TV Tonight Australia's leading TV blog Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:58:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Huge sinkhole opens under Nine headquarters Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:58:10 +0000 9sink

A huge sinkhole has opened up underneath Nine Network’s headquarters in Willoughby.

TV Tonight understands a gaping 6 metre hole opened up at the entrance to the TCN9 property late yesterday afternoon, causing police to evacuate the building and seal off access to Artarmon Road.

One vehicle was caught in the emergency, but the driver escaped unharmed.

Police would not confirm if the driver was Richard Wilkins, but said a 60 year old man was being treated for minor cuts and bruises.

“He’s a bit shaken up, but otherwise ok,” a police spokesperson said. “It was lucky he was running late for an eyelash-tinting session, otherwise it could have been a lot worse.”

Nobody else was injured in the unexpected drama although onlookers reported Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin nearly toppled in due to walking and talking at the same time.

Experts could not explain the cause of the rupture underneath the Free to Air station but Stan employees, working in an adjacent building, report seeing Netflix representatives loitering at the gatehouse in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Police are questioning Today show staff over whether they saw anything suspicious.

Karl Stefanovic told police, “I love India and I love the contribution New Zealanders make across many different vocations in this great country.”

A Nine spokesperson denied the hole was in any way connected to Free to Air Television’s massive challenges in the television landscape.

“Absolutely not. On Sunday we just scored our biggest share since the London Olympics. Reports of Free to Air’s death are greatly exaggerated. Just not the ones about us subsiding increases in SBS advertising. Those ones are bang on,” they said.

Never one to miss an opportunity, late yesterday afternoon Scott Cam and former teams from The Block and House Rules were being flown from Melbourne by the Channel Nine helicopter to repair the hole for an upcoming special Reno Rumble: Sinkhole Spectacular.

The sinkhole emergency also comes at a crucial time for Nine after recently appointing commercial property agents CBRE to oversee a long-awaited redevelopment of the 2.9ha property into residential housing.

Nine CEO David Gyngell, last seen rolling down Artarmon Road in a headlock by James Packer, could not be contacted for comment.

Police could not confirm if both had fallen down the sinkhole in tracky dacks and t-shirts.

Leila McKinnon is understood to have been embarrassed her husband was not wearing shoes.

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Top Gear producer denies quitting after leaked “resignation” Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:55:56 +0000 2015-04-01_0151

Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has denied quitting the show after an email he wrote to staff acknowledging the ‘end of an era’ was leaked to an online motoring website Jalopnik.

“Well, at least we left ‘em wanting more. And that alone, when you think about it, is quite an achievement for a show that started 13 years ago,” he wrote. “I know none of us wanted it to end this way, but for a moment I’d like us to look back and think about just what an incredible thing you all had a hand in creating.

“Our stint as guardians of Top Gear was a good one, but we were only part of the show’s history, not the whole of it. Those two words are bigger than us.”

Wilman (pictured left), who helped relaunch the show with Jeremy Clarkson in 2002 has since denied it was a resignation email, saying it was a private “note of thanks” to the show’s 113 staff.

“The email I wrote yesterday was not a resignation statement, and nor was it meant for public consumption,” he has said in a statement published by BBC.

“It was a private note of thanks to 113 people who have worked on the show over the years, but clearly one of those 113 is a bit of a tit, because they shared it with a website.

“I don’t get this modern obsession with sharing, linking, forwarding, retweeting; whatever happened to a private moment?

“And if I were to resign, I wouldn’t do it publicly, I’d do it old school by handing in my, er, notice, to someone upstairs in HR.

“I work behind the camera and I wouldn’t presume for one moment to think people are interested in what I do. Now, everyone back to work.”

Meanwhile The Guardian reports Wilman is working with BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw to see what can be saved of the films shot for the three episodes of the show pulled after Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension, and how it would be packaged.

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Vale: Betty Churcher Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:51:57 +0000 2015-04-01_0105

Arts administrator Betty Churcher, best known for presenting ABC arts programmes Betty Churcher’s Take 5 and Hidden Treasures, has died aged 84.

She died on Monday night, from cancer.

Churcher was one of the most adored figures in the Australian art community and a formidable and talented arts administrator. She was appointed director of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in 1990, a position she held until 1997. She was the first and so far only female director of the NGA. Before that, she was director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

She hosted several television shows in the 1990s and written several books, including The Art of War about war artists.

Current NGA director Gerald Vaughan has described Ms Churcher as one of Australia’s great artistic educators.

Dr Vaughn said she not only brought masterpieces to Australian shores, but she was able to explain how important they were to the Australian public.

“She was a person who loved art. She loved talking about art, she was an artist, her husband Roy, who died last year was an artist, one of her four sons, Peter Churcher, is a very distinguished contemporary Australian artist,” he told ABC.

“I have seen her not only on television but in a gallery situation communicating with the public about a picture.”

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Friends farewell Stuart Wagstaff Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:50:16 +0000

Family, industry colleagues, friends, and public yesterday paid tribute to the late Stuart Wagstaff in a memorial at the Theatre Royal, Sydney.

Wagstaff died last month, aged 90 after a stellar career on stage and screen.

Marina Prior and David Campbell both sang while friend John Mangos hosted the event.

In attendance were friends Noeline Brown, Maria Venuti, Susie Elelman, Maggie Tabberer, Noeline Brown, Georgie Parker, John Frost and Diana ‘Bubbles’ Fisher.

The Sydney Morning Herald quotes a tribute from Maggie Tabberer:

“It says in the dictionary that the definition of a gentleman is a chivalrous, courteous and honorable man, well that was ‘Waggers’ through and through, but added to that was his generosity, his gentle charm and his kind and caring nature, and overiding all that, his wonderfully naughty sense of humour.” she said.

“He once told me he had a very unhappy childhood, he was never cuddled or kissed by either of his parents and his two sisters were equally indifferent, a sad little boy who despite all that hurt grew into a wonderfuly joyous man.”

Wagstaff had organised much of the memorial himself, with a posthumous message: “Just to let you know that I have ‘shuffled off this mortal coil’ and I’d like to thank everyone who has shared with me all the ups and downs of these fascinating 90 years.

“There won’t be a funeral as I have donated my tired old body to the anatomy department of the University of Sydney. (Hey! I finally got to Uni!!). Thanks and farewell.”

Farewell, indeed….

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Seven: second week of Easter non-ratings Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:45:59 +0000 2015-03-31_2253

Seven returns My Kitchen Rules next week along with new seasons of Criminal Minds and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.

There is also the last ever episode for Parenthood and new eps of State of Affairs.

Adelaide and Perth viewers please check local guides.

Sunday April 5
6pm Seven News
7pm Highway Patrol dbl ep (rpt)
8pm Border Patrol (new)
8:30pm Castle (new / rpt)
10:30pm Movie: The Sweetest Thing

Monday April 6
6pm Seven News
7pm Home and Away (new)
7:30pm My Kitchen Rules (new)
9:00pm Revenge (new)
10:00pm Parenthood final (new)
11:00pm Autopsy: The Last Days of Whitney Houston (rpt)

Tuesday April 7
7:30pm My Kitchen Rules (new)
9:00pm How to Get Away with Murder final (new)
10:00pm Grey’s Anatomy (new)
11:00pm Botched Up Abroad special

Wednesday April 8
7:30pm My Kitchen Rules (new)
9:00pm Criminal Minds series return (new)
10:00pm Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD series return dbl ep (new)

Thursday April 9
7:00pm Home and Away dbl ep (new)
8:00pm Hello. This is Australia special (new)
9:00pm State of Affairs dlb ep (new)
11:00pm The Amazing Race (new)

Friday April 10
7:00pm Better Homes and Gardens (new)
7:30pm AFL
8:30pm Movie: It’s Complicated (Syd / Bris)
11:00pm Movie: Cape Fear (Syd / Bris) / 11:30pm (Mel)

Saturday April 11
6:30pm AFL pre-game (Mel)
7:00pm Movie: Enchanted (Syd / Bris)
7:30pm AFL (Mel)
9:15pm Movie: Liar Liar (Syd / Bris)
11:00pm Movie: Your Highness (Mel) / 11:15pm (Syd Bris)

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Returning: The Skinner Boys Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:44:10 +0000 2015-03-31_2130

Aussie-animated children’s series The Skinner Boys returns to Kids’ WB this weekend.

The 26 x 30 minute comedy adventure series for 8-12 year olds based on an original concept by Australian artist, Steve Lyons, follows three teenagers who have inherited a mansion of artefacts with special powers.

World explorer Augustus Skinner has died!  Now, his three young teen grandsons have inherited the big, old Skinner mansion and its contents.  But Grandfather Skinner also left them a big surprise – the Skinner Boys are now Guardians of the Lost Secrets… a collection of unique artefacts across the world that possess incredible powers.

An even bigger surprise is in store!  Grandpa Skinner also appointed a fourth Guardian, their feisty teenage cousin Tara.  And as these boys know almost nothing about girls – she’s probably their biggest challenge of all and vice-versa. 

As the anonymous Guardians of these artefacts, Tara and the boys must dedicate their lives to protecting them against the forces that would use their powers for evil and endanger the planet. In the wrong hands, the Rixa Ruby, which has the power to create great conflict or harmony, could give its owner the power to start wars.  Or the Drums of Doom, which when played in the right order could hypnotise the whole world via computers.  This is the legacy of Grandpa Skinner.

But these unsuspecting kids have a secret weapon – their youth.  Nobody would ever guess that four goof-ball teens would be capable of outsmarting the powerfully evil Shadowy League and protecting the world. It’s like handing the keys to the world to an erratic teenager.  Times four! 

The series has been produced by broadcast partners Nine Network Australia and SRTL along with partners, Telegael, Top Draw Animation and Home Plate Entertainment.  The series will be distributed locally and in New Zealand by SLR Productions with international distribution through ZDFE.

Sunday, April 5 at 7.30am on GO!

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AFL Footy Show: April 1 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:43:32 +0000 2015-04-01_0133

With AFL kicking off tomorrow and the Essendon saga back in the headlines, The Footy Show is airing tonight on Nine.

Award-winning newsbreaker Damian Barrett has the inside story and all the latest developments on The Footy Show, in a special edition this Wednesday night at 8.30pm on Channel Nine.

Essendon leadership group member Brendon Goddard heads up the panel, revealing how the Bombers reacted to the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal’s not guilty verdict, and how the club and players plan to move forward.

North Melbourne won plenty of fans with their performance in September. Can they keep improving in 2015? Kangaroos’ champ Nick Dal Santo talks about his team’s chances for the year – just how far can they go?

We chat live with cult hero and new Adelaide captain Tex Walker. And after six long months… the footy’s finally back! We preview all the Round One action with blockbuster games between bitter foes Hawthorn and Geelong and Carlton and Richmond. Will your team get off to a flyer or be left 0-1?

Plus, we announce how your local footy club could win a brand new Nissan NP300 Navara.

Dave Hughes hits Punt Road for his next spray. Which Tigers will cop it from Hughesy?

On this week’s Street Talk, Sam Newman heads to Werribee to ask if the Pies have come to the end of the line with their latest marketing campaign.

They’ve swum with sharks, bungee jumped, been locked in Big Bill’s House and subjected to all manner of revolting things, so what awaits the boys on the next certainty challenge?

Wednesday at 8.30pm on Nine (check guides).

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Killing Jesus drama breaks Nat Geo records Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:41:46 +0000 2015-04-01_0008

National Geographic drama Killing Jesus pulled the biggest US audience in the channel’s history at 3.7m viewers on Sunday.

According to Deadline, the adaptation of Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Jesus, pulled a 1.0 rating in adults 25-54, the highest rating for that demo since the 2013 premiere of O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy.

Killing Kennedy nabbed 3.4 million viewers in 2013 launch, and Killing Lincoln, both by O’Reilly, had 3.35m in 2013.

Killing Jesus features Kelsey Grammer as King Herod the Great; Stephen Moyer as Pontius Pilate; Haaz Sleiman in the title role as Jesus; Rufus Sewell as Caiaphas; Emmanuelle Chriqui as Herodia; Eoin Macken as Antipas; and John Rhys Davies as Annas.

The 3 hour film will air globally in 171 countries and premiere in Australia 7:30pm Friday on NatGeo.

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I Love Lucy Marathon on FOX Classics Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:40:45 +0000 2015-03-31_2309

This Easter Saturday Andrew Mercado will present an I Love Lucy Marathon on FOX Classics.

Classic episodes will air from 6am with the film The Long, Long Trailer to air from 7pm.

As Mr. Mercado will no doubt tell you, it was Desi Arnaz who is attributed with pioneering the 3 camera system of recording comedy. He wanted to grab every reaction shot of Lucy which in turn gave rise to syndication. Although there are suggestions it existed before this time too.

Either way DesiLu were brilliant at business -and comedy.

Starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz I Love Lucy is the iconic and much-loved series that ran from 1951 to 1957 screening 180 episodes over six seasons. The television series was pioneering in its comedy and content being the first to show an interracial couple on air – Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz were married in real life and depicted a comical version of their marriage on the show. I Love Lucy was also the first to feature an actual pregnant woman playing a pregnant woman, which was ground-breaking for its time.

Following the marathon, FOX Classics will finish the day with the screening of the hilariously funny feature film, The Long, Long Trailer that’s sure to get everyone loving Lucy. The 1953 film stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Majorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Bert Freed, Oliver Blake and more. Nick (Arnaz) and Tracy (Ball) are two newlyweds travelling across the United States in an overloaded trailer trying to celebrate their honeymoon, however everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, with riotous results.

I Love Lucy Marathon
Saturday April 4 from 6am to 7pm on FOX Classics

The Long, Long Trailer
Saturday April 4 at 7pm on FOX Classics

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The Last Ship Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:16 +0000 Big ships make for big fun in GO!’s action drama, 8:30pm Wednesday.

  • Stop Laughing …This is Serious!
  • The Good Wife
  • Z Nation
  • Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
  • The Flash
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Timeshifted: Monday 23 March 2015 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:51:47 +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: 23/03/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-MON Network 7 1,803,000 1,713,000 90,000 2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,131,000 1,125,000 5,000 3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,099,000 1,096,000 3,000 4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 1,098,000 919,000 178,000 5 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,022,000 1,020,000 2,000 6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 1,005,000 953,000 52,000 7 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 997,000 994,000 2,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 950,000 926,000 24,000 9 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 905,000 843,000 62,000 10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 881,000 878,000 3,000 11 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 853,000 804,000 48,000 12 REVENGE Network 7 842,000 682,000 161,000 13 7.30-EV Network ABC 810,000 808,000 2,000 14 THE ODD COUPLE Network TEN 789,000 709,000 80,000 15 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 704,000 683,000 20,000 16 THE ODD COUPLE EP 2 Network TEN 700,000 637,000 63,000 17 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 653,000 628,000 26,000 18 2015 MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA Network TEN 644,000 577,000 67,000 19 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 624,000 620,000 4,000 20 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 623,000 584,000 39,000

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Timeshifted: Sunday 22 March 2015 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:48:41 +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: Sunday Date: 22/03/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -ROOM REVEAL Network 9 1,326,000 1,284,000 42,000 2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -SUN Network 9 1,183,000 1,135,000 48,000 3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,137,000 1,135,000 1,000 4 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,136,000 1,133,000 4,000 5 DOWNTON ABBEY Network 7 1,068,000 846,000 223,000 6 60 MINUTES Network 9 1,015,000 988,000 27,000 7 SUNDAY NIGHT Network 7 980,000 962,000 18,000 8 AUSTRALIA: THE STORY OF US Network 7 929,000 868,000 61,000 9 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 742,000 739,000 3,000 10 SHARK TANK Network TEN 678,000 638,000 40,000 11 MODERN FAMILY EP 2 Network TEN 623,000 564,000 59,000 12 BROADCHURCH-EV Network ABC 620,000 549,000 71,000 13 MALCOLM FRASER: LIFE WASN’T MEANT TO BE EASY-EV Network ABC 575,000 559,000 16,000 14 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 556,000 494,000 63,000 15 SUNDAY AFTERNOON NRL LIVE Network 9 535,000 531,000 4,000 16 CASTLE Network 7 439,000 337,000 102,000 17 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 422,000 409,000 13,000 18 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Network TEN 388,000 314,000 74,000 19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 381,000 381,000 0 20 FORTITUDE-EV Network ABC 379,000 309,000 70,000


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Timeshifted: Saturday 21 March 2015 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:46:59 +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: Saturday Date: 21/03/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NEW TRICKS-EV Network ABC 1,182,000 1,106,000 76,000 2 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC 989,000 978,000 11,000 3 GRANTCHESTER-EV Network ABC 958,000 809,000 149,000 4 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 769,000 768,000 1,000 5 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 749,000 741,000 9,000 6 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC 536,000 516,000 20,000 7 SCOTT AND BAILEY RPT Network ABC 515,000 471,000 44,000 8 EASTER WITH THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY Network 9 368,000 361,000 7,000 9 BONDI VET Network TEN 352,000 341,000 10,000 10 M-KUNG FU PANDA Network 7 350,000 334,000 17,000 11 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 344,000 343,000 1,000 12 17 AGAIN Network 9 329,000 320,000 9,000 13 GETAWAY Network 9 317,000 317,000 0 14 DEATH IN PARADISE RPT Network ABC 316,000 283,000 33,000 15 M-FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT Network 7 311,000 292,000 18,000 16 WEEKEND TODAY – SATURDAY Network 9 286,000 286,000 0 17 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Network 7 279,000 279,000 0 18 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATE Network 7 272,000 272,000 0 19 NINE NEWS: FIRST AT FIVE Network 9 267,000 267,000 0 20 READY, STEADY, WIGGLE!-AM Network ABC2 258,000 247,000 11,000

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Timeshifted: Friday 20 March 2015 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:44:50 +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: Friday Date: 20/03/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES-EV Network ABC 1,012,000 818,000 194,000 2 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 946,000 945,000 1,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 940,000 933,000 7,000 4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 890,000 884,000 6,000 5 NINE NEWS Network 9 887,000 885,000 1,000 6 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 774,000 740,000 34,000 7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 649,000 645,000 4,000 8 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 568,000 566,000 2,000 9 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 536,000 529,000 7,000 10 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 1 Network 9 534,000 534,000 0 11 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 532,000 531,000 1,000 12 QI RPT Network ABC 492,000 432,000 61,000 13 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 474,000 467,000 6,000 14 SILENT WITNESS RPT Network ABC 453,000 400,000 53,000 15 7.30-EV Network ABC 451,000 448,000 3,000 16 M-THE HOLIDAY Network 7 450,000 432,000 18,000 17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 442,000 438,000 4,000 18 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 425,000 403,000 22,000 19 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 419,000 415,000 3,000 20 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE PRE MATCH Network 9 388,000 386,000 1,000


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Timeshifted: Thursday 19 March 2015 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:42:39 +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: Thursday Date: 19/03/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MY KITCHEN RULES-THU Network 7 1,543,000 1,376,000 167,000 2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 977,000 973,000 4,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 967,000 964,000 2,000 4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 885,000 882,000 3,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 880,000 876,000 4,000 6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 862,000 797,000 65,000 7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 810,000 806,000 4,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 806,000 781,000 25,000 9 OPEN HOUSE Network 9 710,000 662,000 48,000 10 7.30-EV Network ABC 641,000 638,000 3,000 11 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 635,000 610,000 25,000 12 OUTBACK ER-EV Network ABC 580,000 541,000 39,000 13 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 540,000 540,000 0 14 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 522,000 515,000 7,000 15 HOT SEAT Network 9 510,000 510,000 1,000 16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 493,000 492,000 1,000 17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 487,000 485,000 2,000 18 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 456,000 376,000 80,000 19 HIDING-EV Network ABC 445,000 332,000 112,000 20 STATE OF AFFAIRS Network 7 441,000 349,000 92,000

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Seven set for Good Friday Appeal 2015 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:45:36 +0000 2015-03-31_1719

The 2015 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal will be broadcast live on Channel Seven Melbourne this Friday, again based at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The day’s coverage will begin at 9am with Seven News’ Jennifer Keyte and Nick McCallum reporting firsthand the inspiring stories of doctors, nurses, children and families at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Over at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Tim Watson and Bruce McAvaney will commence hosting as the phone lines are opened and the donations start flowing in. They will be joined throughout the day by the team at Channel 7, including Peter Mitchell from Seven News, David Koch and Sam Armytage from Sunrise, The Morning Show’s Larry Emdur, Million Dollar Minute host Simon Reeve and members of Seven’s AFL commentary team.

A special edition of Seven News will be hosted by Jacqueline Felgate at midday, with reports from our journalists based in communities across Victoria. Cast members and presenters from Channel 7 hit shows Home And Away, Winners & Losers, Better Homes And Gardens and My Kitchen Rules will pay special visits to children at the Royal Children’s Hospital before reading out donations on the evening panels and taking calls in the phone room.

At night, Hamish McLachlan and Edwina Bartholomew will introduce some of the biggest names in Australian entertainment as the Good Friday Appeal Charity Gala takes to the stage live from the Plenary – MCEC’s 1,800 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium – with performances from Lee Kernaghan, Jessica Mauboy, Taylor Henderson, Justice Crew, Marlisa, and many more.

Families wanting to join in the fun can attend the annual Kids Day Out at MCEC – an all-day event filled with activities for children of all ages. The Good Friday Appeal, which started in 1931 and has been broadcast on Channel 7 for the last 57 years, unites Victorians with the common goal of helping Victoria’s sick children.

The iconic and unrivalled fundraising event has raised more than $274 million for the benefit of the Royal Children’s Hospital. A record breaking $16,846,396.09 was donated in 2014. To donate this year, please call 1300 277 325 or visit the Good Friday Appeal website.

The Good Friday Appeal telecast is live from 9am on Friday, April 3 on Channel 7 (Melbourne).

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Any more mysteries for Doctor Blake? Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:04:24 +0000 2015-03-31_1651

ABC’s Doctor Blake Mysteries has its finale this Friday night, having enjoyed another season of excellent figures.

Regularly sitting between 800,000 – 950,000 viewers it is easily ABC’s strongest local drama series -if not TV’s most popular across all networks.

Fans will soon be awaiting news about a possible fourth season.

An ABC spokesperson today said the show had not yet been recommissioned, although TV Tonight is hearing encouraging whispers around the traps….

Craig McLachlan is also up for a Silver Logie as Most Popular Actor in May.

The finale airs 8:30pm Friday on ABC.

When a magistrate is found poisoned the clues point towards various pillars of the town, all of them associated with the Masonic Lodge.

But as Blake digs deeper, he finds disturbing echoes in the death of his own mother, forty years earlier. And while Blake inches towards an answer, Jean prepares to say goodbye, in preparation for moving to Adelaide and her own family, and out of Blake’s life.

Guest stars Marg Downey as Evelyn, John Wood as Tyneman, John Stanton as Doug Ashby, David Whiteley as Hobart, Rod Mullinar as Clement.

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Bumper ratings for The Walking Dead finale Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:28:58 +0000 2015-03-31_1626

The Walking Dead finale drew big numbers in the USA, ending its highest-rated season with 15.8m viewers, a record for a TWD finale.

According to preliminary Nielsen estimates, the fiasle averaged an 8.2 rating in adults 18-49 — up about 3% on 2014.

It was the second highest demo rating (tied with its season 4 premiere and behind only the season 5 premiere) and the third largest overall viewership total in the show’s 70-episode history.

Variety notes that Empire, the hottest new show of this season, wrapped earlier this month with a lower demo rating (6.9) but more total viewers (17.62 million). That makes TWD US television season’s No. 1-rated entertainment series in 18-49.

In Australia it pulled 69,000 and 67,000 in two separate screenings, the highest-rated non-sports show on Foxtel yesterday.

It returns to FX in October.

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Studio 10 backs #morelogiewomen campaign Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:19:02 +0000

Studio 10 this morning debated TV Tonight’s question on revamping the Logie Awards Hall of Fame process to address the imbalance of 27 men and 1 woman currently inducted.

Ita Buttrose, Jessica Rowe, Sarah Harris and Joe Hildebrande discussed the many names of Australian women who would make worthy contenders.

The social media campaign #morelogiewomen began this morning on ABC’s Radio National Breakfast after TV Tonight floated the idea of 1 man, 1 woman and 1 show to be inducted each year.

It has since gained traction through Twitter and via BuzzFeed.

You can tweet your support for change with the hashtag #morelogiewomen and the name of the person you would like to see inducted.

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Stop Laughing…This is Serious: April 1 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:38:45 +0000 2015-03-31_1337

Another enjoyable episode of Stop Laughing… This is Serious tomorrow night on ABC, which focusses on our ability to take the piss out of ourselves.

“Look At Moi, Look At Moi” (Kath and Kim) looks inwards at the importance of our ability to laugh
at ourselves and how this has become a quintessential Australian trait. From Edna Everage, the mousy Melbourne housewife, and Sandy Stone – the man to whom nothing ever happens, to Aussie battlers like Dad and Dave, Paul Hogan and Kenny, we realise that what’s right under our very own nose is often the funniest thing of all.

Australian audiences couldn’t get enough of the series Kath and Kim perhaps because they could see themselves in it. The humour came from the familiarity. Similarly, Dame Edna pointed out the minutiae of the every day, making the mundane funny for the first time as she revealed so much about our own lives. With another character Sandy Stone, Barry Humphries expanded on this theme and found a winning combination of pathos and humour in the spectacularly uneventful life of an ageing pensioner. We see how comedians like Denise Scott and Dave Hughes continued to celebrate suburban normality in their own stand up routines while hit movies The Castle and Kenny have made a box office success of championing ordinary people – like us.

We look at the rise of the Aussie battler in our comedy characters – from The Sentimental Bloke to Kenny, the battler is an ever-popular figure. Epitomised by Paul Hogan with his cast of characters in the 1970s, our love of the battler culminated in the heroic Crocodile Dundee – as Mick Dundee, an exaggerated outback larrikin took the world by storm in the 1980s. Paul Hogan also unashamedly presented his own ocker Australian accent on TV – showing us that our own voice can provide humour.

“Look At Moi, Look At Moi” continues to explore how our comedy now reflects an inclusiveness about who we are now – a multicultural society, with a diversity of voice from Sean Choolburra to Kevin Kropinyeri, from Nick Giannopoulos to Hung Le, Mary Coustas and Nazeem Hussain.

This second episode of the three part series Stop Laughing… this is serious ultimately highlights that while our comedic voice changes and evolves constantly, it always reminds us that one of our greatest assets is to be able to laugh at ourselves, whoever we are.

9pm Wednesday ABC.

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Jesse Spencer helps judge Logie Outstanding Newcomer award Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:05:51 +0000 2015-03-31_1323

He was a no-show for the Neighbours anniversary celebrations but Jesse Spencer is on board to help judge the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer for the 2015 TV Week Logie Awards.

The Chicago Fire actor and The Originals’ Claire Holt will join a panel of local industry experts, to help select this year’s recipient:

• Brandon McClelland (ANZAC Girls, ABC)
• Harriet Dyer (Love Child, Nine Network)
• Miranda Tapsell (Love Child, Nine Network)
• Silvia Colloca (Made In Italy With Silvia Colloca, SBS ONE)
• Troy Kinne (Kinne, 7mate)

The recipient, to be announced ahead of the Awards, will win a round-trip to Los Angeles, a one-year scholarship at Stella Adler Acting School in LA and mentoring with prominent industry contacts.

“Judging the TV Week Logies was great,” said Spencer. “I loved watching such a diverse range of choices and creativity that, living in the US, I normally wouldn’t get to see.”

“It was awesome to be able to sit in LA and watch excellent Australian television,” said Holt. “I loved every minute of it!

“I saw some really terrific actors and entertainers from variety shows,” she added. “Australia is full of creative people and it was nice to have that validated and watch some exciting new faces.

“As an actor, you’re constantly judged and you face rejection. There are people who are going to like or dislike your work. I tried to keep that in mind when watching the entries.

“It was nice not to have any pressure on me and just to be able to enjoy it.”

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Airdate: Kingdom, Togetherness, The Field of Blood. Returning: Reign, Atlantis. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:20:54 +0000 2015-03-31_1250

Foxtel has confirmed airdates for a number of its premium Drama shows, premiering in April.

They include local productions, new series and returning series. Highlights include Deadline Gallipoli, Wentworth, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Outlander.

BBC First’s Wolf Hall is attracting critical acclaim while The Field of Blood, Kingdom (pictured) and Togetherness are also new.

The Field of Blood
Two Hour Special
BBC First
Wednesday April 1 at 8.30pm
First on Foxtel
The Field Of Blood is based on the best-selling crime novel from a series by Denise Mina. Set in Glasgow in 1982, Paddy Meehan is a young girl who dreams of being an investigative reporter and seizes the opportunity when a young boy is kidnapped and found murdered. Paddy sees connections to a year-old crime that nobody else sees and is determined to make it her story. But when Paddy crosses the line, she becomes outcast from her family and puts lives at risk. As she gets closer to the murderer the price of achieving her dream will prove greater than she can ever imagine.

S1 Part B
Sundays from April 5 at 7.30pm
Express from the US
Outlander continues in Part B of Season 1 to follow Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 where she navigates the hidden dangers of 18th Century Scotland and an unknown world where her freedom and life is at risk. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Also stars Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies

Mad Men
S7 Part B (Final Series)
Mondays from April 6 at 3.30pm
Express from the US
Mad Men – starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, and January Jones – is an incredibly popular drama series that takes place in the 1960s at a New York City advertising agency on Madison Avenue. Since its premiere, Mad Men has been a critical and awards darling, scoring 15 Emmy Award wins (including four for Best Drama), and winning four Golden Globes® (three for Best Drama and one for Jon Hamm for Best Actor). As the series draws to a close in its seventh season Don Draper has finally begun to make progress in his career but he faces loss in his personal life. The final episodes include scenes where the partners of SC&P watch the historic Apollo 11 moon landing on television.

Tuesdays from April 7 at 8.30pm
Local Production
Wentworth draws on characters and elements of the iconic Prisoner series as it builds its own brave and bold, contemporary story. This ASTRA Award-winning drama has captured local and international attention for its high production standards, compelling storylines and terrific performances from the ensemble cast. Four months have passed since the events of Season 2 and having been returned to Wentworth following her successful campaign to kill Brayden Holt, Bea Smith has assumed the mantle of Top Dog, hailed by all – including Franky Doyle. Starring Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson, Celia Ireland, Shareena Clanton, Katrina Milosevic, Aaron Jeffery, and Robbie Magasiva.

Tuesdays from April 7 at 9.30pm
First on Foxtel
Kingdom is a raw family drama set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Venice, California. When word gets out that superstar Ryan Wheeler is training with Alvey, finally Alvey begins to taste a bit of the glamour to go with the grit. He’s willing to go through extraordinary means to make sure his fighters are taken care of but all of this success and responsibility comes at a steep price. Starring Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, and Joanna Going.

Wolf Hall
BBC First
Saturdays from April 11 at 8.30pm
First on Foxtel
Wolf Hall is the critically acclaimed six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies. The lavish history drama chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the son of a humble blacksmith who became King Henry VIII’s chief minister as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor court. Directed by BAFTA-winning Peter Kosminsky and starring Damian Lewis (Homeland) as Henry VIII, Olivier and Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl) as Thomas Cromwell, and Claire Foy (Upstairs Downstairs) as the calculating and ambitious Anne Boleyn.

Game Of Thrones
Mondays from April 13 at 11.00am
Express from the US
HBO’s global phenomenon drama Game of Thrones returns with a fifth season of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honour, conquest and triumph. Based on the bestselling book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is a 10-time Emmy®-winning drama set in the fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honour and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years. Though a fantasy, the series is driven by all-too-human ambitions and desires as kings and queens, knights and renegades, noblemen and liars vie for power.

Mondays from April 13 at 7.00pm
Express from the US
VEEP stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld) as former senator Selina Meyer who became Vice President only to find the job was nothing like she expected. After the President’s resignation in Season 3, Selena was sworn in as President turning her election campaign into a re-election campaign, however her struggles in the primaries could see her leadership tenure become one of the shortest in history. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for VEEP for three consecutive years. Tony Hale has won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Selina’s assistant Gary. The show also stars Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy C. Simons, Sukfe Bradshaw and Kevin Dunn.

Tuesdays from April 14 at 7.30pm
First on Foxtel
Reign explores what’s hidden between the lines in the history books about Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. The second season begins with Mary and Francis on the throne of France, however the nation is rocked by the aftereffects of the plague. From the ashes powerful lords will rise, carrying out personal, religious and political vendettas, taking lives, and tearing at Mary and Francis’ commitment to their people – and to each other. Reign stars Australian actress Adelaide Kane.

The Americans
Wednesdays from April 15 at 8.30pm
First on Foxtel
The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President in the 1980s. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) – who have two children who know nothing about their parents’ true identities – grows more passionate and genuine by the day. However they are constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control.

Deadline Gallipoli
Two Part Series
Sunday April 19 & Saturday April 20 at 8.30pm
Local Production
Deadline Gallipoli explores the Gallipoli legend from the point of view of war correspondents Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch, who bore witness to the extraordinary events that unfolded one hundred years ago. The compelling four hour mini-series shown over two nights captures the heartache and futility of war as seen through the eyes of the journalists who reported it. Joel Jackson stars as Bean, Hugh Dancy as Bartlett, Ewen Leslie as Murdoch, and Sam Worthington as Schuler. Charles Dance plays Hamilton, the Commander of the Gallipoli campaign, Bryan Brown plays General Bridges and John Bell plays Lord Kitchener.

Tuesdays April 21 at 7.30pm
First on Foxtel
Togetherness is a new “couples” comedy from HBO set in Los Angeles. Created by the Duplass Brothers, the series follows Brett and Michelle (Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey) who are struggling to rekindle the spark in their relationship, which has puttered out from the stresses of marriage and children. When Brett’s friend Alex (Steve Zissis) and Michelle’s sister Tina (Amanda Peet) move in with them, the foursome engage in a tragically comedic struggle to follow their personal dreams while still remaining good friends, siblings, and spouses to each other.

The Following
Wednesdays from April 22 at 8.30pm
First on Foxtel
In the season two premiere of The Following a healthy and healed Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is living in New York City one year after his pursuit of serial killer Joe Carroll. On the surface, it appears that Ryan’s gotten his life back together but deep down his obsession with Joe continues to grow. Then, on the anniversary of Carroll’s death, a murderous new rampage leaves everyone shocked and determined to discover the truth. Starring Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, Valorie Curry, Sam Underwood, Jessica Stroup, Tiffany Boone, Connie Nielsen, and James Purefoy.

Sundays from April 26 at 6.30pm
First on Foxtel
Atlantis is a fantasy drama set in a world of legendary heroes and mythical creatures from the same team who worked on BBC hit Merlin. Far from home, Jason washes up on the shores of the ancient and mysterious city of Atlantis. Fans were rocked by the shocking reveal at the end of the first series and in this season Pasiphae’s desire to reign has not subsided. Jason’s personal involvement with Ariadne is surely a complication for Pasiphae, but will the knowledge that Jason is her son weaken her resolve?

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If it’s Easter it must be time for branded content Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:22:58 +0000 2015-03-31_1219

Tonight at 8pm Seven is screening Tom, Rach & Rosso Go Cruising featuring Tom Williams, Tim “Rosso” Ross and TV presenters Tom Williams and Rachael Finch aboard Royal Carribean Cruise’s Voyager of the Seas.

According to the synopsis: Tom, Rach and Rosso head to the South Pacific onboard Australia’s largest cruise ship. But will this turn out to be a holiday nightmare? Or will what’s on board turn them into cruise converts?

Another question could have been, ‘How much did Royal Caribbean pay for the one hour of primetime content they will be getting?’

This is hardly the first ‘branded content’ special on commercial television, but it’s one of the few to secure primetime on a weeknight. Normally such puff pieces are afforded a weekend afternoon slot. But in non-ratings time networks will cheerfully put a price on an hour of branded content, ahead of scripted drama.

In recent times Seven has screened McDonald’s Gets Grilled and Target: Style the Nation featuring stylist Gok Wan.

Nine has similarly run lifestyle fare with Women’s Weekly branding in primetime, but audiences would be justified in asking which is sponsorship and which is merely an advertorial designed to push a product?

Marketing manager Rosie Rissetto-Spiers told Mumbrella that Royal Caribbean had “largely” relinquished control of the production to Seven.

“We were really clear on what parts of the experience we wanted to offer the three celebrities on board, but we came to the table very much not wanting this to be an explicit branded piece,” she said.

“It wasn’t about how many mentions we had or logo placement. It was about getting those celebrities to experience what Royal Caribbean can offer on Voyager of the Seas.”

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Seven renews Sydney to Hobart broadcast deal Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:25:42 +0000 2015-03-31_1124

Seven has renewed its broadcast deal of the Sydney to Hobart with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for another 5 years.

Seven’s deal includes broadcast television and online, mobile, social and digital platforms, including global online rights and mobile rights to live stream.

Seven Network’s Head of Sport, Mr Saul Shtein said: “Seven has a long association with yachting – with our coverage of the America’s Cup and for many years, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, along with our commitment to our world championship winning 18’ skiff campaign and partnership with the Oatley family and the remarkable Wild Oats XI.

“The blue water classic is one of the great sports events in Australia and we are looking forward to delivering a world-class coverage to all Australians across our broadcast television and digital platforms along with expanding our coverage of the race in Sunrise and Seven News.”

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore, John Cameron, said, “The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is delighted to extend the exclusive broadcast and internet rights to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race start to the Seven Network for a further five years from the 2016 race.

“Seven has been our broadcast partner since 2005 and since that time has demonstrated outstanding production values and techniques which have allowed the Australian public and worldwide internet audience the ability to watch the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, a race that is regarded as the greatest and most challenging ocean race in the world.”

Over the past 70 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Australian Open tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour.

Over the years, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has had a marked influence on international ocean yacht racing. The club has influenced the world in race communications and sea safety, maintaining the highest standards for yacht race entry.

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Airdate: Chef’s Table Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:53:23 +0000 chef'_pds_007_h 2

Documentary series Chef’s Table, from filmmaker David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) will premiere at 5:01pm AEST Sunday April 26 on Netflix.

It features six of the world’s most renowned international chefs, including Aussie Ben Shewry (pictured), and takes viewers inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents:

Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia)
Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy),
Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA),
Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina),
Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), and
Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden).

The series is created by David Gelb and produced by Boardwalk Pictures. David Gelb, Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn and Matt Weaver are Executive Producers with Dane Lillegard as Co-Executive Producer for Boardwalk Pictures.

The series is directed by David Gelb, Andrew Fried, Brian McGinn and Clay Jeter.

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Trevor Noah next host for The Daily Show Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:47:28 +0000

South-African born stand-up comedian Trevor Noah has been announced as the new host on The Daily Show, replacing the outgoing Jon Stewart.

Noah only debuted on the show as senior international correspondent in December.

Comedy Central released a statement confirming the appointment:

Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show.

Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late-night show. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late-night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.

He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, among others. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Noah commented on today’s news via Twitter: “No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!”

Stewart retires from the show at the end of the year.

Source: Deadline

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Monday 30 March 2015 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:29:38 +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 30/03/2015 23/03/2015 Network ABC 17.9% 13.9% Network ABC2 2.9% 2.2% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.4% Network ABC News 24 1.0% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 22.4% 17.5% Network 7 17.0% 25.7% Network 7TWO 4.6% 4.5% Network 7mate 4.4% 3.6% Network 7 TTL 26.1% 33.9% Network 9 21.3% 18.9% Network GO! 3.7% 3.0% Network Gem 3.3% 2.9% Network 9 TTL 28.3% 24.8% Network TEN 12.0% 14.1% Network ONE 2.8% 2.1% Network ELEVEN 2.7% 3.0% Network TEN TTL 17.5% 19.3% Network SBS ONE 4.9% 3.7% Network SBS 2 0.7% 0.8% Network NITV 0.0% 0.0% Network SBS TTL 5.7% 4.5%


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: 30/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -ROOM REVEAL Network 9 1,271,000 352,000 391,000 216,000 143,000 169,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 1,111,000 292,000 351,000 200,000 113,000 154,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,016,000 296,000 337,000 217,000 87,000 79,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,012,000 232,000 266,000 184,000 116,000 214,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 995,000 301,000 338,000 185,000 81,000 90,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 955,000 221,000 261,000 199,000 111,000 163,000
7 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 923,000 283,000 269,000 196,000 93,000 82,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 905,000 267,000 299,000 156,000 83,000 99,000
9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 868,000 236,000 267,000 143,000 88,000 133,000
10 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 844,000 253,000 266,000 174,000 72,000 79,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 840,000 236,000 207,000 180,000 91,000 126,000
12 7.30-EV Network ABC 818,000 225,000 257,000 152,000 90,000 93,000
13 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 748,000 221,000 255,000 133,000 62,000 77,000
14 Q&A-LE Network ABC 685,000 205,000 256,000 104,000 70,000 49,000
15 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 678,000 178,000 210,000 107,000 98,000 84,000
16 THE ODD COUPLE Network TEN 630,000 177,000 167,000 116,000 76,000 93,000
17 THE ODD COUPLE EP 2 Network TEN 624,000 190,000 167,000 115,000 82,000 71,000
18 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 588,000 160,000 167,000 112,000 57,000 92,000
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON EP2 Network 9 585,000 140,000 194,000 84,000 84,000 82,000
20 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 565,000 128,000 162,000 107,000 84,000 85,000


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: 30/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 274,000 65,000 87,000 50,000 32,000 39,000
2 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 242,000 52,000 69,000 44,000 38,000 39,000
3 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 235,000 35,000 76,000 56,000 28,000 39,000
4 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 223,000 34,000 66,000 64,000 28,000 32,000
5 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 221,000 65,000 49,000 54,000 23,000 30,000
6 A TOUCH OF FROST Network 7TWO 214,000 57,000 74,000 26,000 34,000 23,000
7 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 210,000 54,000 72,000 44,000 23,000 17,000
8 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 199,000 27,000 61,000 55,000 29,000 28,000
9 DINOSAUR TRAIN-PM Network ABC2 199,000 52,000 66,000 41,000 19,000 20,000
10 AMERICAN RESTORATION Network 7mate 198,000 53,000 73,000 22,000 30,000 20,000
11 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 191,000 40,000 62,000 47,000 23,000 19,000
12 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 185,000 29,000 57,000 48,000 26,000 25,000
13 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 182,000 50,000 44,000 43,000 21,000 25,000
14 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 182,000 54,000 49,000 39,000 14,000 26,000
15 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 180,000 55,000 33,000 45,000 21,000 25,000
16 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 180,000 47,000 31,000 66,000 12,000 23,000
17 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 177,000 33,000 53,000 50,000 23,000 18,000
18 PAWN STARS-EP.2 Network 7mate 175,000 54,000 57,000 24,000 24,000 16,000
19 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 166,000 47,000 50,000 40,000 12,000 17,000
20 AMERICAN PICKERS Network 7mate 164,000 30,000 61,000 26,000 25,000 21,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -ROOM REVEAL Network 9 725,000 186,000 236,000 126,000 82,000 95,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 601,000 150,000 208,000 109,000 61,000 74,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 420,000 106,000 134,000 62,000 55,000 63,000
4 THE ODD COUPLE EP 2 Network TEN 373,000 120,000 97,000 67,000 44,000 44,000
5 THE ODD COUPLE Network TEN 365,000 106,000 102,000 62,000 37,000 57,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -ROOM REVEAL Network 9 652,000 168,000 210,000 113,000 77,000 84,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 533,000 138,000 176,000 93,000 61,000 65,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 360,000 89,000 116,000 55,000 50,000 50,000
4 THE ODD COUPLE EP 2 Network TEN 327,000 103,000 91,000 57,000 40,000 36,000
5 THE ODD COUPLE Network TEN 318,000 87,000 88,000 55,000 36,000 51,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -ROOM REVEAL Network 9 400,000 109,000 132,000 55,000 52,000 51,000
2 THE BLOCK TRIPLE THREAT -MON Network 9 330,000 94,000 108,000 47,000 42,000 39,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 209,000 58,000 66,000 26,000 32,000 26,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 208,000 67,000 54,000 42,000 21,000 25,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON EP2 Network 9 196,000 47,000 69,000 22,000 27,000 31,000



Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 30/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
3 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 77,000
8 FAMILY GUY FOX8 62,000
17 DANCE MOMS LifeStyle YOU 50,000
18 STORAGE WARS A&E 47,000
19 QI UKTV 46,000



© 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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Scott Wolf clocks onto the Night Shift Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:58:50 +0000 SWO3723

He sat at the top of pop culture fandom as Party of Five‘s Bailey during the 1990s and more recently played Dr. Scott Clemmens on NBC’s The Night Shift, but Scott Wolf is drawn to meaningful work over fandom.

While he recalls the frenzy of teenage girls and magazine covers his 6 years on the show were much more work-focussed.

“If we were doing that show today our experience would have been radically different because of every aspect of social media and the access people seem to have to everyone else,” he says.

“We sort of felt immune to a lot of it, but we would do a shopping mall appearance and you would get this crazy wave of what it was meaning to young girls. It was pretty intense. I did get tackled at the movie theatre here and there. I don’t necessarily miss that. But I’m glad I had the experience.

“The show was so well done that I always felt so lucky to be a part of it. The writing was really good and it took the characters seriously. We got to work with great material with fleshed out characters. So I was so focussed on that, that all of the ‘stuff’ that came with it I never really had all that hard a time dealing with. It was never the most important part of it.

“But it was really meaningful to me that the show we were making meant something to people.

“I’m still proud of it all this time later.”

Wolf in Australia last week to promote The Night Shift, an adrenalin-fuelled medical series set in the ER of a Texan hospital. Starring Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung and Freddy Rodriguez, it is now in its second season on NBC, and airs in Australia on Universal.

Wolf joined the show halfway through the first season around the time he says it was beginning to find its creative voice.

“Obviously it’s thrilling and on-the-edge of your seat in terms of the traumatic injuries that come flying through this ER in the middle of the night. But there’s an irreverence about it, there’s romance, and a lot of different things it’s trying to accomplish. I think it found the blend that makes this show what it is part-way through the first season, and it’s grown this year,” he says.

“I’ve done other shows that are incredibly well-written and the individual actors that are assembled are remarkably talented, but something about the chemistry of everyone doesn’t click.

“In this there is a great chemistry on and off-camera amongst the people that I think it’s why the audience has gravitated towards it.”

Basing the show around a late night crew also lends the story to erratic characters and energetic storylines, some of which are unique to the time setting and even the odd ‘full moon.’

“Part of it is that the night shift is inherently inhabited by people who live a little bit on the edge. Not only the people who are working the shift but anybody who is up at 4 in the morning and finding ways to hurt themselves traumatically… it’s a unique brand of person and medicine,” he continues.

“There’s one episode where it’s a slow night and they’re having wheelchair races and one of the less-experienced people says, ‘Man it’s a slow night.’ And everyone just looks at each other and thinks ‘You just full-mooned us.’

“Sure enough the doors blast open and away we go.”

Wolf says there are also key differences to its obvious contemporary, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, .

Grey’s Anatomy is a great show and has had an incredible run but the pacing of things is a lot slower. There’s time for doctors to stand around and talk about things. But in this case often there’s a dozen terribly injured people coming in at the same time. So things are zero to sixty all night long.

“With this show everything is at stake all the time. There’s life and death on the line. Playing a character who really devotes himself to doing anything he can to save lives has been a pretty remarkable experience.

“But the personal side is a bit of a shambles. He’s been in a love triangle that hasn’t gone his way, and he’s having to manage working with his ex, and staying committed to his work life. This show keeps all of the characters off balance in a great way.”

Yet one of the biggest challenges he’s faced has been endeavouring to appear proficient with the medical procedures -not just in terms of the language, but in execution too.

“There have been a lot of great medical shows in the history of television and most of the time they are pretty careful about what they show in terms of how graphic things are. In this particular case when we open up a chest and we’re sewing someone together or cutting tissue out, they have cameras aimed directly into the chest or leg.

“The show wants to be a little more graphic and confrontational, but as a result we don’t get to just move our hands around and act ‘as if.’ We have to be technically doing everything our character is doing. So we’re really suturing and cutting the prosthetics we’re using.

“I should float out there that we may or may not be using actual human beings on the show! That would be good for ratings!”

The Night Shift airs 8:30pm Wednesdays on Universal.

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Game of Thrones star to guest in Doctor Who Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:55:22 +0000 2015-03-31_0040

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will take up a guest role in the next Doctor Who season.

Best known as Arya Stark in the epic HBO drama, she can also be seen this week in the excellent drama The Cyberbully on ABC.

“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town,” she said.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added: “We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

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‘Quirky’ items not about to dumb down SBS World News Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:53:44 +0000 2015-03-31_0117

SBS has responded to media reports suggesting it plans to dumb down SBS World News with more ‘quirky’ news items, to deter viewers from switching.

It follows The Guardian claiming executive producer Andrew Clark writing to staff to include colourful stories because stories about the Middle East, refugees, Indigenous Australians and Ebola were “a turn off.”

But an SBS statement on Fairfax stressed the news bulletin’s “primary focus” remained major international stories.

“The executive producer’s email to his team was about story placement and promotion – not story selection – and structure of the second half hour of the bulletin in order to grow audiences,” it read.

“The second half of the SBS World News bulletin has always contained a diverse mix of stories, many focussed on multicultural issues, such as Naomi Selvaratnam’s report on blackmail in Australia’s Indian community and Katrina Yu’s story on the challenge of young Chinese finding partners …”

SBS is trialling a news teaser at 6:55pm to prevent viewers from switching to ABC News at 7pm.

SBS recently made changes to Dateline to include lighter stories.

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Time to revamp Logie Hall of Fame? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:50:36 +0000 2015-03-30_2326

If Home and Away is inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame, it will become only the fourth TV show to receive the honour, joining Play School, Neighbours and Four Corners.

Now in its 27th year on air, it certainly deserves a place on the roll call. TV Week won’t confirm the rumour, preferring to announce the inductee at the event in May.

As has been noted on this site the Hall of Fame list is dominated by males, with only 1 woman to receive the honour:

1984 Hector Crawford
1985 Ken G. Hall
1986 Neil Davis
1987 Paul Hogan
1988 Bert Newton
1989 Bryan Brown
1990 Johnny Young
1991 James Davern
1992 Four Corners
1993 Reg Grundy
1994 Bud Tingwell
1995 Jack Thompson
1996 Maurie Fields
1997 Garry McDonald
1998 Graham Kennedy
1999 Mike Walsh
2000 Bruce Gyngell
2001 Ruth Cracknell
2002 Mike Willesee
2003 Don Lane
2004 Sam Chisholm
2005 Neighbours
2006 Play School
2007 Steve Irwin
2008 John Clarke
2009 Bill Collins
2010 Brian Naylor
2011 Laurie Oakes
2012 Molly Meldrum
2013 Brian Henderson
2014 Peter Harvey

TV networks put forward their suggestions for the annual award, which is then selected by a panel. TV week supplied the following guidelines:

The Hall of Fame Award honours people and programs that have helped shape the most important and influential medium of our time, aiming to recognise an outstanding contribution to Australian television.

While this is a life achievement award, recipients may yet have further work of significance to be accomplished.

The list of previous Hall of Fame recipients highlights the calibre of talent required to entertain, inform, inspire and enrich an audience.

Free-to-air and subscription TV networks are invited to nominate individuals or programs for the Hall of Fame Award. Entrants are required to ensure all candidates are aware of and accept the submission before sending the completed Hall of Fame submission form to TV WEEK for consideration.

Points to consider in the submission for Hall of Fame are:
· A demonstrated commitment to excellence in Australian television
· Contribution to the enrichment of Australian television culture
· Key achievements, including past awards
· Current projects
· Training and background
· Any additional information

Entrants are required to complete a Most Outstanding Awards – Hall of Fame submission form for each eligible candidate.

Where a recipient is recognised posthumously (eg. Steve Irwin, Brian Naylor, Peter Harvey) they must be inducted in the ceremony following their death, or not at all. But as Australian Television approaches 60 years, more iconic names will be contenders for posthumous recognition. In the last 12 months we’ve lost Ian Ross, Bill Kerr, Wendy Hughes, Coralie Condon, Norman Yemm, Terry Gill, Stuart Wagstaff. Sure, not all are worthy of Hall of Fame, but they do suggest an ageing industry.

So is it time to induct 1 man, 1 woman, 1 show?

In the US the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducts up to 6 individuals every year, in a separate ceremony. Last year they included Jay Leno, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and even Rupert Murdoch.

While nobody wants to see the Logie ceremony drag on all night, we still have a lengthy list of worthy contenders that will be waiting a long time for induction.

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TV’s new Odd Couple: Ruby Wax & Christopher Pyne Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:49:37 +0000 IMG_1601

Q & A panelists Ruby Wax and Christopher Pyne became the show’s very own Odd Couple last night, joking about spawning a child in outer space (seriously), with Wax sitting on his lap in an embrace.

The union was encouraged by singer Michael Franti performing Everybody Out to Hug with the audience in a standing ovation.


Meanwhile there was also a tweet from Western Australia, from some unhappy viewers. We’ll take that as a comment, Tony Jones…

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Airdate: Poldark Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:45:03 +0000 2015-03-30_2007

BBC Drama Poldark will premiere on ABC on Sunday April 12, replacing Broadchurch which has its finale this weekend.

Aidan Turner (Being Human) stars as British soldier Ross Poldark who returns home to Cornwall after fighting in the American War of Independence.

As with the 1975 series starring Robin Ellis, both dramas were based on the novels of writer Winston Graham.

This is an eight-part adaptation of the first two novels in Winston Graham’s Poldark series starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley, Jack the Giant Slayer) as Demelza Carne. Robin Ellis, who played Ross in the first television adaptation of the Poldark novels in the 1970s, appears in two episodes as Reverend Halse.

Ross Poldark joins the army to avoid charges of smuggling. He goes to fight in the American War of Independence leaving behind his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), with the promise that he will return soon. Three years later, wounded and scarred, Ross returns home to discover that his father has died, his estate is in ruins and Elizabeth is set to marry his cousin, Francis (Kyle Soller).

Elizabeth and Francis are married. Ross is surprised to see that callous banker George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) is at the groom’s side. Ross’ uncle, Charles Poldark (Warren Clarke) thinks that it would be better for the newlyweds if Ross were to leave Cornwall and he offers to pay for Ross to make a fresh start elsewhere.

Ross stubbornly refuses, determined to rebuild his family estate, Nampara. With only the help of his father’s useless servants, Jud and Prudie (Phil Davies and Beatie Edney), Ross takes on a new kitchen-maid, Demelza, after he rescues her from a beating.

When Elizabeth makes it clear that she no longer loves him, Ross furiously decides to leave Cornwall. However, Demelza’s abusive father turns up to take her back and brings with him a gang of brutish thugs determined to fight. Seeing the local miners stand up for him and take on the gang, Ross realises that his home is in Cornwall amongst his friends. On his way back to Nampara, he sees Elizabeth who has come to beg him to stay and it is clear to Ross that she still has feelings for him.

Production credits:
Based on the novels by Winston Graham. Written and created for television by Debbie Horsfield. Produced by Eliza Mellor. Directed by Ed Bazalgette and William McGregor. Executive Producers: Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien for Mammoth Screen; Polly Hill for BBC and Rebecca Eaton for Masterpiece.

8:40pm Sunday April 12 on ABC.

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Insight: March 31 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:44:20 +0000 2015-03-30_1943

Tonight on Insight, host Jenny Brockie meets students from Holroyd High in Western Sydney, where six out of 10 students are refugees.

Around a third of its pupils have been in Australia for less than three years. Some have never been to school before arriving at Holroyd. Some arrive at the school with a traumatic history. Most speak little or no English.

The hurdles to academic achievement are significant. Yet last year 54 per cent of year 12 students at Holroyd High received first round university offers. The national average is 30 per cent.

For many students this modest high school in Western Sydney provides a fresh start in a new country. For others, who’ve come from the local area, Holroyd High offers them a second chance and with a surprising new direction.

This week on Insight the students and teachers from Holroyd High share their stories of resilience, their aspirations and their triumphs. How can schools like Holroyd prepare these kids for a new life in Australia?

Guests include:

Denise Carrick, Deputy Principal
“We also believe in giving people a second chance … and often we go with our gut instinct.”

Taylah, student
“My first opinion was it’s full of ‘imports’, like why would I go? … like I wouldn’t belong there, I’m true blue Aussie … I was a very angry person and now I’m like, at a school that I like and I’m happier…”

William, student
“I think that Australia and the school wouldn’t be the same and we wouldn’t have the same perspective on it if there wasn’t people from different ethnic backgrounds.”

Muhannad, student
“First night they told me you’re not allowed to stay in Australia and you have to be transferred to Nauru lsland…I said I had all this conditions, I left my home, I left whatever I had, all my memories in my country and to come here and then not accept us again?”

Chantelle, student
“I thought ‘oh, [my classmate was] just like a normal kid who’s just come in’, [but] he came on a boat, he’s had all this terrible stuff happen to him. How did I not know this? He hid it very well.”

Dorothy Hoddinott, Principal
“Young people should be looking to the future and people who are in their teens and finishing school should be arranging their lives for the future…they shouldn’t be denied that possibility.”

Tuesday at 8.30pm on SBS ONE.

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Fear the Walking Dead: teaser Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:40:52 +0000

The first teaser for Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off from The Walking Dead, was revealed yesterday.

Set in Los Angeles it has been described as starting out as a prequel at the dawn of the apocalypse before catching up with the original series.

It stars Cliff Curtis as Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife. Sons of Anarchy‘s Kim Dickens co-stars as Nancy, a guidance counsellor who works at the school with Sean and is seeing him romantically. Frank Dillane co-stars as Nancy’s son Nick, who has battled a drug problem.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:14:06 +0000 Tony Robinson travels around Australia meeting families of ANZAC veterans and uncovering treasured memorabilia. 7:30pm Tuesday on History Channel.

  • The Affair
  • Insight
  • Bondi Rescue
  • How to Get away with Murder
  • Footy Classified
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Vale: Michael Laurence Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:07:22 +0000 2015-03-30_1804

Writer Michael Laurence, best known for creating Return to Eden, has died aged 79.

He died last week following a long illness.

He began his professional career as a child actor in Sydney radio, before winning a two year scholarship at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He worked as an actor in the UK and Australia, including at Sydney’s Philip Theatre and the Melbourne Theatre Company.

His writing credits include The Godfathers (including all 72 episodes for Nine), The People Next Door, Number 96, The Lost Islands, The Young Doctors, The Last Frontier, Shadow of the Cobra and Which Way Home.

But it was the crocodile-saga Return to Eden, starring James Reyne and Rebecca Gilling, that was his biggest hit, with bumper ratings and overseas sales, particularly in France where it has been shown thirteen times. It still enjoys repeats all over the world. Nine recently flirted with the idea of a remake for the melodrama.

Laurence created several projects for McElroy and McElroy, including Which Way Home, with Cybill Shepherd and John Waters plus The Last Frontier with Linda Evans and Jason Robards.

Early acting credits include Homicide, The Long Arm, The Godfathers, The Spoiler, and The People Next Door.

Writing for IF, David Macdonald writes, “Michael Laurence was a one off. A very funny man, and great raconteur whom his friends will remember with joy. Australia has lost a rare talent.”

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Airdate: Thunderbirds are Go! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:17:13 +0000 2015-03-30_1704

A premiere date for Thunderbirds are Go! has been locked in: Sunday, April 12, at 6.30pm on GO! A week later it will settle into a regular time of 6pm Sundays.

The anticipated revival of Thunderbirds has been remastered for modern audiences by ITV Studios, New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings).

There are 26 episodes in total and the series has already been renewed for a second season. It will premiere in the UK this weekend.

Co-creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s timeless series celebrates its 50th anniversary using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets.

Featuring the world’s most famous family of heroes, the Thunderbirds team includes Parker, played by original cast member David Graham; the inventor Brains, voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Facejacker); John Tracy, voiced by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Love Actually); and London field agent Lady Penelope, voiced by renowned actor Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Pride and Prejudice).

Set in the year 2060, Thunderbirds Are Go follows the adventures of the Tracy family headed by Jeff Tracy, an American multi-millionaire philanthropist whose five sons – Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan – are the force behind International Rescue, a top secret organisation committed to saving human life which is hidden on Tracy Island in the South Pacific.

The five Tracy Brothers each pilot a futuristic Thunderbird machine, which can operate from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space.

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Don Hany tackles sci-fi Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:36:21 +0000 2015-03-30_1628

Actor Don Hany has played many roles in his career, but miniseries Childhood’s End, filmed in Melbourne is a bit of a first.

“I’ve never worked on a sci-fi, but it was really interesting,” he recently told TV Tonight.

“It’s an Arthur C. Clarke book and it’s essentially the idea of what would happen if the aliens came with peacemaking, taking away all the wars and famine. So it’s a Utopia where they refuse to reveal themselves to us and we can’t deal with it.”

The miniseries for the Syfy channel also features Ashley Zukerman, Julian McMahon and Charles Dance.

Hany most recently appeared in the Showcase miniseries, Devil’s Playground, which is nominated for a Logie Award.

“There was a real passion about the story in the production office and it carried across to the story. People were writing from a very visceral place. So it was a luxury to be a part of, as an actor. That’s the way it should always be, but it’s not. And it’s not always indicative of a show’s success.”

He is currently playing a heart surgeon in Vancouver on the telemovie Heart Matters, featuring Melissa George and Dave Annable.

Having already played a in Offspring, he should be ably prepared for medical scenes, although Hany looks back on his role as a paediatrician with a cheeky grin.

“He just never understood his wife’s post-natal depression, so it was just a bad look for a paediatrician,” he concedes.

“I just needed a strong, dramatic reason to take my shirt off!”

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Nine: Second week of Easter non-ratings Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:03:51 +0000 2015-03-30_1457

Next week is another non-survey week but Nine will screen new episodes of The Block, 60 Minutes, The Big Bang Theory, The Footy Show, Forever and, in some cities, Person of Interest.

Check local guides.

Sunday April 5
6pm Nine News
7pm The Block
8:30pm 60 Minutes
9:30pm Movie: Contagion (rpt)

Monday April 6
7pm A Current Affair
7:30pm The Block
8:45pm The Big Bang Theory (new)
9:15pm The Big Bang Theory (rpt) / Footy Classifed (Mel, Ade, Per)
9:45pm Movie: Playing for Keeps
10:45pm Person of Interest (new) Mel, Ade, Per
11:40pm Person of Interest (rpt) Mel, Ade, Per

Tuesday April 7
7:30pm The Block
8:45pm The Big Bang Theory (rpt)
9:15pm The Big Bang Theory (rpt)
9:45pm Movie: Four Holidays (rpt)
11:30pm Mike and Molly (rpt)

Wednesday April 8
7:30pm RBT (new)
8:30pm Forever (new)
9:30pm Forever (new)
10:30pm The Mentalist (rpt)
11:30pm Anger Management (rpt)

Thursday April 9
7:30pm Top Gear: The Perfect Road Trip
8:30pm The Footy Show
10:30pm Cops Uncut
11:30pm The Footy Show

Friday April 10
7:30pm NRL Live (Syd, Bris) / The Big Bang Theory (rpt) (Mel, Ade, Per)
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (rpt) (Mel, Ade, Per)
8:3pm Movie: Julie and Julia (rpt) (Mel, Ade, Per)
9:30pm NRL (Syd, Bris)
11:00pm Movie: Feat of Love (rpt) (Mel, Ade, Per)

Saturday April 11
7:00pm Movie: Shrek The Third (rpt)
8:50pm Movie: Music & Lyrics (rpt)
10:55pm Movie: Wag the Dog (rpt)

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Last chance to comment on plan for M-rated content at 7:30pm Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:10:11 +0000 2015-02-21_0032

You only have until Friday to submit any opinions on proposed changes to the Commercial Television Code of Practice.

Commercial networks are pushing for M rated content to air from 7:30pm and MA15+ from 8:30pm while a separate AV classification, currently at 9:30pm, would be subsumed by MA15+. If approved, these could screen an hour earlier than at present.

If approved it would mean earlier and moderate broadcasts of violence, sex and nudity, language, drugs, suicide, adult themes, as early as 7:30pm and increasing in intensity from 8:30pm.

The proposal by FreeTV Australia comes at a time when ACMA data on children’s viewing indicates that highest viewing times for children is between 5 – 9pm, with 7pm the peak time.

Changes would also have impact on alcohol advertising and complaints surrounding News and Current Affairs.

FreeTV maintains the changes are about simplifying community safeguards.

A 6 week public consultation period closes on Friday if you wish to comment on the proposals

Submissions may be sent to Free TV Australia via post to
44 Avenue Road, Mosman NSW 2088
or via email to

More information is at FreeTV website.

Any changes to the Code of Practice would still need to be approved by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Jacki Weaver in Blunt Talk: teaser Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:35:45 +0000

You can glimpse Jacki Weaver in upcoming US series Blunt Talk, in which Patrick Stewart plays Walter Blunt, a Brit-born cable newsman on a mission to teach Americans how to think, act and behave (Piers Morgan, anyone?). But his wild off-air antics suggest a highly unorthodox teaching style.

Joining Jacki Weaver are Adrian Scarborough, Dolly Wells and Timm Sharp. The show is executive produced by Seth MacFarlane.

Starz has committed to two seasons of 10 episodes each, no broadcaster has yet been confirmed for Australia.

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Returning: Silicon Valley Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:10:00 +0000 2015-03-30_1259

Season Two of US comedy Silicon Valley will premiere from mid April.

Airing from April 15, two days after its US screening, the Mike Judge-creates series is back for 10 more episodes based at Pied Piper.

This season’s tagline is, “See genius in a whole new light.”

In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are often the least capable of handling success. Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis & Butt-Head) takes Silicon Valley viewers inside the world of tech start-ups – and the socially awkward underdogs who try to navigate its lucrative potential.

HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Silicon Valley charts the rising fortunes of Richard, an introverted computer programmer who lives in a “Hacker Hostel” start-up incubator along with his best friends.

Over the course of its 10-episode second season, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and his brilliant but awkward Pied Piper team Erlich (T.J. Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), struggle through the trials and tribulations of growing their company, while still staying true to Richard’s vision.

After last season’s TechCrunch Disrupt victory, the guys focus their energies this year on finding funding and establishing Pied Piper in a crowded sea of competitors, all while battling an assortment of legal and financial woes and petty revenge plans from Hooli overlord Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) and his competing platform, Nucleus. At Raviga, the empire created by Peter Gregory, big changes put pressure on Monica (Amanda Crew), who’s torn between her allegiance to Richard and her job working under a new head honcho, Laurie.

Filled with even more industry cameos, this season of Silicon Valley promises to skewer the tech world with even greater veracity and hilarity, as its heroes continue to fumble their way towards unimaginable success.

Wednesdays from April 15 at 8.30pm on Comedy.

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Jeremy Clarkson may still front live event in Sydney Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:18:11 +0000 2015-03-30_1215

Reports have emerged that Jeremy Clarkson could still front an event next month in Sydney with Richard Hammond and James May, but without Top Gear Live branding.

The presenters’ contracts with the BBC, and its commercial arm, expire at the end of next week. Clarkson’s is not being renewed, meaning that he cannot be associated with the BBC Top Gear brand. But Clarkson has a separate contract with Sub-Zero, the name of the joint venture that runs the shows.

An event in Norway was already pulled due to the Clarkson controversy, but it remains a lucrative concept for all concerned.

The Guardian reports BBC Worldwide is in discussions with Brand Events while  The Mirror suggests organisers could rename it Clarkson, May and Hammond Live or MPH Live -the name Clarkson, May and Hammond fronted prior to Top Gear Live.

“There’s lots of speculation about Top Gear at the moment – however no Top Gear Live shows have been cancelled and we are working through the implications of Jeremy’s contract not being renewed,” said a spokesman for BBC Worldwide. “We will update ticket holders as soon as possible.”

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The Book Club: April 5 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:35:16 +0000 2015-03-30_1131

Next Sunday on The Book Club, Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined by award-winning writer and slam poetry champion Maxine Beneba Clarke and ABC News 24’s Zoe Daniel (The World).

The panel will be discussing Roxane Gay’s debut novel An Untamed State – a story of privilege and poverty, race and gender, and ultimately of survival, all wrapped up in a page-turning thriller. It follows Mireille Jameson a middle-class Haitian woman who lives in America with her all-American, loving husband Michael and their infant son. Their fairy-tale existence is shattered when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight while visiting her family in Haiti. As her wealthy businessman father resists paying the ransom as a matter of principle, her ordeal stretches out into 13 torturous, hellish days in captivity, but the repercussions are felt for much longer.

The April Classic is Sally Morgan’s autobiography My Place. Chosen by Maxine, it has sold over 600,000 copies since its publication in 1987 and inclusion on various school curriculums. It’s a story of self discovery as West Australian writer Sally Morgan goes in search of her family story and along the way uncovers her indigenous heritage.

In a new segment on The Book Club, we invite our audience to send in their Video Comment or Question about this Classic for us to run on the show. We want you to start the conversation! Visit our website for details on how to upload your video, and get tips on how to shoot yourself on your smart phone or computer at:

About the guests:

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poetry champion of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her short story collection Foreign Soil won the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and has since been shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards for 2015.

Zoe Daniel is a former ABC foreign correspondent who was the African correspondent from 2005-2007 and then spent 2009 reporting on the Khmer Rouge war crimes trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As the Southeast Asian Correspondent she was based in Bangkok where she lived with her family. She writes about life in the field as a mother of young children in her 2014 memoir Storyteller. She currently hosts ABC News 24’s The World.

6pm Sunday April 5 on ABC.

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iiNet traffic boost due to Netflix Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:15:32 +0000 Netflix_PR_UI_WEB_Tablet_InDevice_AUS

So far there are no numbers for Netflix’s official Australian subscribers but iiNet says it is already accounting for 15% of its internet traffic.

The country’s third-biggest fixed-line internet company is offering unmetered downloads as part of its partnership with the US streaming giant.

“Netflix has already reached 15 per cent of iiNet’s consumer traffic in the first two days since launch. We are terrifically excited by the response,” an iiNet spokesman told Fairfax.

The streaming giant is currently offering a free one month trial.

Fetch TV, which also partners with Netflix, also talked up their numbers.  CEO Scott Lorson, said, “Fetch TV had high expectations for take up by our subscribers. Results through the first week have exceeded those expectations.”

But Australians who access Netflix US through a VPN have access to some 7000 more titles than those currently offered via its local portal.

Netflix chief executive and founder Reed Hastings  said, “We couldn’t be more happy with the content we have got, the service quality, the relationships … it’s such a joy for Netflix to start to be a global company,” he said.

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Howzat! 47.3% is Nine’s biggest TV share since 2012. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:36:55 +0000 2015-03-30_0952

Australia’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup scored the biggest single audience on television so far this year at 2.22m viewers for Session 2.

It has eclipsed the Australian Open‘s 1.88m viewers and individual episodes of My Kitchen Rules (1.78m).

There were 856,000 watching in Melbourne and 723,000 in Sydney. Nine claims the Preliminary figure will rise to 2.4m viewers which will place it as the highest rated cricket game since the start of OzTAM in 2001. With Regional viewers will climb to 3.29m. It was just the shot in the arm Free to Air needs as it battles alternative entertainment forms.

Proving Live Sport is TV’s biggest drawcard there was also a whopping 522,000 watching the same event on Pay TV.

Session 1 scored 1.89m for Nine while Nine News had its biggest audience of the year at 1.96m viewers.

Nine obliterated the competition with a staggering 47.3% share -its biggest audience share since August 2012.

It was more than twice the share of Seven on 21.3%, and three times the audience of ABC 13.4% and TEN 12.7% while SBS had to settle for a 5.2% share.

But the disappointing news for Nine is that the numbers will not factor into the TV ratings year, with this week and next both out of survey across Easter.

As a result Seven chose to hold off key programming, screening Seven News (876,000), Sunday Night (810,000) and Border Patrol (558,000).

ABC News (574,000) and Broadchurch (568,000) were best for ABC. TEN’s strongest remains Shark Tank (587,000) then Modern Family (490,000 / 400,000) and SBS ONE’s best was Last Days in Vietnam (238,000).

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 29 March 2015.


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Sunday 29 March 2015 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:25:28 +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: Sunday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 29/03/2015 22/03/2015 Network ABC 9.0% 10.3% Network ABC2 2.5% 2.1% Network ABC3 0.7% 0.9% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.2% Network ABC TTL 13.4% 14.4% Network 7 13.8% 23.4% Network 7TWO 3.8% 4.0% Network 7mate 3.7% 5.3% Network 7 TTL 21.3% 32.7% Network 9 40.6% 23.1% Network GO! 3.7% 4.4% Network Gem 3.0% 3.3% Network 9 TTL 47.3% 30.9% Network TEN 8.7% 10.4% Network ONE 1.8% 2.4% Network ELEVEN 2.3% 3.2% Network TEN TTL 12.7% 16.1% Network SBS ONE 4.4% 4.9% Network SBS 2 0.7% 0.9% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 5.2% 5.9%


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: 29/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 2,223,000 660,000 801,000 305,000 207,000 250,000
2 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,961,000 650,000 804,000 184,000 150,000 175,000
3 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 1 Network 9 1,886,000 576,000 605,000 304,000 181,000 221,000
4 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 PRE MATCH Network 9 933,000 320,000 261,000 160,000 81,000 112,000
5 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 876,000 200,000 202,000 208,000 88,000 178,000
6 SUNDAY NIGHT Network 7 810,000 226,000 180,000 192,000 87,000 125,000
7 SHARK TANK Network TEN 587,000 163,000 166,000 95,000 64,000 98,000
8 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 574,000 142,000 150,000 70,000 62,000 151,000
9 BROADCHURCH-EV Network ABC 568,000 166,000 134,000 105,000 77,000 85,000
10 BORDER PATROL Network 7 558,000 171,000 121,000 119,000 65,000 82,000
11 MODERN FAMILY EP 2 Network TEN 490,000 164,000 132,000 77,000 34,000 83,000
12 INSIDE THE COMMONS-EV Network ABC 452,000 124,000 108,000 69,000 49,000 102,000
13 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 400,000 148,000 85,000 72,000 31,000 63,000
14 CASTLE Network 7 389,000 104,000 98,000 79,000 60,000 47,000
15 SUNDAY AFTERNOON NRL LIVE Network 9 370,000 174,000 67,000 128,000 0 0
16 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 369,000 116,000 84,000 58,000 48,000 63,000
17 FORTITUDE-EV Network ABC 330,000 95,000 78,000 66,000 51,000 41,000
18 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Network TEN 303,000 94,000 53,000 53,000 45,000 58,000
19 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SUN Network 7 283,000 87,000 73,000 58,000 24,000 41,000
20 WEEKEND TODAY – SUNDAY Network 9 272,000 106,000 69,000 59,000 19,000 19,000


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: 29/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-SUN Network 7TWO 268,000 63,000 77,000 52,000 28,000 49,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 239,000 67,000 56,000 54,000 36,000 26,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 214,000 60,000 48,000 45,000 32,000 29,000
4 THE ADVENTURES OF BOTTLE TOP BILL AND HIS BEST FRIEND CORKY-AM Network ABC2 211,000 77,000 43,000 36,000 28,000 27,000
5 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network Gem 211,000 0 0 169,000 42,000 0
6 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 210,000 76,000 35,000 40,000 29,000 30,000
7 LITTLE TED’S BIG ADVENTURE-AM Network ABC2 195,000 78,000 45,000 26,000 22,000 24,000
8 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 192,000 61,000 49,000 37,000 25,000 21,000
9 SESAME STREET-AM Network ABC2 191,000 58,000 40,000 33,000 30,000 30,000
10 NICK KNOWLES ORIGINAL FEATURES Network 7TWO 190,000 58,000 48,000 29,000 25,000 31,000
11 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 185,000 65,000 36,000 35,000 27,000 21,000
12 M-TRADING PLACES Network 7mate 184,000 57,000 45,000 32,000 20,000 29,000
13 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-SUN EP.1 Network 7TWO 183,000 38,000 42,000 41,000 22,000 41,000
14 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 178,000 56,000 34,000 38,000 25,000 24,000
15 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 173,000 39,000 32,000 59,000 39,000 4,000
16 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 159,000 34,000 31,000 45,000 23,000 26,000
17 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 157,000 37,000 28,000 44,000 26,000 21,000
18 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 146,000 32,000 20,000 50,000 26,000 17,000
19 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 145,000 59,000 16,000 32,000 20,000 19,000
20 CHUGGINGTON MUSICAL SHORTS-PM Network ABC2 144,000 25,000 26,000 54,000 34,000 4,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 1,000,000 336,000 347,000 130,000 92,000 94,000
2 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 819,000 286,000 334,000 74,000 55,000 71,000
3 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 1 Network 9 754,000 251,000 233,000 116,000 80,000 74,000
4 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 PRE MATCH Network 9 383,000 139,000 113,000 57,000 37,000 37,000
5 SHARK TANK Network TEN 359,000 111,000 96,000 51,000 41,000 59,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 962,000 337,000 328,000 126,000 83,000 88,000
2 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 1 Network 9 747,000 259,000 225,000 112,000 72,000 79,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 744,000 278,000 305,000 57,000 49,000 55,000
4 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 PRE MATCH Network 9 366,000 133,000 91,000 61,000 34,000 47,000
5 SHARK TANK Network TEN 323,000 105,000 78,000 44,000 38,000 57,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 646,000 226,000 214,000 85,000 51,000 70,000
2 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 1 Network 9 478,000 166,000 142,000 68,000 42,000 60,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 454,000 162,000 177,000 33,000 36,000 46,000
4 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 PRE MATCH Network 9 218,000 74,000 49,000 39,000 19,000 37,000
5 SHARK TANK Network TEN 205,000 72,000 48,000 30,000 19,000 36,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 29/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
8 THE OTHER WOMAN Foxtel Movies Premiere 65,000
16 FOYLE’S WAR UKTV 48,000
17 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 46,000



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Deadline Gallipoli Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:58:29 +0000 Photo by Matt Nettheim

Undoubtedly it is a hard sell putting forward a tragedy as entertainment, especially one wherein the audience feels like they already know the story.

These proved to be challenges for Nine’s excellent Gallipoli miniseries, compounded by a languid style, a double episode premiere at 9:00 in February -two months before centenary celebrations. No doubt if the network had their time over again they would schedule things differently.

But they are lessons that play to the strengths of Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli miniseries. As a 2 x 2hr exercise it will screen on consecutive nights in the week preceding ANZAC Day. Significantly, it has been fashioned from the viewpoint of 3 journalists and 1 photographer, all desperate to tell the truth about what was happening on the Gallipoli peninsula. The poster tagline for this drama is “The First Casualty of War is the Truth.”

Like its recent contemporary, Deadline Gallipoli opens on the shores of ANZAC Cove as troops race from boats to the hills, dodging shrapnel like a scene from Saving Private Ryan. But we run with Australian journalist Charles Bean (Joel Jackson) instead of the young soldiers. We then flash back to 8 weeks earlier in Cairo. Indeed, the death-ridden trenches are barely seen again in the first 2 hours.

Instead we follow Bean, British journalist Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (Hugh Dancy) and photographer Phillip Schuler (Sam Worthington) ahead of their landing at Gallipoli. These are largely three solo journeys, fore-runners perhaps to ‘embedded journalism.’ Keith Murdoch (Ewen Leslie) will play a later role in their impact on the campaign.

But all 4 will face stringent freedoms under General Hamilton (Charles Dance), who vets their reportage to ensure it portrays positive news back home. There is to be “no room for personal opinion, no deviation from the facts” but “rousing reports…. to keep the home fires burning.”

Before they even reach Gallipoli the men will train on Lemnos and Imbros Islands, while others will be sent home from Egypt due to attracting STDs.

Ashmead-Bartlett, deemed by Hamilton to be “more irritating than a dose of the clap” has the most focus of the 4 and drives the stiffest opposition to the military campaign. Hugh Dancy is excellent in this rather difficult role, given he was a dapper chap, mingling in high circles. It places him as fighting the establishment from within.

In his first major role NIDA graduate Joel Jackson is dazzling as Charles Bean, and it is a performance that will deservedly put him on the map. As the official war correspondent for Australia, his is a more empathetic role. But his dull reporting couldn’t match the tone of Ashmead-Bartlett, who branded him a ‘diarist’ not a journalist. Across the four hour drama he undergoes cathartic change in his pursuit of eyewitness accounts and relaying truth.

Photographer Philip Schuler (Worthington) begins by snapping hospital boat scenes and re-enactments with the troops in military training. But he is frustrated at being barred from the cove -until he will finally witness the horrors first hand. Worthington is matinee-idol strong as the man with an eye for action, yet Dancy and Jackson adopt more pivotal roles.

Ewen Leslie as Keith Murdoch plays a central role in the later stages of the story, placing the truth of the war above his personal safety. I had to keep reminding myself this man was father to Rupert Murdoch.

The fifth key role is Charles Dance as British General Ian Hamilton, whose leadership is questioned by the journalists. As with his powerful presence in dramas such as Game of Thrones, he brings gravitas to the series with his mellifluous voice and sheer presence.

As we know from other dramatisations, the Australians -frequently referred to as “colonials”- are amongst those essentially sacrificed by the British campaign, literally sent up trench ladders to be shot by the Turks. It is harrowing, uncompromising stuff.

There are also supporting roles by Rachel Griffiths, Anna Torv, Jessica De Gouw, Bryan Brown, John Bell, Dan Wylie and James Fraser.

Director Michael Rymer is the unseen star of this drama, a master at bringing to life the drama written by Jacquelin Perske, Shaun Grant, Stuart Beattie and Cate Shortland. He deftly juggles the emotions of the individuals within the opera of this war, wrapped around grand set pieces that are most satisfying for the committed viewer.

The staging of battle scenes and the demanding location shots impress on the screen. Produced in South Australia, it is utterly convincing as Turkey and its surrounds -indeed, it is hard to think of a finer television production the state has produced. Only the ‘drawing room’ scenes back in the UK are less engaging, a minor criticism of this most faithful work.

Sadly, Nine’s Gallipoli reminds us that not every richly-produced work will find an audience (I don’t know how awards season will split these two commendable projects).  If television is here to entertain and inform, there should also be room to educate -a 100th anniversary is time for such honour. Matchbox Pictures and Full Clip productions manage to do all three.

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

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Nine wins first ratings week of the year Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:54:42 +0000 2015-03-30_0006

The Nine Network has won its first ratings week of the year -by just 0.2%.

Nine’s week was spearheaded by sport with the ICC Cricket World Cup driving a 43% share on Thursday. The week went down to a Saturday night battle with Seven, but Nine’s victory could be short-lived with Timeshifted numbers potentially delivering the win to Seven.

Nine: 30.6
Seven: 30.4
ABC: 17.3
TEN: 16.4
SBS: 5.3

The ICC Cricket World Cup scored 1.66m / 823,000 viewers for Nine, its biggest single audience so far this year. Next for Nine was The Block coded as Room Reveal (1.29m) / Sun: 1.14m, Nine News (Sun: 1.14m) and 60 Minutes (988,000).

My Kitchen Rules continues to dominate the landscape, at #1 with 1.71m viewers for Seven. Other brands included Seven News (Sun: 1.13m), Sunday Night (962,000) and Australia: The Story of Us (868,000).

The Doctor Blake Mysteries (869,000), Australian Story (804,000) and ABC News (Sat: 784,000) led for ABC.

The Odd Couple (709,000 / 637,000), Shark Tank (638,000) and NCIS (578,000) were best for TEN.

On SBS ONE it was Who Do You Think You Are? (304,000), Walking Through History (272,00) and The Missing Evidence (266,000).

Primary channel:
Nine: 22.1
Seven: 21.9
ABC: 13.1
TEN: 11.1
SBS ONE: 4.3

7TWO / GO!: 4.5
7mate: 4.1
GEM: 3.9
ABC2 / ONE: 2.4
ABC News 24: 1.4
SBS 2: 1.0
ABC3: 0.5
NITV: 0.1

Nine also won the key demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Nine won Tuesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday. Seven took Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. ABC bettered TEN on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and Seven on Saturday.

Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, while Nine won Sydney and Melbourne.

This week and next are Easter non-ratings.

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Teams revealed for Reno Rumble Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:52:41 +0000 2015-03-30_0011

Nine has announced the 8 teams from The Block & House Rules who will compete on Reno Rumble, a revived format expected to air after Easter.

Appearing from The Block are:
Josh (29) and Jenna (27), VIC – power couple from The Block 2011 and The Block: All Stars in 2013
Kyal (29) and Kara (27), NSW – the Super K’s from The Block: Fans v Faves in 2014
Michael (32) and Carlene (32), QLD – audience favourites from The Block Glasshouse in 2014
Ayden (31) and Jess (32), QLD – currently starring in The Block Triple Threat



Former contestants on House Rules are:
Carly (33) and Leighton (34), NSW – winners of House Rules season one in 2013
Michelle (50) and Steve (50), NSW – runners-up of House Rules season one in 2013
Nick (21) and Chris (26), VIC – brothers from House Rules season one in 2013
Jemma (28) and Ben (29), WA – newlyweds from House Rules season one in 2013

Scott Cam will host the series in which contestants renovate two suburban houses, with one team eliminated each week.

The homeowners are everyday Aussies who will have their dreams turned into reality as our superstar renovators transform their ordinary houses into stunning homes.

Who will reign supreme to collect the $100,000 winner’s cheque, with half going to the winning couple’s favourite charity?

Each home will be judged by interior design experts who have been briefed by the home owners on the style they want for their renovation.

Judging will be done ‘blind’ with judges not knowing who the teams are or which rooms they have renovated. A Reno Rumble base has also been fitted at Avalon airport. Teams also live in caravans around Melbourne during the production shoot, while the series has blue and red “cheerleader” visuals.

While The Block has under-performed this season, Seven is also set to launch a third season of House Rules following My Kitchen Rules.

Nine previously screened Renovation Rumble pitting contestants against designers from Changing Rooms and Location Location in 2003.

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Report: Govt open to license fee cuts Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:50:17 +0000 2015-03-30_0237

The Federal Government is said to be open to the idea of a 50% cut to ­licence fees for Commercial TV networks in December 2016, followed by 50% decrease twelve months later.

The Australian reports the government is believed to be considering putting the licence fee cut before the Expenditure Review Committee.

Seven, Nine and TEN have received reductions under previous governments and now pay 4.5 per cent of gross revenues in licence fees. But they have called for further reductions whilst objecting to increased primetime ads being introduced to SBS.

A spokesman for Turnbull declined to comment.

Meanwhile SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid writes in an article for the newspaper that advertising is not a new concept to SBS, with a third of our funding comes from commercial revenue.

“To think that SBS can walk up and take hard-earned revenue from commercial networks and create a seismic shift in the market wildly overstates our influence,” he wrote.

“SBS introduced in-program advertising in 2006. Since then, Google dominates the web, Facebook, Foxtel, FetchTV and Twitter have taken off, and the arrival of on-demand services like Stan, Presto and Netflix has everybody buzzing and engaged like never before.

“New players challenge all networks to look forward strategically and adjust their offering. SBS having this small change in advertising flexibility should be the least of anyone’s worries.”

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Rumour: Prime7 site to upload News bulletins Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:49:03 +0000 2015-03-30_0153

TV Tonight hears whispers Prime7 is set to upload local News bulletins in full to their website.

At the moment raw stories are available without supers and presenter intros but Wagga, Orange, Albury, Tamworth, NSW North Coast, and GWN7 News Western Australia look set to be made available in full.

Testing has been underway for some time.

Meanwhile a new set has begun in Canberra in preparation for the 6:30 national news so that it no longer has the unfortunate look of coming from the same set as the Wagga, Orange and Albury local bulletins.

Tamworth and North Coast bulletins look set to be run out of Studio B while non-bulletin market updates will move to Studio C, which currently handles Prime7 weather.

Prime7 did not respond by deadline.

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Airdate: Poh & Co. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:45:33 +0000 2015-03-30_0105

Ex ABC presenter and former MasterChef favourite Poh Ling Yeow makes her series debut on SBS this week with Poh & Co.

She is joined by her husband Jono, best friend and business partner Sarah & husband Matt (who is also Poh’s own ex-hubby) mother & aunt and several others.

Is it just me or should we get ready for some subtext from this rather unconventional grouping? How very ’60s of them!

Step into the chaotic, busy and captivating world of Poh Ling Yeow as she journeys to an exciting new stage of her life. Making and sharing delicious meals is about to become even more important in Poh’s fascinating world of business pursuits, artistic dreams and fun adventures with family and friends.
Over the course of the next year Poh is determined to shake up her life. She is busy creating an edible garden as the first step in transforming her suburban house into a home; seeking out inspiration and advice so she can become an even better cook, artist, and book publisher; and continuing to develop her small business as a purveyor of home-baked delicacies.

Join Poh and her larger-than-life network of colourful family and friends including hubby Jono; best friend and business partner Sarah; Sarah’s husband Matt, who just happens to be Poh’s ex-husband; cooking duo extraordinaire of her feisty mother Christina and Aunty Kim; sales extraordinaire father Steve; former MasterChef buddy Andre Ursini; four-legged friends Rhino and Tim and many others on her personal journey of self-discovery.

Poh generously allows others to observe this frenetic “work in progress” via Poh & Co. Although her incredible openness, and the access-all-areas approach of the series, means that perhaps it is more accurate to use the phrase – “life in progress”.

Episode One: The Garden
Poh has always dreamed of having an edible garden so when she and husband Jono decide to speed up the process of converting their house into a home they start outdoors. The flaw in the plan is that neither knows about gardening so, leaving Jono and a mate doing the grunt work of clearing the front yard, Poh heads over to see her friend and chef Andre for some advice. Instead of staying an hour she stays four and gets lessons in making focaccia and caponata – and in teaching chickens to act like chickens.

8pm Thursday on SBS ONE.

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Dateline: Mar 31 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:44:48 +0000 2015-03-30_0114

This week Dateline airs a story which was originally scheduled some weeks ago, on living as transgender in Indonesia.

Indonesia has a vibrant transgender culture and tradition, but there’s been a rise in intolerance in recent years from Muslim fundamentalists. Dateline’s David O’Shea gets an insight into the community and its fight for equal rights.

They’re known as ‘waria’ – a term created by mixing the Indonesian words for woman and man.

In this week’s episode, David O’Shea follows transgender human rights campaigner, Mama Yuli as she embarks on a national movement, lobbying for acceptance of warias in Indonesian society.

She reveals the struggle she endured when coming out to her family:

“I cried every day. When I got up I had nothing to eat. I was hungry. No one would give me food. I cried. But who helped me? No one did.”

Many Indonesians, including Mama Yuli’s own family, are starting to accept waria, but, there is still a threat from small but vocal extremist groups who refuse to accept warias as humans.

“We’re disturbed by the way they dress, by their presence, their behaviour. They shouldn’t be allowed to feel normal.” Muhammed Fuad tells Dateline’s David O’Shea.

These hard-line extremists often target waria events – shutting down their meetings and beauty pageants.

Conversely, there are religious warias who believe being transgender is a blessing, bringing them closer to God:

“Waria is something we have to live with and accepting that makes us closer to the creator. The one who makes us waria is Allah”

Tuesday, 31 March at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.

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Kid’s Choice Awards 2015: winners Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:40:21 +0000 2015-03-30_0127

You know you have made it when you are slimed at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, an honour bestowed on Australia’s 5 Seconds Of Summer’s who closed the LA event yesterday with a performance of “What I Like About You” blowing out the slime-filled speakers and flooding the stage with thousands of gallons of slime.

Jennifer Lopez presented host Nick Jonas with a surprise sliming while stars of Modern Family were also doused in green goo.

Amongst the tween-voted award winners were Angelina Jolie, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence while Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea was joined by Jennifer Hudson onstage for a performance of their hit “Trouble.”


Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Internet Sensation
Troye Sivan

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Sports Star
Dan Carter (NZ)

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Music Act
5 Seconds of Summer

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Animal
Grumpy Cat

Aussie/Kiwi’s Favourite Fan Army
5SOSFAM (Five Seconds of Summer fans)



Favourite Kids TV Show
Austin & Ally

Favourite TV Actor
Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally)

Favourite TV Actress
Laura Marano (Austin & Ally)

Favourite Cartoon
SpongeBob SquarePants

Favourite Reality Show
Dance Moms

Favourite Talent Competition Show
The Voice

Favourite Family TV Show
Modern Family


Favourite Movie
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Favourite Villain
Angelina Jolie Pitt (Maleficent)

Favourite Movie Actor
Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb)

Favourite Movie Actress
Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Favourite Animated Movie
Big Hero 6

Favourite Male Action Star
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)

Favourite Female Action Star
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past)


Favourite Music Group
One Direction

Favourite Male Singer
Nick Jonas

Favourite Female Singer
Selena Gomez

Favourite Song Of The Year
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)

Favourite New Artist
Fifth Harmony

Other Categories:

Most Addicting Game

Favourite Book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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The Walking Dead Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:42:22 +0000 Hold on for a deadly 90 minute season finale. 3:30pm / 9:30pm Monday on FX.

  • The Block
  • Q & A
  • Revenge
  • The Odd Couple
  • Australia with Simon Reeve
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Saturday 28 March 2015 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:33:57 +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: Saturday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Overnight Consolidated Channel\Date 28/03/2015 21/03/2015 Network ABC 18.7% 21.8% Network ABC2 2.9% 3.4% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.5% Network ABC News 24 2.9% 1.7% Network ABC TTL 25.0% 27.3% Network 7 14.3% 16.0% Network 7TWO 4.1% 4.0% Network 7mate 6.2% 5.8% Network 7 TTL 24.6% 25.8% Network 9 15.3% 13.6% Network GO! 6.5% 6.7% Network Gem 4.6% 4.4% Network 9 TTL 26.3% 24.8% Network TEN 11.7% 9.5% Network ONE 2.6% 2.9% Network ELEVEN 2.9% 2.8% Network TEN TTL 17.1% 15.3% Network SBS ONE 5.8% 5.2% Network SBS 2 1.0% 1.4% Network NITV 0.1% 0.2% Network SBS TTL 6.9% 6.8%



Report:  Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 789,000 244,000 261,000 126,000 69,000 87,000
2 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC 784,000 55,000 316,000 169,000 104,000 140,000
3 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 740,000 155,000 176,000 163,000 88,000 159,000
4 NEW TRICKS RPT Network ABC 680,000 264,000 208,000 111,000 97,000
5 GRANTCHESTER-EV Network ABC 598,000 238,000 178,000 96,000 87,000
6 2015 MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL SUPER SHOW Network TEN 451,000 111,000 197,000 58,000 39,000 45,000
7 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC 383,000 156,000 106,000 53,000 68,000
8 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 382,000 117,000 86,000 65,000 33,000 81,000
9 M-WRECK-IT RALPH Network 7 361,000 137,000 105,000 52,000 68,000
10 ZOOKEEPER Network 9 343,000 118,000 106,000 46,000 72,000
11 SCOTT AND BAILEY RPT Network ABC 342,000 129,000 93,000 52,000 67,000
12 BONDI VET Network TEN 308,000 81,000 99,000 61,000 32,000 36,000
13 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATE Network 7 303,000 72,000 88,000 65,000 41,000 38,000
14 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Network 7 296,000 73,000 80,000 64,000 41,000 39,000
15 MIDSOMER MURDERS-PM Network ABC 272,000 50,000 69,000 84,000 27,000 42,000
16 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S THE DEATH OF OCEANS? Network TEN 269,000 79,000 74,000 48,000 23,000 45,000
17 WEEKEND TODAY – SATURDAY Network 9 266,000 84,000 80,000 62,000 19,000 21,000
18 THE SWITCH Network 9 263,000 51,000 88,000 52,000 35,000 37,000
19 COAST Network SBS ONE 252,000 88,000 83,000 25,000 20,000 36,000
20 GETAWAY Network 9 247,000 55,000 112,000 33,000 35,000 13,000


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: 28/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED -EV Network GO! 244,000 92,000 64,000 37,000 34,000 18,000
2 THE ADVENTURES OF BOTTLE TOP BILL AND HIS BEST FRIEND CORKY-AM Network ABC2 227,000 92,000 61,000 37,000 27,000 12,000
3 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 227,000 83,000 70,000 41,000 26,000 8,000
4 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 221,000 84,000 63,000 40,000 21,000 13,000
5 M-FORREST GUMP Network 7mate 192,000 39,000 64,000 37,000 23,000 30,000
6 GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE -EV Network GO! 190,000 50,000 62,000 27,000 22,000 29,000
7 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 185,000 76,000 48,000 30,000 20,000 10,000
8 CSI: NY -EV Network Gem 182,000 52,000 53,000 22,000 32,000 23,000
9 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION -EV Network Gem 169,000 56,000 37,000 27,000 28,000 21,000
10 SESAME STREET-AM Network ABC2 167,000 71,000 52,000 22,000 14,000 7,000
11 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 164,000 66,000 36,000 33,000 21,000 9,000
12 M-JAWS: THE REVENGE Network 7mate 159,000 58,000 43,000 27,000 12,000 19,000
13 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND EP 2 RPT Network ELEVEN 158,000 58,000 50,000 20,000 11,000 19,000
14 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 154,000 43,000 27,000 49,000 25,000 10,000
15 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 153,000 60,000 26,000 32,000 27,000 8,000
16 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 151,000 48,000 31,000 36,000 10,000 27,000
17 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 151,000 46,000 40,000 29,000 8,000 28,000
18 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 150,000 21,000 45,000 51,000 5,000 28,000
19 UNFORGETTABLE -LE Network Gem 149,000 46,000 50,000 17,000 16,000 20,000
20 TAGGART Network 7TWO 149,000 39,000 46,000 31,000 19,000 14,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 2015 MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL SUPER SHOW Network TEN 270,000 67,000 124,000 33,000 23,000 23,000
2 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 253,000 77,000 90,000 37,000 18,000 32,000
3 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 228,000 63,000 41,000 46,000 27,000 51,000
4 ZOOKEEPER Network 9 167,000 52,000 60,000 19,000 36,000
5 M-WRECK-IT RALPH Network 7 165,000 68,000 44,000 27,000 26,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 2015 MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL SUPER SHOW Network TEN 271,000 64,000 124,000 30,000 22,000 30,000
2 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 199,000 59,000 66,000 29,000 16,000 29,000
3 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 179,000 44,000 38,000 33,000 20,000 44,000
4 M-WRECK-IT RALPH Network 7 162,000 65,000 43,000 25,000 28,000
5 THE SWITCH Network 9 144,000 28,000 47,000 30,000 14,000 25,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 2015 MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL SUPER SHOW Network TEN 193,000 39,000 94,000 24,000 18,000 18,000
2 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 121,000 31,000 47,000 10,000 10,000 23,000
3 M-WRECK-IT RALPH Network 7 116,000 51,000 26,000 17,000 22,000
4 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 89,000 21,000 19,000 14,000 10,000 26,000
5 THE SWITCH Network 9 86,000 19,000 28,000 13,000 11,000 15,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
16 THE BMW Sky Racing 53,000
17 ATC THE BMW RACEDAY Sky Racing 53,000
18 GAME OF THRONES BoxSets 52,000



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ABC marks 100 Years of ANZACs Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:59:44 +0000 2015-03-26_0039

In April, ABC, ABC2 an ABC3 will feature a wealth of programming to mark the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli.

From Monday 20 April, ABC News team will be reporting live from Gallipoli.

ABC News Breakfast’s Michael Rowland and ABC News 24 host Scott Bevan will be heading the news coverage, with ABC Television’s Stephanie Brantz and alongside reporters Philip Williams, Sally Sara, James Glenday, Eliza Borrello and Tim Leslie.

ABC Europe Correspondent Mary Gearin will be in France to cover the commemorations at Villers-Bretonneux.


Four Corners: ANZAC to Afghanistan
Monday 13 April, 8.30pm ABC
Anzac to Afghanistan combines mostly unseen interviews with Gallipoli veterans with commentary from modern Australian soldiers. In this Four Corners special, Chris Masters, drawing on his 1988 program, ‘The Fatal Shore’, presents a revealing and original take on the Australian military experience one century apart — with some considerable help from the people who form the legend.

Australia’s Great War Horse
Sunday 19 April, 7.40pm ABC
1 x 60’
Over 130,000 Australian horses served in the Great War of 1914 – 18. Nearly 30,000 were engaged in the Middle East. Popularly known as ‘Walers’, it was in the desert sands that their legend was born. They carried their men to victory on the long road to Damascus, but at war’s end they did not come home. Australia’s Great War Horse takes us on an epic journey from the outback of Australia, across the vast Indian Ocean, to the pyramids of Egypt, the living hell that was Gallipoli, and the unforgiving desert sands of the Middle East. This epic desert war couldn’t have been undertaken without the horses, or the small army of horse breakers, veterinarians, farriers, saddlers and feed suppliers who were essential to keeping thousands of horses in the field and battle-ready. This is the story of the horses’ colonial origins, their gallant service, and their shameful fate. A Mago Films Production. Producer: Marion Bartsch, Director: Russell Vines, Writer: Barry Strickland. With thanks to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Commissioned as part of the Anzac Centenary national program.

Australian Story: Operation Jaywick
April 8pm, ABC
The story of an audacious covert attack behind enemy lines during WWII, a romance that grew and endured despite the secrets, and a small unassuming fishing boat that became a war hero. Named MV Krait, the trawler is currently on display at the wharves of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. But thanks to the persistence of a 91-year-old special ops veteran, plans arein motion to preserve the Krait in a brand new custom-built wing of the National Maritime Museum. Producer Winsome Denyer.

Jennifer Byrne presents Great War Stories
Sunday 19 April, 6pm ABC
1 x 30’
Around 25,000 books and scholarly articles have been written about every aspect of WWI, from well known works such as All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, to Gallipoli and The Great War by Les Carlyon, alongside books of poetry and verse from the 1930s. This special episode will invite a panel of guests including Merrick Watts, Peter Fitzsimons, and Dr Christina Spittel to bring their favourite books to discuss and recommend to the audience.

Compass: The Legacy Man
Sunday 19 April, 6.30pm ABC
1 x 30’
Stan Savige fought at Gallipoli, saved 70,000 Assyrian refugees from certain death in Mesopotamia and went on to found Legacy — an organisation still providing aid to children of service men and women. In an extraordinary military career Stan became Lieutenant General Sir George Stanley Savige, one of Australia’s most decorated soldiers. Compass tracks down the man behind the legend.

Why ANZAC with Sam Neill
Tuesday 21 April, 8.30pm ABC
1 x 90’
Sam Neill confronts the Anzac century through the lens of his family’s military tradition. He uncovers forgotten truths that reveal the power of the enduring myth of Anzac that still haunt our two countries’ histories. Filmed in a score of international locations and against a background of continuing turmoil, Sam’s sharing of poignant, intimate stories suggests the universality of our need to remember in ways that may offer redemption. Produced by Essential Media and Entertainment. Writer/Producer: Owen Hughes, Director: Kriv Stenders. With thanks to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Commissioned as part of the Anzac Centenary national program.

Lest We Forget What?
Wed 22 April, 9.30pm ABC
1 x 60’
On Anzac Day ask yourself this question: lest we forget what? What are we remembering? Mythology? Or history? Will this day which is increasingly used to define our nation’s very essence be the remembrance of a sepiatinted pastiche of vague anecdotes about the ANZAC spirit and derringdo, or the real stories behind the ANZACS and our role in World War One based on fact and evidence? A Pony Films production. Producer: Dylan Blowen, Writer/ Director: Rachel Landers. Hosted by Kate Aubusson. With thanks to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Commissioned as part of the Anzac Centenary national program.


Good Game ANZAC Spcial
Tuesday 21 April, 8.30pm ABC2
1 x 30’
War has been the setting for many of the most enduring, popular and profitable video games of all time. In this special edition of Good Game, Bajo and Hex will explore what makes war such a compelling theme for video games. They’ll talk to some key developers that work across titles that use war as their theme but deliver very different experiences; meet current and ex-service personnel to find out how war games are used by the professionals for education as well as entertainment; and look at how the modern armed services use games to train, recruit and educate their personnel. They’ll also explore the rich time line of war video games that have seen millions of gamers become virtual participants in war.

Our World War
Tues 21, Wed 22, Thurs 23 April, 10.30pm ABC2
3 x 60’
Capturing the visceral reality of combat, Our World War hurtles straight to the frontline, using immersive camerawork and intimate documentary filming styles to bring WWI to life in a bold and fresh way. With eye-witness immediacy, this is history as seen through the soldiers’ eyes. Drawing on the first-hand testimonies, interviews, letters and audio recordings of the soldiers themselves, the series of three original dramas reveals their often hidden and disturbing front-line experiences throughout the duration of the war. A BBC production.


Horrible Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War
Saturday 25 April, 1.45pm & 6pm ABC3
1 x 30’
In this First World War special, Bob Hale and Rattus Rattus guide us through the horrible history of 1914 – 18. Featuring the soldiers, pilots, civilians, girl guides, suffragettes and even kings who were all caught up in the fighting. A BBC production.

Behind the News WWI Special
Saturday 25 April, 2.15pm & 6.30pm ABC3
Wednesday 29 April, 10.25am ABC3
1 x 15’ (repeat)
Beginning with an overview of the events that led up to the First World War, this episode also reveals some of the firsthand accounts of Australian soldiers that fought in it. It also features a poignant story by Rookie Reporter Lucinda, who travelled to the Western Front in search of the resting place of one Aussie digger who happened to share her last name. And a boy named Anzac has a very special connection to the War that changed the world.

Small Hands in a Big War: Episode 2, The Escape
Saturday 25 April, 2.30pm
1 x 22’
A poor Flemish girl is caught stealing. The German occupying forces punish her severely: four months in prison or an impossibly large fine. She flees in secret and passes an electrified security fence at the Belgian border. Co-Production LOOKS Film & TV, GmbH with NTR, BBC / MG Alba, UR, Se-ma-for, CwmniDa.

Studio 3
Saturday 25 April, 5.55pm ABC3
1 x 5’
Leading into ABC3’s evening Anzac Day programming, Studio 3 will include a moving interview by regular host Tim Matthews, speaking to his grandfather who is a war veteran.

Harriet’s Army
Saturday 25 April, 6.45pm ABC3
Wednesday 29 April, 11.35am ABC3
1 x 90’
Fourteen year old Harriet is a girl who doesn’t quite fit in, and when she’s kicked out of the Girl Guides for fighting, her father doesn’t know what to do with her. As war breaks out and the Scouts and Guides are volunteered to support the war effort at home, Harriet decides to form her own army of misfits, mounting their own patrols to track down German spies. A thrilling WWI family drama, following the adventures of a group of brave and determined children as they hold the front line at home, revealing the astonishing real roles played by children as their fathers and brothers went to fight in the trenches. A BBC production.

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The Last Ship Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:58:04 +0000 2015-03-28_1554

You could probably get a good Drinking Game out of watching The Last Ship.

Long aerial shots of navy cruisers. Scull.

Warning alarms, flashing lights, “This is not a Drill”. Scull.

Cannons firing off at renegade choppers. Scull.

Desperate character declares, “Let’s get outta here!” Scull. Scull. Scull.

Yes, The Last Ship has it all, and would we really expect anything less from a Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Transformers) production? But it has to be said: you also get money on the screen.

This 2014 series from TNT is unashamed, testosterone fun where boys are playing with some very big toys. As long as you don’t dive too deep below the surface, there is popcorn action aplenty.

Based on a novel of the same name by William Brinkley, the series centres on the USS Nathan James under the command of CDR Tom Chandler (Eric Dane). It is at sea in the Arctic for 4 months under radio silence when 80% of the world’s population is wiped out by a deadly virus, penetrating all the way up to the White House. On board is virologist Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) who has been secretly searching for a cure in the icecaps.

But they come under attack from the Russians in an action-fuelled opening sequence that is the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters. There are explosions, helicopters, snowmobiles, missiles and machine guns. Frankly, I can’t see how the budget is going to maintain this as episodic television but I’m enjoying the ride.

Dr. Scott has not been forthcoming with the purpose of her mission, but now that danger is at his doorstep and humanity is apparently evaporating, the Commander wants answers. Or possibly to get a room with her. While the 218 crew are desperate to get back home, it soon becomes apparent that home, as they know it, no longer exists (hence the title). If they can survive at sea long enough for Dr. Scott to come up with a cure there is hope.

And that about sums up this very simple, and rather familiar, premise. There are barely even any sub-plots. The original novel had none of the virus plot and played more to the drama of a crew at sea during post-apocalyptic annihilation (with apologies to On the Beach perhaps?).

Eric Dane certainly looks the part as the dashing, alpha-male Commander here, supported by Adam Baldwin as executive officer CDR Mike Slattery. No other crew really get to do much in the opening episode aside from echoing orders, siting behind radar screens and sneaking a smooch when nobody is looking.

Rhona Mitra (Nip / Tuck, The Practice, Boston Legal) is suitably scrappy -I’m avoiding the word ‘feisty’- as the attractive scientist determined to save the world. She reminds me of Lost‘s Evangeline Lilly, and I note Jack Bender is one of the producers here.

Unless you count the disappointing virus series Helix there isn’t much on TV going where The Last Ship tries to sail. Nor does it demand much from the viewer. It ain’t no Red October nor Crimson Tide, but renewed for a second season it has already eclipsed the short-lived Last Resort. As multichannel, non-ratings fare, this actually kinda works.

Check your brain at the gangplank and pour yourself a glass.

The Last Ship premieres 8:30pm Wednesday on GO!

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Debate rages over more primetime SBS ads Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:55:12 +0000 2015-03-29_0135

Last week Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced legislation to Parliament to increase advertising from 5 to 10 minutes per hour, giving it more flexibility for the lucrative prime time market without increasing its 120 minutes of advertising per day.

It is a move that has been protested by Free to Air commercial broadcasters, emotively claiming they are “subsidising” the change, but welcomed by SBS as it seeks to address funding cuts.

Turnbull, who is clearly preferring competition to face the impact rather than the Federal Budget, knocked back the FreeTV argument.

“SBS in advertising terms is a minnow in that market,” he told Parliament.

SBS claims the proposed amendment would allow it to deliver on the savings measure of $28.5 million over the next four years, as part of the $53.7 million in Federal Government funding cuts. It estimates the amendment would allow it to earn an additional $4.1 million in 2015-16, building up to $8.7 million in the fourth year but that without the passing of the legislation, the broadcaster would be unable to fully deliver this savings measure.

FreeTV has rejected their costings, against the backdrop of a flat advertising market and fragmenting audiences.

There are also fears the changes could mean product placement for lifestyle and entertainment formats.

Lobby group Save our SBS has commandeered former ABC presenter Quentin Dempster and ex ABC / SBS presenter (now Foxtel presenter) Margaret Pomeranz as ambassadors for its joint petition with GetUp! against the legislation. It now has over 60,000 signatures.

Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard says more primetime advertising will create a fourth commercial network by stealth.

“If passed, SBS will look no different from commercial TV. It will broadcast 14 minutes* of disruptive commercial breaks per hour, mostly in primetime and sport,” he said.

“Despite some 50,000 people signing a petition against the bill, the government is still putting this forward. There will not be a debate when the Minster introduces this.”

Quentin Dempster said, “More adverting and now product placement is not what SBS should be about. On-set product placement will remove the independence of probing journalism and restrict what presenters may say.

“SBS is a remarkable legacy of the late Malcolm Fraser, established not to strive to look like commercial TV, but as a specialist broadcaster and the Australian commercial networks hardly need another competitor for precious advertising dollars, particularly at a time when global players have video streaming access to Australian households from which they derive user pays fees. Few contribute to local content creation and most use tax havens.”

Steve Aujard also questions SBS’s delivery on its Charter.

“In two comprehensive studies, one of 2,044 viewers in 2013 and another of 1,733 viewers in 2008 – after reading SBS’s Charter – three-quarters of SBS viewers nationally (71.6% in 2008 and 72.1% in 2013) said that since SBS TV introduced in-program advertising it is less faithful to the Charter now than it used to be. This strongly suggests that any increase in advertising in any part of the schedule will worsen SBS’s ability to adhere to its Charter obligations,” he said.

But SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid says revenue supports its ability to deliver on its Charter.

“The Charter is at the heart of SBS and any revenue raised through advertising and sponsorship goes directly to enabling the organisation to protect its investment in Australian content and deliver on its Charter obligations, recognising that SBS competes in a highly competitive media market on a fifth of the average budget of the other Australian broadcasters.

“To that end, should this legislation pass Parliament, SBS would only implement additional advertising in programs and timeslots where the advertising return could genuinely aid our ability to invest in Australian content. It is incorrect to assume that SBS wants to or is able to move to 10 minutes of advertising in every hour of prime time, should this legislation pass, as that would be impractical given the demands of the schedule and our advertisers. We understand the need to be sensitive to our audience in implementing any change.”

Malcolm Turnbull has also warned unless legislation is passed by the end of June, SBS will need to axe programs or services to address funding cuts.

*including promos

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Nine picks up another NZ drama Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:52:31 +0000 2015-03-29_0315

Nine Network has picked up another New Zealand drama, Brokenwood Mysteries.

The 4 x 120’ drama stars Neill Rea as a city cop who escapes his fast-paced urban life to solve crimes in the rural backwater of Brokenwood. But, as he watches over the quiet, community-spirited country town alongside local partner DC Kristin Simms (Fern Sutherland), Shepherd soon finds that beneath its peaceful veneer, buried secrets, treacherous lies and murder are curiously at home in Brokenwood.

Brokenwood Mysteries comes from the producers of The Almighty Johnsons and Outrageous Fortune. It has also been sold to France, Russia, Denmark and Ukraine.

Peter Grant all3media International, who negotiated the Australian deal said, “all3media International has succeeded in establishing an impressive portfolio of detective drama – a genre which continues to be very popular in the international market. With South Pacific’s new addition to the roster – and with a second series of Brokenwood already confirmed – we are confident Brokenwood Mysteries will become a firm favourite with global audiences.”

In 2013 51% of the first release Australian drama on the Nine Network was from New Zealand, compared with 7% for Seven Network and 4% for Network TEN. Nine played almost all its NZ dramas on its multichannels GO! and GEM which can now count first-run drama towards its overall content quotas for the first time.

Under the Australia-NZ Economic Trade Agreement, NZ content be claimed as “local content” despite the move being criticised by unions some years ago.

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Sherlock to face “consequences” Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:50:06 +0000 2015-03-29_0331

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has answered some questions on the upcoming 4th season, which will follow a completed special.

He told Entertainment Weekly Season 4 will be about “consequences”:

What distinguishes season 4 from previous years?
We haven’t started writing it yet, so it’s early. The first series was all about the beginning of their friendship. Second about the formative stages, the love and fear and loss and all that. The third was good days, me and my pal and my pal’s wife. Those are golden days. The missing element in a lot of Sherlock Holmes adaptations is allowing it to be funny. There’s a lot of humor in Sherlock Holmes, and it’s ignored in a lot of adaptations. [Season 4] is going to be… I suppose you’d say… consequences. It’s consequences. Chickens come to roost. It’s dark in some ways—obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that—but there’s a sense of… things… coming back to bite you. It’s not a safe, sensible way to live. It’s hilarious and exhilarating some days, but some days it’s going to be bloody frightening.

Is it more serialized than previous seasons?
Probably. A lot of serialization is latent, isn’t it? It’s hidden. Series 3 doesn’t look very serialized, but you look back at how much we’re setting up Mary [Amanda Abbington] to be who she turns out to be. It will be three stand-alone films, 90 minutes each, and an ongoing mystery, as there sort of always is.

How will fans feel after watching it?
Hmmm… desperate for series 5. We’re certainly going to put them through the mill. It’s going to be more of an emotional upheaval. Hopefully enjoyable and fun, all the things Sherlock must always be. It will be tough at times. Maybe that’s the word? A tougher series.

You can read more on the Q&A, including a question on a Doctor Who / Sherlock crossover here.

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Bumped: The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:45:09 +0000 2015-02-23_2335

ABC2 is moving The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to 10:30pm from tomorrow night.

Doctor Who episodes will now air in its place at 7:30pm weeknights.

E! recently began screening Fallon first at 10:30pm, with encore performances the following day at 10:30am and 5:30pm.

E! now appears to have a 24 hour advantage on ABC2.

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Samurai meets Top Knot Detective Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:43:07 +0000 2015-03-29_0141

SBS recently released the fifth pilot as part of its Comedy Runway initiative, developing Australia’s next generation of comedy talent.

12 finalists have each received $20,000 to create a five minute web pilot, with at least one pilot planned to be produced as a five episode web series.

The fifth pilot Top Knot Detective is described as a Japanese detective series from the 1990s, created by a failed celebrity. It is the work of Perth-based Writer / Director team Aaron McCann and Dominic Pearce, and Producer Lauren Brunswick.

It tells the story of Sheimasu Tantei, ‘an Edo era police officer turned ronin/private detective on a never-ending road to vengeance after being framed for the murder of his Master. Along the way he would fight ninjas, samurai, yakuza and aliens, monsters, more ninjas, demons, robots, time traveling baseball players and the occasional go-go dancer.’

Director Aaron McCann said: “We’re excited and thrilled to finally get Top Knot Detective out of our heads, on to paper, into a budget spreadsheet, through the camera lenses, back into a non-linear editing system, transferred to VHS, then redubbed again onto VHS to destroy the quality, captured back into the computer and then streamed via the magical wonders of the internet right into your homes and onto your mobile devices.

“We really couldn’t have done it without the creative freedom that SBS entrusted upon us and the trust they had in us to create something as wild and as crazy as this.”

You can check it out at  SBS Comedy.

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Airdate: Z Nation Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:40:01 +0000 2015-03-28_1852

Next week Syfy premieres the latest zombie series, Z Nation.

It features a group of survivors who must cross the country with a possible cure for the zombie apocalypse. Sound familiar?

The cast includes Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Keith Allan and Harold Perrineau (Lost, Oz) and guests include Kelly McGillis and Bill Mosely.

It premiered in the US in September, and has been renewed for a second season.

Forget the walking dead, these zombies can run. After surviving a zombie apocalypse, a group of the best and brightest fighters must transport the only known survivor of a zombie attack from New York to California. There the last functioning viral lab is waiting to develop a vaccine to save what’s left of humanity. Fill the zombie shaped hole in your viewing left by the end of TWD S5.

8:30pm Wednesday April 1 on Syfy

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The Hoff sings at American Idol Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:39:21 +0000

It wouldn’t be ’80s night on American Idol without David Hasselhoff performing a medley.

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The Sound of Music Live Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:00:55 +0000 This Live to Air performance of a classic musical with Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer finally screens in Australia. 6:30pm Sunday on Foxtel Arts.

  • ICC Cricket World Cup
  • Shark Tank
  • Broadchurch
  • Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards
  • Modern Family
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Friday 27 March 2015 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:30:51 +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: Friday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 27/03/2015 20/03/2015 Network ABC 15.6% 14.1% Network ABC2 2.0% 2.5% Network ABC3 0.4% 0.4% Network ABC News 24 1.5% 1.1% Network ABC TTL 19.5% 18.1% Network 7 20.6% 18.4% Network 7TWO 4.9% 4.5% Network 7mate 4.3% 3.7% Network 7 TTL 29.9% 26.5% Network 9 21.6% 23.7% Network GO! 6.7% 6.8% Network Gem 2.7% 5.3% Network 9 TTL 31.0% 35.9% Network TEN 10.2% 10.0% Network ONE 2.5% 2.9% Network ELEVEN 2.5% 2.5% Network TEN TTL 15.1% 15.4% Network SBS ONE 2.8% 2.3% Network SBS 2 1.6% 1.6% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 4.4% 4.0%



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: 27/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 968,000 206,000 254,000 178,000 142,000 187,000
2 THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES-EV Network ABC 869,000 223,000 263,000 171,000 107,000 104,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 842,000 193,000 226,000 159,000 113,000 151,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 826,000 219,000 303,000 200,000 64,000 40,000
5 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 789,000 204,000 236,000 156,000 80,000 114,000
6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 759,000 205,000 256,000 190,000 60,000 48,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 733,000 176,000 218,000 136,000 91,000 111,000
8 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 670,000 158,000 209,000 110,000 100,000 93,000
9 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 666,000 456,000 211,000
10 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 613,000 181,000 182,000 158,000 48,000 44,000
11 QI RPT Network ABC 606,000 137,000 205,000 110,000 75,000 80,000
12 M-NOTTING HILL Network 7 525,000 141,000 160,000 86,000 80,000 59,000
13 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 484,000 130,000 138,000 76,000 60,000 79,000
14 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 478,000 122,000 134,000 70,000 70,000 82,000
15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 473,000 119,000 151,000 68,000 65,000 70,000
16 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE PRE MATCH Network 9 467,000 297,000 170,000
17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 422,000 103,000 127,000 92,000 42,000 59,000
18 HOT SEAT Network 9 408,000 102,000 155,000 106,000 23,000 21,000
19 SILENT WITNESS RPT Network ABC 400,000 121,000 117,000 65,000 58,000 38,000
20 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Network TEN 365,000 101,000 103,000 62,000 48,000 51,000


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: 27/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 264,000 74,000 45,000 86,000 36,000 23,000
2 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 263,000 77,000 53,000 78,000 33,000 22,000
3 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 256,000 67,000 52,000 75,000 35,000 27,000
4 ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS -EV Network GO! 251,000 62,000 75,000 48,000 32,000 35,000
5 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 231,000 51,000 56,000 60,000 35,000 30,000
6 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Network 7TWO 226,000 61,000 66,000 39,000 23,000 37,000
7 ALIENS IN THE ATTIC -EV Network GO! 204,000 54,000 40,000 59,000 20,000 31,000
8 THE HOUSE THAT $100K BUILT: TRICKS OF THE TRADE Network 7TWO 204,000 47,000 71,000 40,000 16,000 31,000
9 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 200,000 65,000 53,000 39,000 32,000 11,000
10 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 200,000 64,000 74,000 25,000 23,000 14,000
11 MIKE THE KNIGHT-AM Network ABC2 197,000 40,000 58,000 55,000 25,000 20,000
12 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 188,000 45,000 65,000 41,000 24,000 12,000
13 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 183,000 44,000 65,000 29,000 17,000 28,000
14 MOUK-PM Network ABC2 179,000 43,000 55,000 37,000 31,000 13,000
15 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 179,000 33,000 56,000 47,000 30,000 13,000
16 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 176,000 38,000 49,000 48,000 22,000 20,000
17 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 174,000 30,000 50,000 41,000 25,000 27,000
18 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 169,000 35,000 49,000 41,000 24,000 21,000
19 BING-AM Network ABC2 168,000 26,000 51,000 50,000 20,000 21,000
20 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 162,000 39,000 58,000 21,000 20,000 23,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 307,000 212,000 95,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 265,000 54,000 69,000 52,000 38,000 52,000
3 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 259,000 69,000 70,000 53,000 22,000 44,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 251,000 70,000 95,000 51,000 19,000 16,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 251,000 76,000 78,000 53,000 20,000 23,000


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 9 284,000 195,000 89,000
2 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 221,000 54,000 61,000 58,000 16,000 31,000
3 M-NOTTING HILL Network 7 212,000 58,000 65,000 40,000 31,000 17,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 211,000 59,000 68,000 48,000 19,000 18,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 203,000 53,000 75,000 43,000 18,000 15,000


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 9 185,000 127,000 59,000
2 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 121,000 27,000 35,000 35,000 8,000 17,000
3 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE PRE MATCH Network 9 119,000 68,000 51,000
4 M-NOTTING HILL Network 7 118,000 42,000 36,000 23,000 10,000 7,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 112,000 28,000 40,000 12,000 19,000 14,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 27/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 INSIDE HOTEL INDIA LifeStyle Channel 54,000
3 FAMILY GUY FOX8 49,000
7 THE SEARCHERS FOX Classics 41,000
9 RBT FOX8 39,000
10 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 39,000
12 AS TIME GOES BY FOX Classics 38,000
13 PLAY ALONG WITH SAM Nick Jr. 38,000
16 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY LifeStyle Channel 37,000
18 CSI: NY TVH!TS 35,000
20 QI UKTV 33,000



© 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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Reality rules Kid’s TV Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:58:49 +0000 2015-03-27_2315

The Block, The X Factor, The Voice and My Kitchen Rules are the most popular TV show with child audiences according to data released by media watchdog, ACMA.

A survey of viewing habits between 2001 – 2013 shows Reality TV is now the most popular genre with audiences aged 0 -14. They were especially popular with the 13–17 age group.

For children aged 5–12, movies made for family or general audiences were most popular on FTA television.

For children aged 0-4 there is also a trend towards UK titles over Australian shows, due largely to the amount of content screening on ABC2 and ABC3.

ABC is the most watched network amongst children, followed by Subscription TV (all channels grouped), Nine Network, Seven Network and Network TEN.

Highest viewing times for child audiences is between 5 – 9pm, with 7pm the peak time. A morning TV audience also watches between 7 -10am.

Top programs watched by children aged 0–14 on FTA television, 2013:
The Block Sky High—Grand Final
The X Factor Grand Final
The Voice—Wednesday
My Kitchen Rules—Winner Announced
Toy Story 3
Toy Story of Terror
Despicable Me
The Block: All Stars—Grand Final
Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year Asia
Domestic Blitz—The Block to the Rescue
The Lion King
Big Brother—Winner Announced
The Smurfs
Room on the Broom

Top children’s programs watched by children aged 0–14 on FTA television, 2013:
Room on the Broom (am)
Shaun the Sheep (am)
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (am)
Peppa Pig (pm)
How Many More Minutes Until Christmas? (am)
Octonauts Special: A Very Vegimals Christmas (pm)
Shaun the Sheep: Championsheeps (pm)
Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale (pm)
Octonauts (am)
The Pajanimals (ev)

Other key findings from the research, comprising community surveys and ratings analysis, include:

  • Preschool children, under five, spend more time watching free-to-air television than older children.
  • Programs made for children are most commonly watched by children four and under.
  • Nine in 10 children under 15 watch children’s programming on television.
  • Most children aged 5-12 watch programs on commercial television, comprising a mix of reality, light entertainment, movies and children’s programs.

Of the overall top-rating programs watched by children under five on free-to-air television, excluding sport, most were watched on dedicated ABC children’s channels.

Screen Producers Australia said in a statement: “It is critical that supporting structures – such as content regulation mandating the broadcast of children’s programs on commercial free-to-air channels and funding for children’s programming on the ABC – remain in place so that Australian broadcasters continue to meet the expectations of Australian children and parents that there will be quality, age appropriate content on our television channels.”

You can download ACMA’s comprehensive Children’s Television Viewing Research here.

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Brady ‘feud?': Susan Olsen bewildered by Maureen McCormick failing to sign ad deal Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:55:04 +0000 2015-03-28_0139

Looks like there could be a Brady Bunch feud brewing if a social media post by Susan Olsen aka Cindy Brady is any indication.

She has made pointed comments about Maureen McCormick failing to sign off on a deal for a song to be used on a commercial which would have netted her former cast mates money.

In the original series the ‘Brady Kids’ recorded a number of songs that were positively groovy, including Time To Change.

Olsen has questioned why McCormick would undergo all the challenges on I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here! but won’t sign off on the deal that her 5 on-screen siblings have all agreed to.



It’s not clear what the product is, but hopefully McCormick, who was loveable kooky on the TEN show, was still in recovery mode and didn’t get the memo. I reckon she’d sink herself in elephant dung for her Brady siblings.

UPDATE: Susan Olsen has updated via Twitter: “I’m very relieved to say that they gave us another chance and Maureen signed off. I am so relieved!”


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Renewed: Vikings Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:54:36 +0000 2015-03-27_2345

Period drama Vikings has been renewed for a fourth season.

The Canadian – Irish series, written by Michael Hirst has been renewed by the History channel for an unspecified number of new episodes.

Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television,” said Dirk Hoogstra, executive vice president and general manager of History and H2, in a statement.

Starring Aussie Travis Fimmel, season 3 is currently airing on SBS ONE.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Day in the life of a Denyer Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:49:52 +0000 2015-03-28_0055

Many readers often wonder what comprises a typical day for TV talent, and it’s a question I’ve put to personalities in the past.

This week Grant Denyer detailed his day to News Corp a recording day for Family Feud, rising at 8am, arriving at the studio by 12:30pm and wrapping at 10pm.

“We crank out five episodes between then and 10 o’clock at night. We’ll probably record a half-hour TV episode in about 40 minutes. We pretty much do it as live,” he said.

“We’ll stop after each episode and we’ll take about 10-15 minutes to turn around our contestants. Like me, the champion family needs to get changed as well into different outfits for the next episode and I’ll quickly get re-briefed on the next family that’s coming up.

“Then we’ll repeat the process.”

I’m not too sure how this compares to the ‘gruelling schedule’ he referenced when quitting Million Dollar Minute, but I suspect it’s fairly similar. Both also involve travel from NSW to Melbourne.

No question that filming five high-energy episodes back to back is draining on the best of comperes, but hospital staff and farmers would probably put up solid arguments about working hard yakka without the same remuneration as TV stars.

Denyer has also indicated he is keen to add extra projects to his schedule, so work-life balance must be in better sync now.

As a behind the scenes insight, it’s an interesting read you can check out here.

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Four Corners: Mar 30 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:45:32 +0000 2015-03-28_0040

Next Monday on Four Corners, reporter Stephen Long looks at how fast cash loans become a ruinous debt trap.

Short of cash? Can’t get a credit card? Can’t get a bank loan? If you believe the ads from a new breed of short-term lenders you simply head for your local pawnshop, or even the internet, borrow the cash and move on.

That at least is the boast, but a growing number of people are finding, to their cost, they really don’t know what they are signing up – or the massive rates of interest being charged.

This week Four Corners reporter Stephen Long exposes the highly questionable business practices of so called ‘payday’ lenders.

Payday lending is now a major business with some companies listed on the stock exchange. The industry defends itself, claiming it provides a service the banks aren’t interested in delivering.

“There are 10 million Australians that don’t have access to a credit card. Where are they going to get credit?” – Payday Lending Company CEO

But as Long tests this claim he uncovers a trail of misery, meeting people like Anna. A hard working mother of three, she took a short-term loan from a payday lender to buy her daughter’s school computer. Borrowing the money was easy, too easy, and before long she borrowed more money, sinking ever deeper into debt.

Anna had discovered what thousands of other short-term borrowers already knew; the system encourages dependency and the windfall profits come not from any one loan but by sucking people into multiple loans, sometimes with effective interest rates of more than 300 percent.

“The whole business model relies on trapping people in debt. You get the first loan and you get the second loan and you get the third loan to pay off the second loan.” – Financial Advisor.

The questionable practices don’t end there. Reporter Stephen Long spoke to industry insiders who confirmed that lenders provided credit to heroin addicts, doling out loans at one end of the shop after the addicted person had pawned goods at the front desk.

In another case, a man suffering a brain injury was signed up to multiple loans even though he didn’t understand the documents he was signing.

In 2013 the Federal Government tried to reign in the worst excesses of the industry with new legislation. After an intensive industry lobbying campaign the laws were watered down but still capped interest and establishment fees.

Despite this, a recent survey by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission reveals that two thirds of payday lenders were highly likely to breach credit laws relating to responsible lending. Some gave loans to people already in default while more than half issued loans to customers who already had multiple loans.

All the evidence suggests the industry is now expanding massively online. Will the authorities and Government act to control the industry mavericks?

Monday 30th March at 8.30pm on ABC.

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Returning: Talking Footy / Footy Classified Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:44:25 +0000 2015-03-28_0118

With the results of the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal set to be handed down on Tuesday both Seven and Nine are adding AFL specials by Talking Footy and Footy Classified.

Here are the Melbourne times on Tuesday, please check local guides.

6:30pm Seven. Talking Footy Seven News AFL anti-doping tribunal special
With the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal handing down its decision on 34 past and present Essendon players next Tuesday, a special edition of Talking Footy will tell the fans what it means for the players, Essendon FC, the AFL and the game itself.

All of the fallout from the biggest story in the AFL in the last three years will be analysed.

Luke Darcy hosts this special edition of Talking Footy with Essendon legend Tim Watson along with special guests.

8pm Nine. Footy Classified:
The biggest story in AFL history reaches its highly anticipated conclusion on Tuesday as the Essendon Football Club finally learns its fate.

On the special night and time of Tuesday at 8.00pm on Channel Nine, the award-winning Footy Classified returns for 2015 with “The Verdict”.

From the beginning of this saga Footy Classified has covered this story like no other – and now football’s number one news breakers and opinion makers Garry Lyon, Caroline Wilson, Matthew Lloyd and Craig Hutchison will make this a season return not to be missed.

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Sunday Night: Mar 29 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:43:21 +0000 2015-03-27_2035

Tomorrow night Sunday Night looks at an international kidnapping case and a medical transformation.

I Am Sam
It’s the intriguing case of Sam, a girl from Townsville with a seemingly ordinary life. For most of her 21 years, Sam had no idea of her extraordinary past – that she was at the centre of one of America’s longest running international kidnapping cases. For Samantha was born Savanna, and as a baby, she was kidnapped by her mother following a bitter custody battle with her father. Sam grew up in South Africa and Australia believing another man was her Dad. But the truth finally came out when her mother was arrested by the FBI and extradited back to America. Sunday Night’s Rahni Sadler is in Charleston, South Carolina, with Sam for her mother’s trial and to find out whether she’ll finally meet her real father.

For Australian stroke victims John Peard and Kylie Newlove, it was the news they’d been waiting years to hear – a new treatment that may help with their debilitating condition. The footy legend and mother of five put their faith in an experimental drug that’s being used in America. With no clinical trials to back up its use with people who’ve suffered a stroke, they were treated with Etanercept. The results are extraordinary and within minutes, both claimed they underwent a dramatic transformation. Sunday Night host Chris Bath was there to witness the moment John and Kylie say their lives were changed forever.

7pm Sunday on Seven

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Airdate: Marvel’s Daredevil Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:42:56 +0000 marve_pds_012_h

Upcoming action-drama Marvel’s Daredevil starring Charlie Cox will premiere on Netflix on April 10th at 5:01pm AEST.

Described as “a suspenseful, edgy and realistic look at the street-level hero, Matt Murdock, and his transformation into Daredevil” it will premiere with thirteen one-hour episodes.

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) is joined by an amazing cast including Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Marianna), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsey), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Ulrich), Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley) and Scott Glenn (Stick), among others.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”) and Drew Goddard ( “Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, in addition to writing the first two episodes of Daredevil), along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

The series is the first of four live-action comic-book adventure series (Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Iron Fist, and Marvel’s Luke Cage, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders)

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Foxtel Arts channel launches Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:41:17 +0000 2015-03-27_2122

The new Foxtel Arts channel launches today at 10am on Channel 132.

Replacing the STUDIO channel it will feature opera, ballet, music, theatre, dance, cabaret, classical and contemporary performance, documentary specials and series from cinema, literature, music, visual art and artists.

Swan Lake premieres at 6:30pm tonight, The Sound of Music Live premieres tomorrow night and Screen with Margaret Pomeranz and Graeme Blundell premieres on Wednesday. Also coming are Peter Pan Live, Bach’s St. John PassionLes Miserables Live from the O2 Arena, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake and Le Corsaire, Andre Rieu, Helpmann Awards and the Tony Awards Live in June.

Weeknight programming includes documentary series and specials from 7:30pm and follows with performance specials from 9:30pm Monday to Thursday.


Every Monday evening viewers can ‘find their story’, with documentaries focused on literary and the theatrical. The line-up includes Theatreland – an eight-part documentary which takes its audience behind the scenes of the life in London’s legendary Theatre Royal Haymarket and Shakespeare Uncovered which explains the role of the bard and his characters in shaping the craft and careers of some of the stage’s brightest stars. Monday brings the world’s finest operatic productions to Arts starting with Il Trovatore with Placido Domingo.

On Tuesday evenings, Arts will cover all the visual mediums including the series Portrait Artist of the Year and The Waldemar Januszczak Collection Impressionists.


Wednesday evening’s documentaries explore the worlds of music and dance and are followed by an extensive repertoire of ballets including Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake and Le Corsaire.

On Thursdays, the focus will turn to the moving image with the premiere of Screen, hosted by Margaret and Graeme, then documentaries from all screen arts followed by great works of instrumental music – all performed by masterful soloists, prestigious orchestras and every type of ensemble in between including, at launch, several performances played under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

Friday evening is home to popular favourites such as Andrea Bocelli and Andre Rieu. To launch the channel, Arts will broadcast Love In Venice, filmed in Andre’s home town in the Netherlands, and, for the first time the performance will be televised in full.

Saturday night features some of recording history’s biggest rock and pop acts and, early every Sunday evening, the Arts audience can sit back and enjoy a very special family performance in the ‘Sunday Spotlight’ including The Sound of Music Live, Bach’s St. John Passion and Les Miserables Live from the O2 Arena.

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Foxtel Movies Disney +2 channel added Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:40:23 +0000 2015-03-27_2114

A new Foxtel Movies Disney +2 has launched today on Channel 415.

Like other +2 channels, it broadcasts two hours after the Foxtel Movies Disney channel (Ch 404).

The channel has quickly become a favourite of Foxtel subscribers and features a range of classic titles and contemporary movies including recent releases, timeless live-action and animated library films, as well as Disney-Pixar huge box office hits.

The fun and enchantment of Foxtel Movies Disney (channel 404) provides ad-break free movies available in High Definition and only on Foxtel. Foxtel Movies Disney content is also available through Anytime on an internet-connected Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Play subscribers, and through Foxtel Go.

Movie highlights coming up include Maleficent (April 5), The Incredibles (April 10), The Pirate Fairy (April 12), Planes: Fire & Rescue (May 8), 101 Dalmatians (May 15), Lady and the Tramp (May 29).

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2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival Supershow Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:00:18 +0000 Adam Hills hosts the opening gala with Wil Anderson, Jimeoin & Tripod. 8:30pm Saturday on TEN.

  • New Tricks
  • Grantchester
  • Coast
  • Swan Lake
  • NSW Votes
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$1,016,000 is Andrew’s own Million Dollar Minute Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:30 +0000 mdm

Million Dollar Minute champion Andrew Skarbek has made television history by winning the biggest cash prize ever given away on Australian television: $1,016,000.

Skarbek, 47 from Melbourne, won the $1,000,000 prize today after correctly answering 5 questions in the final stage of the Seven quiz. He had previously turned down $750,000 and $500,000 to take a shot at the top prize, but there were four failed attempts at the top prize before the glory.

He correctly answered the following 5 questions:

Robert Menzies first became prime minister as leader of which party? UAP
Which of these singers is the eldest? David Bowie
The Burke and Wills expedition left Melbourne in which year? 1860
Which of these teams was first to race in a Formula 1 Grand Prix? Tyrrell
Which cartoon character’s mother-in-law is Pearl Slaghoople? Fred Flintstone

Across 23 episodes, Skarbek defeated 46 contestants and answered 589 questions. He also rejected over $150,000 in cash temptations, opting to take extra points instead.

He is now the fifth ‘TV millionaire’ on Australian television. With $16,000 already in ‘safe money’ his additional $1,000,000 means he trumps previously million-dollar winners on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?, Big Brother and The Big Adventure.

The win is an even sweeter victory after he was left with $50,000 medical bills following his recent treatment for cancer.

Million Dollar Minute has saved us. I am in shock…I can’t believe this is happening right now,” he said.

He also plans to quit his job, buy a home and fly his 78 year old mother back to Poland for a family reunion.

“It will be business class all the way for the whole family,” he said.

Host Simon Reeve added, “His strength – apart from his prodigious general knowledge – was his ability to cope with the pressure. It takes enormous courage and Andrew has earned every cent of his million dollar win.”

With its first million dollar champ, the Seven devised format has now lived up to its title. More importantly for Seven, the show has enjoyed several wins over Nine’s Hot Seat and helped elevate Seven News to multiple wins over Nine News.

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Axed: Looking Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:11:32 +0000 2015-03-27_1710

A bit disappointed to hear that HBO has cancelled Looking, after only two seasons.

But the San Fransisco-based drama will wrap with a “special”.

In a statement HBO said, “After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”

The Season 2 finale pulled in a dismal 298,000 US viewers, down on Season One’s 425,000 finale.

Russell Tovey tweeted, “Yo @LookingHBO fans – rumors are true, we don’t have a new season to report, but hey, we got a movie special to shoot instead! Cool huh?? X.”

Looking aired in Australia on Showcase.

Source: EOnline

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Spooks: The Greater Good: trailer Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:51:27 +0000

Spooks may have ended its small screen run, but we’re in for a feature film Spooks: The Greater Good -and by the looks of things it should be a ripper.

Peter Firth returns as Harry Pearce with Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as a new character, MI5 spy Will Holloway.

The storyline sees Pearce being forced to resign after high-profile terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody. When Pearce disappears off a bridge into the Thames, Harington’s former agent Holloway is drafted in from Moscow to foil a bomb threat from Qasim and uncover the truth surrounding his former mentor.

Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent wrote the script, with Bharat Nalluri directing the film.

It opens in the UK in early May.

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NSW Votes: Nine Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:05:17 +0000 2015-03-27_1536

Nine News State Election coverage will begin at 5pm tomorrow hosted by Karl Stefanovic with Political Editor Laurie Oakes and Business and Finance Editor Ross Greenwood.

Mind those clangers, Karl…!

The panel will be joined in studio by prominent politicians to give their expert commentary on the unfolding political changes, including: former Abbott Government Minister and former Senior Advisor to John Howard, Liberal Party Member Arthur Sinodinos; Government Minister Duncan Gay from the National Party; Anthony Albanese from the federal Labor Party and Linda Burney, Deputy NSW Opposition Leader.

Viewers will be invited to contribute to the broadcast on social media by sending their messages and questions to the Nine News accounts. These will be featured on the 9Technology Touch Screen, presented by Jayne Azzopardi.

Throughout Nine’s special election coverage, Leila McKinnon will be reporting from Opposition Leader Luke Foley’s camp, while State Political Reporter Lizzie Pearl covers Premier Mike Baird’s corner and other Nine News journalists report from key locations.

Channel Nine’s entire election coverage will also be streamed live on

5pm Saturday on Nine (Sydney).

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ASTRA Industry Excellence Awards: call for entries Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:25:15 +0000 2015-03-27_1523

ASTRA is now calling for entries for its Industry Excellence Awards which recognise outstanding achievement in marketing, advertising and promotion in subscription television.

Nominations are open to TV channels, operators, production houses, media, advertising agencies and other creatives.

There are 11 categories, for outstanding individual and team achievement including five new awards – three for individuals and two for teams.

“The ASTRA Industry Excellence Awards applaud the wonderful spread of creative talent in subscription television,” Andrew Maiden, ASTRA CEO, said.

“The talent is reflected in the very healthy state of our diverse industry, which offers more creative opportunities than the free-to-air networks. Subscription television currently invests more than $600 million a year in Australian content, provides 7000 jobs and adds nearly $2 billion to the economy.

“Industry data shows that in 2013-14 subscription television produced a record 7367 hours of first-run promos, interstitial segments and hostings. This intensive activity shows how marketing and promotion go hand-in-hand with program production to build success, and that’s why the Industry Excellence Awards are so important.”

The categories cover:

– Creative Professional of the Year (in a marketing or communications function)
– Television Professional of the Year (in a role other than creative, marketing or communications)
– Rising Star (outstanding individual aged under 30)

– Most Outstanding Advertising Campaign (new)
– Most Outstanding Corporate Responsibility Campaign (new)
– Most Outstanding On-Air Promotion
– Most Outstanding Off-Air Promotion
– Most Outstanding Social Media Campaign
– Most Outstanding Public Relations Campaign
– Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign under $50,000
– Most Outstanding Use of Technological Innovation

Entries close Tuesday, April 28.
The awards will be presented on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

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Bonnie Lythgoe defends Cliff Richard Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:50:57 +0000

Former So You Think You Can Dance star Bonnie Lythgoe defends Cliff Richard in the wake of a police investigation -but no charges.

She told Studio 10 today the allegations which have led to police investigation involved an inadvertent exposure in a bathroom during the 1980s.

“It is totally untrue. I know Cliff so well… he is so upset,” she said.

“They raided his home, they took everything … he had no idea.

“There was press everywhere, and this is a man who is totally innocent. He hasn’t done anything wrong.

“It’s so unfair.

“Cliff has never seen this person. He doesn’t know who this person is. That’s the sadness of all of this, that Cliff will never know who this person is.”

Richard has co-operated with police investigations, despite no charges being laid, and has vowed to clear his name.

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Airdate: The Cyberbully Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:57:26 +0000 2015-03-27_1322

Next Thursday ABC airs a one-off docu-drama The Cyberbully

One of the things that makes this notable is that it features actress Maisie Williams, better known as Game of Thrones‘ very own Arya Stark.

A fictionalised composite of real-life cases, this also takes place entirely in the bedroom of its central character and plays out in real time.

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) is 17-year-old Casey, a teenager who learns the hard way about the consequences of cyber bullying.

As usual Casey gets home from school and logs on to Facebook, iTunes and Skype. But while skyping her best friend Megan, her ex-boyfriend Nathan bags her on Twitter. Megan suggests she use their hacker friend Alex, but he’s scared he’ll be caught.

When Megan leaves to meet her boyfriend, Casey is alone, and Alex contacts her again and agrees to hack Nathan. But she soon realises it isn’t Alex. It appears her webcam has been hacked and the hacker can see her!

The cyber stalker, who now has access to her personal files, including explicit sexting images taken for her boyfriend, warns that if she tries to switch off the computer, or get help, he will post the images to everyone to see!

But as she continues talking to the unseen perpetrator, her initial fears of sexual exploitation give way to something more bizarre: the stalker forces her to look back over her own cyber history. Together they trawl her digital footprint: every bitchy comment, every two-faced remark, revealing Casey as something of a cyber bully herself.

Eventually she realises she hasn’t been chosen at random; it’s because she once played a small but influential part in a long running cyber-bullying campaign against a girl which spiralled out of control and drove her to take her own life.

The cyber stalker is after vengeance. Can Casey outwit her tormentor and reveal their identity?

8:30pm Thursday April 2 ABC.

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Karl Stefanovic: India, New Zealand & anybody else who happens to be offended Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:56:28 +0000

After his Karl clanger yesterday in which Mr. Stefanovic attracted headlines for an apparently-racist remark about India, the Today show host has now apologised.

Whilst interviewing Indian cricket fans, Stefanovic decided to ask how many 7-11 stores would be manned yesterday. Some mild outrage ensued even though the fans seemed to take it in good jest.

But he also managed to apologise and offend New Zealanders too.

Here’s his mea culpa:

For those watching yesterday I made two remarks that got plenty of you hot under the collar.

So a mea culpa this morning from me.

The comments were only ever intended to be taken in the most light-hearted possible way but as most of you know… I have a wayward, misguided sense of humour.

In fact as plenty of you say and have pointed out – I have no sense at all.

Firstly to those members of the Indian community, our guest yesterday Kartik gave as good as he got and that banter continued in the true spirit of the World Cup after the show. We had a great conversation. He owned me on air and he owned me off air.

It was thought to be fun, it was fun, I enjoyed, he enjoyed it, but some of you didn’t. For anyone interpreting the comments in a different way my sincere apologies.

I love India and I love the contribution Indians make across many different vocations in this great country. Our country is richer for having you and so are our sauces.

For my Kiwi brothers and sisters. Calling you dole-bludgers was an awful, cheap stereotype and just not true.

As we all know, you can’t get the dole in Australia.

Again though, my sincere heartfelt apology to anyone across the ditch or in Bondi who took offence.

Just because you’ve got a cool, happening and effective government and a really, really attractive lot of livestock doesn’t mean I should take the sheep out of you.

I love all of you in New Zealand. I love your wine. I lived there for two years. I count two Kiwi blokes amongst my best friends, in fact, my only friends.

So what I want to say to all of you this morning in Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud is this: whack on a pair of jandals and get across the ditch. It’s my shout Sunday no matter what happens. All of you, four million of you, let’s go.

Source: Nine News

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STUDIO channel takes its final bow Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:35:48 +0000 2015-03-27_1130

Today is the last day on the Foxtel platform for the SBS-managed STUDIO Channel.

After 5 years it makes way for the new Foxtel-managed Foxtel Arts channel, launching tomorrow. STUDIO replaced another Arts predecessor, Ovation on April 1 2010.

However Arts content will still be viewable at SBS On Demand and through SBS ONE programming.

General Manager, Chris Keely has thanked channel supporters in a farewell statement:

“Over the last five years, STUDIO has been committed to presenting you with cutting-edge arts and entertainment from around the globe, while fostering and supporting the Australian arts community.

“Since 2010, STUDIO has nurtured and mentored budding Australian artists and producers through the Create STUDIO and STUDIO Kickstart initiatives; developed ground-breaking local productions; forged successful partnerships with Australia’s most prominent and respected festivals and arts organisations to increase accessibility to the arts; and introduced Australian audiences to a new level of creativity through compelling and thought-provoking television.

“Today, STUDIO will take its final bow and will no longer be available on the Foxtel platform. STUDIO is pleased to announce that following this time, STUDIO programming will be made available on SBS ONE and SBS On Demand in special STUDIO blocks, further cementing SBS’s commitment to the arts by providing arts content to all Australians.

“We thank you for your support over the last five years, and look forward to bringing you the best arts and entertainment programming in our new timeslots on SBS One.”

SBS-owned World Movies channel continues on the Foxtel platform.

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Q & A: Mar 30 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:10 +0000 qaw

I think we can safely say next Monday will be the first time Ruby Wax and Christopher Pyne have ever graced the same stage.

But Mr Fix It joins the famed comedienne on Q&A (please seat them side bye side?).

Also appearing are:

Opposition Senate Leader Penny Wong
Rapper and charismatic frontman of Spearhead Michael Franti
Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist Brian Schmidt

9:35pm Monday on ABC and iview.

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Confirmed: Downton Abbey to end with Season 6 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:31:50 +0000 2015-03-27_1030

It’s official.

Downton Abbey will end with a final sixth season, as confirmed by producers Carnival Films and ITV today.

It follows ongoing speculation about when the hit British series would conclude.

Carnival’s Managing Director and Executive Producer Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up…”

Julian Fellowes, writer, creator and Executive Producer said, “The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience. I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.”

Downton Abbey is the highest rating UK drama of the past decade across any channel, with an average of 11 million UK viewers over the course of the five series, including Christmas specials.

ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham said, “When Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame brought us the idea for Downton Abbey six years ago we thought it would be a great Sunday night series for ITV, but we had no way of knowing that it would become a global phenomenon playing to hundreds of millions of viewers around the world. What a ride it’s been – for everyone involved in the production, for the cast, and most of the all for the audience. We all thought very carefully about the right moment to bring something so special to a close that felt editorially right, and left viewers wanting more. Christmas Day on ITV this year will certainly be one to remember, as the concluding special brings a series to an end that started as a leap of faith for all of us, and ended surpassing all expectations.”

It screens in over 250 territories worldwide and has accrued multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, PGA, BAFTA, National Television Awards and Screen Actors Guild awards.

In Australia it has also been a big hit for Seven, currently mid-season on Season 5.

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ICC Cricket World Cup gives Nine biggest share all year Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:05:13 +0000 2015-03-27_0959

Australia’s success in the ICC Cricket World Cup has given Nine the biggest share of any network all year.

Nine network won Thursday with whopping 43.2% share then Seven 24.9%, TEN 14.3%, ABC 12.6% and SBS 5.1%. Nine now sits at just 0.3% behind Seven for the week, its most competitive performance so far this year.

1.61m / 790,000 was also the biggest single audience Nine has enjoyed all year. The figures were higher still adding in regional viewers. Following the cricket for Nine were Nine News (1.19m in 4 cities / 1.06m in 3 cities) and The Footy Show (910,000). Hot Seat was only shown in 2 cities at 267,000.

Seven News (1.08m / 944,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (674,000), Million Dollar Minute (602,000) and Movie: Pretty Woman (486,000). The Amazing Race was 109,000.

The Project (523,000 / 403,000) led a tough night for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 428,000, Modern Family was 406,000 / 403,000, Gogglebox was 381,000 and SVU was 227,000.

ABC also had a tough time of it with ABC News (698,000) its strongest performer. Next were 7:30 (542,000), Outback ER (507,000), the final Hiding (320,000), Antiques Roadshow (288,000) and How We Got to Now (229,000).

The final Gourmet Farmer Afloat was 251,000 for SBS then World’s Greatest Food Markets (209,000), Vikings (168,000) and SBS World News (110,000).

7TWO’s Lewis topped multichannels at 226,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 26 March 2015

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Thursday 26 March 2015 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:24:02 +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 26/03/2015 19/03/2015 Network ABC 8.8% 10.9% Network ABC2 2.2% 2.7% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.4% Network ABC News 24 1.1% 1.3% Network ABC TTL 12.6% 15.3% Network 7 17.7% 23.5% Network 7TWO 4.7% 6.6% Network 7mate 2.5% 4.4% Network 7 TTL 24.9% 34.4% Network 9 36.6% 19.0% Network GO! 3.8% 4.9% Network Gem 2.9% 3.1% Network 9 TTL 43.2% 27.0% Network TEN 9.1% 10.4% Network ONE 2.9% 3.0% Network ELEVEN 2.3% 3.3% Network TEN TTL 14.3% 16.7% Network SBS ONE 4.2% 5.5% Network SBS 2 0.7% 1.0% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 5.1% 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: 26/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 1,607,000 458,000 597,000 263,000 154,000 135,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,185,000 411,000 501,000 172,000 101,000 0
3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,083,000 229,000 325,000 173,000 139,000 217,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,060,000 379,000 484,000 0 0 197,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 944,000 207,000 315,000 168,000 98,000 157,000
6 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 910,000 195,000 398,000 137,000 90,000 89,000
7 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 1 Network 9 790,000 239,000 275,000 132,000 68,000 76,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 698,000 182,000 226,000 109,000 73,000 108,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 674,000 155,000 193,000 135,000 82,000 108,000
10 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 602,000 147,000 183,000 103,000 81,000 90,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC 542,000 140,000 185,000 84,000 59,000 74,000
12 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 523,000 111,000 186,000 96,000 55,000 75,000
13 OUTBACK ER-EV Network ABC 507,000 135,000 176,000 64,000 51,000 82,000
14 M-PRETTY WOMAN Network 7 486,000 136,000 169,000 81,000 57,000 44,000
15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 432,000 104,000 124,000 84,000 62,000 57,000
16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 428,000 89,000 116,000 81,000 58,000 84,000
17 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 406,000 94,000 136,000 57,000 38,000 82,000
18 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 403,000 90,000 124,000 93,000 40,000 57,000
19 MODERN FAMILY EP 2 RPT Network TEN 403,000 110,000 110,000 53,000 43,000 87,000
20 GOGGLEBOX Network TEN 381,000 106,000 111,000 52,000 41,000 72,000


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: 26/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 LEWIS Network 7TWO 226,000 63,000 50,000 37,000 38,000 38,000
2 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 223,000 76,000 52,000 40,000 31,000 24,000
3 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 217,000 48,000 76,000 41,000 32,000 19,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 212,000 38,000 88,000 39,000 20,000 27,000
5 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 209,000 49,000 33,000 69,000 29,000 29,000
6 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 209,000 58,000 36,000 55,000 30,000 30,000
7 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 209,000 72,000 43,000 38,000 29,000 26,000
8 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV TX1 Network GO! 208,000 54,000 54,000 44,000 25,000 31,000
9 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 208,000 48,000 37,000 74,000 24,000 25,000
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 208,000 41,000 75,000 42,000 21,000 29,000
11 PIE IN THE SKY Network 7TWO 206,000 69,000 44,000 40,000 26,000 27,000
12 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 202,000 48,000 48,000 43,000 24,000 39,000
13 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 201,000 37,000 61,000 43,000 30,000 30,000
14 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM Network ABC2 196,000 66,000 35,000 52,000 22,000 20,000
15 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 195,000 62,000 51,000 28,000 29,000 25,000
16 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV Network GO! 193,000 58,000 53,000 31,000 19,000 32,000
17 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 191,000 33,000 36,000 67,000 25,000 30,000
18 FIREMAN SAM-AM Network ABC2 187,000 54,000 54,000 37,000 16,000 26,000
19 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 182,000 37,000 46,000 38,000 34,000 28,000
20 CHUGGINGTON-AM Network ABC2 179,000 53,000 48,000 37,000 16,000 26,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 691,000 223,000 244,000 105,000 70,000 49,000
2 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 460,000 113,000 192,000 65,000 44,000 47,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 444,000 152,000 195,000 57,000 41,000 0
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 387,000 137,000 175,000 0 0 74,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 322,000 69,000 99,000 46,000 29,000 79,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 673,000 214,000 254,000 96,000 68,000 41,000
2 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 438,000 107,000 187,000 63,000 41,000 41,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 405,000 143,000 182,000 43,000 37,000 0
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 361,000 127,000 170,000 0 0 64,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 281,000 69,000 91,000 47,000 28,000 46,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ICC WORLD CUP CRICKET 2015 SESSION 2 Network 9 455,000 146,000 180,000 52,000 48,000 29,000
2 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 295,000 71,000 131,000 37,000 28,000 29,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 252,000 88,000 123,000 14,000 28,000 0
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 238,000 75,000 120,000 0 0 42,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 191,000 43,000 67,000 38,000 19,000 23,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/03/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
7 GRAND DESIGNS LifeStyle Channel 70,000
8 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 55,000
9 GOLD RUSH Discovery Channel 47,000
10 K.C. UNDERCOVER Disney Channel 47,000
14 TAYO THE LITTLE BUS Disney Junior 42,000
16 ABADAS Disney Junior 40,000
18 ANIMAL MECHANICALS Disney Junior 40,000
19 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 39,000


© 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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Gallery: Neighbours 30th Anniversary party Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:58:30 +0000 2015-03-26_2217


The extended Neighbours family, both past and present, gathered for a 30th Anniversary celebration last night at Carousel in Albert Park.

Former cast joined current cast members, producers, media plus execs from TEN including Hamish McLennan, Beverley McGarvey, Russel Howcroft, Rick Maier, Claire Tonkin and FremantleMedia’s Ian Hogg and Jo Porter. Also in attendance were original publicist, Brian Walsh, and casting legend, Jan Russ.

Jackie Woodburne told TV Tonight the party was the culmination of a very long anniversary.

“It has been going on for a while. ‘Fletch’ and I have been doing promotions since last August! A very long time,” she said.

“But I think this is the jewel in the crown tonight because if you look around, all these ex-cast members, who we haven’t seen in months or years are here. To see these kids grown up, it’s just wonderful.

“What’s universal about Neighbours, and what came across in the Special, is this deep affection people have for the show. It’s sort of like your favourite nanna or something. People have this genuine love for the show, even when they’ve left it.”

But as ex-cast including Carla Bonner, Kym Valentine, Ben Nicholas, Terence Donovan, Ian Smith, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Madeleine West, Nell Feeney, Kevin Harrington joined in the celebrations, there was still one name she was hoping would make a surprise appearance.

“I have a little fantasy that Jesse Spencer will walk in. I haven’t given up hope, but I don’t think it’s likely!

“I’d tell him he still owes me $10 bucks for lunch money,” she laughed.

“I’m so proud of him. He’s having a great career and deservedly so.”

It was a great party thrown by TEN, with speeches by TEN CEO Hamish McLennan, Jackie Woodburne, Alan Fletcher, Stefan Dennis and FremantleMedia’s Ian Hogg.



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Top Gear producer: “Very regrettable incident” Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:55:54 +0000 2015-03-27_0132

Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon has expressed his gratitude for the investigation headed by BBC Scotland chief Ken MacQuarrie.

Digital Spy reports he said, “I respect Lord Hall’s detailed findings and I am grateful to the BBC for their thorough and swift investigation into this very regrettable incident, against a background of intense media interest and speculation.

“I’ve worked on Top Gear for almost a decade, a programme I love.

“Over that time, Jeremy and I had a positive and successful working relationship, making some landmark projects together.

“He is a unique talent and I am well aware that many will be sorry his involvement in the show should end in this way.”

According to the Telegraph, James May continues to signal his intent to not renew with the BBC.

“I’m only a freelance TV presenter and, in many ways, it’s all just been a massive fluke,” he said.

“I always said that on the day it ends for me I’ll have to be magnanimous and look back and say, ‘Well, that was a stroke of luck, now back to normal life’, and that seems to have happened.

“So here I go, I’m about to eat some beans and go back to my normal life.”

Meanwhile radio presenter Chris Evans has denied he is joining the show, the Express reports.

“This is not true,” he told listeners today. “Not only is it not true, it’s absolute nonsense.

“From what I’ve seen on Twitter and various social media, there’s a 50/50 split approximately as to whether me being involved in the show is a good idea.”

“So regardless of whether it would be a hit, I’m voting a no for myself on that show, so that’s never going to happen.”

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Why we all owe Cate Blanchett an apology Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:50:37 +0000

Yesterday media (including this site) ran clips of Cate Blanchett apparently incredulous with a question from The Project‘s Jonathan Hyla.

But the full clip, now released, reveals a much different context, where both were joking throughout the interview.

As The Age notes, even TEN promoted the interview on its Twitter account with the hashtag “awkward” (since deleted).

The Project said in a statement it had not played the full interview because, “There was much laughter throughout the interview, and too much content to air in our allowed time – so we will [be] playing the full interview on our website for everyone to enjoy.”

Humbly Cate, we are all eternally sorry…

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Airdate: The Last Ship Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:45:39 +0000 2015-03-26_2342

Big budget action drama The Last Ship finally has its premiere on GO! next week.

Produced by Michael Bay the series features Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell.

There are 10 episodes in the series, which has been renewed for a second season.

It premiered in the US last June.

Captain Tom Chandler and the crew of the USS Nathan James set out for the Arctic with two civilian virologists, Dr. Rachel Scott and Dr. Quincy Tophet, who claim to be studying birds. When they come under attack by a renegade team of Russian forces, Chandler learns these virologists are actually collecting samples of the source of a deadly virus that has wiped out over half the human population while they’ve been at sea. As they head home on the orders of the remaining U.S. government, Chandler and his crew realize that home is a shadow of what they left, and the safest place to develop a vaccine for this deadly disease is out at sea on their ship.

8:30pm Wednesday on GO!

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Returning: State of Affairs Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:44:16 +0000 2015-02-11_1332

Seven hit the pause button on State of Affairs last night but the show is back in two weeks’ time.

A double episode screens at 9:00pm Thursday April 9th.

“War At Home / The Faithful”
Charlie and the team race to find the Ar Rissalah missing bombs before other members of the terrorist cell rise up and attack the homeland. Charlie enlists the help of a former adversary to help.

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Returning: Mad Men Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:40:27 +0000 2015-03-27_0211

The last ever Mad Men episodes will begin from early April, Express from the US.

Part II of Season Seven will bring to an end a glorious run for the AMC period series, starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss and January Jones.

It will conclude on May 18th.

Final seven episodes of the drama that takes place in the 1960s at a New York City advertising agency on Madison Avenue. Since its series premiere, Mad Men has been a critical and awards darling, scoring 15 Emmy Award wins (including 4 for Best Drama), and winning four Golden Globes (3 for Best Drama and 1 for Jon Hamm for Best Actor).

3.30pm Monday April 6 on Showcase.

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Derek: trailer Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:35:59 +0000

Here’s the trailer for the Derek special to end the Ricky Gervais series.

Is it just a tad concerning that Netflix has had to but subtitles for the English language?

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