000 216,000 255,000 160,000 120,000 171,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 884,000 295,000 238,000 189,000 82,000 81,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 868,000 193,000 250,000 170,000 114,000 141,000
6 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 781,000 220,000 232,000 124,000 95,000 111,000
7 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 709,000 155,000 211,000 159,000 85,000 100,000
8 7.30-EV Network ABC 671,000 182,000 186,000 125,000 78,000 100,000
9 AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US Network 7 653,000 168,000 185,000 146,000 75,000 78,000
10 DOWNTON ABBEY Network 7 640,000 187,000 193,000 129,000 74,000 58,000
11 THE CHECKOUT-EV Network ABC 603,000 146,000 184,000 103,000 81,000 89,000
12 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 594,000 154,000 193,000 99,000 63,000 85,000
13 TOP GEAR Network 9 580,000 151,000 179,000 131,000 60,000 60,000
14 MODERN FAMILY THURS RPT Network TEN 579,000 163,000 187,000 82,000 54,000 94,000
15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 578,000 124,000 180,000 105,000 86,000 84,000
16 MODERN FAMILY THURS EP 2 RPT Network TEN 576,000 157,000 183,000 76,000 55,000 105,000
17 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 574,000 147,000 215,000 81,000 49,000 82,000
18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 543,000 145,000 154,000 94,000 73,000 77,000
19 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 512,000 154,000 130,000 103,000 64,000 60,000
20 HOT SEAT Network 9 511,000 159,000 153,000 138,000 30,000 32,000


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
Date: 16/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 LEWIS Network 7TWO 276,000 83,000 74,000 45,000 37,000 37,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 271,000 58,000 70,000 36,000 43,000 65,000
3 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV TX1 Network GO! 259,000 79,000 53,000 46,000 35,000 46,000
4 PIE IN THE SKY Network 7TWO 257,000 76,000 57,000 58,000 39,000 27,000
5 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 252,000 64,000 85,000 39,000 21,000 42,000
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 246,000 58,000 64,000 36,000 29,000 60,000
7 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 221,000 37,000 64,000 34,000 29,000 56,000
8 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV Network GO! 219,000 69,000 49,000 38,000 26,000 37,000
9 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 215,000 54,000 45,000 50,000 34,000 32,000
10 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 208,000 36,000 63,000 29,000 35,000 45,000
11 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 203,000 46,000 62,000 29,000 25,000 42,000
12 TREE FU TOM-EV Network ABC2 199,000 33,000 64,000 33,000 34,000 34,000
13 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 197,000 57,000 47,000 40,000 25,000 27,000
14 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 193,000 45,000 46,000 47,000 23,000 32,000
15 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 191,000 39,000 47,000 50,000 20,000 34,000
16 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 189,000 34,000 55,000 31,000 35,000 33,000
17 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 187,000 30,000 81,000 25,000 18,000 33,000
18 THE ADVENTURES OF BOTTLE TOP BILL AND HIS BEST FRIEND CORKY-AM Network ABC2 185,000 48,000 41,000 33,000 42,000 21,000
19 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 185,000 27,000 83,000 31,000 11,000 33,000
20 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIFE -EV Network Gem 177,000 44,000 67,000 25,000 23,000 18,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 359,000 104,000 110,000 57,000 40,000 48,000
2 MODERN FAMILY THURS RPT Network TEN 339,000 89,000 121,000 57,000 26,000 46,000
3 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 335,000 91,000 118,000 44,000 33,000 49,000
4 MODERN FAMILY THURS EP 2 RPT Network TEN 332,000 87,000 113,000 51,000 26,000 54,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 322,000 102,000 106,000 64,000 27,000 23,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 338,000 89,000 110,000 54,000 37,000 48,000
2 MODERN FAMILY THURS EP 2 RPT Network TEN 330,000 73,000 117,000 56,000 24,000 60,000
3 MODERN FAMILY THURS RPT Network TEN 318,000 71,000 114,000 56,000 25,000 52,000
4 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 306,000 81,000 113,000 42,000 30,000 41,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 266,000 54,000 90,000 49,000 34,000 39,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 217,000 59,000 66,000 37,000 27,000 29,000
2 MODERN FAMILY THURS RPT Network TEN 214,000 58,000 71,000 36,000 13,000 37,000
3 MODERN FAMILY THURS EP 2 RPT Network TEN 213,000 53,000 73,000 34,000 16,000 37,000
4 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 200,000 50,000 77,000 23,000 22,000 28,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 180,000 32,000 58,000 32,000 28,000 30,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 16/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 87,000
3 GRAND DESIGNS LifeStyle Channel 83,000
14 GOLD RUSH Discovery Channel 59,000
15 GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 56,000
19 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE Discovery Channel 45,000
20 DIY SOS: THE BIG BUILD LifeStyle Channel 45,000


© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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Timeshifted viewing: city vs city. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:58:22 +0000 2015-04-16_2305

In Perth they love catching up with Elementary, in Sydney they prefer Forever and in Adelaide it’s Broadchurch.

How do cities differ in the shows they are watching on Timeshifted viewing?

Dramas still dominate our Timeshifted habits, but our tastes vary across statelines. While Melbourne and Brisbane enjoy catching up with Vikings on SBS, Adelaide and Perth are big fans of Survivor.

Gogglebox is also popular Timeshifted title for Perth while ABC2’s Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom makes Brissie’s top ten.

Here are the results for the last available full week March 29 – April 4. The week does cover a non-ratings week, meaning some big titles were off air.

1 The Doctor Blake Mysteries ABC
2 How To Get Away With Murder Seven
3 Elementary TEN
4 The Good Wife TEN
5 Revenge Seven
6 Grantchester ABC
7 Grey’s Anatomy Seven
8 Vikings SBS ONE
9 Broadchurch ABC
10 Law & Order: SVU TEN

1 Forever -Wed Ep2 Nine
2 The Doctor Blake Mysteries ABC
3 Elementary TEN
4 Forever -Wed Nine
5 Stop Laughing… This Is Serious ABC
6 The Good Wife TEN
7 Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell ABC
8 Law & Order: SVU TEN
9 Criminal Minds Seven
10 Grey’s Anatomy Seven

1 How To Get Away With Murder Seven
2 The Doctor Blake Mysteries ABC
3 Revenge Seven
4 Elementary TEN
5 Grantchester ABC
6 Law & Order: SVU TEN
7 The Good Wife TEN
8 Broadchurch ABC
9 Vikings SBS ONE
10 Grey’s Anatomy Seven

1 The Doctor Blake Mysteries ABC
2 How To Get Away With Murder Seven
3 Grey’s Anatomy Seven
4 Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABC2
5 Grantchester ABC
6 New Tricks ABC
7 Forever -Wed Nine
8 Modern Family TEN
9 Vikings SBS ONE 45,000
10 Gogglebox TEN

1 Broadchurch ABC
2 The Doctor Blake Mysteries ABC
3 How To Get Away With Murder Seven
4 Shark Tank TEN
5 Elementary TEN
6 Grantchester ABC
7 The Good Wife TEN
8 Survivor: Worlds Apart GO!
9 Modern Family TEN
10 Outback ER ABC

1 Elementary TEN
2 The Doctor Blake Mysteries ABC
3 Gogglebox TEN
4 New Tricks ABC
5 Survivor: Worlds Apart GO!
6 Revenge Seven
7 The Amazing Race Seven
8 The Good Wife TEN
9 How To Get Away With Murder Seven
10 Stop Laughing… This Is Serious ABC

You can check regular Timeshifted numbers under the Ratings tab in the top menu.

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM.

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Bondi Vet’s Dr. Lisa set for Nine series Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:55:19 +0000 2015-04-17_0043

Dr Lisa Chimes from Bondi Vet is about to have her own series on Nine, Dr. Lisa to the Rescue.

Being produced by WTFN, the series is currently potential new owners who are considering adopting a pet from an animal rescue shelter (includes singles, families, couples, same-sex etc).

“We are looking for people who are serious about looking for a dog; want a dog; and will look after a dog and give it a ‘forever home’. You also need to be passionate about getting a dog from an animal shelter,” says a casting notice.

Chimes, who has been with Bondi Vet on TEN since its debut in 2009. Yesterday a TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight she remains with the show.

There’s no payment for participating in the show, but you do get pet food and products for your new pooch. And stars in doggie heaven.

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Nine announces NRL Rookie Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:50:06 +0000 2015-04-17_0023

AFL has The Recruit and Nine has now announced the hunt for a new NRL face in The NRL Rookie.

To be produced by McGuire Media, the series sees will give one lucky amateur player a one-year professional contract with one of the 16 NRL clubs.

Entrants must be at least 20 years of age and must not have played an NRL first-grade game or have played NSW Cup, Queensland Cup or Holden Cup Under 20s over the past three seasons.

Entries are now officially open online with trials expected to be conducted in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville and Auckland.

Nine Network Senior Executive Producer, Glenn Pallister, said: “We’re thrilled that this exciting new show will showcase some of the best undiscovered footy talent here in Australia and abroad. Each week the guys will be put through their paces in a variety of physical and mental challenges to see if they have what it takes to be the first NRL Rookie.”

NRL Head of Marketing, Lewis Pullen, said: “Somewhere out there is someone with great potential who dreams of becoming an NRL star. The NRL are going to help him realise that potential, whoever he is. And, not to forget about where they got their start, we’ll also be giving the winning rookie’s local rugby league club $25,000 to use for uniforms, equipment or a clubroom makeover, so we’re really excited.”

The series will air in 2016.

Online applications and terms and conditions (including overseas entries) can be found at

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Free TV buoyed by licence cut review Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:49:49 +0000 2015-04-17_0130

Commercial Free to Air bosses Tim Worner, David Gyngell and Hamish McLennan met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Canberra yesterday to discuss a range of issues on their agenda.

Free TV Chairman Harold Mitchell described the powwow as very constructive, discussing licence fees and their desire for a more level playing field. The government has agreed to review licence fees.

“The Prime Minister recognised that Australian Free-to-air services play a very valuable role in the lives of ordinary Australians and agreed that a review of licence fees is needed to ensure we can continue to provide those services in the new media landscape where we are competing with players which are unregulated and many of which pay little or no tax in Australia,” he said.

“We continue to work with Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull on issues of concern to the industry.

“And we look forward to working with the government on licence fees and other issues so that broadcasters can continue to compete and to produce the programming that Australian viewers love to watch.”

Regional broadcasters held a separate meeting with the PM.

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AFTRS: Writing for Series & Factual TV courses Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:48:53 +0000 2015-04-16_2340

If you’re interested in writing for TV Drama & Factual then AFTRS Open runs a number of courses from professionals behind such shows as Changing Minds, House Husbands & Find My Family.

Writing and working in the fast-paced and challenging environment of series television drama and factual television differs substantially from film on many levels: deadlines are tight and networks are demanding! Television writing requires team work and an understanding of the many production demands needed to make an on-going series.

In Writing for TV Online a 10 week online course starting this month, award winning screenwriter and script producer Andy Watts (Life Begins, Wild At Heart, House Husbands), introduces you to the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama and comedy series concepts.

In Script Editing for TV
this month, Alexa Wyatt, a writer with over twenty years’ experience across a wide variety of genres, looks at the structural and story requirements of the different types of long form television drama as well as the skills required to edit a television script to professional standard.

Writing for Factual TV
is different again. Writing skills and the ability to be a post-producer or “preditor” are highly valued in the doc/factual/reality TV world. You have to know how to build a solid story from rushes and interviews – even when there doesn’t appear to be one! Paul Hawker teaches this weekend intensive course – his huge list of credits includes Changing Minds, Making Families Happy, Mythbusters, Taboo; Find My Family, Airways, The Zoo, Recruits: Paramedics, Bondi Rescue, Farmer Wants a Wife and Hospital Chaplains.

AFTRS Open also has a brand-new Scene Writing Workshop in May. This is another hands-on practical writing course. It focuses more on the nitty-gritty of writing, rather than big picture concept development. You’ll learn skills like how to write great dialogue, how to write scenes based on someone else’s scene breakdown and you’ll also explore how scene writing varies between genres and platforms.

Plus in July there’s Winter School: Writing for TV Intensive . If you have a great idea for a TV show but need help taking it to the next level, this course will help you create viable and original TV drama and series concepts. You’ll learn about the process of concept creation, the structure of a TV series, how to run multiple storylines, how to structure a five-act episode, how to create a written pitch and how to write as a team.

You can find out more about these and other TV writing courses if you head to the AFTRS Open website|I=Television&f.Specialisation:|J=Screenwriting

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George Takei disses “difficult” William Shatner (again) Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:47:06 +0000

Warning: language

Star Trek legend George Takei has been visiting Australia and sat down for an interview with SBS 2’s The Feed.

During the chat Marc Fennell asked him if his public rivalry with his co-star William Shatner was genuine.

“He’s a difficult guy to work with. He’s a charming guy and when you first meet him he will sweet talk y’all. But every one of us have had problems with him,” he said.

He went on to recall examples of Shatner telling the director to focus the camera on him, rather than his co-stars, and sacking a photographer from TV Guide who was doing an essay on Leonard Nimoy.

“He and Leonard had a lot of tension going between them.”

Best bits from 4:50 mins.

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Q & A: April 20 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:45:52 +0000 2015-04-17_0055

Derryn Hinch joins the Q & A panel on Monday, Live from the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Joining Tony Jones will be:

Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb
Former Speaker of the House, Anna Burke
Comedian and Broadcaster, Dave Hughes
CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Jane Burns

9:35pm Monday on ABC and iview.

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The Graham Norton Show: April 17 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:44:53 +0000 2015-04-17_0114

Tonight on the Graham Norton Show, Broadchurch‘s David Tennant and Olivia Colman, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and pop star Jessie J.

David and Olivia talk about appearing in crime drama Broadchurch and Olivia reveals she always knew who the killer was in series one. Talk turns to tattoos as Harvey Weinstein discusses Judi Dench’s tattoo tribute and Jessie J says she regrets her tattoo blunder before performing her new single Masterpiece in the studio.

8:30pm Friday on TEN.

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Airdate: Gates Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:40:33 +0000 2015-04-17_0154

Next month BBC First premieres Gates, a comedy casting a satirical eye on the unforgiving, socially exposed minefield surrounding parents dropping off their kids at the school gates.

The six part series stars Sue Johnston (The Royle Family), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Tom Ellis (Miranda).

On the first day back at work mum Helen hands over the new school drop-off duties to her builder husband Mark with just one proviso: don’t get sucked in. The last three years of her life at their previous primary school have been eaten up by PTA meetings, coffee mornings, fund-raisers and holidays with virtual strangers. Never again.

Mark and Helen have recently relocated with their nine-year-old daughter, and are about to release her to the care of a new primary school. And they’re about to discover what happens when your children choose your friends.

Mondays at 9.30pm from May 4 on BBC First.

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Glee Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:57 +0000 Will, Kurt and Blaine decide to merge the Warblers with the New Directions but Sue is against the idea. 9:30pm Friday on ELEVEN.

  • Midsomer Murders
  • The Living Room
  • Banana
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • The Midwives
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Timeshifted: Wednesday 8 April 2015 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:10:21 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Wednesday Date: 08/04/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 1,584,000 1,467,000 117,000 2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,057,000 1,053,000 4,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,057,000 1,057,000 0 4 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 1,048,000 893,000 156,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,032,000 1,030,000 1,000 6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 973,000 972,000 2,000 7 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 913,000 847,000 66,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 864,000 847,000 18,000 9 SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL-EV Network ABC 850,000 763,000 87,000 10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 846,000 846,000 0 11 STOP LAUGHING… THIS IS SERIOUS-EV Network ABC 788,000 730,000 58,000 12 7.30-EV Network ABC 699,000 698,000 1,000 13 QI-EV Network ABC 686,000 649,000 37,000 14 RBT Network 9 673,000 654,000 19,000 15 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 670,000 669,000 1,000 16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 649,000 649,000 0 17 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 639,000 633,000 6,000 18 HOT SEAT Network 9 620,000 617,000 3,000 19 FOREVER -WED EP1 Network 9 588,000 466,000 122,000 20 FOREVER -WED EP2 Network 9 546,000 414,000 132,000


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Timeshifted: Tuesday 7 April 2015 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:08:46 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 07/04/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 1,545,000 1,416,000 128,000 2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,155,000 1,155,000 1,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,102,000 1,098,000 4,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,053,000 1,053,000 0 5 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 1,052,000 958,000 94,000 6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,041,000 1,040,000 2,000 7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 986,000 977,000 9,000 8 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 936,000 859,000 77,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 857,000 857,000 0 10 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 794,000 732,000 61,000 11 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 750,000 696,000 54,000 12 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 709,000 709,000 0 13 7.30-EV Network ABC 667,000 666,000 1,000 14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 639,000 635,000 3,000 15 CATALYST-EV Network ABC 636,000 610,000 26,000 16 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Network 7 636,000 502,000 134,000 17 HOT SEAT Network 9 628,000 627,000 1,000 18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 615,000 606,000 9,000 19 NCIS RPT Network TEN 545,000 480,000 64,000 20 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 534,000 532,000 2,000

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Returning: Hart of Dixie Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:56:52 +0000 2015-04-16_1755

Season 4 of Hart of Dixie premieres on FOX8 at the end of the month.

This is the final season for the show starring Rachel Bilson.

This premiered in the US in December and there are ten episodes all up.

Pack your bags, because we’re headed back to Bluebell. Follow Dr. Zoe Hart a young doctor from New York City who moved to the small southern town after inheriting a medical practice and soon meets an electric and eccentric group of characters. When we last visited the charming but wacky town Zoe (Rachel Bilson) had decided she was finally going to fight for Wade (Wilson Bethel), who’d opted to stay in Bluebell and continue to run the Rammer Jammer after all. Picking up two weeks after season three ended, Zoe is excited that Wade has decided to stay in BlueBell. However, she is struggling with getting him to notice her attempts at romantic gestures. Brick is surprised when he gets a knock on his door from someone from his past; his former fiancé Shelby who wants to resume their romance. Meanwhile, George and Lavon are on the outs after realizing they both want the same thing: Lemon. With a rocky road ahead for the townspeople of Bluebell, you cannot afford to miss a minute of this ten episode fourth season of Hart of Dixie.

Thursdays from April 30 at 9.00pm.

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Netflix open to making local content, regrets unmetered data deals. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:18:15 +0000 _MG_5561

Netflix isn’t happy about the deals it made for unmetered data with ISPs such as iiNet and Optus.

Chief executive Reed Hastings has told shareholders, “In Australia, we recently sought to protect our new members from data caps by participating in ISP programs that, while common in Australia, effectively condone discrimination among video services – some capped, some not..

“We should have avoided that and will avoid it going forward.”

“Data caps inhibit internet innovation and are bad for consumers.

“We’ve added Australia and New Zealand. In all of these markets, the internet and internet television is catching on and we’re leading competitors,” Mr Hasting said.

“We’re feeling very bullish in the long-term in all of these markets.”

But there was also good news regarding the ongoing question of whether the SVOD will produce local content.

Netflix director of corporate communications Cliff Edwards said, “We don’t come in and say ‘now, or 12 month from now, we have to have six Australian originals’. We get pitches from folks and if they’re made in Australia, or made in New Zealand or made anywhere else, the fact of the matter is they’re good stories and that’s why we pick them up.

“We’re very open and have always said we’re very open to funding originals in Australia, New Zealand, or anywhere else.”

Rival SVOD Stan has already confirmed two local productions in development.

Also in the Quarter 1 results the company advises:

We added a record 4.9 million new members globally in Q1, against our forecast of 4.1 million and prior year of 4.0 million, bringing our total global streaming membership to 62.3 million. In the US, we gained 2.3 million new members, well above our expectation of 1.8 million due to both acquiring and retaining more members than forecast. Internationally, we added 2.6 million members versus a forecast of 2.25 million due to stronger growth than expected across a number of markets. As a reminder, the quarterly guidance we provide is our actual internal forecast at the time we report.

Starting in Q2 we intend to shift some of our US marketing budget to international to take advantage of the substantial available growth opportunities. This, in the short term, drives down international contribution profits and drives up US contribution profits. We are still targeting 40% contribution margin in the US in 2020.

Our international segment was fuelled by continued strong growth across our 50+ countries as well as a successful March 24 launch in Australia and New Zealand, which adds about 8 million broadband households to our addressable market. In ANZ, Netflix benefited from high consumer awareness, a fervent fan base for original series like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black and operator relationships with Optus and iiNet, the second and third largest broadband providers. We expect international Q2 net adds of 1.90 million, up 70% vs. last year. Later in 2015, we will launch additional markets, starting with Japan.

Source: Fairfax

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Gallery: Garry Lyon turns stand-up comic Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:27:31 +0000 2015-04-16_1514a

After Garry Lyon recently lost a bet on The Footy Show his punishment was to do a five-minute stand up act as a warm up for Dave Hughes’ comedy show.

After stalling for a week, apparently needing more time to work on his material, he finally stepped up last night at Hughesy’s Pumped show in the Comedy Festival.


TV Tonight hears he also had a car accident on his way to the gig after someone rear-ended him (and no it wasn’t me!).

As they say, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum -although strictly speaking, it was the Comedy Theatre, not The Forum….

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Billy Crystal’s musical tribute to Letterman Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:47:11 +0000

We’re probably going to be getting a lot of these tributes, but Billy Crystal gets in early with a musical salute to David Letterman.

Song begins to 2:10 mins.

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Airdate: AC/DC Live At River Plate Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:20:29 +0000 2015-04-16_1351

Tomorrow night Nine Network is airing AC/DC Live At River Plate, footage which was shot during their Black Ice World Tour.

This was directed by David Mallet and produced by Rocky Oldham.

Shot in December of 2009, AC/DC Live At River Plate marks AC/DC’s triumphant return to Buenos Aires where nearly 200,000 fans, and 3 sold-out shows, welcomed the band back after a 13 year absence from Argentina. This stunning live footage of AC/DC underscores what Argentina’s Pagina 12 newspaper reported by saying “no one is on the same level when it comes to pure and clear Rock ‘n Roll.”

Friday April 17
Sydney, Brisbane: 11:30pm on Nine
Melbourne: 11:30pm on GEM
Adelaide: 11pm on GEM
Perth: 9:30pm on GEM

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Renewed: Orange is the New Black Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:27:33 +0000 2015-04-16_1323

Netflix has announced a fourth season of hit prison series, Orange is the New Black, ahead of the third season premiere.

The show, starring Taylor Schilling, has garnered more than 20 awards including three Emmy Awards, two SAG Awards, two AFI honours, three Critic’s Choice Television Awards, one NAACP Image Award, one PGA Award, two GLAAD Media Awards, and is a recipient of a Peabody Award and a Television Critics’ Association (TCA) Award.

The inmates from Litchfield Correctional Institution are back soon including Ruby Rose as new inmate Stella.

In Australia S3 will premiere on Friday June 12th on both Netflix and Foxtel, with streaming premiere rights and broadcast premiere rights respectively.

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Nine sells touring arm for $640m, to focus on TV, digital, streaming. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:09:44 +0000 2015-04-07_1439

Whilst I don’t normally file on the various investments of media companies, there is a line in Nine’s press release on the sale of Nine Live that is worth a mention.

Nine is selling its Nine Live touring / events business to Affinity Equity Partners for $640 million.

CEO David Gyngell notes, “With the sale of Nine Live, our focus now is on optimising the performance of our Free-to-Air TV, Digital and Subscription Streaming businesses and maximising returns to our shareholders.”

The statement indicates Nine Entertainment Co. will be in a net cash position, with undrawn bank facilities. That could position Nine for new opportunities that fit with its broadcast and digital outlook, including sports rights.

“Nine Live has grown strongly under NEC ownership for the past 8 years. The team, led by Geoff Jones, have done a remarkable job expanding the business into Touring and Events and, more recently, into international sports and exhibitions,” he said.

“The sale of the business provides an attractive outcome for NEC shareholders, releasing significant proceeds to enable enhanced shareholder returns while retaining substantial financial flexibility. We will also retain a commercial relationship with the business and look forward to continuing to work together in areas where there are mutual benefits between NEC and Nine Live.”

Of course NEC still has other interests, having recently invested in Pedestrian.TV website and has previously invested in other online ventures including Cudo, StyleTread.

NEC remains a 50% owner in SVOD service Stan with Fairfax Media.

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Returning: Beauty and the Beast Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:28:17 +0000 2015-04-16_1226

Season Two of  Beauty and the Beast, featuring Jay Ryan, will have its Australian premiere on FOX8 next week.

Season One previously premiered on ELEVEN but Two begins 8:30pm Tuesday April 21. These episodes premiered in the US in October 2013 and a third season begins there next month.

Based on the 1987 CBS series by the same name, this series takes a look into the soul of a man and the woman who falls in love with him. Season Two begins three months after Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) was abducted by Muirfield, Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), is reunited with him but not in the way she planned. He’s changed: his scar has disappeared, his memory has been wiped clean and he returns as a supercharged beast on a mysterious mission.

Catherine needs to unravel the reasons behind Vincent’s change if she has any hopes of recovering their epic love, while also trying to solve the secrets that swirl around her own life.

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Chrissie Swan guests on Studio 10 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:39:58 +0000 2015-04-16_1138

Next Tuesday and Wednesday Chrissie Swan will make her first visit to the Studio 10 desk as a guest presenter.

She’s no stranger to TEN’s morning TV audience having been much-loved by The Circle fans and it should appeal to I’m A Celebrity followers too.

While EPG amendments word this as “Chrissie Swan returns to morning TV joining Ita, Jess, Sarah and Joe” it’s a two-day appearance, not a permanent move.

You can catch her 8:30am Tuesday and Wednesday on TEN.

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#MKR fans post “ad break animals” Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:10:49 +0000

Ad break animal #MKR

— Olympia (@Misolimpia) April 15, 2015

You gotta love a trend that begins with the audience….

My Kitchen Rules fans, apparently frustrated by the amount of ads during the show, have begun a Twitter trend by posting funny animal photos on social media.

“Ad break animals” are taking over.





Via: News Corp

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Clear win for Seven as Nine’s Amazing 90s lands third in slot Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:06:16 +0000 2015-04-16_1002

Nine’s debut of The Amazing 90s was third in its slot last night. At 547,000 viewers it was beaten by Criminal Minds and ABC’s Mad as Hell / Agony double.

That allowed Seven to finish the night around 10 points share ahead of Nine. It did fare a little better in the demos than in Total People.

Elsewhere yesterday there was a noticeable lift in ABC News Breakfast. Brekkie TV numbers are still being impacted by school holidays in some states, but it was kind to ABC.

Seven network won Wednesday with 35.2% then Nine 25.7%, ABC 16.6%, TEN 16.0% and SBS 6.5%.

My Kitchen Rules (1.38m) again topped the night for Seven then Seven News (910,000 / 910,000), Criminal Minds (854,000 / 596,000), Home and Away (775,000) and Million Dollar Minute (446,000). Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD was 188,000.

Nine News (1.07m / 989,000) was best for Nine then ACA (867,000), The Block (801,000), Hot Seat (619,000), The Amazing 90s (547,000) and Forever (303,000).

ABC News (802,000) led ABC then Mad as Hell (678,000), 7:30 (608,000), Agony (582,000), QI (495,000) and Would I Lie to You? (414,000).

The Project was 581,000 / 467,000 for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 540,000, David Attenborough’s The Tree of Life was 358,000, Wonderland was 351,000 and The Good Wife was 246,000.

On SBS ONE Tony Robinson’s WW1 led with 301,000 then London’s Super Tunnel (297,000), SBS World News (147,000) and The Legacy (143,000).

Neighbours again topped multichannels at 300,000.

Sunrise: 310,000
Today: 257,000
ABC News Breakfast: 114,000 / 63,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 15 April 2015

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Wednesday 15 April 2015 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:31:29 +0000 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: Wednesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 15/04/2015 08/04/2015 Network ABC 12.5% 14.8% Network ABC2 2.5% 2.3% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.7% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 16.6% 18.9% Network 7 25.8% 24.8% Network 7TWO 5.0% 5.1% Network 7mate 4.3% 3.4% Network 7 TTL 35.2% 33.2% Network 9 18.4% 17.0% Network GO! 4.9% 5.0% Network Gem 2.4% 3.0% Network 9 TTL 25.7% 25.0% Network TEN 10.0% 11.5% Network ONE 2.5% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 3.6% 3.6% Network TEN TTL 16.0% 17.5% Network SBS ONE 5.4% 4.2% Network SBS 2 1.0% 1.0% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 6.5% 5.4%


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
Date: 15/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 1,384,000 365,000 382,000 258,000 175,000 204,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,071,000 305,000 352,000 237,000 88,000 88,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 989,000 275,000 325,000 226,000 89,000 74,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 910,000 220,000 242,000 161,000 108,000 179,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 910,000 226,000 263,000 165,000 98,000 157,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 867,000 278,000 240,000 204,000 77,000 67,000
7 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 854,000 252,000 267,000 128,000 113,000 93,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 802,000 210,000 235,000 149,000 86,000 121,000
9 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 801,000 205,000 275,000 153,000 87,000 81,000
10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 775,000 197,000 189,000 167,000 102,000 120,000
11 SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL-EV Network ABC 678,000 195,000 229,000 111,000 62,000 81,000
12 HOT SEAT Network 9 619,000 191,000 184,000 160,000 39,000 45,000
13 7.30-EV Network ABC 608,000 156,000 192,000 113,000 59,000 88,000
14 CRIMINAL MINDS-EP.2 Network 7 596,000 152,000 203,000 80,000 95,000 66,000
15 AGONY-EV Network ABC 582,000 148,000 230,000 70,000 60,000 73,000
16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 581,000 136,000 187,000 117,000 73,000 68,000
17 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 567,000 143,000 166,000 115,000 76,000 67,000
18 THE AMAZING 90’S Network 9 547,000 141,000 182,000 106,000 54,000 63,000
19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 540,000 163,000 138,000 94,000 68,000 77,000
20 QI-EV Network ABC 495,000 151,000 156,000 88,000 49,000 52,000


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
Date: 15/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 300,000 53,000 111,000 72,000 28,000 37,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 296,000 64,000 115,000 46,000 28,000 43,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 283,000 65,000 94,000 31,000 38,000 54,000
4 BAGGAGE BATTLES Network 7mate 277,000 76,000 70,000 48,000 41,000 42,000
5 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 260,000 72,000 72,000 60,000 19,000 37,000
6 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 258,000 80,000 71,000 49,000 20,000 38,000
7 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 249,000 63,000 83,000 45,000 22,000 35,000
8 INSPECTOR MORSE Network 7TWO 230,000 56,000 64,000 51,000 37,000 22,000
9 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 230,000 61,000 61,000 44,000 19,000 46,000
10 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 223,000 64,000 55,000 56,000 15,000 32,000
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 209,000 55,000 78,000 24,000 19,000 33,000
12 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 202,000 40,000 65,000 40,000 24,000 33,000
13 THE ADVENTURES OF BOTTLE TOP BILL AND HIS BEST FRIEND CORKY-AM Network ABC2 198,000 62,000 40,000 41,000 18,000 38,000
14 THE FURCHESTER HOTEL-AM Network ABC2 198,000 43,000 57,000 63,000 15,000 21,000
15 PIE IN THE SKY Network 7TWO 195,000 51,000 55,000 44,000 23,000 23,000
16 TREE FU TOM-EV Network ABC2 187,000 36,000 46,000 40,000 28,000 37,000
17 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 184,000 34,000 49,000 22,000 26,000 54,000
18 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 183,000 23,000 53,000 48,000 23,000 36,000
19 THE LAST SHIP -EV Network GO! 183,000 46,000 54,000 25,000 30,000 28,000
20 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 181,000 42,000 69,000 26,000 17,000 26,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 652,000 201,000 171,000 103,000 74,000 102,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 444,000 96,000 177,000 87,000 50,000 33,000
3 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 436,000 132,000 134,000 70,000 49,000 52,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 372,000 110,000 122,000 62,000 41,000 37,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 363,000 94,000 122,000 75,000 41,000 31,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 615,000 176,000 163,000 116,000 73,000 88,000
2 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 394,000 115,000 130,000 67,000 42,000 40,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 392,000 88,000 157,000 74,000 48,000 25,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 308,000 86,000 71,000 59,000 42,000 49,000
5 THE AMAZING 90’S Network 9 302,000 74,000 105,000 61,000 30,000 32,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-WED Network 7 411,000 104,000 115,000 88,000 46,000 58,000
2 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 243,000 73,000 91,000 39,000 20,000 20,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -WED Network 9 229,000 49,000 95,000 35,000 35,000 14,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 210,000 55,000 55,000 42,000 29,000 28,000
5 THE AMAZING 90’S Network 9 184,000 45,000 62,000 30,000 24,000 22,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 15/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 175,000
2 GOGGLEBOX AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 134,000
3 THE FLASH FOX8 97,000
4 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 88,000
19 CSI: MIAMI TVH!TS 58,000


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What do SVODs have against Hollywood classics? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:58:50 +0000 2015-04-16_0009

It’s something Bill Collins would probably be up in arms about.

Netflix, Presto and -to a lesser extent- Stan are offering subscribers very little in the way of “Classic” Hollywood films.

Want to see Anchorman 2, Snakes on a Plane or Crazy Stupid Love? Sure they are there.

But you could be waiting a long time for All About Eve, Bridge on the River Kwai or Casablanca. They are nowhere to be seen.

Most of the content on the three new streaming players focusses on post 1970s. Stan does have a Classics genre section with 34 movies including The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Children’s Hour, West Side Story and The Graduate. But even 34 classics across decades of Hollywood cinema falls short.

New Netflix subscribers are asked to complete a whiz-bang taste profile that will personalise the library to their interests. It drills down far beyond genres into the tone of movies, the style of filmmaking and the decades in which films were produced. But it fails to offer Classics as a genre. The oldest film listed under Critically Acclaimed movies appeared to be 1966’s The Good The Bad and the Ugly. I couldn’t even find any Musicals, unless you count South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut as a musical (I don’t).

Evidence suggests it only offers the genres in which it has sufficient Search results. It was a question their friendly Customer Service could not explain.

“I did pass the suggestion to add those search functionalities. And we are a very feedback driven company,” they advised.

Presto also does not offer a Classics genre. Like Netflix, a small amount of oldies are found under other genres such as Drama, Romance etc. In their Red Carpet Pictures Winners the oldest flick is 1981’s Chariots of Fire. That’s despite Foxtel having entire channels such as TCM dedicated to Hollywood cinema. So is this a rights issue?

A Presto spokesperson told TV Tonight, “Our classic era movies isn’t as deep relative to the rest of the content we have, but it is a priority for the content team looking to acquire a stronger library of classic era hits.”

A Netflix spokesperson said the team were also working on this part of its content (The US Netflix store has some 7000+ more titles than the Aussie store).

Critic and presenter Andrew Mercado told TV Tonight, “Including classic movie titles – as well as some nostalgic television- could be a real point of difference for someone. A good movie is a good movie, regardless of what year it was made. But everyone is so caught up in the now, nobody has time to see value in the past.”

Marc Fennell, Film Critic for SBS & triple j , said, ‘The rights to these shows are likely to be very low in cost and they could potentially help attract a vast array of older viewers who haven’t yet seen reason to sign up to these services.

“Y’know the interesting thing about these services? They’re model is to be all things to all people. Take Netflix for example: they’re producing and acquiring high end prestige dramas like House of Cards, action series like Marco Polo & Daredevil, Comedy like Kimmy Schmidt, Young Adult entertainment like Between. If they truly want to lock off the full spectrum then they should rightfully chase classic movies and tv from before the 1960’s. Great television and cinema existed then and these new streaming services are the perfect platforms to reintroduce them and I would love to see them use their pushing power to reintroduce eras of cinema worth revisiting.”

Stan currently out performs its rivals in the Classics range, but while subscribers are paying a fee it’s disappointing so much history is being overlooked by so many.

Just don’t anybody dare tell Bill Collins.

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Rumour: Talkin ’bout Your Generation Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:55:04 +0000 2015-04-16_0150

TV Tonight hears chatter about revisiting Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation -but put aside any talk of Shaun Micallef returning to the hosting role.

ITV Studios Australia owns the format rights to the show that aired on TEN from 2009 – 2012.

Micallef, who has just wrapped arguably his best-run of Mad as Hell on ABC (also for ITV), understandably prefers to work on his own projects and is readying for production on his new comedy The Ex-PM. Former panelist Charlie Pickering is also tied up with his new series, The Weekly.

Any revival of the format would thus entail a significant revamp.

That would probably mean a new name such as Next Generation -and (according to some chatter) possibly even a new network, such as Nine.

Anita (Jacoby, Managing Director, ITV Studios Australia) currently attending MIPTV in Cannes told TV Tonight, “Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation is a timeless home-grown entertainment format.

“Naturally we’d love to see it back on-air.”

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First three places locked in for My Kitchen Rules finals Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:50:55 +0000 2015-04-16_0111

My Kitchen Rules has locked in 3 teams for its 2015 finals: Will & Steve, Drasko & Bianca and Jac & Shaz.

Meanwhile, Ash & Camilla, Eva & Debra and Jane & Emma will battle it out in a 3-way sudden-death cook-off this Sunday night for the last two finals spots. One team will be eliminated.

Lat night teams went head-to-head over two rounds: best street food dish and best fine-dining meal.

Will and Steve defeated Eva and Debra with their venison dish. Jac and Shaz’s eye fillet and Moreton Bay bugs sent Jane and Emma to Sunday night’s sudden death cook-off. Lastly Drasko and Bianca’s defeated Ash and Camilla.

My Kitchen Rules continues 7pm Sunday but the network is yet to reveal its finale date.

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Bumped: Wide World of Sports, Sunday Footy Show. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:45:03 +0000 2015-04-16_0049

Nine is making changes to its Sunday morning line-up from this weekend.

Wide World of Sports will now screen 10-11am, half an hour earlier than at present.

The Sunday Footy Show will now screen 11-12.30 instead of 11.30-1pm.

The changes follow Financial Review Sunday being discontinued.

Billy Brownless told TV Tonight, “Now we’re on at 11am, I have to get up half an hour earlier, so I’ll have to cut my Sunday morning run short to come in for the show.

“But I’m looking forward to the 11am start, it means we finish early and I can get home and settle in to watch the footy,” he said.

“Hutchy needs to have his beauty sleep – and believe me, he needs every minute.

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Airdate: Parky’s Favourite Australians Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:44:10 +0000 2015-04-15_1945

TEN’s two-part archival special featuring Michael Parkinson interviews will begin next week.

Part 1 of Parky’s Favourite Australians will air 7:30pm Wednesday, April 22 and is expected to conclude a week later.

This includes retrospective interviews previously conducted for the series he hosted for TEN, Parkinson in Australia.

Legendary broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson CBE has interviewed some of Australia’s most famous and influential people. Parky is one of the world’s most revered journalists and in this special two-part television event, he takes a look back some of his most unforgettable and enlightening moments with those famous Australians.

From the ever-entertaining and flamboyant Dame Edna Everage to the more confronting and serious Ian Thorpe, the impressive guest list includes Kerry Packer, Bob Hawke, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Paul Hogan, Clive James, Jack Fingleton, Shane Warne, Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman, Robert Helpmann, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

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Returning: True Detective Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:41:00 +0000 2015-04-16_0029

Foxtel has confirmed the premiere date for Season Two of True Detective.

It will air on the same day as the US, screening express at 3:30pm Mondays from June 22 followed by a 7.30pm primetime replay on Showcase.

Foxtel’s release also includes extensive info on the guest cast this year.

A sophisticated, riveting adult drama and a breakout hit for HBO, the first season won critical and audience praise for its compelling storyline and vivid, award-winning performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Created and written by Nic Pizzolatto, with executive producers, Nic Pizzolatto, Steve Golin and Scott Stephens and producer Aida Rodgers, season two will feature a complex, twisting plot, playing out both across the state, and in the seedy netherworld of Vinci, a fictional city in LA County.

A bizarre murder brings together three law- enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in order to reach the truth and find salvation in the scorched wilderness of California.

Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial city of Vinci, in LA County.

Vince Vaughn is Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of his business partner; while his ally in negotiating the corruption around him, his wife Jordan (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own.

Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves. And Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol whose leave of absence in the midst of a scandal gets a reprieve when he discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.

Other confirmed cast include Kelly Reilly (Jordan Semyon), Christopher James Baker (Blake Churchman), Afemo Omilami (Police Chief Holloway), Chris Kerson (Nails), James Frain (Lt. Kevin Burris).

Guest cast includes: Ritchie Coster (Mayor Austin Chessani), W. Earl Brown (Teague Dixon), Yara Martinez (Felicia), Matt Battaglia (Floyd Heschmeyer), Michael Irby (Elvis Ilinca), Timothy V. Murphy (Osip Agranov), Solomon Shiv (Michael Bugulari), Jamison Jones (Will Davidson), Christian Campbell (Richard Brune), Trevor Larcom (Chad Velcoro-Brune), Leven Rambin (Athena Bezzerides), David Morse (Eliot Bezzerides), Adria Arjona (Emily), Jon Lindstrom (Jacob McCandless), Lera Lynn (singer), Ashley Hinshaw (Lacey Lindel), Lolita Davidovich (Cynthia Woodrugh), Adria Arjona (Emily), C.S. Lee (Richard Geldof), Rick Springfield (Dr. Pitlor).

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Airdate: Undaunted: Chasing History at the Boston Marathon Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:40:33 +0000 2015-04-15_0059

Following the guilty verdict of the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and with the two year anniversary of the tragedy on the 15th April, BBC World News will air the doco, Undaunted: Chasing History at the Boston Marathon.

At 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013, Juli Windsor was less than a mile away from completing a lifelong quest to become the first runner with dwarfism to finish the Boston Marathon. The bombings that day transformed her triumph into horror. Juli and thousands of runners were turned back before crossing the finish line. She vowed to run again the next year. It would be a chance at redemption as much as making history. “Undaunted: Chasing History at the Boston Marathon” is a film about the comeback of one unique runner as well as a city that came together to rally against terror.

12.10pm April 18th on BBC World News.

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The Checkout Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:41:18 +0000 The Chaser’s own consumer series ticks the boxes for entertainment, comedy and helpful information, 8pm Thursday ABC.

  • Our Girl
  • Downton Abbey
  • Gogglebox
  • Poh & Co.
  • Survivor


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Renewed: Gogglebox Australia Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:56:03 +0000 2015-04-15_1853

Good news for Gogglebox fans, the show has been renewed for a second season to air later this year.

Tonight’s season final on LifeStyle includes Game of Thrones (beware major spoilers if you have not seen it), The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Bondi Vet, Insight, Dateline, My Kitchen Rules, Duck Dynasty, a documentary on childbirth (be warned it’s gross) on prepare yourselves to hear about & Anastacia’s dream about Joe Hockey -eww.

And as the credits roll a voice over confirms the series will be back later this year. Hurrah! Go and book that holiday, Yvie & Angie.

It airs 9:30pm tonight on LifeStyle and is repeated tomorrow night on TEN.

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Dennis Quaid loses it on set? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:01:08 +0000

Warning: language (like really….)


Actor Dennis Quaid has let fly in this video currently doing the rounds via YouTube.

Not sure what project he was working on when this one took place but there are also suggestions it’s just a fake stunt for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

And that line about the baby…!

Update: Kimmel has since denied any involvement.

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Cartoon Network launches streaming app for subscribers Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:40:44 +0000

This week the Cartoon Network launched a free live streaming app which also includes recent episodes of shows including Adventure Time, Clarence, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Ben 10: Omniverse, as well as additional native arcade-style games.

Foxtel subscribers will be able to login using their username and password to unlock live streaming the channel and full episodes on demand.

“We are very excited to launch this Cartoon Network authenticated service with Foxtel,” said Mark Eyers, Chief Content Officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific.

“We’re always looking for new ways to connect Cartoon Network fans with our content and create truly unique and enjoyable second-screen brand experiences for kids to enjoy and for parents to trust. This partnership will clearly bolster our offering to fans.”

Providing additional content exclusively for Foxtel through authentication provides a richer viewing experience for subscribers, while elsewhere in the region, the app was recently authenticated by TrueVisions, Thailand’s leading cable satellite television operator. Cartoon Network Watch and Play will also be available throughout Asia Pacific on the Android platform within the next two months.

Cartoon Network Watch and Play first launched in Asia Pacific late 2013 and has already had more than 585,000 downloads, with more than a third of those from Australia. The App Store also featured Cartoon Network Watch and Play in its “Best of 2013” selection of innovative kids apps.

The revolutionary app for a new generation of multi-taskers allows users to simultaneously watch their favourite episodes and play games with a simple rotation of the device. Cartoon Network’s app presence is growing in Australia, with new and inventive games set for release later in 2015.

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Airdate: Luke Nguyen’s United Kingdom Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:55:37 +0000 2015-04-14_2249

Next month SBS favourite Luke Nguyen returns in a new ten part series, Luke Nguyen’s United Kingdom.

While the title might be stretching ‘ownership’ a little, I’m sure the cuisine discoveries will be scrumptious, uncovering the best of British tradition with a fresh, modern Asian twist.

“During this incredible journey, I met many wonderful characters and discovered many amazing locations throughout the captivating and diverse regions of the UK. I love the emphasis the Brits put on creating foods that are literally steeped in hundreds of years of tradition yet today are reflecting of a new emerging food culture. I also learnt so much about the history of this extraordinary island and the level of influence it has had on food cultures and cuisines around the world. I am thrilled I can now share my UK journey with the SBS audience,” he said.

Over ten half hour episodes, Luke ventures through the intriguing countries and places that make up the UK beginning with London, now widely acknowledged as one of the world’s great food capitals. He then heads southwest to the breathtaking counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire where he is taught how to cook an authentic ‘Lardy Cake’. Amongst the crystal clear waters and towering cliffs of Cornwall, Luke hops on a local fishing boat to catch the freshest seafood then learns the secrets of the traditional Cornish pasty. After exploring the southern counties, Luke ventures north into Wales and uncovers the new craze of pop-up restaurants sweeping the UK.

Next it’s into the fresh crisp air of the Welsh countryside as Luke is taught fly-fishing. Heading north through the breathtaking Lake District in Cumbria, Luke meets a very special lady whose passion for Cumbrian inspired food was rewarded with an OBE from the Queen.

Completing the northern leg of his journey Luke arrives on Scotland’s stunning Isle of Bute, where he chases succulent langoustines, goes foraging through the local clear coastal waters collecting seaweed and explores one of the most significant houses in Scotland. Then travelling eastward Luke heads to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, where he checks out the historic landmarks, Scots Monument and Edinburgh Castle. To conclude his Scottish adventure Luke indulges in the finer side of Scottish cuisine as he is treated to a whiskey tasting in the famous five-star Balmoral Hotel then is shown how to make the famous Scottish delicacy haggis.

On the return leg Luke winds his way southwards through the picturesque countryside of historic Northumberland and is entertained by the gracious Duchess of Northumberland. After an enthralling tour of the ‘poison garden’ in the grounds of her home, Alnwick Castle, Luke cooks a crisp salad dish for the Duchess using locally grown fresh produce. Still in Northumberland but heading further south Luke has to visit the world famous Roman structure ‘Hadrian’s Wall’ where he takes the opportunity to cook a recipe on the wall fit for a Roman centurion.

Amongst the rich 19th and 20th century architecture Luke meets Manchester’s ‘Mr Pieman’, who, unbeknown to Luke, was inspired by his Vietnamese Pho recipe to produce the first and now very popular ‘Pho pie’. Next on the list of must visits in Manchester is the Chop House Public House where Luke learns how to cook the local dish corned beef hash and he then explores one of Manchester’s busiest restaurant strips, the Curry Mile.

On his return to London Luke discovers the unusual, the interesting and the famous, which encompasses the food landscape right across the UK. Following the popular fifth series, Luke Nguyen’s France, which explored the culinary influences that shaped Vietnam, Luke’s ancestral home, this new series peels back the layers of the UK’s surprising food identity. With his heritage never too far away, coupled with his passion for food, Luke unearths the multicultural diversity that has changed the tastebuds in today’s modern United Kingdom.

Thursday 14 May at 8pm on SBS ONE.

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HBO slaps Twitter over Periscope streaming Game of Thrones Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:10:53 +0000 2015-03-11_1218

The excitement of Game of Thrones premiere continues to generate media reaction, including a takedown notice from HBO to Twitter after some users live streamed the episode on their new video-sharing tool, Periscope.

“We are aware of Periscope and have sent takedown notices,” an HBO spokeswoman said in a statement. “In general, we feel developers should have tools which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications.”

Periscope notes in its terms of service that it does not support copyright infringement, but currently relies on reports from users alerting the company to the infringement.

“We respect the intellectual property rights of others and expect Periscope users to do the same,” the TOS read. “We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us.”

Mumbrella first reported the live streaming via Aussie Periscope users this week.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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The Checkout: April 16 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:35:07 +0000 2015-04-14_2232

This week on The Checkout, faded receipts, parking fines and eating breakfast on the go.

Julian Morrow looks at the fine print on private parking fines and what your rights are when one of the bastards gets you.

Ben Jenkins drinks the kool-aid that comes with sports drinks and asks if they’re really worth it.

Kirsten Drysdale and Zoë Norton Lodge find some contradictions in Good Health Magazine on the topic of low-fat yoghurt. It’s a source of confusion!

Is breakfast on the go really the go?

Faded Receipts. What’s the story? Almost 1 million* people have asked us about that so we figured it was time to address it.

On F.U. Tube this week, Zoë Norton Lodge answers FUs about Tamar Valley Yoghurt, a dating agency for the over 40s and Woolworths baked treats that are “frozen and thawed for your convenience”. Senator Jacqui Lambie helps out. It’s not a scam, she’s really in it.

Opening titles! In their traditional place at the top of the show.

Credits. Unsurprisingly, they will be at the end of the show.

* While not quite 1 million there has been a substantial number.

Thursday 16th April, 8pm on ABC.

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TV bosses seeking $157m cuts in license fees Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:44:36 +0000 Parl-house
Commercial Free to Air bosses David Gyngell, Tim Worner and Hamish McLennan will push for major cuts -or even the abolition- of TV license fees when they meet with the Prime Minister on Thursday.

License fees, currently at 4.5% of network revenue, totalled $157 million in 2013-14 an last received a 50% reduction in 2013.

But networks facing a flat advertising market, fragmenting audiences online media and new streaming models (two of which are part-owned by the same companies), are agreed on seeking further cuts.

Free TV Australia claims comparative license fees are 1.5 per cent of revenue in Britain, 0.1 per cent in New Zealand and 0.04 per cent in the US.

Previous cuts in license fees have not come with any strings, such as minimum first-run drama on multichannel.

Commercial networks have also cried foul over “subsidising” funding to SBS after a proposal to give SBS more flexibility with its prime time advertising.

Fairfax notes regional broadcasters, Prime, Southern Cross and WIN, will meet with the Prime Minister after their metropolitan counterparts and will push for the “reach rule” to be scrapped.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is overseas and not expected to attend the meetings.

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Netflix begins to add audio descriptions Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:55:30 +0000 2015-03-03_0944

Netflix has begun Audio descriptions on its service for the visually impaired, beginning with Marvel’s Daredevil.

Audio description is a narration track that describes what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes. Customers can choose audio narration just like choosing the soundtrack in a different language.

According to the Netflix blog:

In coming weeks, we’ll add more titles, including current and previous seasons of the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning political thriller House of Cards, Emmy award-winning comedy-drama series Orange is the New Black, as well as Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the epic adventure series Marco Polo.

Netflix is actively committed to increasing the number of audio-visual translations for movies and shows in our English-language catalogues. We are also exploring adding audio description into other languages in the future.

Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies. We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones.

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Blue Sky initiative to uncover new drama projects Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:20:36 +0000 2015-04-14_2312

A new initiative to uncover original Australian drama has been put in place by FremantleMedia Australia and Screen Australia.

The Blue Sky Drama Initiative is calling for ambitious ideas and people for the development of original and compelling dramas, by Australians for audiences and platforms outside the traditional marketplace.

Blue Sky will provide Australian writers with a unique opportunity to explore from an embryonic stage projects that lend themselves to global exploitation.

The scheme will encourage local writing talent to stretch their imaginations and work practices as they work alongside an international script mentor who will challenge and stimulate their thinking and provide an international filter for their work. Where projects are not writer led, i.e. the creator is a director or creative producer, FMA will work with the creator to attach a writer to the project. The successful applicants will be further rewarded with ongoing financial and creative participation in any successful project.

The Initiative will develop and test ambitious ideas for the screen and create materials (bibles and first draft scripts) ready for international exploitation. Two successful applicants in round 1 will participate in:

1. 5 day development workshop with an International Script Mentor.
2. Consultation and guidance from FMA drama executives and the International Script Mentor as the projects are developed to a bible and then first draft script stage ready for commissioning.

Where the successful applicants are not based in NSW, FMA will provide flights and accommodation accordingly.

For applications visit

Applications close 9am Monday May 4th, 2015.

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Home and Away in Canberra Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:45:59 +0000

For the first time in its history Home and Away films in Canberra, in a storyline beginning tomorrow night to commemorate the ANZAC centenary.

Vietnam War veteran Alf (Ray Meagher) experiences some disturbing flashbacks at the Australian War Memorial. Will this trip prove to be too much for him?

7pm Thursday on Seven.

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Tough Tuesday for ABC Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:06:16 +0000 2015-04-13_2037

Tuesday proved to be a tough night for the ABC with low numbers for the return of Foreign Correspondent despite a well-made doco on a Palestinian football team scoring against the odds.

On social media some Seven viewers were looking for answers on the absent How to Get Away with Murder, but Seven managed to lift its numbers with Gordon Ramsay.

Just two titles cleared the magic million last night.

Seven Network won the night with 32.9% then Nine 27.9%, TEN 19.4%, ABC 13.4% and SBS 6.5%.

My Kitchen Rules was #1 with 1.42m viewers for Seven then Seven News (988,000 / 951,000), Home and Away (785,000), Ramsay’s Del Costa Nightmares began well on 719,000 and Million Dollar Minute was 425,000. Grey’s Anatomy was 231,000 / 162,000.

Nine News was 1.02m / 957,000 for Nine then The Big Bang Theory (965,000 / 741,000 / 572,000), The Block (886,000), A Current Affair (819,000), Hot Seat (587,000) and 2 Broke Girls (342,000 / 234,000).

The Project was 641,000 / 481,000 on TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 579,000 then NCIS (575,000), Bondi Rescue (520,000), NCIS: LA (493,000) and Gold Coast Cops (423,000).

ABC News (811,000) led ABC then 7:30 (592,000) but Foreign Correspondent struggled on 366,000, then Antiques Roadshow (365,000) and Would I Lie to You? (247,000).

Royal Cousins at War (344,000), Insight (240,000), Dateline (175,000) SBS World News (152,000) made up the night for SBS ONE.

Neighbours topped multichannels on 241,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 14 April 2015

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Tuesday 14 April 2015 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:25:32 +0000 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: Tuesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 14/04/2015 07/04/2015 Network ABC 9.0% 10.5% Network ABC2 2.6% 2.3% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.5% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.1% Network ABC TTL 13.4% 14.5% Network 7 23.9% 23.6% Network 7TWO 3.6% 4.0% Network 7mate 5.4% 3.5% Network 7 TTL 32.9% 31.1% Network 9 20.5% 20.2% Network GO! 3.2% 4.1% Network Gem 4.2% 4.2% Network 9 TTL 27.9% 28.5% Network TEN 13.9% 13.0% Network ONE 2.6% 3.0% Network ELEVEN 3.0% 3.5% Network TEN TTL 19.4% 19.5% Network SBS ONE 5.1% 5.3% Network SBS 2 1.3% 1.1% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 6.5% 6.5%


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
Date: 14/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 1,417,000 380,000 438,000 214,000 179,000 205,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,022,000 295,000 369,000 205,000 72,000 81,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 988,000 223,000 259,000 202,000 129,000 176,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 965,000 259,000 286,000 160,000 129,000 131,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 957,000 278,000 368,000 165,000 77,000 70,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 951,000 223,000 278,000 185,000 106,000 159,000
7 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 886,000 240,000 282,000 156,000 92,000 116,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 819,000 271,000 264,000 130,000 68,000 86,000
9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 811,000 227,000 255,000 136,000 88,000 106,000
10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 785,000 185,000 195,000 165,000 106,000 134,000
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 741,000 180,000 241,000 114,000 107,000 99,000
12 RAMSAY’S COSTA DEL NIGHTMARES Network 7 719,000 218,000 186,000 131,000 67,000 117,000
13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 641,000 159,000 197,000 134,000 78,000 72,000
14 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 612,000 163,000 193,000 104,000 78,000 73,000
15 7.30-EV Network ABC 592,000 168,000 190,000 98,000 69,000 67,000
16 HOT SEAT Network 9 587,000 171,000 208,000 123,000 45,000 40,000
17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 579,000 171,000 138,000 112,000 70,000 88,000
18 NCIS Network TEN 575,000 164,000 172,000 119,000 54,000 65,000
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 572,000 127,000 194,000 82,000 88,000 82,000
20 BONDI RESCUE Network TEN 520,000 159,000 142,000 119,000 41,000 60,000


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
Date: 14/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 241,000 54,000 96,000 44,000 21,000 27,000
2 M-FAST & FURIOUS 6 Network 7mate 241,000 57,000 68,000 52,000 42,000 23,000
3 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 226,000 35,000 70,000 23,000 36,000 62,000
4 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 221,000 28,000 76,000 23,000 29,000 64,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 213,000 53,000 69,000 29,000 18,000 45,000
6 TREE FU TOM-EV Network ABC2 212,000 33,000 79,000 23,000 28,000 50,000
7 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 211,000 53,000 47,000 36,000 34,000 41,000
8 POIROT -EV Network Gem 211,000 55,000 61,000 42,000 28,000 25,000
9 THE ADVENTURES OF BOTTLE TOP BILL AND HIS BEST FRIEND CORKY-AM Network ABC2 208,000 56,000 37,000 45,000 30,000 40,000
10 PETER RABBIT-PM Network ABC2 207,000 33,000 88,000 25,000 22,000 39,000
11 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 201,000 49,000 43,000 40,000 32,000 37,000
12 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 200,000 26,000 96,000 23,000 19,000 38,000
13 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MARPLE -EV Network Gem 198,000 50,000 69,000 31,000 24,000 24,000
14 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 195,000 48,000 56,000 34,000 28,000 28,000
15 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 193,000 45,000 54,000 33,000 31,000 30,000
16 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 187,000 38,000 55,000 47,000 27,000 21,000
17 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 186,000 58,000 36,000 52,000 19,000 21,000
18 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 168,000 18,000 77,000 23,000 10,000 39,000
19 SESAME STREET-AM Network ABC2 161,000 60,000 24,000 27,000 24,000 27,000
20 HIGHWAY PATROL Network 7TWO 160,000 29,000 50,000 39,000 25,000 17,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 656,000 196,000 186,000 95,000 76,000 103,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 561,000 147,000 159,000 111,000 68,000 76,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 493,000 126,000 159,000 101,000 48,000 59,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 448,000 103,000 139,000 81,000 57,000 68,000
5 RAMSAY’S COSTA DEL NIGHTMARES Network 7 419,000 125,000 111,000 76,000 34,000 72,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 610,000 164,000 183,000 101,000 74,000 89,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 500,000 124,000 152,000 92,000 65,000 67,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 449,000 116,000 153,000 80,000 45,000 55,000
4 RAMSAY’S COSTA DEL NIGHTMARES Network 7 392,000 119,000 106,000 73,000 34,000 60,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 385,000 81,000 132,000 62,000 53,000 57,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE Network 7 409,000 113,000 127,000 67,000 47,000 55,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -TUE Network 9 297,000 77,000 101,000 52,000 33,000 34,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 293,000 74,000 94,000 45,000 43,000 37,000
4 RAMSAY’S COSTA DEL NIGHTMARES Network 7 260,000 82,000 72,000 48,000 23,000 36,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 237,000 50,000 79,000 39,000 35,000 33,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 14/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 WENTWORTH SoHo 94,000
5 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 74,000
17 WORDWORLD Disney Junior 51,000


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Joel Jackson’s star on the rise Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:58:55 +0000 2015-04-14_2039

With his compelling performance in Deadline Gallipoli, NIDA graduate Joel Jackson found doors had already opened in the US despite no footage being available to agents.

Whilst seeking international representation, Jackson discovered producer Sam Worthington and star Hugh Dancy had already been singing his praises.

“I was amazed at how much had gone on behind the scenes before I got to America,” he tells TV Tonight.

“Sam was saying a lot of things to a lot of people saying ‘You’ve got to meet this guy.’ I hadn’t expected that. I hadn’t told him I was going to America and he told the guys at ROAR who looks after the Hemsworth brothers ‘You’ve got to meet with this guy.’

“Hugh Dancy did the same with his manager at UTA and you walk in and they say ‘You must be something because he told me to check you out.’

“I was blown away by that.”

They were introductions that paid off: Jackson now has US representation.

Playing the pivotal role of Australian journalist Charles Bean embedded in the Gallipoli campaign, Jackson has his first television role. He performs in a cast including Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Brown, Dan Wylie, Ewan Leslie and Anna Torv. With such formidable talent, it was very much a case of an actor prepares.

“Watching footage of Hugh I knew he was very intellectual, very subtle, very good at holding the emotion back but then it’s a huge release. Sam is a very passionate guy who wears it close to his sleeve,” he suggests.

“Bean wrote that he appreciated Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett’s (Dancy) style but he has a lot to learn about telling the truth. We really wanted to make that a big conflict point, but also make it seem like there was a friendship building.

“Bean was almost like a method actor putting himself in the men’s positions, but Ellis chose to sit back and watch it all like an opera.”

Jackson also lost 14 kilos for the role, in order to realise the decimation that impacted Bean and the soldiers during months of the extended campaign in Turkey.

“I wanted to get it right. The script said he was ‘rake thin’ in the last two episodes,” he continues.

“With the woollen suits and jackets you can add weight. So I worked really closely with the costume designer about making the jackets and pants in the first episode really well-fitted.

“In the later parts I asked to add a bit more fabric.

“But I did take it upon myself to lose the weight. I knew it would pay off on the screen and it does.”

Jackson is a stickler for accuracy. During his NIDA years he immersed himself in theatre, as much for its craft as its artistry.

“I fell in love with acting, art history, reading Marcus Aurelias, Aristotle, the poets, the basis of storytelling, Greek heroes, Freud, Jung and symbolism,” he recalls.

“I read The Empty Stage and technical books (on theatre). People said ‘You don’t need to read that’ but to me it was like knowing the rules of a football game or the chords on a guitar. You have to know the rules so you can bend them.”

He cites Sean Penn, Michael Fassbender and Daniel Day Lewis amongst his idols.

“They delve into what it means to sere the story, not you as actor.”

Deadline Gallipoli was also the first time close family members had ever seen him act, having grown up in Karrattha.

“I wasn’t in a high school show and I lived a long way from my nanna and pop. They’d seen me play music but they’ve never seen me play football or soccer either,” he says.

“My cousins have known me all of my life, almost like brothers. All of a sudden they are sitting next to you in a movie theatre saying, ‘You’re playing someone else?’ It was special.”

Prior to embarking on an acting career, Jackson played guitar in local pubs, supporting visiting artists such as Ian Moss, Jon Stevens, Ross Wilson and Hoodoo Gurus.

“We’d travel a lot down to Perth by car to play sport. All we had was music or conversation in the car. So you’d listen to whole albums of Paul Kelly or Creedence Clearwater Revival. That’s where my thirst for a story came through.”

Following a term as an exchange student in Brazil and a year in landscaping, his mother suggested an audition for NIDA and WAAPA (he was accepted by both). The musical skills have served him well for the title role in Seven’s upcoming Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door.

“People ask me ‘What’s next’ but I’m just excited to see what the public think of this,” he says.

“It took me a long time to watch Deadline Gallipoli because it was so emotional watching the (final) cut. The way it was condensed into two parts was great. I think the way they’re doing it on April 19 and 20 is really clever.”

Is he worried that viewers are not interested enough in the Gallipoli story? Do they feel they know it all already?

“I watched all the Channel Nine series, not just because I’m in another Gallipoli story but because ANZAC Day means a lot to me. And I think it does to a lot of other people, too.

“Word is getting around that this is a unique and untold story with a different perspective, well-known actors nationally and internationally.

“Hopefully that will bring a lot of people in different markets and they will be pleasantly surprised.

“It’s not behind the lines, it’s between the lines of what was written in history. It’s really special.”

Deadline Gallipoli airs 8:30pm Sunday April 19 and Monday April 20 on Showcase.

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AACTA Awards switch to Seven Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:55:27 +0000 2015-04-15_0031

After three years with TEN the AACTA Awards are moving to Seven.

The event also has locked in a date, Wednesday December 9th at The Star, a major shift away from previous events held in late January and a return to timing that was previously popular with the AFI Awards.

AACTAs will also have a “new format” no longer produced by the AACTAs organisation.

An industry luncheon will still be presented in Los Angeles in January.

AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said, “With a new show format and new audiences on Channel Seven, we hope to raise the bar for the AACTA Awards telecast, and further spotlight our nation’s best film and television performers, productions and practitioners.

“Channel Seven has consistently earned AACTA Award nominations across drama and reality television
in recent years, including for its reality juggernaut My Kitchen Rules, Australia’s highest rating show.

“AACTA Award winning productions for Seven include Packed to the Rafters and The Amazing Race, and we again look forward to healthy competition from Seven and all networks for the 5th AACTA Awards.

Brad Lyons, Director of Production, Channel Seven said, “Channel Seven is thrilled to be forming this partnership with the AACTA Awards.

“We share the same ambitions and commitment to excellence on the screen, regardless of the size of that screen. The annual Awards presentation is a highlight for our industry and we are looking forward tobeginning the planning and pre-production with AACTA.”

The movie is also interesting given that this year Seven did not win any Television awards although The Water Diviner, in which it was a backer, tied for Best Film. The Russell Crowe film airs on Seven next Monday night.

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No challenge to Dallas Buyers Club ruling Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:53:05 +0000 2015-04-15_0120

ISPs iiNet and Dodo, will not appeal the recent Federal Court ruling surrounding the Dallas Buyers Club.

Last week the Federal Court ruled several ISPs hand over customer details to Voltage Pictures in a landmark case against 4700 addresses caught sharing the film using BitTorrent. The case has huge ramifications in the fight against online piracy.

Fairfax reports Geoff Horth, chief executive of M2 Group, parent group of Dodo, said “We knew we’d lose because there’s a clear legal case for the information to be given as long as the technology could be proven to be accurate.

“But we spent good money to make sure they weren’t allowed to use the information for what we considered purposes not in our customers’ interest.”

iiNet will also not be appealing.

But Justice Nye Perram ruled he must sight any letters being sent to account holders, to prevent the speculative invoices in the US demanding thousands of dollars.

“He’s even gone so far to indicate that they might be able to ask for $10, which would be the cost of buying the outcome legally,” he said.

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Oops. Tornado watcher or Duchess of Cambridge? Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:49:18 +0000

Last night on Nine News the Duchess of Cambridge suddenly found herself as a tornado watcher in America.

Quick-thinking Peter Overton apologised for the fumble.

Via: Mumbrella

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The Amazing 90s: April 15 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:45:43 +0000 2015-04-14_2223

Tonight Nine premieres The Amazing 90s a retro-doco series looking back on news, TV, movies, music, pop culture, sport and politics across the 1990s.

Like the specials that looked on the 1980s last year, this National Geographic series has been re-edited and re-voiced by Nine with local events included. The Amazing 80s rated quite well for Nine which probably explains why the footage has been re-edited.

The original series aired on Nat Geo last August.

The series covers the decade from the Gulf War in 1990 through to the panic caused by fear of the Y2K Millennium bug. First-hand accounts of the biggest news stories of the decade in Australia and the US are told by the players at the heart of the action: The death of Diana; Monica Lewinsky and the Clinton sex scandals; the birth of the internet; the rise of Pauline Hanson; the OJ Simpson Trial; the Thredbo Disaster and Port Arthur Massacre. Plus favourite Aussie TV shows, movies and commercials from the 90s. As well as the impact of Toy Story, The Blair Witch project, the Macarena, Jerry Springer and Vanilla Ice.

In Episode One, join Tracy Grimshaw, Lisa Wilkinson, Sonia Kruger, Chrissie Swan, Leila Mckinnon, Ray Martin, Richard Wilkins, Laurie Oakes, Catriona Rowntree and many others as we relive: Sex scandals in the White House, Bananas in Pyjamas, Naughtiest Home Videos; Silverchair, 16-year-old- Perkins and Freeman at the Commonwealth Games, The Gulf War, plus the recession we had to have.

The Amazing 90s features over 60 interviews with prominent 1990s figures and commentators, including the pollies: John Howard, Colin Powell, and Peter Costello. Plus The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas unmasked, Steve Vizard, Spiderbait, and international stars like Mathew Perry, Roseanne Barr (who doesn’t hold back!), Courtney Love, Shannen Doherty, Arsenio Hall.

This engrossing six-part series is an epic journey back in time, showcased with archival footage and memorable moments that only the amazing 1990s could provide.

8.45pm tonight on Nine.

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Bumped: Empire Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:44:11 +0000 2015-04-14_2140

TEN has pushed Empire back in its schedule following disappointing numbers on the weekend.

It’s unfortunate the series has not launched well given it is the hottest new show on US network television.

An NCIS repeat will air at 9:30pm

A double episode will now air at 10:30pm in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide only, but only the first episode will air in Perth.

This episode also marks the debut of Aussie actor Eka Darville.

“The Lyons Roar”
Cookie devises a new business venture: an album of the best of Lucious Lyon, along with a documentary about the man, and a new single, featuring the whole family. The news of Lucious’ disease has hit everyone hard, particularly Hakeem. Cookie and Camilla finally come face to face and Lucious makes plans to get rid of Annika. While struggling with his own inner demons, Andre consults with Vernon about the best way to take over the company. After finding out that he has a daughter and his boyfriend walking out on him, Jamal steps into the spotlight with news that surprises everyone.

“Unto the Reach”
It is an all-out war when Cookie uncovers Anika’s big backstabbing secret, and Lucious must come face-to-face with his longtime rival, Billy Beretti. As the Lyon family rally together to save Empire Entertainment, all three sons take drastic measures. Jamal gets close with famous music artist Delphine, Hakeem works hand-in-hand with Cookie and Andrew is pushed away beyond his limits.

On Sunday April 26 the show continues from 10:30pm, including a double episode for Perth to catch up.

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Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:00:55 +0000 Season final caps off a strong, biting season for Micallef and co. 8:30pm Wednesday on ABC.

  • Gogglebox
  • Agony
  • The Americans
  • Silicon Valley
  • The Amazing 90s
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Timeshifted: Monday 6 April 2015 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:02:11 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Monday Date: 06/04/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 1,558,000 1,445,000 114,000 2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,241,000 1,238,000 3,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,216,000 1,214,000 2,000 4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,184,000 1,182,000 2,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,121,000 1,119,000 2,000 6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,076,000 1,055,000 21,000 7 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 1,072,000 941,000 131,000 8 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 1,070,000 998,000 72,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 930,000 927,000 3,000 10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 917,000 865,000 51,000 11 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 800,000 741,000 59,000 12 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 797,000 739,000 57,000 13 REVENGE Network 7 768,000 625,000 143,000 14 7.30-EV Network ABC 761,000 759,000 2,000 15 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 748,000 737,000 11,000 16 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 685,000 668,000 18,000 17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 676,000 675,000 1,000 18 HOT SEAT Network 9 627,000 627,000 0 19 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 624,000 616,000 8,000 20 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 605,000 603,000 2,000

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No date for Once Upon a Time in Carlton Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:34:52 +0000 2015-04-14_1731

It was originally announced as airing in 2014, but SBS is still yet to announce an airdate for its doco series Once Upon a Time in Carlton featuring Mick Gatto and the Italian community.

The third in the series, following earlier profiles of Cabramatta and Punchbowl histories, was announced at SBS Upfronts at the end of 2013:

The Once Upon a Time series will continue with the announcement of Once Upon a Time in Carlton (Northern Pictures), which will delve into the Italian community in Carlton, Melbourne with Mick Gatto a key character in the series.

SBS was forced to re-edit its Punchbowl series after one of the subjects filmed exaggerated his claims about incarceration. It aired later in mid 2014.

An SBS spokesperson tells TV Tonight filming has been completed on the Carlton series, but no premiere has been scheduled as yet.

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Renewed: Veep, Silicon Valley Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:40:02 +0000 2015-04-14_1622

HBO comedy series Veep and Silicon Valley have been renewed for a fifth season and third season, respectively.

Veep and Silicon Valley are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year,” said HBO’s Michael Lombardo.

Veep, which returned with S4 yesterday, will be back but series creator Armando Iannuci will be replaced by Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s David Mandel.

Silicon Valley, a collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, returns to the Comedy Channel in Australia tomorrow.

Source: Deadline

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Sarah Paulson returns for American Horror Story Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:36:42 +0000 2015-04-14_1532

More cast have been announced for American Horror Story: Hotel.

Ryan Murphy announced Sarah Paulson’s casting on Twitter.

Last week Kathy Bates was confirmed to return.

They will join the previously-announced cast of Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, and Cheyenne Jackson.

But Jessica Lange previously told EW. “Yes, I’m done.

“We’ve had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I’ve loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, the stories, everything.”

Source: TIME

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Nine News to broadcast from Springfield, Qld. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:03:31 +0000 2015-04-14_1344

And not a Simpson anywhere in sight…..

Tomorrow Nine’s Morning News in Queensland will broadcast live from their Springfield Central Bureau, south of Brisbane for the very first time.

The studio on Sinnathamby Boulevard can be operated by four staff members which, along with Brisbane and Gold Coast bureaus, contributes to locally-produced state bulletins across Nine Network Queensland and regional affiliate WIN Television.

Eva Milic will present from the bureau which was established in June last year, while media students from the University of Southern Queensland will assist staff behind the scenes.

11:00am Wednesday, April 15 on Nine (Qld).

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House Rules: promo Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:26:22 +0000

While Nine is pitting rival teams on another reno show, Seven’s promo subtly reminds us “there’s only one House Rules.

Coming soon.

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Better Call Saul tops new cable shows in US Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:12:36 +0000 2015-04-14_1308

Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul has finished its US run as the highest-rate new cable series of the US broadcast season.

Wrapping a week ago, it averaged 5.9 million US viewers, including 3.7 million adults 18-49 and 3.6 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3″ estimates.

Variety reports the show got a big launch courtesy of The Walking Dead, but after seeing an expected decline the following week, it held at a strong level during the rest of its 10-episode run.

Charlie Collier, AMC president, said in a statement, “As much as we enjoyed the year-plus gestation period that included friends, fans, critics and even family members telling us not to mess with the legacy of Breaking Bad (one of the most beloved series in television history), this was never anything we took even close to lightly. Happily, the first season of Better Call Saul delivered on every level imaginable thanks to the continued brilliance of, and enjoyable partnership with, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

“The broad and passionate response to their incredibly well-executed vision, and to the achievements of the entire writing team, cast, crew, our studio partner, Sony, and – of course, notably, the remarkable Bob Odenkirk – is so well-deserved. Better Call Saul has already established itself as one of TV’s top dramas, and we can’t wait to share season two as Slippin’ Jimmy continues his metamorphosis into full-on Sauldom.”

Better Call Saul has also been pivotal for the launch of Nine-Fairfax SVOD Stan, which was reportedly heading towards 100,000 subscribers last month.

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Head of in-house agency ABC Creative announced Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:49:03 +0000 2015-04-14_1240

The ABC is establishing an in-house creative agency to bring together promo creatives and design teams for ABC TV, Radio and digital marketing.

ABC Creative will launch later this year, with Tasha Mahalm in the new executive role of Studio Manager.

Her previous roles include General Manager, Head of Production, and Client Relations Manager at Foxtel Creative; and Producer, Office Manager, General Manager at Tactic Creative Services. She has also worked for National Geographic Channel, MuchMusic (Canada), Channel [V], and XYZ Entertainment.

Diana Costantini, Head of ABC Creative said, “The birth of the in-house agency model is certainly on the rise with many large broadcasters finding greater efficiency and stronger creative results by keeping their design and production closer to home.

“Tasha has an established network of strong and fruitful connections with in-house agencies around the world, as well as first-hand experience as General Manager of Foxtel’s in-house agency. Tasha’s experience will be invaluable, especially in our start-up phase and we’re thrilled she’s coming on board.”

Tasha Mahalm said, “I’m excited to be joining the very talented team in the ABC’s new Creative agency. As an ardent, long-time fan of our national broadcaster, this is a fantastic opportunity to work across ABC’s multiple brands and to help shape what will no doubt be an in-house agency to be reckoned with.”

She will commence in her new role on 27th April.

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Leaks aside, Game of Thrones is up 76%. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:02:59 +0000 2015-04-14_1159

Yesterday’s premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones drew huge audiences, despite the series leaking online.

The episode screened live with over 170 countries at 11amAEST to 242,000 viewers followed by a prime-time replay at 7.30pm at 311,000.

That was well up on premiere numbers last season (2014: 158,000 / 115,000).

A combined cumulative average audience totalled 553,000 viewers – a huge 76 per cent increase on last season. After becoming the highest single show on one day, Foxtel has claimed it as “the most watched series in Australian Subscription Television history.”

The numbers are good news amid recurring claims that so many Aussies resort to illegal sourcing of content.

TorrentFreak reports the UK was #1 for illegally downloading the premiere episode, up 9.8% on 2014, followed by the US, India and Canada. Australia was in #8 spot, up 3.1% hopefully putting to rest suggestions we are the biggest downloaders of the show.

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Returning: Bushwhacked! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:25:17 +0000 2015-04-14_1016

Next month ABC3’s Logie-nominated Bushwhacked! returns with Kayne Tremills and Wiradjuri boy Kamil Ellis as they traverse remote corners of Australia in search of weird and wonderful wildlife, Indigenous rites and rituals.

Throughout the series Kamil challenges his co-host Kayne to bold missions aimed at kids and tweens.

The Mint Pictures series now airs in over 40 countries worldwide and is up for a gong in the industry judged category of Most Outstanding Children’s Program. It has also won the silver award at the Chicago International Film Festival (2013), the silver plaque at Prix Jeunesse in Munich (2014) and most recently the program took out Kids TV Series (2014) at the Asian TV Awards.

Executive Producer Dan Goldberg, said “After creating 26 incredibly successful episodes across two series’, we knew that we had to raise the stakes for the third instalment.”

“Expect to see the boys engaged in missions of heightened jeopardy and cheekiness – from a matchmaking mission involving the world’s most venomous snake, a wade through croc-infested waters to catch a rare Freshwater Pygmy Croc, a crazy mission to brush a Bull Shark’s teeth, to a brazen attempt to save a Saltie’s nest from the wet, and a nose rub with a Hairy-Nosed Wombat.”

The new series also sees Bushwhacked!’s intrepid hosts reach far-flung corners of Australia, further than they’ve ever traveled before, including a visit to Lorna Glen, an outstation in the central Western Desert that is 15-hour road trip from Perth. There’s also a Top End visit off the coast of Arnhem Land to the tiny speck of sand that is Mooroongga Island in the Arafura Sea, and a visit to Bullo River, an outstation near the NT-WA border, which is virtually inaccessible by land.

Bushwhacked! is also a celebration of the rich vein of Indigenous culture across the continent and the new missions lead the hosts to engage with many Indigenous elders, including members of the Yolgnu mob of the Crocodile Islands and the Martu mob in WA.

Monday 4th May at 5.25pm on ABC3.

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A-list stars booked for final Letterman shows Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:55:40 +0000 2015-04-14_1029

David Letterman‘s final show, set for May 20th in the US, and big name stars are set to appear in the final weeks.

In coming weeks get ready for Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Bill Murray, Don Rickles, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Mumford and Sons, Ralph Stanley and Amos Lee.

More names are set to be announced in the coming weeks to cap off a 33 year run.

Longtime rival Jay Leno is, however, off the list.

This coming week will feature Sarah Jessica Parker, Julie Chen, Jordan Spieth, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Kevin James, Alec Baldwin and John Mayer.

Stephen Colbert will replace US TV’s longest-running late-night host on September 8th,.

Letterman still screens late nights on TEN.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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MKR returns to #1 but Odd Couple slips for TEN Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:07:49 +0000 2015-04-14_1005

Last night My Kitchen Rules returned to #1, although at 1.33m viewers it is down on it strongest numbers topping 1.7m viewers. It was still clear of The Block on 923,000.

But TEN took a hit with The Odd Couple at 463,000 and 411,000 for two episodes, while SBS was knocking on the door with Planes that Changed the World (341,000).

There were also low numbers in breakfast television, perhaps affected by school holidays in some states.

ABC had a good night clearing the 20% share.

Seven network won Monday with 29.5% then Nine 27.8%, ABC 20.2%, TEN 16.0% and SBS 6.5%.

My Kitchen Rules was 1.33m for Seven then Seven News (1.17m / 1.03m), Home and Away (740,000), Revenge (611,000) and Million Dollar Minute (589,000). A movie Coyote Ugly was 279,000 at 10pm.

Nine News (1.13m / 1.08m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (997,000), The Block (923,000), The Big Bang Theory (911,000 / 750,000) and Hot Seat (616,000). Footy Classified was 214,000 in 3 cities. Two Person of Interest repeats were 123,000 / 59,000 in 2 cities and a first run episode was 75,000 in 3 cities.

ABC News (901,000) led for ABC then Australian Story (849,000), 7:30 (776,000), Media Watch (667,000), Four Corners (627,000) and Q & A (604,000).

It was a tough night for TEN with TEN Eyewitness News (605,000), The Project (569,000 / 465,000), The Odd Couple (463,000 / 411,000) Law and Order: SVU was 411,000 and Elementary was 248,000.

On SBS ONE it was Planes that Changed the World (341,000), Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve (181,000), SBS World News (167,000), Strip the Cosmos (145,000) and Food Safari (110,000).

Neighbours topped multichannels with a round 300,000.

Sunrise: 280,000
Today: 266,000
ABC News Breakfast: 86,000 / 44,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 13 April 2014

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Monday 13 April 2015 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 23:30:37 +0000 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: Monday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 13/04/2015 06/04/2015 Network ABC 16.0% 14.6% Network ABC2 2.9% 2.4% Network ABC3 0.7% 0.7% Network ABC News 24 0.7% 0.9% Network ABC TTL 20.2% 18.7% Network 7 21.6% 23.9% Network 7TWO 4.3% 4.1% Network 7mate 3.6% 3.6% Network 7 TTL 29.5% 31.5% Network 9 21.0% 20.8% Network GO! 3.7% 3.5% Network Gem 3.1% 3.3% Network 9 TTL 27.8% 27.7% Network TEN 10.4% 11.0% Network ONE 2.3% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 3.2% 3.0% Network TEN TTL 16.0% 16.4% Network SBS ONE 4.8% 4.2% Network SBS 2 1.7% 1.5% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 6.5% 5.7%


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
Date: 13/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 1,325,000 329,000 387,000 208,000 188,000 213,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,166,000 277,000 302,000 226,000 148,000 213,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,134,000 323,000 361,000 287,000 90,000 72,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,081,000 317,000 348,000 267,000 82,000 68,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,027,000 267,000 264,000 188,000 128,000 180,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 997,000 302,000 298,000 216,000 88,000 93,000
7 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 923,000 243,000 296,000 173,000 97,000 114,000
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 911,000 239,000 265,000 164,000 118,000 124,000
9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 901,000 258,000 285,000 146,000 89,000 122,000
10 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 849,000 237,000 270,000 170,000 81,000 92,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC 776,000 241,000 249,000 126,000 74,000 86,000
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 750,000 210,000 227,000 136,000 86,000 91,000
13 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 740,000 178,000 191,000 149,000 105,000 117,000
14 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 667,000 190,000 258,000 97,000 57,000 65,000
15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 629,000 168,000 173,000 105,000 90,000 93,000
16 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 627,000 156,000 252,000 96,000 47,000 75,000
17 HOT SEAT Network 9 616,000 179,000 187,000 165,000 51,000 33,000
18 REVENGE Network 7 611,000 166,000 179,000 109,000 82,000 74,000
19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 605,000 177,000 152,000 107,000 77,000 93,000
20 Q&A-LE Network ABC 604,000 168,000 219,000 95,000 60,000 62,000


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
Date: 13/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 300,000 70,000 103,000 29,000 46,000 51,000
2 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 221,000 50,000 49,000 57,000 26,000 39,000
3 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 206,000 45,000 54,000 33,000 31,000 43,000
4 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 204,000 49,000 45,000 54,000 27,000 30,000
5 A TOUCH OF FROST Network 7TWO 203,000 56,000 46,000 32,000 34,000 35,000
6 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 201,000 51,000 47,000 47,000 23,000 33,000
7 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 199,000 47,000 47,000 44,000 30,000 31,000
8 THE ADVENTURES OF BOTTLE TOP BILL AND HIS BEST FRIEND CORKY-AM Network ABC2 198,000 58,000 50,000 38,000 23,000 30,000
9 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 196,000 38,000 73,000 33,000 16,000 37,000
10 AMERICAN RESTORATION Network 7mate 195,000 47,000 51,000 27,000 41,000 28,000
11 TREE FU TOM-EV Network ABC2 193,000 33,000 68,000 34,000 10,000 48,000
12 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 193,000 28,000 70,000 52,000 24,000 18,000
13 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 190,000 77,000 41,000 14,000 17,000 41,000
14 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 186,000 40,000 74,000 23,000 11,000 39,000
15 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 183,000 44,000 66,000 23,000 21,000 30,000
16 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 180,000 42,000 44,000 42,000 20,000 33,000
17 FUTURAMA RPT Network ELEVEN 180,000 45,000 63,000 34,000 10,000 27,000
18 GIGGLE AND HOOT-PM Network ABC2 180,000 39,000 70,000 21,000 10,000 39,000
19 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 176,000 49,000 48,000 31,000 22,000 26,000
20 THE HIVE-PM Network ABC2 175,000 45,000 29,000 47,000 20,000 34,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 635,000 170,000 183,000 96,000 81,000 106,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 537,000 140,000 157,000 100,000 63,000 78,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 508,000 119,000 180,000 104,000 55,000 50,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 444,000 122,000 130,000 88,000 47,000 57,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 381,000 101,000 132,000 77,000 33,000 38,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 580,000 155,000 165,000 96,000 77,000 88,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 462,000 114,000 139,000 86,000 56,000 68,000
3 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 459,000 108,000 168,000 88,000 47,000 47,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 386,000 103,000 117,000 75,000 38,000 52,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 322,000 79,000 109,000 74,000 31,000 30,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 397,000 105,000 110,000 69,000 51,000 63,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 295,000 80,000 102,000 57,000 31,000 25,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 267,000 78,000 77,000 41,000 36,000 35,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 231,000 82,000 64,000 35,000 24,000 26,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 198,000 38,000 72,000 43,000 23,000 21,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 13/04/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
2 GAME OF THRONES showcase 279,000
3 GAME OF THRONES showcase 236,000
6 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 86,000



© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. 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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Elmo checks into The Furchester Hotel Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:58:32 +0000 2015-04-13_1946a

When you interview Elmo, there are always a few things to keep in mind.

He’s only three so he has no concept of being on television or this strange thing called puppetry. Secondly Elmo always refers to Elmo in the third person.

This was my third interview with the world’s most famous three year old (this time confined to a phoner), and the first joined by his cousin Phoebe Furchester-Fuzz.

Elmo is staying with Phoebe and her family on an extended holiday, helping out at The Furchester Hotel.

Joining them are Cookie Monster, monster hotel owner Funella Furchester and her loving husband, Furgus Fuzz. Their adventures feature in a new series for 3-6 year olds screening on ABCKIDS (ABC2).

Phoebe: “It’s quite big and it’s the only monster hotel with a one and a half star rating. We get all kinds of guests, animal, vegetable, mineral.”

Elmo: “We have a pool. A nightclub, a skate park. Then we have another pool. And a third pool. And then we have a beautiful garden. And then a fourth pool.”

Phoebe: “And a skin-whitening lounge.”

Elmo: “That’s very popular.”

Accommodating the guests is a daily challenge, which presents the troupe with plenty of problem-solving tasks. How do you disguise a pony who checks in for a quiet break? Where is the perfect place to put a very fussy plant? What happens when Super Rock appears and needs a new superhero cape?

Elmo: “It’s not limited to just monsters. We have penguins, wolves, chickens. It’s very eclectic.”

Phoebe: “It’s mayhem! The wolves and the chickens are really badly behaved when they get together.”

With their Sesame Street credentials, naturally there have some big name stars come to stay too.

Elmo: “We had Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Sir Ian McKellan. Lots of great people.”

Extra security was obviously required for the day One Direction came to visit. But Elmo is hoping his friendship with Michelle Obama will translate to a 5 star booking.

Elmo: “She’s more than welcome to stay if she likes, but she hasn’t been yet. Elmo was just with the First Lady during Easter. She was wonderful, and she did enquire about the hotel, but she hasn’t been herself. So come on over, give Elmo a call!!!”

And while Aussie designed Peter Alexander made some “very comfortable” pyjamas on Sesame Street, there’s no word yet if Aussie best buddy Rove McManus will check in. So Elmo is extending an open invitation.

Elmo: “That would be wonderful. Hey Rove, come on by!!!” (laughter)

Phoebe: “We have many more monster rooms than the Hilton. We have nesting rooms for chickens, cave rooms for hibernating bears. We can cater for anyone so I challenge the Hilton to cater for hibernating bears.”

Elmo: “That’s right!”

But so far we’ve avoided the big question, so before there are any elephants (literally) in the room, how is Cookie Monster behaving?

Elmo: “He tries but he’s most difficult sometimes. He’s delivering the food but he’s usually in charge of eating other people’s food. So we’re trying to help him along.”

It figures. You can catch The Furchester Hotel weekdays at 7.30am and 4.30pm on ABCKIDS or on ABC KIDS iview.

Or just check them out next time you’re in the merry olde town of London. Tell ‘em TV Tonight sent you.

Phoebe: “We’re quite famous, really.”

Elmo: “We’re kind of a big deal!” (laughs)

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ABC picks up controversial Bully Project Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:55:27 +0000 2015-04-14_0101

The ABC has signalled a move away from a former corporation rule of “no international formats” by announcing it will commission local versions of European shows So Not OK and The Bully Project.

Former ABC Director of Television Kim Dalton had ruled that ABC leave local versions of international formats to commercial broadcasters, under his management.

This week ABC Head of Creative and Content Development Adrian Swift, formerly of Nine, announced two formats at MIPTV.

Dutch format The Bully Project is a factual series in which a bullied student is fitted with a rucksack containing hidden cameras and a microphone. Over a period of 1-2 weeks they record the torment they endure before parents and classmates watch the footage and learn about the associated issues. In The Netherlands the series caused a media storm before and was even debated in Parliament.

Swedish format So Not OK combines sketches, practical experiments and research data to investigate what is deemed to be appropriate public behaviour.

Each week two comedians test the limits of unwritten everyday rules, such as: Is it OK to bring your children to work – and what’s a valid reason? Can you ask an acquaintance how much he or she earns per year? Is it OK to give a painting as a housewarming present and then expect it to be up on the wall the next time you visit?

“Like every broadcaster around the world, faced with declining budgets and declining audiences, there are parts of the schedule where you have less to lose by using a format. It de-risks things,” he said.

“Some markets have housing bubbles; we have a reality bubble in Australia. I think it’s one of those things where we wait until the reality bubble goes pop,” Swift also said. “The big formats like The Voice cost more and more to make. We aren’t too far from drama in the cost frame, so I think a lot of the networks, certainly in my territory, are scaling back reality.”

ITV has also a local version for the UK.

Source: IF, Hollywood Reporter

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Phillip Glenister next for Top Gear? Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:50:20 +0000 2015-04-14_0119

UK actor Philip Glenister, who appeared in Life on Mars, is rumoured to replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

British media speculate the Glenister, who played Gene Hunt on Life on Mars, is the bookies favourite. But don’t bet on it just yet….

Glenister is a vocal car enthusiast and is about to present the second series of For the Love of Cars on Channel 4.

But a spokesperson for bookie William Hill suggests, “The betting landscape on who will present Top Gear has really changed – from betting on who will replace Clarkson, it now looks like we are betting on three brand new hosts.

“Although it sounds like BBC bosses are considering Philip Glenister, he is one of possibly hundreds of names they will be considering.”

The future of Richard Hammond and James May remains unclear, with both men’s Top Gear contracts having run out.

The BBC declined to comment on the speculation.

Source: Guardian

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Returning: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:45:08 +0000 2015-04-13_2043

Good news for those who petitioned for the return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries with the third series set to unroll on ABC next month.

Due to replace Midsomer Murders from May 8th, guests this season include Grant Piro, Kate Mulvany, Robert Mammone, Rodger Corser, Dan Spielman, Diana Glenn, Philip Quast, Damon Gameau, Arianwen Parkes Lockwood, Colin Moody, Nell Feeney, Michala Banas, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor and Ella Scott Lynch.

The third Series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries continues the unconventional antics of stylish lady detective, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, as she solves crimes with the help of her ensemble
of household cohorts and continues her playful partnership with the suave and dedicated, Detective Jack Robinson.

Phryne’s estranged father, Baron Henry George Fisher, arrives unannounced in Australia after selling up the family estate in England and does his best to ingratiate himself with Dot, Bert, Cec and Mr Butler, though his roguish charm is lost on his own daughter. When Phryne recalls a secret encounter she witnessed during the War, between her father and an angry visitor, she begins to suspect that the cousin the Fishers inherited their title from is still alive and could be out to exact his revenge.

8:30pm Friday May 8 ABC.

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Foreign Correspondent: Pitch Battle Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:44:14 +0000 2015-04-13_2037

Foreign Correspondent returns for 2015 with an inspiring, against-all-odds story of the Palestinian football team as they compete for the first time in the biggest football tournament in Asia.

Narrated by Anthony LaPaglia, this one special, Pitch Battle, is currently being showcased at MIPTV in Cannes.

With some stark images and unique access, this is full of symbolism -but can you separate sport from politics?

The Palestinians became the Cinderella story of world sport in 2014 when they defied 18 other
teams in Asia to win the Challenge Cup – their first international trophy. But the real prize was the
ticket they won to compete in the 2015 Asian Cup, in Australia.

Never mind the fact that they’ll be up against the reigning champions of Asia – Japan – in their
very first match, in Newcastle, NSW. For millions of Palestinians at home, and thousands here in
Australia, the result on the field doesn’t really matter. It will be a victory just to see their flag
raised, and hear their national anthem played, in a country that still doesn’t officially recognise.

Palestine.Tuesday, April 14 at 8pm on ABC.

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HBO investigating Game of Thrones leak Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:42:42 +0000 2015-04-13_2315

HBO has issued a brief statement following the leak of four episodes of Game of Thrones, understood to be from a review copy with a blurred watermark.

“Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them,” HBO said.

“We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”

According to Torrent Freak, the episodes were downloaded more than 100,000 within the first 3 hours.

That number is expected to increase to more than a million.

Select disks are sent to Australian media approved by HBO through Foxtel, but the simulcast was set for 170 countries.

Meanwhile Mumbrella reports Twitter will look into suspending accounts found to be broadcasting copyrighted material on its new live-streaming service Periscope. Dozens of live streams of the show were made available on the app from across the world.

“Any violation of the terms of use are taken seriously,” the spokesperson said. “We work together with our community to ensure our content rules are respected. Report any content that violates our Community Guidelines.”

Last night Foxtel hosted a screening at the Sydney Opera House.

Source: Deadline

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Scream: trailer Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:41:09 +0000

Here’s the first trailer for the small screen version of Scream, coming to MTV.

The new series is based on the feature film of the same name and kicks off after a cyberbullying incident results in a brutal murder, with the shocking violence stirring up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe inspired a new killer.

It centres on a group of new teens — with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart — who become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.

Hopefully it retains a sense of self-irony too.

It premieres in the US on June 30th.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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BBC World News: UK election Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:40:59 +0000 2015-04-13_2227

The United Kingdom holds a general election on May 7th and BBC World News will provide updates and analysis as the campaigns gains momentum.

The coverage will recognise the significance of the general election, not just in the United Kingdom, but internationally right across the world.

On BBC World News
As 2015 marks the 750th anniversary of the first elected Parliament at Westminster, a place associated around the world with democracy at work, BBC World News will take viewers behind the scenes in a new series ‘Inside the Commons’ by award-winning film maker Michael Cockerell. The four-part documentary goes deep inside the corridors of the Palace of Westminster in the year preceding this election to reveal what really goes on. With exclusive access, never before granted, the series offers a glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of Westminster – with its 2,000 rooms, 110 staircases and miles of corridors – and asks whether Parliament is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Also on the international TV news channel, BBC World News presenters Matthew Amroliwala and Philippa Thomas, along with correspondent Christian Fraser, will guide viewers through the parties and their policies whilst also providing daily round ups, explainers and the key statistics as the campaign moves around the UK.

Other key programming includes a special BBC Question Time hosted by David Dimbleby. To be broadcast on BBC World News on April 30th, just one week before the vote, it will feature individual interviews with the three main party leaders; David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, undertaken in front of a studio audience.

Then on election night, May 7th, as the exit polls come in, World News will be coming together with the BBC’s domestic news channel to bring Election 2015 to viewers around the world. The flagship TV results programme will be hosted by David Dimbleby alongside a team of specialist correspondents and will include innovative state of the art graphics depicting the all-important results. As dawn breaks in the UK on May 8th, Huw Edwards takes over until the final results become clear. Once the count is done, the World News team will be on hand to help global audiences understand who will be forming the UK’s next government.

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