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Saturday 4 July 2015 Sun, 05 Jul 2015 01:27:51 +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:
Date: 04/07/2015 Deliverable: Overnight Channel\Variable FTA SHR % Network ABC 12.5 Network ABC2 3.1 Network ABC3 0.6 Network ABC News 24 1.3 Network ABC TTL 17.5 Network 7 18.7 Network 7TWO 6.3 Network 7mate 6.1 Network 7 TTL 31.1 Network 9 14.9 Network GO! 6.4 Network Gem 4.7 Network 9 TTL 26.0 Network TEN 9.7 Network ONE 2.6 Network ELEVEN 2.9 Network TEN TTL 15.2 Network SBS ONE 8.7 Network SBS 2 1.4 Network NITV 0.2 Network SBS TTL 10.3



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: 04/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 893,000 264,000 320,000 170,000 87,000 53,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 836,000 167,000 279,000 157,000 143,000 90,000
3 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC 816,000 238,000 231,000 144,000 92,000 110,000
4 FATHER BROWN-EV Network ABC 701,000 207,000 180,000 167,000 81,000 67,000
5 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC 560,000 126,000 183,000 97,000 74,000 78,000
6 DOC MARTIN RPT Network ABC 462,000 134,000 119,000 98,000 62,000 49,000
7 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM RPT Network TEN 406,000 102,000 134,000 89,000 40,000 41,000
8 GETAWAY Network 9 403,000 131,000 151,000 84,000 30,000 8,000
9 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 399,000 104,000 126,000 61,000 32,000 76,000
10 THE VOICE -MON -ENCORE Network 9 359,000 131,000 80,000 62,000 45,000 42,000
11 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 358,000 285,000 73,000
12 THE VOICE -TUE -ENCORE Network 9 352,000 102,000 86,000 75,000 46,000 44,000
13 THE VOICE -LAUNCH -ENCORE Network 9 352,000 112,000 98,000 63,000 42,000 37,000
14 SECRETS OF THE MANOR HOUSE Network SBS ONE 349,000 90,000 101,000 74,000 32,000 52,000
15 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Network 7 318,000 83,000 91,000 73,000 35,000 35,000
16 MIDSOMER MURDERS-PM Network ABC 312,000 76,000 80,000 77,000 33,000 46,000
17 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PRE MATCH Network 7 311,000 222,000 89,000
18 ROCKWIZ SALUTES THE DECADES Network SBS ONE 295,000 71,000 96,000 40,000 44,000 44,000
19 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – POST MATCH Network 7 290,000 242,000 48,000
20 THE LUCKY COUNTRY Network 7 287,000 107,000 67,000 53,000 36,000 24,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 337,000 115,000 115,000 56,000 29,000 23,000
2 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 269,000 57,000 76,000 49,000 60,000 26,000
3 THE VOICE -TUE -ENCORE Network 9 218,000 62,000 61,000 40,000 29,000 26,000
4 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM RPT Network TEN 192,000 48,000 69,000 43,000 17,000 15,000
5 THE VOICE -MON -ENCORE Network 9 188,000 71,000 47,000 25,000 22,000 24,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 298,000 102,000 98,000 52,000 27,000 18,000
2 THE VOICE -TUE -ENCORE Network 9 208,000 56,000 58,000 43,000 25,000 27,000
3 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 202,000 41,000 58,000 33,000 49,000 21,000
4 THE VOICE -MON -ENCORE Network 9 183,000 66,000 46,000 28,000 19,000 23,000
5 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM RPT Network TEN 171,000 42,000 60,000 35,000 20,000 14,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 163,000 59,000 50,000 28,000 17,000 9,000
2 THE VOICE -TUE -ENCORE Network 9 136,000 35,000 39,000 30,000 12,000 20,000
3 THE VOICE -MON -ENCORE Network 9 126,000 48,000 33,000 17,000 9,000 19,000
4 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 105,000 20,000 32,000 19,000 21,000 14,000
5 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM RPT Network TEN 105,000 30,000 34,000 19,000 13,000 8,000



© 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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Glue Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:58:55 +0000 2015-07-04_2154

If Skins took us into the urban world of Bristol teens, now writer Jack Thorne (This is England, The Fades) takes us deep into the lives of rural British youth in his latest drama, Glue.

Set in the fictional town of Overton, this centres around the lives of 6 youth, a group of friends connected through friendship and their regional isolation. But while the English countryside looks lush and inviting, it is far from sleepy. Especially when one of their friends winds up dead.

These kids party after dark on silos, indulging in illicit drugs and sex. By day they work on the farm, the horse stables or the police force.

James (Billie Howie) is expected to take over the farm from his mother, but his sister wants him to break free as he turns 18. Charismatic rich-kid Rob (Jordan Stephens) is dating Tina (Charlotte Spencer) who wants to be the first female jockey to win the Derby. Without parents at his side, Eli (Callum Turner) looks after his little brother while Janine (Faye Marsay) works as a vet.

But Ruth (Yasmin Paige), who is more mature than her contemporaries, works as a young constable and seeks to step up when one of her friends is found dead under a local tractor. When foul play is revealed she is determined to find the killer even if she doesn’t necessarily trust everyone in her own group.

Ruth also speaks Romany, a gypsy language, that adds a nice cultural element and separation to this whodunnit.

But she is not the only one to find cause for suspicion, with Rob receiving anonymous messages and videos that indicate someone has been spying on him.

When tragedy strikes, some of the friends are plunged into despair, others seek solace in partying. Watching how a single incident can splinter and implode a close-knit group is part of the skill of Jack Thorne. As secrets emerge it will become evident that their lives can never be the same.

Glue is also part-directed by Aussie Daniel Nettheim (Dance Academy, Rush, Spirited, Mr & Mrs Murder, K9) who gives this an indie-feel. He works the attitude and the introspection, with a fine young cast who play for truth.

Billie Howie (pictured) and Yasmin Paige are the best of the bunch here, giving grounded performances that contrast with the wild-child characters. Some of the storytelling is a bit of a slow-burn, but while the whodunnit elements may not match Broadchurch or The Fall, we are light years away from Midsomer Murders.

This is a series for those looking for something fresh, and a bit left of centre.

With the added fun of figuring out who the killer is.

Glue premieres 9:30pm Tuesday on SBS 2.

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All rise for ‘Princess Mary’ Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:54:57 +0000 2015-07-05_1109

Actress Emma Hamilton, recently featuring in Last Cab to Darwin, has been cast as Mary Donaldson in the TEN telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess.

Hamilton has also appeared in The Musketeers, Agatha Christie: Poirot and The Tudors.

Playing Danish Prince Frederik is Ryan O’Kane (Fat Tony & Co., Mr & Mrs Murder, Conspiracy 365, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and City Homicide).

TEN’s Head of Drama, Rick Maier, said: “Seeing is believing. We are blessed to have Emma and
Ryan on board for this compelling love story.

Mary: The Making Of A Princess will be a step by step insider’s view into exactly what happened when a young woman stopped for a drink with friends and met a real life Prince. The rest, of course, is history.

“Emma and Ryan will guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house. They are brilliant together, and we can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Executive Producer and FremantleMedia Australia’s Director of Drama, Jo Porter, said: “After a long and exhaustive search, we are thrilled to have Emma and Ryan joining us to play these much-loved and admired figures.

“These talented actors already have so much chemistry together; our team is standing by to physically transform them into the Mary and Fred the world recognises.

“Together with Producer Antonia Barnard, Writer Sam Strauss and Director Jennifer Leacey, we are going to create an intimate, romantic must-watch dramatisation of this real-life fairy tale.”

Filming on the project is due to begin on July 20.

It is due on TEN later this year.

She was a Tasmanian-born real estate agent living in Sydney. He was a Danish Crown Prince visiting Australia. They met in a pub and fell in love. Less than four years later, Mary Donaldson became Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark. Produced by FremantleMedia, this special television event will be filmed in Australia and Denmark.

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Hancock children criticise Australian Story profile Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:53:49 +0000 2015-07-05_0110

Gina Rinehart’s two eldest children John Hancock and Bianca Rinehart have criticised ABC’s decision to screen a profile of their mother on Australian Story while they are still amid legal action.

While Mr Hancock and Ms Rinehart won a 3½-year case against their mother over control of a $4 billion-plus family trust, Gina Rinehart is fighting allegations that she engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to their share of the $10bn Roy Hill iron ore project.

She is seeking to have the dispute heard in arbitration rather than in open court.

The Australian reports their lawyers have written to ABC managing director Mark Scott questioning public funds used for a controlled interview when she is avoiding scrutiny by a court.

Last week presenter Caroline Jones told TV Tonight the profile was initiated by them several months ago.

“We embarked on the programme many months ago without any agreement from Mrs. Rinehart to take part. In fact it’s been very difficult to have her take part. We were really only given a short time with her. I hope we’ve made the best of it,” she said.

Part 2 will include recent legal battles with the Hancock children.

“We will see appearances of them in Part 2 which comes more up to date, but still in a way that puts the present conflicts into an historical context, and thus I think offers the audience a new prism through which to view these events.”

Part 1 airs 8pm Monday on ABC.

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Seven News staff evacuated Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:50:27 +0000

Drama at our Martin Place studios. News control room damaged. Fire trucks outside. #MartinPlace #7News

— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 4, 2015

Seven News staff had to be evacuated from Martin Place headquarters yesterday after an electrical fault.

A water leak caused smoke in a control room, but not fire.

However despite being allowed back into the building 90 minutes before the 6pm bulletin, staff were unable to put the News to air.

As a result the Melbourne bulletin was broadcast into Sydney, including with local weather for both cities.

Source: Twitter, News Corp

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SBS ONE is no more Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:49:45 +0000 2015-06-22_2142

Yesterday SBS ONE reverted to simply “SBS,” after six years with the “ONE.”

Just as ABC dropped ABC1 a year ago, the primary channel now underlines the brand.

“We know from our audiences that the SBS brand is distinctive and trusted and that people strongly identify with our core brand SBS,” the network said in a recent statement.

“So we are embracing that and making our flagship channel SBS.”

SBS 2 remains a youth-skewed channel that “challenges the status quo.”

It could take 6-8 weeks for SBS ONE to disappear from OzTAM listings.

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Axed: A.D.: The Bible Continues Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:49:04 +0000 2015-07-04_2344

NBC has confirmed A.D.: The Bible Continues will not be continuing to a second season.

The sequel to Mark Burnett’s The Bible is due to premiere in Australia on Nine tonight.

After debuting with 9.5 million US viewers it ended with 3.5m viewers.

While it was initially announced as an event series, writers were working on a second season.

There are 12 episodes in total.

Source: Deadline

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House Rules grand final date? Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:46:08 +0000 2015-07-05_0046

Not long to go now with Sevens House Rules nearing its conclusion.

On Tuesday July 14 three teams will be hoping to land a place in the grand final, with no more episodes currently scheduled for the remainder of that week.

With Dancing with the Stars tipped for Sunday July 19, pencil in a House Rules grand final for Monday July 20.

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The Project: July 6 – 10 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:44:02 +0000 2015-07-04_2303

Black Books star Dylan Moran joins The Project team at the desk this week.

Also featuring this week:

Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello reunite for their latest film, Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the 2012 box-office hit, Magic Mike, which opens in cinemas around the country next week. The boys are in Australia and we speak to them about the highly-anticipated sequel.

UK model, musician and actress, the stunning Cara Delevingne drops by to talk about her latest acting role in the film Paper Towns.

We catch up with Puberty Blues star Susie Porter about her latest theatrical role in the Melbourne Theatre Company production, Death and the Maiden.

Our good friends Hamish and Andy join us to talk about their long-awaited return to the airwaves.

MasterChef Australia judge Gary Mehigan joins us at the desk as our special guest co-host on Friday night. Plus regulars Steve Vizard, Jennifer Byrne, Gretel Killeen, Gorgi Coghlan, Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann and Meshel Laurie are with us across the week.

6:30pm weeknights on TEN.

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Returning: House of Lies Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:43:29 +0000 2015-07-04_2245

US series House Of Lies returns next week for its third season, including with Aussie Josh Lawson.

This aired in the US in January 2014.

Marty and his new Kaan & Associates Pod pursue an organic grocery store CEO. Jeannie endures Doug reminiscing about the “old team” while expressing his dislike for their new co- workers at Galweather Stearn. Clyde struggles in his new position working for Monica, who is a far more heinous boss than he could have imagined.

10.35pm Sunday, July 12 on ELEVEN.

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Ones to Watch: July 10 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:40:43 +0000 2015-07-04_2323

On CNN series Ones to Watch this month is Steven Gaydos, an award-winning screenwriter for films including Road to Nowhere, winner of the 2010 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Prize.

He nominates Maisie Williams from HBO’s Game of Thrones as One to Watch in the world of film.

While Williams is already well-known globally as the feisty young girl Arya Stark in Game of Thrones, ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ follows her first steps from TV into film. Actress Natalie Portman presents her with a Shooting Star award at the Berlin Film Festival and we hear from her co-star and producer Jessica Biel.

CNN ‘Ones to Watch’ is a monthly program that focuses on a particular discipline – including classical music, modern dance, filmmaking, architecture and sculpture – as a recognised master of their craft identifies ‘ones to watch’ and explains why their careers are on an upward trajectory. The master in each show guides viewers into their art form, shows how it’s evolving and explains what new talent needs to do to succeed.

Friday July 10 at 7:30pm AEST
Saturday July 11 at 11:30pm AEST
Sunday July 12 at 10:30am AEST
Tuesday July 14 at 7:30pm AEST
Wednesday July 15 at 1:30pm and 6:30pm AEST

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Grand Designs Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:00:50 +0000 Kevin McCloud meets a couple who transform a small, damp, single-storey bungalow in Cornwall into a cutting edge home. 7:40pm Sunday on ABC.

  • MasterChef Australia
  • The Voice
  • Falling Skies
  • House Rules
  • Welcome to Sweden
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Friday 3 July 2015 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:52:05 +0000 Report:  Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day:
Date: 03/07/2015 Deliverable: Overnight Channel\Variable FTA SHR % Network ABC 10.6 Network ABC2 3.1 Network ABC3 0.8 Network ABC News 24 1.0 Network ABC TTL 15.6 Network 7 24.2 Network 7TWO 7.2 Network 7mate 4.6 Network 7 TTL 36.0 Network 9 17.9 Network GO! 5.0 Network Gem 2.3 Network 9 TTL 25.2 Network TEN 12.6 Network ONE 2.6 Network ELEVEN 2.8 Network TEN TTL 17.9 Network SBS ONE 4.6 Network SBS 2 0.6 Network NITV 0.1 Network SBS TTL 5.3



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: 03/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,137,000 293,000 468,000 222,000 99,000 55,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,013,000 277,000 401,000 197,000 92,000 47,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 879,000 206,000 255,000 145,000 135,000 138,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 834,000 207,000 260,000 147,000 123,000 97,000
5 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 771,000 242,000 263,000 157,000 110,000
6 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 746,000 259,000 195,000 117,000 83,000 92,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 719,000 224,000 233,000 151,000 60,000 51,000
8 HOT SEAT Network 9 636,000 157,000 244,000 134,000 68,000 33,000
9 ARTHUR AND GEORGE-EV Network ABC 629,000 184,000 165,000 93,000 78,000 109,000
10 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 609,000 156,000 172,000 123,000 83,000 75,000
11 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 597,000 208,000 154,000 112,000 55,000 66,000
12 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 589,000 159,000 164,000 123,000 79,000 64,000
13 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 560,000 448,000 112,000
14 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 553,000 200,000 138,000 112,000 50,000 53,000
15 7.30-EV Network ABC 495,000 166,000 136,000 85,000 63,000 46,000
16 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 492,000 355,000 137,000
17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 475,000 122,000 146,000 117,000 42,000 46,000
18 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 467,000 128,000 131,000 70,000 76,000 62,000
19 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 438,000 114,000 127,000 99,000 41,000 57,000
20 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PRE MATCH Network 7 433,000 343,000 90,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 379,000 88,000 145,000 77,000 40,000 29,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 326,000 73,000 126,000 66,000 40,000 21,000
3 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 275,000 94,000 84,000 47,000 22,000 29,000
4 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 270,000 94,000 64,000 57,000 25,000 30,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 266,000 74,000 81,000 58,000 35,000 18,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 309,000 74,000 122,000 62,000 30,000 22,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 269,000 64,000 102,000 54,000 32,000 16,000
3 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 254,000 89,000 76,000 38,000 23,000 29,000
4 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 252,000 85,000 64,000 52,000 22,000 29,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 241,000 62,000 73,000 52,000 33,000 21,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 159,000 37,000 72,000 23,000 17,000 10,000
2 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 149,000 53,000 41,000 29,000 11,000 16,000
3 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 149,000 32,000 40,000 38,000 21,000 17,000
4 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 144,000 59,000 37,000 22,000 11,000 16,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 137,000 28,000 44,000 40,000 5,000 20,000



© 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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Little Lunch: sneak peek Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:58:27 +0000

Here’s your first peek at ABC3’s new mockumentary Little Lunch from Gristmill, the team behind The Librarians and Upper Middle Bogan.

Based on the books by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane, the series takes place during fifteen “highly significant minutes” of a child’s life -snack time in the primary school playground.

Each self-contained episode revolves around, and is told by, six diverse and distinctly identifiable children. Atticus is the sweet, nerdy one that is always hungry. Melanie is stubborn, but shy. Tamara Noodle is not shy and excellent at sport. Rory is the naughty one. Battie is the daydreamer and Debra-Jo is the extremely smart and organised one. The children’s striking personalities elicit an, ‘I want to be that one’ response.

Occasionally, too, the children are joined by Mrs Gonsha, their much-loved teacher, with an enormously generous spirit and a tendency to nod off in class… Little Lunch tackles the big issues in the playground.

Who gets to go on the monkey bars? Who gets to join whose club? Who gets Mrs Gonsha off the top of the slide pole when she gets stuck? Little Lunch tells stories that may seem small to adults, but loom large for kids. It uses observational humour to explore themes, which govern children: fear, anxiety, friendship, loyalty, trust and abandonment. (Actually those themes govern adults too, which explains why parents will also love this series.)

Mockumentary is an expedient means of telling stories in which comedy and character are paramount. Each episode sees slices of action interspersed with the children variously addressing an unseen interviewer, in the readily recognised form of the faux documentary (Modern Family, The Office). The format lends itself brilliantly to Little Lunch as the simplicity and minutiae of each snack time story is given serious weight, and the characters’ truthful retelling of their version of events is what becomes funny.

Although original in concept, the show is effortlessly universal. Little Lunch is an eminently relatable comedy with heart.

Monday July 20 4:25pm ABC3.

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Yes, The Block is looking for a beach house. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:55:42 +0000 2015-07-03_2342

Recent reports have suggested The Block or House Rules -or both- has been eyeing property on the Mornington Peninsula.

Block executive producer Julian Cress confirms the Nine show is on the hunt for a beach house.

“We’re always looking for great properties for the next series of The Block. We remain ever-hopeful that we will get to make the next series of The Block. Every time we do one we hope that we will get to do it again,” he told TV Tonight.

“We have been looking at some properties down on the Mornington Peninsula.

“Unfortunately somebody else bought it, but that doesn’t stop us looking again. It’s a great area. It’s where Melbourne goes to holiday. If you can afford it it’s really aspirational.

“It would be wonderful to take The Block out of the city and do a beach-house version of the show.”

Both the first and second seasons, in Bondi and Manly, incorporated beach backdrops into the show’s character.

Filming is currently in South Yarra at the former Hotel Saville for its next season, due later this year. But with the amount of planning required The Block is always looking ahead to the next potential season.

“It’s just a matter of finding the right bit of property,” he continued.

“We never stop looking.”

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Adam Hills unleashes on British pollies Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:50:35 +0000

Warning: Language.

Adam Hills has made another outburst on The Last Leg.

This time Hills opened by criticising the British government’s lack of commitment to child poverty.

“How are the government dealing with the fact that they may not reach the legally-binding target of fewer than one in 10 children in poverty by 2020? They’re going to try to scrap the target,” he said.

“Not only that, it’s reported that they may also change the definition of poverty, in order to lower the numbers of children in poverty.

“Wow! If we’ve learned one thing from this government, it’s that politicians really love screwing vulnerable children!”

But it was after that that he decided to turn up the heat…

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Have You Been Paying Attention?: July 6 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:45:15 +0000 2015-07-03_1838

Guests next week on Have You Been Paying Attention? are Hamish Blake, Glenn Robbins, Ed Kavalee, Neroli Meadows and Sarah Harris.

No stranger to asking the big questions, the host of Family Feud Grant Denyer will be stepping in to the Have You Been Paying Attention? studio this week to give host Tom Gleisner a helping hand. Grant’s role as guest quizmaster will see him test this week’s hopefuls on their knowledge of all things news from the past seven days.

Covering everything from celebrity, politics, sport, current affairs, pop culture and international affairs, our five famous faces will battle it out to prove they have indeed been paying attention this week.

Monday, July 6 at 8.30pm on TEN.

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Airdate: Where The Wild Men Are With Ben Fogle Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:43:51 +0000 2015-06-23_1934

SBS 2 begins a new 4 part series today, Where The Wild Men Are With Ben Fogle as adventurer Ben Fogle meets people who have turned their backs on the trappings of Western society.

We all occasionally dream of giving up the day job and moving away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. But some people take their desire to get a way from it all to the extremes. Ben Fogle travels the far reaches of the planet to meet those who have chosen to live life off the grid.

Episode One: Australia
In Australia, Ben visits a former businessman who, after losing most of his life savings in the stock market crash of 1987, relocated to Restoration Island. Home to some of the world’s most dangerous animals, typical backyard pests include crocodiles, sharks and box jelly fish.

Saturday, 4 July at 8.30pm on SBS 2.

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AFL: update Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:41:37 +0000 2015-07-03_2350

With the tragic passing of Phil Walsh and subsequent cancellation of the Adelaide v Geelong football match, the AFL has authorised Seven to broadcast the Essendon v St Kilda match in the same timeslot on Sunday.

Also, the Round 12 SANFL match for Adelaide this weekend will now feature West Adelaide v Eagles, as the previously scheduled South Adelaide v Adelaide match has been postponed.

Updated Broadcast times:
Essendon v St Kilda (Etihad Stadium)
Melbourne: 3pm on Channel 7
Adelaide: 2.30pm on Channel 7
Sydney: 3pm on 7mate

SANFL – South Adelaide v Adelaide
Adelaide 2pm Live on Channel 7

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The Morning Show remembers “Belvedere” Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:40:35 +0000

On Friday The Morning Show spoke to Rob Mascara, aka “Belvedere,” formerly of Good Morning Australia.

Still busy working on productions in Melbourne he spoke with Kylie Gillies and Todd McKenney about the days working alongside Bert Newton on TEN.

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US crew robbed during Live broadcast Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:39:01 +0000

A KTVU reporter and photographer were robbed at gunpoint this morning || ||

— Jacob Wycoff (@4cast4you) July 2, 2015

News crews in San Francisco Bay Area were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped whilst undertaking Live broadcasts.

They were reporting from a murder scene at a San Franciscan pier.

Hollywood Reporter notes television and newspaper crews have been robbed in the Bay Area several times in recent years. Many crews travel with armed guards when reporting in high-crime areas.

The cameraman was examined on the scene but wasn’t hospitalised.

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Tour de France Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:58:12 +0000 The annual sport and armchair travel adventure begins Live 9:30pm AEST Saturday SBS.

  • RocKwiz
  • Father Brown
  • Bondi Vet
  • Camp Orange: Twisted Siblings
  • Pacific Games
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Govt investigation releases report on Q & A Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:07:18 +0000 2015-07-03_1700

The ABC received 962 complaints about its Q & A episode according to the investigation conducted by Malcolm Turnbull’s department.

A summary of the report has been released today finds Zaky Mallah had been well known to the Q & A producers since 2011, but despite previous attendances was given his first opportunity to ask a question on June 22.

It found, “After attempts to contact two people familiar with Mr Mallah were unsuccessful, the Q&A team relied on its previous experience with Mr Mallah, the advice of another ABC journalist, a review of a recent television appearance and a review of his social media posts undertaken in August 2014, which did not include Mr Mallah’s offensive tweets posted in early 2015 or his recent YouTube videos, in determining that he was not dangerous, would not be disruptive and would be a suitable audience member to ask a question.”

“Mr Mallah’s selection as a general audience member for the episode appears consistent with Q & A’s general practices, drawing on their database of registrations of interest,” it concludes.

But it also notes the decision to allow him to ask a question was made by the show’s editorial team led by producer Peter McEvoy.

This week the ABC Board issued him a formal warning.

No recommendations have yet been made following the summary release.

Summary of Investigation Report
Nature of Investigation
On 22 June 2015, Mr Zaky Mallah joined the live audience of the Q&A program produced by the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Mr Mallah asked a question and subsequently engaged
in a short debate with the panel.

On 25 June 2015 the Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP requested the
Department investigate:
1. The context in which Mr Mallah appeared on Q&A, including his previous engagement with
the ABC.
2. The decision making process for this appearance.
3. The protocols that were used in regard to physical security for the live broadcast.
4. The decision making process for the subsequent re-broadcast of the Q&A episode.
5. The extent to which existing broadcasting codes apply to this situation.

Context and Limitations
The Department has not been asked to make recommendations or to provide opinions on the matters
investigated. The role of the Department has been to establish the relevant facts and provide these to
the Minister. The Department has, in performing its role, relied on information (written and oral)
provided by the ABC. The ABC has cooperated with this investigation. While the Department has
no reason to doubt the veracity of the information provided by the ABC, the Department has not
audited that information. The ABC reviewed a draft of the full report prepared by the Department
and relevant comments and clarifications were incorporated in that draft version and this summary.

Mr Mallah’s appearance on Q&A on 22 June 2015
Mr Zaky Mallah was arrested in December 2003 and subsequently prosecuted for two charges under
section 101.6(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Criminal Code), for doing an act in preparation for
or planning a terrorist act, and one charge under section 147.2 of the Criminal Code, for threatening
to cause harm to a Commonwealth public official.

Mr Mallah was found not guilty by a jury of the two terrorist related charges. Mr Mallah pleaded
guilty on the charge relating to the threats to kill officers of ASIO or DFAT.

Mr Mallah has made extensive media appearances over the intervening years, including television
(The Project, Insight, various news services), radio (2GB, 2UE, 6PR), and in the print media (The
Australian, Sydney Morning Herald). This is in spite of the very public statements by the judge in
Mr Mallah’s original case (Wood CJ) in regard to media involvement with Mr Mallah, including:

“It does seem to me to have been regrettable that some sections of the media took up the
Prisoner as a person of interest, and gave him an entirely underserved and unnecessary
exposure …”

He also has an extensive social media presence, particularly through Twitter and YouTube. His
social media content ranges from innocuous personal matters, to commentary on terrorism issues
(including criticism of ISIS), and offensive (using sexually violent language) material.

Mr Mallah was well known to the Q&A editorial management team. He had first registered to be an
audience member in 2011, had attended Q&A as an audience member on two occasions and been
booked as an audience member on another three occasions but cancelled his booking on the day of
the broadcast. He has also asked to be a panellist on the program on two occasions; neither time has
he been accepted. On one other occasion he was asked if he wished to attend in the audience but did
not accept the invitation.

Mr Mallah’s selection as a general audience member for the 22 June 2015 episode appears consistent
with Q&A’s general practices, drawing on their database of registrations of interest.

The 22 June 2015 broadcast was the first time that Mr Mallah had been shortlisted by the Q&A
editorial management team to ask a question of his own construction and actually had the
opportunity to ask the question during the broadcast. This was in the context of an episode which,
amongst other issues, discussed the Government’s proposals to remove citizenship from dual
nationals involved in terrorism-related activities.

It was only at the time that Mr Mallah was being considered to ask a question live-to-air that any
checks on Mr Mallah were undertaken for the purposes of that 22 June episode. After attempts to
contact two people familiar with Mr Mallah were unsuccessful, the Q&A team relied on its previous
experience with Mr Mallah, the advice of another ABC journalist, a review of a recent television
appearance and a review of his social media posts undertaken in August 2014, which did not include
Mr Mallah’s offensive tweets posted in early 2015 or his recent YouTube videos, in determining that
he was not dangerous, would not be disruptive and would be a suitable audience member to ask a

Ultimately his selection for appearance was an editorial judgement made by the Q&A editorial
management team, which is led by the Executive Producer, Peter McEvoy. We have been advised
that this decision did not raise any issues of concern for the team in relation to the Editorial Policies of the ABC that they determined would require any referral beyond Mr McEvoy.

The ABC has subsequently acknowledged an error of judgement in allowing Mr Mallah to join the
audience and ask a question.

Protocols for physical security for the live broadcast
As part of the investigation, the Department reviewed the ABC’s physical security protocols and the
security practices in relation to Q&A. The results of that part of the investigation are classified
security in confidence and are not for publication.

The decision to rebroadcast the 22 June episode
The ABC’s standard practice—subject to scheduling and rights ownership—is to rebroadcast
programming and make it available on online platforms. Options open to the broadcaster to deal with
broadcasts which have raised concerns include:
 Not rebroadcasting;
 Editing the program prior to the rebroadcast; and/or
 Providing enhanced viewer advice or an updated viewer advice shown before the program

The ABC has advised that it is only on rare occasions that the ABC may withdraw or edit a program
prior to repeat, if there are known legal concerns or formal editorial content breaches identified in a

In the case of the 22 June 2015 broadcast of Q&A, the ABC advises that its standard practices were
followed and an additional advisory added to the episode prior to rebroadcast and for online versions.

The summary advisory is as follows:
“The ABC has acknowledged it made an error of judgement in allowing Mr Zaky Mallah tojoin the audience and ask a question in this edition of Q & A.”
Viewers are directed to a more detailed statement on the ABC’s website.

We have been advised that the Director of Television (Mr Richard Finlayson), in consultation with
the Managing Director (Mr Mark Scott AO) and Head of Editorial Policy (Mr Alan Sunderland),
considered whether there were known legal concerns or formal editorial breaches which justified not
repeating or editing the episode and subsequently made the editorial judgement to include the
additional advisory material, which was drafted in consultation with the Director of Corporate
Affairs (Mr Michael Millett).

It had also been seen by many viewers and widely reported, so not repeating it in full would have had
in their view no effect.

Complaints and relevant policies and codes of practice
ABC Editorial Policies and the ABC Code of Practice apply to all ABC radio and television
programming. There are editorial standards of relevance to the program: Impartiality and Diversity
of Perspectives and Harm and Offence.

Complaints about the ABC’s programming content should be sent to the broadcaster in the first
instance. If the complainant does not receive a response in 60 days or is unsatisfied with the
response they may then complain to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
If the ACMA finds the complaint is justified it can recommend action be taken by the ABC to
address the issue raised in the complaint.

As at 29 June 2015, 962 complaints had been logged by the ABC about the Q&A on 22 June 2015.
The Audience and Consumer Affairs area of the ABC is currently considering the issues raised in
these complaints.

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Family Feud to mark first birthday Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:49:06 +0000 2015-07-03_1546

Family Feud will celebrate its first birthday on Tuesday, July 14 but TEN is celebrating across the week with prizes, flashbacks and a guest appearance, beginning 6pm Sunday, July 12th.

Any guesses on the surprise celebrity? I’d be tipping Bert Newton.

Boasting plenty of birthday surprises for contestants, a special celebrity appearance and a look back at some of the favourite show moments from the past year, home viewers will also have the chance to win some amazing prizes across the week.

Hosted by Grant Denyer, Family Feud is the show where having fun is just as important as winning.

One year on from its launch, Family Feud has grown to become Australia’s favourite game show. Across the year, Family Feud has delivered a nightly dose of family-sized fun and laugh-out-loud moments – and welcomed over 280 of Australia’s most loveable families as they compete for cars and cash.

Get ready to celebrate Family Feud’s milestone when the party starts on Sunday, July 12 at 6.00pm on TEN.

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Sharknado 3: behind the scenes Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:19:21 +0000

Is it just me or is it weird that the Sharknado twisters are coming from inland rather than from the coast on these maps?

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Oops. Sheep urinates on BBC reporter. Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:55:40 +0000

Everyone’s a critic…

A reporter found himself being upstaged when a lamb decided to relieve itself while he was filming a piece to camera.

BBC News NI’s Agriculture and Environment Correspondent Conor Macauley was reporting on how Button had been adopted by a couple from Moira, when the lamb urinated.

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Airdate: [V]: Live: Florence + The Machine Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:34:15 +0000 2015-07-03_1356

Florence + The Machine will be performing at a secret location in Sydney on Friday 24th July to be screened later on Channel [V].

Ticket opportunities are being promoted via  Channel [V], KIIS 1065 Sydney or KIIS 101.1 Melbourne or Spotify.

“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album chart on release and has already reached gold accreditation one month later. Welch, previously took out the top spot with her critically acclaimed second album ‘Ceremonials’. For Florence Welch, the success of her first two Florence + the Machine albums Lungs (2009 – Album of the year, Brit Awards 2010) and Ceremonials (2011) meant five years of back-to-back recording, promoting and touring. Lungs ran straight into the making, promoting and touring of the Grammy-nominated Ceremonials, an album written while on the road and recorded straight after coming off tour. The shows were getting bigger, the hair redder, the success wider and wilder.


Current single Ship To Wreck was written with Kid Harpoon, the London-based songwriter/producer with whom she’d written Ceremonials’ Grammy-nominated Shake It Out, during a month-long creative furlough in Los Angeles that also yielded first single What Kind Of Man: a full-force ear-pinning anthem of uplifting defiance.

1pm Sunday July 26 on [V]

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Piers Akerman cancels Q & A appearance Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:33:10 +0000 2015-07-03_1323

On Monday when Tony Jones announced the line up for next week’s Q & A he included “leading News Corp commentator Piers Akerman,” but yesterday his name was absent from the confirmed line up.

Today in the Daily Telegraph Akerman writes the he accepted an invitation 2 weeks ago, but after the Zaky Mallah incident he has since withdrawn.

In a lengthy piece about his current view on the show he writes:

The monolithic defence of the ABC by its staff in the wake of the Q&A disaster, the failure of Scott and the ABC board to take any responsibility or action when the program was repeated and the subsequent tardy reprimand only underscores the underlying lack of accountability within the organisation.

For this reason, I have lost confidence in the broadcaster and shall not appear on Q&A next Monday. I shall review my position when and if the ABC shows it understands why it is subjected to criticism and indicates that it has undergone some redemption.

Yesterday ABC confirmed Foreign Affairs Editor of The Australian, Greg Sheridan would appear on Monday.

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Returning: Extant Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:48:11 +0000 2015-07-03_1245

Season Two of Extant is coming to TEN next week.

This is a show I didn’t expect to be renewed by CBS, but at least TEN has given it a late-night slot.

According to the official Extant Facebook page, “This is not the ‪#‎Extant‬ you think you know. The season premiere introduced new characters, more action, and higher stakes.”

It returned in the US yesterday.

Six months have passed since Molly’s escape from the Offspring. Following Ethan’s death, her life has unravelled as she mourns the loss of her humanoid son.

Now confined to a psychiatric hospital, Molly’s dark past begins to rear its ugly head when she learns of a series of bizarre deaths, eerily similar to those she witnessed in space. When she escapes to investigate, she crosses paths with JD Richter, a determined cop who just signed on to the case.

10:30pm Monday on TEN.

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Airdate: Finding Carter Fri, 03 Jul 2015 02:08:49 +0000 2015-07-02_2051

MTV teen drama Finding Carter will premiere on FOX8 later this month.

The series sees Kathryn Prescott star as a teenager who discovers that the woman she thought was her mother had actually abducted her when she was a child. The cast also includes appearances by Meredith Baxter.

It premiered in the US last July with not one but two seasons screening in 2015.

This drama, directed by Scott Speer, is about a teenage girl Carter (Kathryn Prescott) who seemingly has the perfect life with a fun-loving mum Lori (Milena Govich), until she discovers Lori abducted her as a toddler. Now Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her. As she navigates brand new parents (Cynthia Watros, Alexis Denisof), a twin sister (Anna Jacoby Heron), high school and boys, she vows to find Lori before the only mom she’s ever known is gone forever.

8.30pm Thursday July 16 on FOX8

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The Chase tipped for 5pm slot Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:33:27 +0000 2015-05-10_0050

Seems media are finally getting wind of Seven’s plans for a local version of The Chase.

TV Tonight first revealed the show was happening in early May -and that was after Seven had danced around the idea a year ago.

Today News Corp suggests the show is being produced at “HSV Bouthbank Studios in Melbourne”  -the Coventry Street studios are actually owned by NEP (it acquired Global Television in 2013).

The report suggests the ITV produced show could move into the 5pm slot as a one hour programme, which would replicate the UK version, and give it a chance to draw viewers before Hot Seat at 5:30 (or even 5:25 most nights!). You can bet Seven will code-split the show across two half hours if that occurs.

One reader also tips that the show will have three Aussie brains trusts and one from the UK show.

Whether the show is launching later this year or early next year is unclear …as is the host.

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Four Corners: July 6 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 01:04:17 +0000 2015-07-03_1102

In part two of Four Corners investigation into the mafia in Australia, Nick McKenzie reveals one senior Mafioso’s Labor connection.

It’s one of the most ambitious organised crime investigations in Australian history. An epic surveillance operation which uncovered 4.4 tonnes of ecstasy, worth half a billion dollars – the world’s largest ecstasy bust.

But the drugs themselves were just the beginning.

The drug syndicate inadvertently led the police right to the heart of the Calabrian mafia in Australia.

In the second part of this Four Corners/Fairfax Media investigation we take you inside the police operation, with access to the investigators, their surveillance footage and telephone intercepts.

But as the program reveals, there’s no doubt the mafia is back in business.

“These groups are very difficult to defeat. They regroup, they rebound, they reorganise.” Police Investigator

The mafia has a unique resource to draw on: its network of families.

“The links are tight and they are based on the one thing… blood ties.” Mafia Expert

“You will have the baton passed essentially from father to son, from father to nephew, and they will continue to use those very strong family links take over essentially the family business.” Police Investigator

Reporter Nick McKenzie reveals the next crop of crime figures running operations in Australia and their continuing attempts to infiltrate political parties on both sides of the divide.

“Organised crime figures will try and cultivate people of all walks of life, but particularly people with influence.” Police Investigator.

Monday 6th of July at 8.30pm on ABC.

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: trailer Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:35:33 +0000

Warning: Language.

Full trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, dropping on Netflix on July 31st.

It’s the first day of camp in this outrageous prequel to the hilarious 2001 cult classic movie. And at Camp Firewood, anything can happen.

An all-star cast delivers big laughs in this irreverent spoof of summer camp and ’80s teenager movies. We’ve seen the last day of summer in the classic original film, now discover the events that shaped these iconic characters on the first day of Camp Firewood’s season.

Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter join together with new characters played by Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, and more. It’s going to be an unforgettable day of events in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp!

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Masterchef enjoys best Thursday, Seven wins the night. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:54:54 +0000 2015-07-03_0947

Thursday was another night with Sport causing disruption, as Seven runs staggered schedules but managed to win the night.

TEN’s MasterChef enjoyed its best Thursday all season. 1.16m tuned it to watch Amy leave the kitchen. The premiere of Zoo was badly written, but drew 586,000 viewers.

Nine’s revamped Inside Story, now trimmed to 30 minutes with sympathetic stories, improved on Top Gear with 699,000 viewers.

Seven network won with 29.7% then Nine 25.4%, TEN 23.1%, ABC 17.0% and SBS 4.8%.

Seven’s night was Seven News (923,000 / 727,000), Million Dollar Minute (540,000), AFL (474,000 in 3 cities) and Home and Away (417,000 in 3 cities). Movie: White House Down was 309,000 in 3 cities and Border Security International was 306,000 in 3 cities.

Nine News (1.13m / 1.0m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (879,000), Inside Story (699,000), Hot Seat (670,000) and Helicopter Heroes (465,000). The Footy Show was 281,000 in 2 cities. Movie: Argo was 140,000 in 3 cities.

MasterChef Australia topped the night with 1.16m viewers for TEN. The Project was 683,000 / 509,000, Zoo premiered with 586,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 580,000 and Law & Order: SVU was 348,000.

ABC News (767,000), The Checkout (612,000), 7:30 (562,000), Blood + Thunder: The Sound of Alberts (543,000), Antiques Roadshow (362,000) and Dirty Laundry Live (350,000) made up ABC’s night.

On SBS ONE it was Heston’s Great British Food (196,000), Italian Food Safari (155,000), Luke Nguyen’s United Kingdom (150,000), SBS World News (134,000), Shane Delia’s Spice Journey (133,000), and a double episode of Dig (100,000).

Gem’s New Tricks (286,000) topped multichannels. On ONE Darren & Brose premiered with 43,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 2 July 2015

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Thursday 2 July 2015 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:26:54 +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 02/07/2015 25/06/2015 Network ABC 11.7% 11.4% Network ABC2 3.4% 3.2% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 1.4% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 17.0% 16.2% Network 7 20.5% 20.1% Network 7TWO 5.4% 5.4% Network 7mate 3.8% 4.7% Network 7 TTL 29.7% 30.1% Network 9 16.8% 16.1% Network GO! 4.0% 5.0% Network Gem 4.6% 3.1% Network 9 TTL 25.4% 24.2% Network TEN 17.6% 19.2% Network ONE 2.7% 2.5% Network ELEVEN 2.9% 3.2% Network TEN TTL 23.1% 24.9% Network SBS ONE 3.8% 3.7% Network SBS 2 0.9% 0.8% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 4.8% 4.6%


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: 02/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 1,155,000 307,000 355,000 218,000 108,000 167,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,125,000 335,000 371,000 217,000 99,000 103,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,085,000 347,000 359,000 189,000 102,000 89,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 923,000 249,000 266,000 132,000 113,000 162,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 879,000 279,000 285,000 167,000 65,000 82,000
6 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 767,000 255,000 227,000 135,000 74,000 76,000
7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 727,000 242,000 228,000 136,000 0 120,000
8 INSIDE STORY Network 9 699,000 234,000 190,000 140,000 61,000 73,000
9 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 683,000 186,000 218,000 139,000 71,000 69,000
10 HOT SEAT Network 9 670,000 179,000 261,000 144,000 43,000 41,000
11 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 613,000 145,000 208,000 108,000 92,000 59,000
12 THE CHECKOUT-EV Network ABC 612,000 175,000 163,000 113,000 77,000 84,000
13 ZOO Network TEN 586,000 143,000 166,000 103,000 69,000 105,000
14 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 580,000 155,000 174,000 94,000 73,000 84,000
15 7.30-EV Network ABC 562,000 181,000 166,000 104,000 55,000 55,000
16 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 540,000 158,000 163,000 74,000 63,000 82,000
17 BLOOD + THUNDER: THE SOUND OF ALBERTS-EV Network ABC 534,000 161,000 169,000 84,000 56,000 65,000
18 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 509,000 113,000 166,000 99,000 72,000 60,000
19 SEVEN’S AFL: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 474,000 0 327,000 0 147,000 0
20 HELICOPTER HEROES Network 9 465,000 139,000 112,000 118,000 27,000 68,000


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: 02/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NEW TRICKS -EV Network Gem 286,000 62,000 88,000 69,000 31,000 38,000
2 BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT -EV Network GO! 275,000 57,000 65,000 64,000 40,000 49,000
3 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 254,000 57,000 94,000 58,000 20,000 25,000
4 CURIOUS GEORGE-EV Network ABC2 236,000 63,000 63,000 46,000 29,000 35,000
5 2015 WIMBLEDON-DAY 4 Network 7TWO 229,000 81,000 84,000 28,000 0 36,000
6 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 225,000 53,000 59,000 54,000 32,000 27,000
7 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV Network ABC2 225,000 54,000 71,000 50,000 29,000 21,000
8 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 224,000 62,000 50,000 48,000 32,000 31,000
9 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 220,000 58,000 63,000 42,000 23,000 34,000
10 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 209,000 52,000 54,000 47,000 28,000 29,000
11 CHARLIE AND LOLA-AM Network ABC2 202,000 62,000 55,000 47,000 24,000 14,000
12 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 198,000 56,000 45,000 42,000 26,000 28,000
13 NEW TRICKS -EV TX1 Network Gem 196,000 40,000 79,000 33,000 24,000 20,000
14 PEG + CAT-PM Network ABC2 192,000 45,000 50,000 50,000 25,000 23,000
15 SESAME STREET-AM Network ABC2 190,000 54,000 65,000 35,000 17,000 19,000
16 THE HIVE-AM Network ABC2 189,000 53,000 58,000 43,000 24,000 12,000
17 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-AM Network ABC2 189,000 48,000 60,000 43,000 21,000 17,000
18 PLAY SCHOOL-AM Network ABC2 188,000 50,000 71,000 31,000 14,000 22,000
19 DOC MARTIN Network 7TWO 182,000 58,000 69,000 37,000 16,000 0
20 PUFFIN ROCK-AM Network ABC2 182,000 59,000 48,000 45,000 18,000 11,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 621,000 170,000 187,000 140,000 42,000 82,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 405,000 105,000 138,000 67,000 40,000 55,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 396,000 108,000 132,000 64,000 47,000 44,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 367,000 100,000 113,000 94,000 31,000 29,000
5 ZOO Network TEN 301,000 73,000 85,000 61,000 26,000 57,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 574,000 144,000 180,000 126,000 44,000 80,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 349,000 91,000 116,000 85,000 27,000 30,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 325,000 93,000 111,000 53,000 32,000 35,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 321,000 88,000 113,000 55,000 25,000 40,000
5 ZOO Network TEN 270,000 57,000 82,000 48,000 24,000 59,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 383,000 102,000 117,000 81,000 35,000 47,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 204,000 39,000 62,000 62,000 24,000 17,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 185,000 44,000 67,000 30,000 13,000 30,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 180,000 44,000 65,000 26,000 17,000 28,000
5 ZOO Network TEN 164,000 37,000 50,000 36,000 15,000 26,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 02/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
7 BANISHED BBC First 67,000
9 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 62,000
12 WORDWORLD Disney Junior 55,000
13 DORA AND FRIENDS Nick Jr. 55,000
14 SHERIFF CALLIE’S WILD WEST Disney Junior 55,000
15 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 53,000
17 PLAY ALONG WITH SAM Nick Jr. 52,000
19 ZOU Disney Junior 50,000
20 DOC MCSTUFFINS Disney Junior 49,000



© 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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Gina Rinehart profile was Australian Story’s idea ….not Gina’s. Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:58:05 +0000 Gina-and-Lang-in-office

EXCLUSIVE: Gina Rinehart did not approach Australian Story to profile her after legal battles and Nine’s miniseries.

The project was initiated independently by the ABC around 6 months ago.

“We embarked on the programme many months ago without any agreement from Mrs. Rinehart to take part. In fact it’s been very difficult to have her take part. We were really only given a short time with her. I hope we’ve made the best of it,” presenter Caroline Jones tells TV Tonight.

“People are constantly making rather horrible judgements about Gina Rinehart. So I think what we provide in the 2 programmes is an understanding of all the elements that have formed Mrs. Rinehart’s character. Whatever judgements one wishes to make eventually, it is certainly instructive to see all the influences of her formative years.”

Over two episodes, Jones says Australian Story will put context to headlines.

“We see a lot about the Hancock family in the newspapers these days, and much of it is sensational,” she says.

“What we’re doing in these programmes is to put the present day conflicts into a proper dynastic context. It’s the only way to make sense of them.

“John Singleton says “It’s a dynastic story of Shakespearean proportions.” It’s a very good description. It leaves the American program Dynasty for dead.”

Jones says Gina Rinehart is a sixth generation of a pioneering family.

“The first Hancocks were boat people –there’s a good headline- in this sense: they came up the West coast of Australia in a small vessel and had many adventures including a shipwreck. They went inland and established the first little town called Roebourne. The mother, Emma, became known as ‘the mother of the North’ because she became a kind of informal midwife to the other settlers and Aboriginal people,” she continues.

“So it’s a very interesting story from that point of view. It’s quite significant social history.

“We embarked on this project many months ago because we felt we’d identified a gap in the endless coverage of Mrs. Rinehart and the Hancock family, because we felt no-one had really put it into context.

“They’re a very significant family in Australian social history, and you actually can’t understand the court battles over the family Trust unless you go back over this history. It’s terribly exciting.”

Part One will focus on father Lang Hancock, who catapulted the family to fame and fortune when he discovered the largest iron ore deposit in the world.

“How he found the iron ore. How he made the first deal. He was such an extraordinary character. But why does all this matter? Because the relationship between he and his daughter –no son- Gina, becomes the person to whom he wants to hand on all that he’s established.”

Part 2 will include recent legal battles with the Hancock children.

“We will see appearances of them in Part 2 which comes more up to date, but still in a way that puts the present conflicts into an historical context, and thus I think offers the audience a new prism through which to view these events.”

The episodes, which include interviews with close friends John Singleton and Imelda Roche, right-hand man Tad Watroba and journalists Adele Ferguson and Jennifer Hewett, mark the second time Australian Story has profiled the Rineharts.

“You will see it as being very objective,” she insists.

“It’s trying to put the present sensational events surrounding Mrs. Rinehart and her children, the whole family story, into context so we can understand it.”

Australian Story: “Iron, Iron, Iron – The Hancock Dynasty 8pm Monday on ABC.

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Brittany wins Australia’s Next Top Model Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:57:53 +0000 FOX8_ANTM9_EP10_Finale_263_FXTL_BenSymons2014

It was described as a battle between ‘sugar’ and ‘spice’ but last night self-confessed tomboy Brittany Beattie (pictured, left) was named Australia’s Next Top Model.

The 20 year old “bogan bobcat driver” from Whittlesea, north-west of Melbourne, defeated 17 year old student Lucy Markovic, 17, from the Gold Coast.

The finale featured America’s Next Top Model creator Tyra Banks, joining host Jennifer Hawkins and Alex Perry before a catwalk audience, although there were reports 2 endings were filmed.

Brittany scored 3 perfect 10s from the judges with Lucy beaten by just a single point.

“At first I didn’t have anywhere near enough confidence to be part of something like this. After my aunty convinced me to enter, and even when I was in the house, I still thought I would be sent home,” said Brittany.

“I can’t believe this time last year I was driving a truck every day around farms in my home town, and now I’ve met some of the most amazing people from fashion and modelling. I am in shock and can’t wait to see what happens next.”

“Brittany has had something special from the beginning, she was very intriguing. The fact that she didn’t know she was a beautiful girl with so much potential was a huge part of her charm,” said Hawkins.

“Throughout the whole process, Brittany has had her ups and downs, but she listened to advice and evolved in such a short period of time. I really think she was one of the biggest transformations in Top Model history. I have no doubt she will be joining our other successful winners on the international modelling circuit very soon and will forge a solid career for herself.”

The ninth season, without the late Charlotte Dawson, certainly stepped up the A List stars with Tyra Banks, Linda Evangelista, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kelly Osbourne, John Paul Gaultier, Megan Gale and Coco Rocha.

Brittany wins an eight page editorial spread in ELLE Australia, a 12 month modelling contract with IMG and will head to New York Fashion Week.

Foxtel is already calling for interested applicants to register for 2016 on the FOX8 website.

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Vale: Val Doonican Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:55:26 +0000 2015-07-03_0059

Irish entertainer Val Doonican, who hosted The Val Doonican Show for 21 years, has died, aged 88.

He died “peacefully” at a nursing home in Buckinghamshire.

Doonican’s self-titled variety show ran from 1965 to 1986, featuring his own performances and guest artists. The show, known for its trademark rocking chair, colourful jumpers and cardigans, also aired in Australia. Doonican also filmed some 25 Christmas specials.

He was also rarely out of the UK charts in the 1960s and ’70s with songs like Walk Tall and Elusive Butterfly. He had five successive top 10 albums and even knocked The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band off the top spot in 1967.

In a statement, his family said: “He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by family, friends and his many fans.”

Sir Bruce Forsyth said, “He had this way of relaxing his co-stars and his audience and that went right through the screens into your homes.

“It’s not simple to do what he did. To be relaxed as he was is an art. You can’t go in front of millions of people on television and be that relaxed and that good.”

Source: BBC

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Seven orders Big Kitchens Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:50:23 +0000 2015-07-03_0025

Seven has partnered with international broadcasters for Big Kitchens, which goes behind the scenes of some of the world’s most extreme restaurants.

The 13 part half hour series will include the Emirates Airline flight catering mega kitchen in Dubai and the Bellagio Buffet in Las Vegas.

It is produced by UK’s Windmill Films for Scripps Networks UK and EMEA, Canada’s Shaw Media and Seven.

Producer Carlo Massarella has also produced Strip the Cosmos and Raising the Costa Concordia.

Source: C21

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Chloe Maxwell for Dancing with the Stars? Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:49:52 +0000 2015-07-03_0048

Another name who could be in the mix for Dancing with the Stars is model and presenter Chloe Maxwell.

Her husband former rugby league player Mat Rogers is already confirmed for the series, but there could be competition if she also takes to the dance floor.

Maxwell, who appeared on It Takes Two, is a co-presenter on lifestyle series Live Well.

Amongst both rumoured and confirmed names are John Paul Young, Jude Bolton, Matthew Mitcham, Samantha Harris, Larry Emdur, Emma Freedman, Kelly Cartwright, Bachelor Tim Robards and Ash Pollard. And possibly Katie Price?

The series is tipped for a Sunday July 19 return.

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Airdate: Making Families Happy Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:45:33 +0000 2015-07-02_2135

Next week ABC premieres the 3-part factual series Making Families Happy, following on from Making Australia Happy and Making Couples Happy.

As the pressures of modern life impact on Australian families, it asks the questions: “What are the secrets to a happy family? Good communication? Strong parenting skills? Spending quality time together? Having good relations across the generations?”

It includes two psychologists, Clare Rowe and John Aiken (who recently appeared in Married at First Sight).

Over two months, three very different Australian families attempt to overcome longstanding barriers to happiness. They range from a blended family with five kids to a single mother with a 13-year-old daughter. Their problems are ones that all Australians will relate to. Poor communication, financial stress, lack of parenting skills, defiant teenagers – for the three families, it’s their best hope for change after years of conflict. Making Families Happy builds on and develops many of the happiness skills explored in the previous two series.

The families are guided by two experts: clinical psychologist, John Aiken (who successfully guided the couples in Making Couples Happy to happiness), and leading child and family psychologist, Clare Rowe. Together, John and Clare combine cutting edge scientific research with compelling, no-nonsense counselling to get to the root of the families’ problems. Every fortnight, the families are evaluated and scored (using a scientifically validated system specifically developed for the series) to determine their happiness levels.

The stakes are high. Results from the initial scoring show that some individual family members have low levels of happiness, and John and Clare need to devise interventions that target both their specific problems, and the wider causes of unhappiness facing their families.

Through group sessions, interventions, and scientifically proven techniques, the families face up to failed parenting techniques, broken patterns of communication, and lost parental romance. As barriers that have emotionally held them back for years finally break down, profound resentments are confronted for the first time. What they learn over the course of the experiment has the potential to impact on every family in Australia.

Though research suggests it’s possible to boost the happiness of families in only eight weeks, this is the first time that the experiment has been attempted. Will the science deliver, or will the complications of working with entire families in the real world prove a step too far?

Over the course of this three-part series, the families are pushed to their emotional limits. As their behaviours are challenged, do they succeed in their goal of becoming happier and forming deeper bonds? Working with families is a more complicated dynamic than couples or individuals, and John and Clare’s success is not a foregone conclusion.

As well as compelling on-screen drama, the series provides valuable take-away information for viewers, which can be used by every Australian – young and old – to improve the happiness of their families.

Tuesday July 7 at 8.30pm on ABC.

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Sunday Night: July 5 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:44:36 +0000 2015-07-02_2124

This weekend on Sunday Night Chris Bath looks into foreign ownership issues in regional Australia.

Many of the world’s largest nations are on a global hunt for farmland and a secure way to feed their populations and that race is rolling to and through Australia’s rich agricultural country. China’s leading the way, determined to acquire land, livestock, indeed, in many cases, the entire supply chain. Trouble is that for many farmers the shopping spree is coming at a time when they’ve been beaten by drought and crushed by debt so they’re in no position to repel the aggressive buyers or secure the best possible price for their life’s work. Sunday Night’s Chris Bath hitches a ride with a busload of cashed-up Chinese investors sizing up our big backyard and looking to snap up big chunks of Australia’s agriculture industry for their own. On the trail through central Queensland, Chris discovers heartbreaking stories of farmers on the brink and whose farms are vulnerable to acquisition. Many are concerned we’re selling off our own national capacity to feed ourselves. In this important Sunday Night investigation Chris also questions the shameful lack of information about who owns what in the bush. And as policy makers play catch-up with ownership registers and new rules for foreign buyers, Canberra’s newly signed Free Trade Agreement with China is also set to dramatically change the landscape.

Raging Bulls
As if bull riding wasn’t crazy enough. Now promoters of the sport have turned all the settings up to 11 and the result is one of the fastest growing, most ridiculously dangerous arena sports around. There’s more money, more fame and a whole new world of risk and pain. Breeders have decided to take nature into their own hands and build the perfect beast. They’re genetically engineering some of the meanest, most ornery animals ever to enter the ring and it takes a special kind of lunatic to take them on. Get aboard, Ben Jones. The Aussie has taken so many bone-crunching spills on his way to the top of the US Professional Bull Riding Circuit he’s decided to hold off replacing his teeth until his career is over. Sunday Night’s Alex Cullen enters the white-knuckle world of PBR where the winners are toothless grinners and the losers can pay a high price. Just ask up-and-comer Jordan Robb who’s now confined to a wheelchair after breaking his neck in a sickening fall.

Sunday at 8.15pm on Seven.

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Airdate: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:43:44 +0000 2015-07-02_2348

Seven returns It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia later this month.

It’s back with a double episode at midnight Wednesday July 15 (that’s 12am Thursday July 16).

It begins with S10 E1 “The Gang Beats Boggs” which aired in the US in January.

The gang try to beat a record set by Wade Boggs of 70 beers on a cross­country flight.

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Arthur & George Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:45 +0000 Martin Clunes stars as author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who addresses writer’s block by trying to right an injustice. 8:30pm Friday ABC.

  • The Living Room
  • Secrets of the Castle
  • Better Home and Gardens
  • Best of the Sydney Comedy Fest
  • Wimbledon
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Q & A: July 6 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:55:07 +0000 2015-07-02_1639

Unless somebody decides to cancel at the last minute there’s a Coalition, Labor and Greens rep on Monday’s Q & A.

Q&A is back to business!

Barnaby Joyce is the Minister for Agriculture.
Larissa Waters is the new co-deputy leader of the Greens.
Richard Marles is the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

On Monday, they’ll join Tony Jones Live on the Q&A panel, along with policy analyst, Trisha Jha and the Foreign Affairs Editor of The Australian, Greg Sheridan.

Monday, July 6 at 9.35pm on ABC, simulcast Live at 9:35pm AEST on iview

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Sesame Street veteran to retire after 44 years Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:20:21 +0000 2015-07-02_1615

Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street, is retiring after 44 years with the series.

Manzano first appeared on he pioneering children’s show in 1971, and became a series regular in 1974, She grew up before viewers’ eyes, going on dates and later marrying Luis (Emilio Delgado), running the Fix-It Shop, and having a daughter, Gabi (Desiree Casado).

Along with acting on the show, Manzano also served as a writer, winning 15 Emmy Awards.

While the show has yet to make an official announcement Manzano has reassured fans on Twitter that all will still be well for Big Bird and the gang after she has gone.

Source: Variety

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RocKwiz: July 4 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:15:08 +0000 2015-07-02_1432

It’s the season finale for RocKwiz (already?) on Saturday night.

In the last salute to the Decades, it’s the music of the naughties with guests John Butler (after 10 years of being chased by producers), Julia Stone, Seth Sentry and Paul Kelly.

Brian Nankervis tells TV Tonight, “An excited fan almost faints when he realises Paul Kelly, his answer to a question, is about to hit the Gershwin Room stage … and there is a joyous series finale of a smash hit from 2003.”

In the final episode for Series Thirteen, The RocKwiz Team pay tribute to the artists and music of the first fifteen years of the new millennium. Julia Stone sings The Strokes, John Butler sings John Butler, hip hop artist Seth Sentry performs a song he performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and, to the delight of one of the contestants, Paul Kelly sings ‘Righteous Woman’ from his latest album, ‘The Merri Soul Sessions’. During the show, the RocKwiz Orkestra dip into Pink, Powderfinger, Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé and the whole cast come together to close the show and the series with Outcast’s 2003 smash hit, ‘Hey Ya’.

8:30pm Saturday on SBS ONE.

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Derek: outtakes Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:45:17 +0000

Warning: Language.

Ricky Gervais has offered some outtakes from the second season of Derek. Hilarity ensues -especially from the director, Gervais himself.

A final special aired in the UK in March.

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Ben Roberts-Smith appointed GM of Seven Queensland Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:20:32 +0000 2015-04-24_1718

In one of the more rapid rises in media executive roles, former member of the elite Special Air Services Ben Roberts-Smith has been appointed General Manager of Seven Queensland, following the retirement of Neil Mooney.

Roberts-Smith was appointed Deputy GM in April after he conducted leadership seminars for the station.

Seven first aligned with Roberts-Smith in 2012 in a Sunday Night interview. He began filing reports for the show in 2013, and presented Power of Ten specials earlier this year.

Tim Worner, the CEO of Seven West Media, said: “We are delighted to announce this appointment. Ben has been a part of the Seven Network for a number of years and has impressed us greatly with his management and leadership skills.

“I wish to acknowledge Neil’s tremendous contribution to our businesses across news and public affairs and television management. He hands over Seven Queensland in terrific shape as the market-leading television network across the fast-growing regional Queensland markets.”

“Ben will be an excellent leader. He is an outstanding person. When it comes to leadership he ticks all the right boxes,” said Neil Mooney.

Roberts-Smith said: “I consider this a fantastic opportunity and one which I have accepted with great pride. Seven West Media is founded on integrity, innovation and excellence and as part of the Seven Queensland team I look forward to contributing to its continuing success.”

He is is currently studying towards a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Queensland and has
an Advanced Diploma in Management and a graduate Certificate of Business.

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Airdate: Sing It On / People Just Do Nothing. Returning: King of the Nerds Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:31:34 +0000 2015-07-02_1327

Channel [V] will premiere several new titles from late July including a cappella doco-reality series Sing It On produced by John Legend, UK mockumentary People Just Do Nothing and Season 2 of King of the Nerds.

It will also begin the entire UK teen drama Skins from Season 1.


Rebecca Batties, Foxtel General Manager for Music and Head of Digital said, “We are excited about bringing fresh and original content to our audience. Our new ‘Music Lifestyle’ programming complements our strong music offering and allows us to take our audience into a world of limitless options with programming about the big passions that make youth tick. We hope the new line-up will make them laugh out loud and feel good, while inspiring them to live a life to remember.”

Sing It On
Thursdays from July 30 at 9.30pm
Australian Premiere
With the release of Pitch Perfect 2, a cappella is more popular than ever. Sing It On goes behind-the-scenes inside the real world of competitive a cappella across America taking a look at the hard work, talent and determination required to succeed and get to the top. Executively Produced by Oscar and Grammy-winning artist John Legend, this documentary-style reality series follows singing groups from American universities as they juggle academics, rehearsals and relationships, all while vying for a spot at the International Championship. It’s the real life Pitch Perfect on Channel [V].

People Just Do Nothing
Wednesdays from August 12 at 9.30pm
Australian Premiere
People Just Do Nothing is a mockumentary series following the highs and lows of one of West London’s most talked about pirate radio stations (within a 300 metre radius of the transmitter) – Kurupt FM. Led by self-proclaimed garage ‘legend’ MC Grindah, and his second in command DJ Beats, this hapless crew of social dropouts share the secrets behind running an illegal business and demonstrate that chasing your dreams is actually a full-time job. You’ll be in stiches when you tune in.

King of the Nerds Season 2
Tuesdays from August 4 at 9.30pm
Australian Premiere
King of the Nerds follows contestants as they compete in challenges testing their intellect, creativity and pop-culture knowledge in order to win a $100,000 prize and to be crowned “the greatest nerd of them all”. These eccentric characters live together in one house called “Nerdvana”, and start out competing in teams before moving on to individual challenges.

Skins from Season 1
Mondays from July 20 at 9.30pm
Monday nights on Channel [V] follow the messy lives, loves, highs and lows of a group of disorderly British teens who are trying to grow up. With an iconic soundtrack featuring Grizzly Bear, Chemical Brothers, Gossip and Bloc Party, Skins is a must-see comedy drama. Known as the predecessor to infamous shows such as Misfits, The Inbetweeners and Gossip Girl, here’s your chance to catch this awesome British drama if you missed it first time round.

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60 Minutes: July 5 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:25:23 +0000 2015-07-01_2247

No blatant denials this weekend. This Sunday 60 Minutes goes for emotion with a story on Alex McKinnon, paralysed during an NRL match but finding hope with the support of family.

In March last year, in a devastating split second, Alex McKinnon’s life changed forever.

The 23-year-old National Rugby League player went from a supreme athlete on the cusp of greatness to a broken man, battling like never before just to stay alive.

What upended Alex’s world was an illegal and sickening tackle. The Newcastle Knights player was dumped on his head during a match against the Melbourne Storm. He had no way of protecting himself.

Alex was instantly paralysed and is now a quadriplegic.

We demand toughness and brutality in our footy codes – in fact, the bigger the hits, the louder we cheer. But we never think injuries like this can happen.

This Sunday on 60 Minutes, for the first time Alex McKinnon and the people closest to him share their remarkable story of how they’re using love to save his life.

8:30pm Sunday on Nine.

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Telemovie to spill on Melrose Place Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:35:14 +0000 2015-07-02_1210

But will it have Heather Locklear as a Special Guest Star….?

US cable network Lifetime is has announced an unauthorised telemovie, The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story.

It’s the fourth to be greenlit, following similar projects on Saved by the Bell, Full House and Beverly Hills: 90210.

The Aaron Spelling series created by Darren Star ran from 1992-99 as a melodrama mega-hit, with Courtney Thorne-Smith, Andrew Shue, Grant Show, Thomas Calabro, Josie Bissett, Doug Savant, Marcia Cross and Heather Locklear, among others.

Hollywood Reporter notes the telemovie will draw upon true stories, interviews and anecdotes such as Locklear arriving to “save” Melrose to the actors begging its writers for even wilder storylines.

Melrose was a huge hit in Australia for Network TEN, with fan party pizza nights, pub screenings and a “Tuesday Night’s a Bitch” campaign.

It’s not clear where this project would land for Australian viewers, but Lifetime’s miniseries on Marilyn Monroe is currently screening on SoHo.

The Unauthorized Full House Story airs in the US in August.

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Renewed: Suits Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:40:54 +0000 2015-07-02_1124

US legal drama Suits, featuring Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, has been renewed for a sixth season.

The USA Network has announced the show will be back for 16 more episodes.

Suits has set the bar high in every way and continues to be a strong performer and marquee property for USA,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber. “From the incredible on-screen performances and brilliant writing to the aspirational lifestyle portrayed, we look forward to continuing to bring viewers into the world of Suits every week.

Suits has delivered a smart and sexy roller coaster ride for five seasons,” said Universal Cable’s Chief Content Officer Jeff Wachtel. “[Creator] Aaron Korsh has some great surprises for the audience at the end of Season 5 that should really set future seasons on an exciting new course.”

Suits premieres in Australia on Universal, currently screening Season 5 express from the US.


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Ray Martin to feature in Who Do You Think You Are? Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:05:44 +0000 2015-07-02_1044

Journalist Ray Martin, who yesterday was announced as a co-head of ABC’s external investigation into Q & A, has today been announced as part of the next season of Who Do You Think You Are? on SBS.

Also set to appear are Toni Collette, Dawn Fraser, Peter Rowsthorn and Greig Pickhaver (HG Nelson).

They join previously announced names Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham and Luke Nguyen.

In the seventh season of the genealogy series a DNA test leads to an answer on a long held paternity question.

A press release also teases episodes with “an Irish rebel, a South American freedom fighter and a German family mastering music for 150 years since the time of Bach. One celebrity finds family he didn’t know existed and another considers changing his surname after discovering the truth about his grandfather.”

Produced by Artemis International and Serendipity Productions, it premieres 7:30pm Tuesday 4 August on SBS.

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The Checkout: July 2 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:40:30 +0000 Checkoutep13-kirsten-and-zoe-oh-no-the-checkout-is-ending-what-am-i-going-to-do

Tonight is the last new episode of The Checkout for the season.

After that ABC will air what it calls “three best-of episodes on Thursday July 9, 16 and 23 at 8pm.”

But for a show that takes everybody else to task over language, methinks we need a price-check on The Checkout. Is it reasonable to say 3 episodes are “best” -surely only 1 can be?

If this was a retailer selling us what we’d already purchased the show would be taking them to task. But it’s ok for ABC to dress up repeats? Be careful with the brand, guys….

Here’s what’s in the last new edition:

Germs are everywhere. It’s a Source of Confusion for Kirsten Drysdale and Zoë Norton Lodge.
How to get an Airline Tax Refund.
Alex Lee blends up the facts on the Nutribullet. Mmmm… kale and spinach. And activated almonds.
Hannah Reilly cracks the whip on the world of leather.
Craig Reucassel looks at what they pump into Pump Water. Quite a lot of sugar it turns out. More than two Freddo Frogs.
In F.U.Tube, Scott Abbot (aka Australian Consumer Law Man) delivers on TNT’s damaged goods.

8pm Thursday ABC.

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Wimbledon helps Seven take Wednesday Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:58:50 +0000 2015-07-02_0955

Wednesday was not exactly compelling when it comes to content with Seven and Nine both resorting to factuals in their early evening slots. That gave Masterchef a free run to the top of the heap at 1.17m viewers.

While Nine led in primary shares, Wimbledon helped Seven to take the night overall with 7TWO scoring a 7.2% share.

Seven network was 27.9% then Nine 26.8%, TEN 21.1%, ABC 17.3% and SBS 6.8%.

Seven News was 938,000 / 914,000 for Seven then Highway Patrol (735,000), Border Security (714,000), Home and Away (711,000), Criminal Minds (619,000 / 514,000) and Million Dollar Minute (517,000).

Nine News (1.14m / 1.11m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (1.01m), Hot Seat (646,000) and RBT (615,000). The Footy Show was 405,000 in 3 cities. Movie: Casino Royale was 195,000 in 2 cities.

MasterChef Australia (1.17m) was tops for TEN. The Project was 641,000 / 476,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 587,000, Madam Secretary was 566,000 and Elementary was 223,00 / 130,000.

ABC News (816,000) led for ABC followed by 7:30 (711,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (608,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (565,000), QI (551,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (389,000).

On SBS ONE a double episode of 24 Hours in Emergency averaged 242,000, Dan Snow: Last Heroes of D-Day (202,000) and SBS World News (188,000).

Wimbledon led multichannels at 325,000 / 266,000.

Sunrise: 277,000
Today: 254,000
ABC News Breakfast: 98,000 / 46,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 1 July 2015

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Wednesday 1 July 2015 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:39:10 +0000 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Wednesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 01/07/2015 24/06/2015 Network ABC 12.4% 12.4% Network ABC2 3.1% 3.6% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.5% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.1% Network ABC TTL 17.3% 17.6% Network 7 17.0% 18.8% Network 7TWO 7.2% 4.9% Network 7mate 3.7% 3.4% Network 7 TTL 27.9% 27.1% Network 9 19.4% 17.5% Network GO! 4.3% 4.4% Network Gem 3.1% 3.4% Network 9 TTL 26.8% 25.3% Network TEN 16.3% 18.5% Network ONE 2.0% 2.2% Network ELEVEN 2.8% 3.7% Network TEN TTL 21.1% 24.5% Network SBS ONE 4.9% 4.2% Network SBS 2 1.6% 1.1% Network NITV 0.3% 0.2% Network SBS TTL 6.8% 5.5%


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: 01/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 1,173,000 336,000 382,000 190,000 115,000 150,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,141,000 305,000 414,000 233,000 108,000 81,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,107,000 311,000 395,000 232,000 98,000 71,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,006,000 281,000 323,000 220,000 92,000 91,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 938,000 244,000 226,000 154,000 109,000 206,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 914,000 236,000 230,000 161,000 96,000 190,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 816,000 248,000 254,000 114,000 87,000 113,000
8 HIGHWAY PATROL Network 7 735,000 209,000 213,000 139,000 66,000 107,000
9 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Network 7 714,000 227,000 170,000 131,000 80,000 106,000
10 7.30-EV Network ABC 711,000 219,000 224,000 125,000 76,000 68,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 711,000 188,000 179,000 161,000 74,000 108,000
12 HOT SEAT Network 9 646,000 174,000 225,000 143,000 58,000 46,000
13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 641,000 151,000 194,000 137,000 69,000 90,000
14 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 619,000 180,000 176,000 105,000 81,000 78,000
15 RBT Network 9 615,000 181,000 164,000 148,000 54,000 67,000
16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 609,000 155,000 192,000 117,000 70,000 75,000
17 THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING-EV Network ABC 608,000 148,000 228,000 91,000 56,000 84,000
18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 587,000 144,000 179,000 106,000 68,000 90,000
19 MADAM SECRETARY Network TEN 566,000 144,000 192,000 101,000 53,000 77,000
20 JULIA ZEMIRO’S HOME DELIVERY-EV Network ABC 565,000 157,000 202,000 78,000 59,000 69,000


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: 01/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 2015 WIMBLEDON-DAY 3 Network 7TWO 325,000 114,000 94,000 34,000 39,000 44,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 307,000 47,000 89,000 60,000 56,000 56,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 293,000 35,000 85,000 54,000 63,000 57,000
4 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 272,000 32,000 87,000 59,000 39,000 55,000
5 2015 WIMBLEDON-DAY 3 -LATE Network 7TWO 266,000 85,000 110,000 28,000 32,000 11,000
6 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 259,000 56,000 90,000 54,000 38,000 22,000
7 CURIOUS GEORGE-EV Network ABC2 258,000 44,000 78,000 63,000 35,000 38,000
8 PEG + CAT-PM Network ABC2 254,000 55,000 92,000 54,000 31,000 21,000
9 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 242,000 43,000 77,000 65,000 33,000 25,000
10 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 240,000 65,000 76,000 46,000 34,000 19,000
11 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV Network ABC2 233,000 32,000 86,000 60,000 35,000 20,000
12 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 228,000 53,000 74,000 45,000 33,000 23,000
13 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 223,000 45,000 84,000 51,000 17,000 26,000
14 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 209,000 39,000 66,000 64,000 25,000 14,000
15 DIRTGIRLWORLD-PM Network ABC2 196,000 32,000 79,000 39,000 26,000 20,000
16 PUFFIN ROCK-AM Network ABC2 194,000 60,000 58,000 40,000 25,000 11,000
17 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 184,000 29,000 45,000 25,000 39,000 46,000
18 NEW TRICKS -EV Network Gem 180,000 37,000 51,000 33,000 35,000 25,000
19 PAWN STARS Network 7mate 177,000 34,000 58,000 29,000 22,000 33,000
20 CHARLIE AND LOLA-AM Network ABC2 176,000 41,000 56,000 42,000 20,000 17,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 621,000 187,000 198,000 115,000 49,000 72,000
2 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 365,000 92,000 121,000 82,000 31,000 40,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 362,000 73,000 137,000 78,000 35,000 39,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 361,000 83,000 130,000 82,000 34,000 34,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 347,000 81,000 109,000 76,000 33,000 48,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 598,000 171,000 192,000 111,000 50,000 73,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 345,000 72,000 115,000 73,000 34,000 50,000
3 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 310,000 69,000 112,000 68,000 25,000 36,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 306,000 67,000 118,000 65,000 28,000 27,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 287,000 57,000 119,000 63,000 23,000 27,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 400,000 124,000 119,000 74,000 32,000 51,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 232,000 51,000 68,000 50,000 22,000 42,000
3 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 189,000 38,000 54,000 50,000 18,000 29,000
4 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 171,000 40,000 44,000 39,000 20,000 29,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 169,000 39,000 45,000 44,000 17,000 24,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 01/07/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 90,000
5 FAMILY GUY FOX8 60,000
6 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 57,000
8 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 55,000
9 WORDWORLD Disney Junior 54,000
11 SHERIFF CALLIE’S WILD WEST Disney Junior 51,000
12 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 49,000
13 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 49,000
14 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE Disney Channel 48,000
16 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 47,000
17 DOC MCSTUFFINS Disney Junior 47,000
20 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 45,000


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Welcome to Sweden Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:58:15 +0000 2015-07-01_2210

I must admit the first scene of Welcome to Sweden confused me somewhat.

Here was Greg Poehler playing money manager Bruce, accountant to celebrities, telling Amy Poehler (his real-life sister, appearing here as herself), that he was quitting to move to Sweden to be with his girlfriend.

As it happens Welcome to Sweden is based on Poehler’s own true-life experience of moving to Sweden to be with his girlfriend. That’s a whole lotta art imitating life right there.

But no matter, before we know it the credits roll and Bruce lands in the IKEA-esque airport where even the deadpan Customs agents don’t have a sense of humour.


“I just quit the other day. Anything’s possible!” smiles Bruce.

“I will just put down Unemployed,” he is told.

Bruce is “super-excited” to be embarking on his new life with the ravishing Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), a statuesque and progressive blonde who has returned from New York to live with her parents.

“My parents are so Swedish,” she sighs.

They sure are. They are living in a wooden country escape that looks a bit like the place where Benny & Björn whiled away their summers writing hit songs. Her father Birger (Claes Månsson) is a towering retired sea-captain with limited English skills. Her mother Viveka (Lena Olin) isn’t too impressed with this new American boyfriend. There’s also Emma’s lazy brother Gustav (Christopher Wagelin) and uncle Bengt (Per Svensson) who works in a video shop.

“I’ve seen a lot of American movies. ‘You talkin to me?'” he mimicks.

But the eager Bruce is keen to make a good impression and remain optimistic, no matter how strange they are.

When in Stockholm do as the Swedes do. So Bruce joins the men in a group sauna (he’s the one keeping the towel on), eats new delicacies -just not the cinnamon pastries- and attempts a self-help language tape. He smiles through it all, believing that love can conquer all. Even when Emma’s family think nothing of barging in on their sex.

Welcome to Sweden is an offbeat lost-in-translation comedy, with occasional subtitles, that is affably entertaining. Poehler comes across as a hapless Greg Kinnear, blinded by his devotion, while the experience of Lena Olin and Claes Månsson shows.

The series also features other cameos from Will Ferrell, Aubrey Plaza and Gene Simmons while the wonderful Illeana Douglas and Patrick Duffy play Bruce’s parents.

The show also looks rich in its colour, adding to its quirky, fresh flavour. It could be easy to get Stockholm syndrome with this.

Welcome to Sweden premieres 6:30pm Sunday on The Comedy Channel.

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Regional networks to launch campaign blitz for media reforms Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:55:14 +0000 2015-07-02_0048

Prime Media, WIN Corporation and Southern Cross Austereo will launch a television, radio and digital campaign to pressure the government into the media reforms it has delayed.

It follows the government opting not to unwind the two-thirds ownership rule and the Reach rules while job losses have been impacting in regional television.

The campaign will contend that the decision will create two classes of citizens – those in regional and those in metropolitan Australia.

The Australian Financial Review reports Prime Media boss John Hartigan has accused a “bloody-minded” Tony Abbott of kowtowing to Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes.

“This is the Prime Minster’s bloody-minded captain’s pick to look after a couple of media mates,” he said.

“This is playing with people’s lives.”

Last week, Coalition MPs held a crisis meeting in Parliament House with the chief executives of Prime and WIN, well-attended by regional MPs.

In a party room meeting Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull pointed out that after WIN had closed bureaus in Mildura and Mackay there was a threat to its Wide Bay bureau, in the electorate of Deputy PM Warren Truss.

“The only way to secure our future and the future of regional news services is if we update media laws,” said Hartigan.

“We’re trying to keep jobs and we lost the argument because of the interests of two proprietors.”

The newspaper also suggests Foxtel buying into Channel 10 would allow Foxtel, Channel 10 and Channel Seven to stitch up sport broadcasting by offering a joint platform.

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ABC’s new Regional dept producing Back Roads series Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:51:48 +0000 2015-07-01_1421

ABC has also begun filming a new eight part TV series, called Back Roads, as part of its new ABC Regional Division which began yesterday.

The series will explore some of Australia’s smallest regional communities and the people who choose to call them home.

The new Regional division headed up by Fiona Reynolds comes after broadcaster job cuts and production losses, and includes focus on television (including Landline), radio and news.

It will bring together program makers, producers and reporters from across the country.

“The new division builds on this commitment in the digital era by refocusing the ABC’s resources to ensure regional voices are heard locally, across regions and nationally on all platforms,” said Reynolds.

“ABC Regional has been developed following extensive input from staff and communities over the past four months.

“The Radio, News and Television divisions will still play a major role in creating content that reflects regional Australia and is relevant to those communities.

“ABC Regional will ensure the needs of regional audiences are championed in ABC decision-making while sharing their stories, celebrating their diversity and helping them voice their views at a local, state and national level,” she said.

Managing Director, Mark Scott, said, “From today, ABC radio will roll-out streaming to an additional 14 regional services, broadening audiences for regionally produced programs and bulletins through the capacity to stream online.”

Photo: stock image

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Farmer claims he missed place on Nine cast for Lachlan Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:50:47 +0000 2015-06-26_0046

One of the prospective farmers who was looking for love on The Farmer Wants a Wife claims he has been overstepped in favour of former Married at First Sight single, Lachlan.

Scott Mitchell, a stud farmer from Culcairn, NSW, told Fairfax Media he was told by FremantleMedia that he was one of the final six farmers pitched to Channel Nine, but he had been replaced by Lachlan.

Nine asserts that Lachlan had been an applicant from the beginning and Mitchell simply missed out.

“I’m 36, I’ve been through a fair bit, I don’t need to lie about stuff,” Mitchell said.

“I’ve got nothing against their call.

“The integrity on their side of things, I judge that, but they have a business to run.”

A casting website for the series initially included 8 farmers and updated to 10, for single females to nominate a farmer in their application. Last week A Current Affair announced Lachlan would be part of the upcoming season.

A FremantleMedia spokesperson told TV Tonight, “It was the exact same casting process as every other year of Farmer. We put 10+ farmers on the website, and they all understand that only 6 will appear in the show. No guarantees. It is a casting process.

“Once the casting decision is made we advise all farmers of the decision, and keep the Final 6 up on the site until Wives applications close.”

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Airdate: Glue Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:45:28 +0000 2015-06-28_1857

Next Tuesday SBS 2 premieres a UK series Glue, which centres around the murder of a 14 year old boy in a picturesque countryside.

Written by Jack Thorne (Skins, Cast-offs, This Is England, The Fades) this “teen whodunnit” has won rave reviews.

Half of the 10 episodes are directed by Aussie Daniel Nettheim.

In the country anything can happen. When 14 year-old Cal is found murdered, the lives of Ruth, Tina, Rob, James, Janine and Eli are changed forever. As these friends try and make sense of the tragedy, one death will turn into two.

Long-held secrets and newfound plans will be exposed. And two deaths will turn into three. Suddenly, people who have known each other for years will start to suspect one another and the group will unravel. Someone will turn out not to be who they say they are, another will be forced to leave Overton forever. Young love will be questioned and a truer love will at long last be realized. Estranged friends, devastated by a betrayal in the past, will be reunited in a bid to stop the murderer striking again. But as the police investigation mounts and the friends try and find their place in a swiftly changing world, as they juggle forging careers and family expectation, there will be more murders.

And some of them will die.

This is the story of the mysterious life of rural Britain. A place where kids play chicken on top of silo machines that have blades that can cut your hand into slices no thicker than the ham in your sandwich. A place where people think nothing of jumping blind into a barn of grain that can drown you – suffocating your lungs with tiny bullets of wheat…

A place where anything goes.

9:30pm Tuesday July 7 on SBS 2.

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The Living Room, Graham Norton Show: July 3 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:44:09 +0000 2015-07-01_1149

Recent Project guest Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear on The Living Room on Friday night in an interview with Amanda Keller. Terminator: Genisys co-star, Aussie Jai Courtney is also a guest.

Schwarzenegger is also a guest on The Graham Norton Show that follows, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Cara Delevingne, Tinie Tempah and Emilia Clarke.

The Living Room airs 7:30pm Friday and The Graham Norton Show airs at 8:30pm on TEN.

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Airdate: The Lucky Country Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:43:55 +0000 2015-07-02_0054

On Saturday Andrew Daddo hosts a new four part lifestyle series, The Lucky Country, on Seven.

Described as a series “discovering the interesting people, fascinating places and unique events that makes Australia the lucky country that it is,” this one is apparently not branded-content.

Did you know that there is a Love Cave in the Blue Mountains? Or a celebrity Alpaca called Lucy in the Hunter Valley? Or that the World’s Most Beautiful Scarecrow lives in Queensland?

The Lucky Country celebrates the great Australian tradition of spinning yarns and having a laugh- each week Andrew travels with a celebrity guest who shares their little part of Australia. Andrew and his guests explore places right in your backyard, places with stories and quirks you may never have known existed.

“It’s not often we get the opportunity to experience the best parts of Australia with truly memorable Australians; lucky for us, this is one of them. All of the characters we’ve lined up for The Lucky Country have great stories to share, whether they be career, family or life’s odder moments. By coupling those with iconic Australian settings, we’ve managed to find something truly special in The Lucky Country.” Says Andrew Daddo about his new passion project.

Episode One:
Andrew Daddo and Damien Leith head to the Blue Mountains for a jam packed weekend of surprises. First up, Andrew and Damien take care of some unfinished Leith family business at the original Ugg Boot store in Faulconbridge, before sharing high tea at the lavishly refurbed Hydro Majestic Hotel. The boys travel on into a remote part of Mount Tomah to see an enchanting cliff-face love cave and meet the eccentric builder who created the amazing cave-for-hire.

Then it’s back to Leura to hear stories about UFO’s and Big Foot Yowies from local paranormal investigators over a dinner at Leura Garage. After a heavy night’s sleep at Lillianfels Resort in Katoomba Andrew teases Damien over breakfast about the day’s upcoming events which are dynamic off-road segway action at the Fairmont Resort, white knuckle abseiling at Mount York and a visit to the breathtaking Breenhold Gardens, which was used to film the movie The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio — who watched the Super Bowl with the owner’s swooning daughter. In the car as they travel Andrew and Damien also share stories about family, career and Damien’s friend who believes that Yowies can travel through space and time.

Saturday 4th July
4:30pm Brisbane
5pm Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth
5:30pm Sydney

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Airdate: The Firm Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:40:31 +0000 2015-07-01_2341

Later this month SoHo premieres The Firm, a 2012 suspense based on the John Grisham film / novel of the same name.

It stars Josh Lucas, Callum Keith, Molly Parker, Tricia Helfer and Juliette Lewis as Tammy, but the series was cancelled at 22 episodes.

It will also appear on Presto (date TBA).


Based on the blockbuster feature film and best-selling novel by world-renowned author John Grisham (The Pelican Brief, The Client), The Firm continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere and his family 10 years after the events of the film and novel. As a young associate, McDeere brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob – and his life was never the same. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future – only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

The Firm is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures Television and Paramount Pictures. The executive producers are Grisham, Lukas Reiter (Law & Order, Boston Legal), John Morayniss (Haven, Hung), Michael Rosenberg (Hung, Skins) and Noreen Halpern (Rookie Blue, Hung).

9:20pm Wednesday July 15 on SoHo.

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Neve Campbell joins House of Cards Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:40:18 +0000 2015-07-02_0004

Former Scream and Party of Five star Neve Campbell is joining Season 4 of House of Cards.

While details of her role are undisclosed, Deadline speculates that the Netflix series will introduce a new, younger couple to rival Frank and Claire.

The new season will film soon in and around Baltimore for a 2016 release.

Campbell is also appearing on the second season of Welcome To Sweden, which has its first season premiere in Australia this weekend on Comedy.

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Blood + Thunder: The Sound of Alberts Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:26 +0000 In the final episode AC/DC, The Angels, John Paul Young & Rose Tattoo. 8:30pm Thursday ABC.

  • Penny Dreadful
  • Zoo
  • Australia’s Next Top Model
  • Hannibal
  • Darren & Brose
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Studio 10: July 2 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:15:58 +0000 2015-07-01_1650

Author James Patterson, whose book Zoo premieres as a series tomorrow night on TEN, will be interviewed on Studio 10 on Thursday.

Based on the number one best-selling novel by Patterson, Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet.

Jackson Oz (James Wolk) is a young renegade American zoologist. He spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa with his best friend Abraham (Nonso Anozie), who has a deep understanding of wildlife.

Shortly after the attacks begin, Oz begins to see a link between the strange animal attacks and his late father’s controversial theories about impending threats to the human race.

In Los Angeles, news reporter Jamie Campbell (Kristen Connolly) is intent on being the first to break the story behind the mysterious animal behaviour and seeks the expertise of Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke), an off-kilter veterinarian, who prefers the company of animals to people.

As the assaults occurring worldwide become more cunning, co-ordinated and ferocious, Oz and the others are thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there is no place left for people to hide.

Thursday, July 2 at 8.30am.

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Timeshifted: Tuesday 23 June 2015 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:37:11 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 23/06/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 1,274,000 1,223,000 50,000 2 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,212,000 1,193,000 18,000 3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,165,000 1,165,000 0 4 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,165,000 1,165,000 0 5 THE KILLING SEASON-EV Network ABC 1,121,000 976,000 145,000 6 LOVE CHILD Network 9 1,061,000 851,000 210,000 7 THE BIG BANG THEORY -TUE Network 9 1,015,000 929,000 87,000 8 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 998,000 995,000 3,000 9 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 965,000 903,000 62,000 10 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 945,000 943,000 2,000 11 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 874,000 820,000 53,000 12 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 854,000 853,000 0 13 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 809,000 760,000 49,000 14 7.30-EV Network ABC 721,000 721,000 0 15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 704,000 695,000 9,000 16 NCIS RPT Network TEN 692,000 635,000 57,000 17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 678,000 674,000 5,000 18 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV Network ABC 673,000 666,000 7,000 19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 648,000 648,000 0 20 HOT SEAT Network 9 647,000 643,000 4,000

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ABC Board backs Q&A’s future but issues formal warning to producer Wed, 01 Jul 2015 06:26:16 +0000 2015-07-01_1623

The ABC Board has issued a statement following last week’s Q & A controversy, indicating it agrees Zaky Mallah should not have participated in the programme.

Executive Producer Peter McEvoy has been issued with a formal warning from the Board.

But the Board also acknowledged the valuable contribution of Q & A. An external review of 2015 episodes will be conducted by former SBS managing director Shaun Brown and journalist Ray Martin.

They will assess:
· audience selection;
· panel selection and make-up
· subject selection
· social media strategy, including on-air tweets

ABC statement in full:

The ABC Board has reviewed the chronology of events relating to the Q&A program broadcast on Monday 22 June.

The Board agrees with ABC management’s statement last week that the decision to allow Zaky Mallah to appear live on the program was wrong.

The nature of the Q&A broadcast made this program different to Mallah’s other media appearances.

Given his criminal background and past public statements, the live broadcast meant that the ABC was not in a position to manage unpredictable or inappropriate actions or responses.

There was inadequate consideration given to important issues around his presence in the studio, considering his previous actions, his desire for the media spotlight and some of his public comments.

He should not have been allowed to participate in the program from the studio audience.

In addition, as the Q&A program indicated on Monday 29 June, the vetting of Mallah failed to detect some comments on social media that should have confirmed him as an inappropriate studio guest.

The issues involved with considering Mallah’s appearance should have been referred up to senior management in the television division under the ABC’s Editorial Policies.

The Executive Producer of Q&A acknowledges the failure of editorial process and judgment around this episode. He has received a formal warning under the misconduct provisions of the ABC’s industrial agreement.

The ABC Board was updated today on the most recent security briefing from the AFP, which it found to be very valuable. The ABC treats security of staff and studio audiences as a top priority and will continue to consult with the appropriate agencies.

Any future advice will be considered by management’s risk committee and the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.

To the extent that any changes to security procedures are recommended, they will be implemented immediately.

The Future of Q&A

Q&A is an important program in the ABC television schedule. It attracts a large, loyal and engaged audience. The Board considers that the program should have a long future on the ABC and decisions to make any changes to its format and operational practices should be made after careful consideration.

As announced prior to last week’s broadcast, the ABC Board had determined that a comprehensive independent review of the Q&A program should take place, looking at full range of programs over the first half of 2015.

In looking at the show’s performance over 22 episodes, the review will take into account the key editorial decisions that impact on the delivery of the program including:

· audience selection;

· panel selection and make-up

· subject selection

· social media strategy, including on-air tweets

The review will be undertaken by the former Managing Director of SBS, Mr Shaun Brown and the television journalist, Mr Ray Martin.

Their report will be published later in the year. Its findings will continue to inform the thinking of the Board as it oversees the performance and structure of Q&A over time.

This is part of a series of reviews commissioned annually by the ABC Board in fulfilling its requirements under the ABC Act.

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Returning: The Strain Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:37:58 +0000 2015-07-01_1533

Season 2 of US horror series The Strain will begin later this month on FOX8.

This will air just 2 days after its US premiere.

There are 13 episodes once again.

The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Wednesdays from July 15 at 8.30pm on FOX8.

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Australian Story interviews Gina Rinehart Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:42:50 +0000 2015-07-01_1438

Australian Story has confirmed a two-part profile on Gina Rinehart will air from next Monday.

The episodes promise an in-depth interview and a “rare insight into one Australia’s most significant and fascinating dynasties.”

The story includes interviews with close friends and confidantes John Singleton and Imelda Roche, right-hand man Tad Watroba and journalists Adele Ferguson and Jennifer Hewett.

But none of the Hancock children are listed.

The Australian Story episodes follow a year of headlines over a bitter family legal dispute and a profile drama The House of Hancock on Nine, which itself is the subject of legal action.

Here are excerpts from the ABC press release:

Gina Rinehart is not only Australia’s richest person, she is also one of its most private and enigmatic. She rarely engages with the media and remains a figure of fascination due to her extraordinary wealth and bitter disputes with family members.

“It is a dynastic story of Shakespearean proportions. It’s an epic and I guess it’s an epic because of the quantum of money involved. Gina’s turned it into the richest family company in Australia. On the other hand it’s become the most disputed family company in Australia and that’s the pity of it.” – John Singleton, friend.

“Every time a news story breaks there’s usually something derogatory to say about her and about the family relationships and it puzzles me why Australia doesn’t take more pride in her achievement.” – Imelda Roche, friend.

This is a watershed year for Gina Rinehart and the Hancock family. The opening of the Roy Hill mine in September will fulfil the family dream to own and operate its own mine.

But at this very moment of triumph, the dynasty is under threat as bitter legal disputes with two of her children reach their climax.

It was Gina’s father, Lang Hancock, who catapulted the family to fame and fortune when he discovered the largest iron ore deposit in the world. It was the catalyst for what would become Western Australia’s booming iron ore industry.

Over two episodes Gina Rinehart reflects on the pioneering exploits of her early ancestors and talks candidly about her father’s triumphs and struggles, her pride in the imminent completion of the Roy Hill mine, and the business and family troubles she has encountered along the way.

It also features a wealth of archive material never seen before.

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Compass: July 5 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:01:01 +0000 2015-07-01_1358

This weekend Compass screens “Babe in the reeds: a story of massacres and resilience” to mark the start of NAIDOC Week 2015.

This year’s NAIDOC theme recognises that we all stand on sacred ground which is exactly what Aboriginal woman, Lois Cook, discovers when she starts researching the history of her great-grandfather, Bubba Jack Cook. Lois takes on the role of a history detective to find out if there’s any evidence to support her family’s stories of massacres and a baby found in the reeds.

In her mission she meets up with: a librarian who uncovers a little known letter with a chilling account, archaeologists who show us artefacts from a current dig on the North Coast and a cultural heritage officer who’s explains why South Ballina is such a significant site for local Aboriginal people.

We also meet Aboriginal Elders who explain what happened when a woman’s skull was found at Patches Beach, and a family historian from the white Cook family who has tells a story of a babe found in the reeds that is identical in every detail to the known by the Aboriginal Cook family.

6.30pm Sunday July 5 on ABC.

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Oops. Jackson Thomas mashes Advance Australia Fair. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:59:16 +0000

The Voice graduate Jackson Thomas gave the National Anthem a new mash-up last night when he accidentally merged the lyrics from one verse with another, during the EJ Whitten Game.

Normally the kinda thing that happens on American TV!

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Returning: Hell on Wheels Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:17:04 +0000 2015-07-01_1214

Hell on Wheels, starring Anson Mount, is returning for the first half of its fifth and final season in August.

Seven new episodes will air on FX with the final seven episodes to air in 2016.

Season 5 adds four new series regulars: Tim Guinee (as Collis Huntington), Reg Rogers, Byron Mann, and Tzi Ma.

Hell on Wheels looks at the institutionalised greed and corruption behind the building of the Transcontinental Railroad as the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific intensifies. In Season 5, Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), finds himself a stranger in a strange land: Truckee, California. Home to the headquarters of the Central Pacific railroad, this rough mountain railroad town swarms with thousands of Chinese workers who are foreign in language, culture and traditions. While grappling with the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads the Central Pacific’s herculean effort to tunnel through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sometimes achieving only inches a day in the race to complete America’s first Transcontinental Railroad.

In addition to Mount, Hell on Wheels also stars Colm Meaney as Thomas Durant, Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede, Robin McLeavy as Eva, Jennifer Ferrin as Louise Ellison, Phil Burke as Mickey McGinness, and Dohn Norwood as Psalms.

Wednesday 19 August at 8.30pm on FX.

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Keith Urban to guest co-host Sunrise Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:34:04 +0000 2015-07-01_1131

Sunrise has announced Keith Urban will be a guest co-host with Samantha Armytage on Monday.

The American Idol judge is the first of 5 celebrity co-hosts to appear across a week of Sunrise shows.

No word if he will be co-hosting with the same American drawl that seems to pervade his singing, though (yes, I realise it’s country & western, but don’t forget ya roots, Mr U!).

More co-hosts will be announced soon.

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Sarah Harris announces pregnancy on-air Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:49:58 +0000

Congrats to Sarah Harris, and partner Tom Ward, who revealed happy news to her colleagues on Studio 10 this morning.

“I’m having a baby!” she declared.

“I’ve been trying to hide it very unsuccessfully because the audience keep picking up on it.”

The baby is due on Christmas Day but she hopes to learn the sex of the baby before then.

“I feel like it’s got a couple of fairy godmothers and a fairy godfather and a little family that it’s been born in to.”

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Jimmy Kimmel: Kids explain gay marriage Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:35:48 +0000

Jimmy Kimmel told his US audience, “The Supreme Court’s recent decision in favor of same sex marriage has been controversial. One of the most common arguments you hear from those who oppose it is, “How do I explain this to my kids?” Some people wonder if children are sophisticated enough to wrap their heads around something like this, so we went out on the street to ask kids what they think and know about same sex marriage.”

Very cute!

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The Voice takes Nine to third win for the week Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:02:17 +0000 2015-07-01_0957

Despite dropping another 100,000 or so, The Voice still topped the night for Nine and was well in front of MasterChef (993,000) and House Rules (942,000).

A Current Affair was also strong and a football charity match ensured Nine kept plenty of viewers to win the night.

A special on Governor Phillip did good numbers for ABC. Were they all Banished viewers checking the real story?

Nine network was 32.6% then Seven 25.6%, TEN 19.2%, ABC 18.7% and SBS 3.9%.

The Voice (1.3m) was best for Nine then Nine News (1.19m / 1.17m), A Current Affair (1.02m) and Hot Seat (648,000). EJ Whitten Legends Game was 582,000 in 3 cities and Embarrassing Bodies Down Under was 297,000 in 2 cities. Supersize: Saving Britain’s 70 Stone Man was 168,000 in 2 cities.

Seven News (1.05m / 961,000) topped Seven’s night then House Rules (942,000), Home and Away (791,000) and Million Dollar Minute (530,000). Houdini had no magic left at just 310,000.

MasterChef Australia (993,000) was best for TEN. The Project was 683,000 / 522,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 626,000, NCIS was 524,000 and NCIS: LA was 402,000.

ABC News pulled 882,000 for ABC. Arthur Phillip: Governor, Sailor, Spy did surprisingly well on 763,000, then When Attenborough met Obama (711,000), 7:30 (697,000), Antiques Roadshow (415,000) and a Utopia repeat (291,000).

SBS had a quiet night even by its own standards with If Walls Could Talk (170,000), SBS World News (161,000), Insight (114,000). Dateline was 99,000.

ABC2’s Peter Rabbit led multichannels with 297,000.

The Morning Show: 162,000 / 81,000
Mornings: 128,000 / 100,000
Studio 10: 75,000 / 42,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 30 June 2015

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Tuesday 30 June 2015 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:24:27 +0000 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Tuesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 30/06/2015 23/06/2015 Network ABC 13.8% 15.2% Network ABC2 3.4% 2.9% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.7% Network ABC News 24 1.0% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 18.7% 19.7% Network 7 17.5% 16.6% Network 7TWO 4.6% 3.1% Network 7mate 3.6% 3.2% Network 7 TTL 25.6% 22.9% Network 9 26.3% 20.5% Network GO! 3.3% 4.9% Network Gem 3.0% 3.2% Network 9 TTL 32.6% 28.6% Network TEN 14.6% 18.3% Network ONE 1.7% 2.7% Network ELEVEN 2.8% 3.2% Network TEN TTL 19.2% 24.3% Network SBS ONE 3.0% 3.7% Network SBS 2 0.9% 0.8% Network NITV 0.0% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 3.9% 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: 30/06/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE -TUE Network 9 1,301,000 407,000 380,000 244,000 137,000 134,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,187,000 335,000 422,000 211,000 106,000 113,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,169,000 353,000 408,000 199,000 105,000 104,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,047,000 219,000 300,000 201,000 115,000 211,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,018,000 318,000 313,000 197,000 101,000 90,000
6 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 993,000 267,000 346,000 151,000 105,000 124,000
7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 961,000 237,000 263,000 192,000 103,000 167,000
8 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 942,000 268,000 207,000 220,000 118,000 130,000
9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 882,000 270,000 270,000 135,000 90,000 117,000
10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 791,000 213,000 214,000 166,000 81,000 117,000
11 ARTHUR PHILLIP: GOVERNOR, SAILOR, SPY-EV Network ABC 763,000 248,000 212,000 136,000 84,000 82,000
12 WHEN ATTENBOROUGH MET OBAMA-EV Network ABC 711,000 203,000 195,000 134,000 89,000 90,000
13 7.30-EV Network ABC 697,000 204,000 208,000 114,000 78,000 92,000
14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 683,000 163,000 224,000 136,000 82,000 78,000
15 HOT SEAT Network 9 648,000 169,000 224,000 149,000 56,000 51,000
16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 626,000 175,000 183,000 100,000 72,000 96,000
17 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 610,000 171,000 177,000 116,000 85,000 60,000
18 E.J. WHITTEN LEGENDS GAME Network 9 582,000 0 437,000 0 84,000 60,000
19 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 530,000 147,000 157,000 88,000 69,000 69,000
20 NCIS RPT Network TEN 524,000 140,000 160,000 90,000 55,000 79,000


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: 30/06/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 279,000 73,000 98,000 36,000 36,000 36,000
2 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV Network ABC2 269,000 77,000 89,000 40,000 33,000 29,000
3 CURIOUS GEORGE-EV Network ABC2 243,000 60,000 73,000 39,000 32,000 39,000
4 CHARLIE AND LOLA-AM Network ABC2 238,000 82,000 62,000 62,000 10,000 22,000
5 PEG + CAT-PM Network ABC2 226,000 64,000 79,000 28,000 26,000 28,000
6 THE HIVE-AM Network ABC2 223,000 68,000 68,000 63,000 8,000 16,000
7 PUFFIN ROCK-AM Network ABC2 222,000 67,000 61,000 56,000 21,000 18,000
8 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 220,000 58,000 68,000 49,000 23,000 23,000
9 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-AM Network ABC2 214,000 68,000 65,000 57,000 8,000 16,000
10 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 213,000 65,000 54,000 57,000 20,000 18,000
11 2015 WIMBLEDON-DAY 2 Network 7TWO 210,000 67,000 63,000 23,000 25,000 32,000
12 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV TX1 Network GO! 209,000 50,000 62,000 36,000 26,000 36,000
13 MIKE THE KNIGHT-AM Network ABC2 209,000 62,000 59,000 54,000 16,000 18,000
14 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 208,000 54,000 64,000 41,000 19,000 29,000
15 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 205,000 44,000 56,000 32,000 34,000 40,000
16 THOMAS AND FRIENDS-PM Network ABC2 192,000 79,000 30,000 52,000 20,000 12,000
17 SESAME STREET-AM Network ABC2 192,000 50,000 54,000 58,000 11,000 19,000
18 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 186,000 49,000 57,000 45,000 18,000 17,000
19 MISTER MAKER-PM Network ABC2 185,000 100,000 20,000 34,000 16,000 17,000
20 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 181,000 45,000 41,000 27,000 34,000 35,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE -TUE Network 9 604,000 188,000 181,000 113,000 59,000 63,000
2 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 511,000 139,000 168,000 90,000 52,000 63,000
3 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 430,000 123,000 88,000 108,000 54,000 56,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 398,000 116,000 126,000 73,000 44,000 39,000
5 NINE NEWS Network 9 389,000 110,000 125,000 67,000 42,000 45,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE -TUE Network 9 531,000 171,000 161,000 96,000 50,000 53,000
2 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 480,000 142,000 161,000 78,000 46,000 53,000
3 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 405,000 107,000 76,000 111,000 54,000 57,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 340,000 80,000 116,000 71,000 44,000 29,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 339,000 104,000 105,000 61,000 34,000 35,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 335,000 107,000 110,000 56,000 28,000 34,000
2 THE VOICE -TUE Network 9 329,000 126,000 101,000 45,000 32,000 26,000
3 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 256,000 61,000 41,000 80,000 38,000 36,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 226,000 52,000 73,000 57,000 25,000 20,000
5 E.J. WHITTEN LEGENDS GAME Network 9 213,000 0 161,000 0 30,000 21,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 30/06/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
2 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 75,000
4 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 71,000
5 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 66,000
6 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 66,000
8 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 60,000
9 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 58,000
10 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 57,000
12 SHERIFF CALLIE’S WILD WEST Disney Junior 56,000
13 MR. BEAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Boomerang 54,000
14 QI UKTV 53,000
17 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 50,000
18 ZACK AND QUACK Nick Jr. 47,000


© 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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Lawrence Mooney on trend with trash telly Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:58:51 +0000 2015-06-30_2302

Lawrence Mooney concedes he had some reservations when he was asked to host Dirty Laundry Live.

After successful comedy, radio and television performances, it was time to step into a key hosting role. But a show about the gossip mags?

“I didn’t think I was a natural fit for this, but then I surprised myself with my knowledge – how much I’d been absorbing by osmosis about this entire world.

“I had to do a little bit of studying Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, Selina Gomez to an extent, a lot of that new generation.”

Mooney says there is no end to the potential subjects -or targets- for the show. He rattles them off like a seasoned pro.

“There’s Hollywood, the Logies, the award season, the northern hemisphere summer with beach bods,” he continues.

“The Kardashians are a conglomeration that keep on giving. There are train-wrecks like Charlie Sheen who keep putting their heads up.

“Shame or dishonour –he owns what he does, and I love that about him.

“Bieber will always be there for us and there are all the ex-Disney girls who are waiting to crash and burn: Lindsay, Britney and a new generation of them. There’s supermodels, royals and mega-maniacal people with flaws in the glass. Deep addictions that they can only repress for so long –and I’m talking about the panel.

“In the world of trash and showbiz, there’s people sprouting all the time. Fresh new buds and old oak trees.”

There’s also no shortage of source material.

“We’re got New Idea, Woman’s Day, Who Magazine, Famous, OK! and NW,” he explains.

“Then there is online with a whole world of TMZ, Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair has a new sector with their Cocktail Hour.”

“People will always be fascinated with this stuff”

Does that mean he straddles a love / hate relationship with this glitzy, tabloid world? Not necessarily.

“It’s probably ‘love / love.’ We love them for their trashiness and for their stories, both true and false. When I’ve spoken to editors of magazines they have stories available to them that they can’t possibly print. So they have to mitigate all possible legal action against them by watering a story down,” he says.

“Not all the stories are classic bullshit. We were pooh-poohing the Bruce Jenner story this time last year. Writing that he’s going to become a woman! What a load of outlandish bullshit!

“But now Bruce is Caitlin Jenner, that transition is complete. So from the little seeds of bullshit that are out there, there is often a story behind them.

“We also love to stand in judgement. We’re a bit more holier-than-thou than those ‘terrible magazines.’

“People will always be fascinated with this stuff, because of 2 things that are intrinsically human: a sense of voyeurism where we like to peek over the neighbour’s fence and see them f*** up, and we love to live vicariously.”

“We killed The Footy Show!”

Aided by sidekick Brooke Satchwell, Dirty Laundry Live is now in its third season, graduating from ABC2 to ABC. Mooney maintains the show has improved considerably since 2013.

“It’s so much tighter in the body of it. We don’t have editing available to us, so it’s much tighter and Brooke and I are much more in sync. We’ve expanded from half an hour to 45 minutes which I think we fill quite well,” he insists.

“We’re probably more confident, including our regular panellists Marty Sheargold, Matt Okine, Angela Bishop –and they’ve got relationships too.

“We were probably doing 100,000 on a good night on ABC2 and now we are mid to high 300,000s and we hit a 400,000 recently. So we’re above the expectations for the timeslot.

“We’ve come in and taken that 9:30 slot and made it our own!” he laughs. “We’ve been stamping our authority on it. They’ve even moved the Channel Nine Footy Show! It’s gone. We killed The Footy Show!

“It was here for the first 2 weeks of our show, but after we got over 400,000… pftt! After 21 years! So we’ve got a clear run now. I’m talking fourth season!”

Mooney is aiming high, finishing each show with a ‘fireside chat’ with guests this year including James Reyne, Danielle Cormack and Pettifleur Berenger.

“We changed the After-Party Drink Assistant to a fireside chat. It’s a more mature, more demure feel for the main channel that is ABC. The main premise of it is that I want to be a massive celebrity. So whoever is in that segment I want to tie my wagon to their star! So it’s about how much I can get out of it for myself.

“I’m going to be a star, and I’m going to crush some people in this town.”

Dirty Laundry Live airs 9:30pm Thursdays on ABC.

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Airdate: UnREAL Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:56:46 +0000

Now this is worth getting excited about.

Next week Stan will premiere UnREAL the US satire which depicts the shameless conduct of a Reality TV dating show.

This has been attracting considerable buzz in the US since it premiered a month ago. Co-creator Marti Noxon wrote for Buffy, Angel, Glee and Private Practice.

Episodes 1-6 of the ten part series will be available at once on July 11, with new episodes available every Tuesday same day as US broadcast.

UnREAL is a provocative drama taking you behind-the-scenes of a fictitious reality TV dating show starring Shiri Appleby (Girls) and Constance Zimmer (House of Cards, Entourage). The series has received rave reviews across the board in the US. It was inspired by co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s 2013 SXSW award-winning short film Sequin Raze.

Set against the backdrop of the hit dating competition show ‘Everlasting’, UnREAL is led by flawed heroine Rachel Goldberg (Appleby), a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with, and among, the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program’s dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King (Zimmer), demands. What ensues is an eye-opening look at what happens in the outrageous world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and being a producer a whole other reality.

UnREAL also stars Craig Bierko (Damages) as Everlasting’s eccentric creator Chet and Freddie Stroma (Pitch Perfect) as the dating show’s handsome and intelligent suitor, Adam Cromwell.

Everlasting’s contestants include Grace, portrayed by Nathalie Kelley (The Fast and the Furious), who immediately wins Adam’s heart and Anna, played by Johanna Braddy (Shameless), who is classy and shrewd, with her eye on the prize. Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries) guest stars as Britney, a contestant who has no filter and isn’t on Everlasting to make any friends.

UnREAL is produced by A+E Studios. Marti Noxon, Sally DeSipio and Robert M. Sertner are executive producers, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro serves as supervising producer and Stacy Rukeyser as co-executive producer.

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BBC3 to proceed with switch to online channel Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:55:57 +0000 2015-07-01_0139

In the latest adapt-or-die move, BBC is forging ahead with plans to move youth channel BBC3 online despite a profile campaign by stars including Aidan Turner, Olivia Colman and Daniel Radcliffe.

It looks set to close as a broadcast channel in January next year after the BBC Trust gave provisional approval to the plans.

The new service will operate on an annual budget of £30m ($AU61m) per year, down from its existing £55m ($AU112m).

The Corporation’s regulator said that the bid by BBC management to make the youth channel an online-only service offered “clear long-term potential” and would be “more distinctive than the existing BBC3 channel whose audience is currently falling”.

A report by the BBC Trust said: “Those aged 16 to 34 are already far more likely than any other group to use online video services and the BBC is right to anticipate the need to service this audience in new ways”.

There is now just a further 28 days more consultation with industry bodies and viewers before the decision is finalised.

The Trust also said that BBC1 and BBC2 formally commit to offer “space” to programming “where risks can be taken and new ideas of the sort that BBC3 has been successful in developing”.

BBC Trust Chair Rona Fairhead said: “We know young audiences are already moving towards the online future, but we do recognise in the short term some of them will feel the immediate impact of the BBC3 proposals. We are therefore asking the BBC for commitments to ensure it uses the full range of its television services to better serve young people and others who make up BBC3’s audience.”

Source: Radio Times

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Oops. 31 June? Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:50:15 +0000 2015-06-30_2232

“As the clock ticks over tonight 421 fees and charges will increase across Sydney,” Seven News told its viewers last night.

Just one problem, Seven.

There ain’t no such thing as June 31?


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Gallery: EJ Whitten Legends Game Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:49:34 +0000 2015-06-30_2229


The stars of Today, House Husbands, The Footy Show, Married at First Sight and Nine News were out in force for the E.J. Whitten Legends Game last night.

The event is charity fundraiser for prostate cancer research.











Photos: Les O’Rourke.

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Reporter Mike Amor awarded in US Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:48:52 +0000 2015-07-01_0101

Seven News was awarded at the 2015 Southern California Journalism Awards in the US this week,

US Bureau Chief Mike Amor and cameraman Arron Hage were recognised with the Feature award in the International category for their long-form report, “Free for a Day”, on the Angola Prison Rodeo in Louisiana.

In the television film category, Amor, Hage and cameraman Duncan McLeod also received the Feature Lifestyle award for “Grand Battle”, reporting on the Havasupai tribe who have been living in a village located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for the past some 800 years. Hage was named Videographer of the Year for his exceptional camera work filming this report.

Network Director of News Rob Raschke said, “It is a credit to our entire news team – from reporters to producers, cameramen and editors – who share a passion for storytelling and high production standards, and whose invaluable work makes stories like this possible.”.

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Rumour: Dancing with the Stars premiere Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:45:44 +0000 2015-06-07_1305

TV Tonight can reveal Dancing with the Stars is headed back to Sunday nights on Seven this year.

Last year the show was airing on Tuesday nights, but it is understood to be kicking off on July 19th.

What remains unclear is where Seven will screen the House Rules grand final with its penultimate episode set for Tuesday July 14th.

That could mean a House Rules final / DWTS combo for Sunday 19th, which seems like a lot of content for one night.

Or House Rules may wrap the following night Monday 20th. There’s an outside chance it will wrap on Wednesday July 15 where Seven currently has Border Security and Highway Patrol scheduled. Red herrings perhaps?

Seven is yet to confirm the full cast for Dancing with the Stars, hosted by Shane Bourne.

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2015 Ashes: guide Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:44:00 +0000 2015-06-30_2202

Nine / GEM will broadcast The 2015 Ashes Live and exclusive from the United Kingdom from July 8th.

Commentators will include Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Michael Slater, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Michael Vaughan and David “Bumble” Lloyd.

This winter catch every ball, every run and every wicket in one of the most intense and enduring sporting rivalries of all time when The Ashes, live in prime time, screen on free-to-air television and in high definition on GEM.

The Nine Network’s live broadcast of Australia’s tour of England will include The Ashes Test Series, one Twenty20 International and the One Day International Series between Australia and England. Nine’s expert commentary team will feature Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Michael Slater, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Michael Vaughan and David “Bumble” Lloyd.

“There is always something extra special about an Ashes series in England,” said Brad McNamara, Nine’s Executive Producer of Cricket.

“We’re thrilled to be going back to the UK with our own expert team covering The Ashes for the first time since 1977.”

To complement Nine’s comprehensive broadcast, Wide World of Sports will have Live updates across its social media channels – giving cricket fans behind-the-scenes access and exclusive match information throughout the exhilarating 2015 winter cricket campaign.

The 2015 Ashes
Wed 8 July – Sun 12 July
7.30pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England
SWALEC, Cardiff

Thu 16 July 7.30pm AEST on GEM
Fri 17 July 7.30pm AEST on GEM (Vic, SA & WA on Nine)
Sat 18 July 7.30pm AEST on NINE
Sun 19 July 7.30pm AEST on GEM
Mon 20 July 7.30pm AEST ON GEM
Australia v England

Wed 29 July – Sun 2 Aug
7.30pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England

Thu 6 Aug – Mon 10 Aug
7.30pm AEDT on GEM
Australia v England
Trent Bridge

Thu 20 Aug – Mon 24 Aug
7.30pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England
The Oval

Twenty20 International
Tue 1 Aug
12am AEST on GEM
Australia v England

One Day International Series
Thu 3 Sept
10.30pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England

Sat 5 Sept
7.00pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England

Tue 8 Sept
10.30pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England

Fri 11 Sept
7.00pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England

Sun 13 Sept
7.00pm AEST on GEM
Australia v England

NB: Broadcast date/times are subject to change.

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Boomerang to add Warner Bros. animation titles Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:40:31 +0000 2015-06-30_2220


Animation channel Boomerang will be stepping up its original content with titles including Bunnicula, Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit as part of nearly 450 half-hours of programming from Warner Bros. Animation.

The deal between Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. includes classic animation from the Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Warner Bros. Animation collection, a total of 3,500 titles.

“Turner Broadcasting has a very strong kids and family business around the world and our exciting new partnership with Warner Bros. presents a number of new opportunities that will help strategically grow the Boomerang brand,” said Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang.

“Through this expanded relationship with our corporate partners, we will create new content that will engage fans across a variety of screens and platforms and further grow these timeless franchises that we’ll leverage not only across Boomerang but also our global kids and family portfolio of businesses.”

Premiering this year will be the first of Boomerang’s new original series from Warner Bros. Animation. Bunnicula is an all-new animated comedy series based on the bestselling children’s book of the same name. The series follows the paranormal comedy adventures of Bunnicula the vampire rabbit, who – instead of drinking blood – drains the juice of carrots and other vegetables to boost his supernatural abilities.

Be Cool Scooby-Doo! is an all-new 22-minute animated comedy series featuring the Scooby gang, back with a modern comedic twist on the beloved classic. This time, the gang is working as hard to solve their own personal problems as they are to solve the endless, mind-bending mysteries that await them.

In Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production, Bugs Bunny is starring in all-new shorts that find the iconic carrot-loving rabbit matching wits against – and getting the best of – classic characters like Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote, along with brand new foes.

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Madam Secretary Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:00:35 +0000 After the trauma of her visit to Iran Elizabeth suppresses her emotions. 8:30pm Wednesday on TEN.

  • Louie
  • The Weekly with Charlie Pickering
  • The Americans
  • Criminal Minds
  • The Simpsons
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Timeshifted: Monday 22 June 2015 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:45:45 +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: 22/06/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT Network 9 1,361,000 1,294,000 68,000 2 RENO RUMBLE -WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 9 1,291,000 1,228,000 63,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,241,000 1,238,000 3,000 4 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA MON Network TEN 1,206,000 1,142,000 65,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,195,000 1,194,000 2,000 6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,074,000 1,070,000 4,000 7 RENO RUMBLE -GRAND FINAL Network 9 1,057,000 982,000 75,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,030,000 1,013,000 17,000 9 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,011,000 1,008,000 2,000 10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 964,000 964,000 0 11 HOUSE RULES-MON Network 7 942,000 860,000 81,000 12 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 840,000 763,000 78,000 13 REVENGE Network 7 819,000 651,000 168,000 14 7.30-EV Network ABC 776,000 775,000 2,000 15 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 775,000 731,000 44,000 16 HOT SEAT Network 9 689,000 682,000 6,000 17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 681,000 678,000 2,000 18 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 666,000 614,000 52,000 19 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 665,000 656,000 10,000 20 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 659,000 645,000 13,000

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Timeshifted: Sunday 21 June 2015 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:41:11 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Sunday Date: 21/06/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,379,000 1,376,000 3,000 2 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA SUN Network TEN 1,273,000 1,215,000 58,000 3 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,143,000 1,141,000 2,000 4 HOUSE RULES-SUN Network 7 1,041,000 971,000 70,000 5 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 966,000 964,000 2,000 6 RENO RUMBLE -SUN Network 9 956,000 892,000 65,000 7 SUNDAY NIGHT Network 7 893,000 849,000 43,000 8 60 MINUTES Network 9 815,000 779,000 36,000 9 THE SECRET RIVER-EV Network ABC 795,000 654,000 141,000 10 MODERN FAMILY EP 2 RPT Network TEN 705,000 664,000 41,000 11 MARTIN CLUNES: MAN AND BEAST-EV Network ABC 694,000 676,000 18,000 12 CSI: CYBER Network TEN 688,000 532,000 156,000 13 BONES Network 7 565,000 446,000 119,000 14 SUNDAY AFTERNOON NRL LIVE Network 9 538,000 536,000 2,000 15 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 534,000 524,000 10,000 16 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 519,000 477,000 42,000 17 BONES-EP.2 Network 7 489,000 364,000 125,000 18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 442,000 442,000 0 19 JAILHOUSE GIRLS Network 9 431,000 397,000 33,000 20 SEVEN NEWS AT 5 Network 7 369,000 368,000 2,000

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Timeshifted: Saturday 20 June 2015 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:38:35 +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: 20/06/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC 946,000 941,000 5,000 2 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 896,000 892,000 4,000 3 FATHER BROWN-EV Network ABC 853,000 780,000 73,000 4 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 773,000 769,000 4,000 5 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC 604,000 588,000 16,000 6 DOC MARTIN RPT Network ABC 571,000 527,000 44,000 7 MADAGASCAR Network 9 432,000 410,000 22,000 8 ROCKWIZ SALUTES THE DECADES Network SBS ONE 432,000 385,000 47,000 9 GETAWAY Network 9 399,000 399,000 1,000 10 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 392,000 392,000 1,000 11 MIDSOMER MURDERS-PM Network ABC 379,000 347,000 31,000 12 X-MEN: FIRST CLASS RPT Network TEN 351,000 333,000 18,000 13 SECRETS OF THE MANOR HOUSE RPT Network SBS ONE 330,000 304,000 26,000 14 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 330,000 326,000 4,000 15 THE SECRET RIVER-ENCORE Network ABC 326,000 249,000 77,000 16 ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT RPT Network TEN 315,000 308,000 7,000 17 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PRE MATCH Network 7 310,000 310,000 0 18 BLAST FROM THE PAST Network 9 282,000 276,000 6,000 19 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE (R) Network 7 274,000 267,000 7,000 20 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATE Network 7 271,000 271,000 0


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Timeshifted: Friday 19 June 2015 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:36:05 +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: 19/06/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,009,000 1,008,000 2,000 2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 961,000 959,000 3,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 943,000 932,000 11,000 4 MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES-EV Network ABC 932,000 700,000 232,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 901,000 892,000 9,000 6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 781,000 770,000 11,000 7 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 743,000 722,000 20,000 8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 697,000 695,000 2,000 9 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 597,000 577,000 20,000 10 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 577,000 574,000 3,000 11 HOT SEAT Network 9 566,000 565,000 1,000 12 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 529,000 513,000 17,000 13 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 513,000 509,000 4,000 14 7.30-EV Network ABC 498,000 497,000 1,000 15 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 480,000 474,000 6,000 16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 476,000 475,000 1,000 17 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 472,000 469,000 3,000 18 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 425,000 392,000 32,000 19 STILL OPEN ALL HOURS-EV Network ABC 410,000 361,000 49,000 20 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE -PRE MATCH Network 9 401,000 397,000 4,000

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Nat Geo to produce series on working life in Antarctica Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:35:39 +0000 2015-06-30_1728

National Geographic has announced production on a series that profiles the men and women who work at New Zealand’s Scott Base in Antarctica.

The partnership with the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute (NZARI) and Antarctica New Zealand will allow Nat Geo to accompany research expeditions, and document life in this isolated outpost.

The series is expected to air in 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages.

“There is no one but National Geographic who can truly offer a 360 degree look inside this important scientific community,” said John Francis, Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration at the National Geographic Society. “The work being done here not just by the scientists but the army of support staff is heroic, and the world should know about it.”

“We are all about bringing our viewers a real look inside places most will never go, “ added Tim Pastore, President, Original Programming and Production for National Geographic Channel. “Our series will document the incredible feats that take place on a daily basis on the least explored continent in the world.”

“Nat Geo Studios is thrilled to be able to document the great work that all of these men and women are doing every day,” added Brooke Runnette, President, National Geographic Studios. “There stories are not just heroic, but inspirational, and through all of our platforms we can provide a comprehensive portrayal of the people and their projects unlike any other media company in the world.”

“NZARI is excited to be entering into this new partnership with the National Geographic Society. It will help us launch some challenging new research expeditions deep into the interior of Antarctica to investigate how vulnerable Antarctica and its ice sheets and ice shelves are as the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere warm. At the same time we hope to learn how the changing ice cover and temperatures will impact the fragile and iconic life of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean,” says Professor Gary Wilson, Director of NZARI.

Antarctica is a continent that is entirely focused on science. Every single Antarctican is either engaged in pivotal scientific projects to learn more about the planet, or engaged in supporting this research – or both. Between the extremes of the harsh continent itself and the focused dedication of the communities around the work, life on an Antarctic base is like a fully operational extraterrestrial facility – a space station on ice. Each person on base works to keep the science running and to make this place habitable, from contemplating how to drill through the 300-metre-thick Ross Ice Shelf to how to serve hot meals to a cold crew to gearing up and guiding teams to brave the elements on the ice.

The coverage is expected to include inside access to those on the ground who keep this isolated world running, including traveling with helicopter pilots and crew who work in numbing temperatures flying teams across giant glaciers, ice shelves and to wildlife colonies, while the base team monitors storms and white-outs approaching. We will be right alongside scientists researching charismatic megafauna – the great predators of the Southern Ocean. Our camera teams will also be driving shotgun with the brave men and women who clear the roads (after building them) to transport scientists, and then build camps for their three-week field work out in the elements. These are the real heroes that make science possible.

The partnership includes significant funding to support scientific research and an agreement to showcase the challenging work undertaken by the researchers and support staff through a global television series for National Geographic Channel, articles in National Geographic Magazine and multimedia content on the National Geographic web platforms.

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WA Screen Awards: winners Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:46:48 +0000 2015-06-30_1351

The 27th Annual WA Screen Awards were held at the Heath Ledger Theatre in Perth last night, hosted by comedian Joel Creasey.

The red carpet featured Michael Caton, Jeremy Sims, Nelson Woss, Ningali Lawford, Ben Elton, Sally Burton and musician Abbe May.

SBS documentary musical Prison Songs by Kelrick Martin and Harry Bardwell, won four gongs while ABC’s The War that Changed Us took one.

The WA Screen Awards, which recognises excellence in feature film, short film, web series, music videos, television production, documentary, games and interactive productions, merges many of its categories into long and short form.

Here are key TV wins and related categories:

Birthplace Of The Giants – Leighton De Barros
Pinch – Antony Webb
Prison Songs – Torstein Dyrting ACS

Birthplace of the Giants – Jonathan Rowdon
Enigma Man – A Stone Age Mystery – Lawrie Silvestrin ASE
The War That Changed Us – Lawrie Silvestrin ASE and David Fosdick

8MMM – Emma Fletcher
Kill Me Three Times – Clayton Jauncey
The War That Changed Us – Emma Fletcher

Pinch – Ric Curtin
The Reckoning – Ric Curtin, Glenn Martin and Scott Montgomery
The War That Changed Us – Ric Curtin, Glenn Martin, Ash Charlton and Owen Hughes

Birthplace Of The Giants – Jodie De Barros, Leighton De Barros and Jonathan Rowdon
Enigma Man – A Stone Age Mystery – Andrew Ogilvie
Who Do You Think You Are? Andrew Denton – Celia Tait, Brian Beaton and Margie Bryant – Artemis International and Serendipity Productions

Frackman – Richard Todd
The Reckoning – John V. Soto
The Waler: Australia’s Great War Horse – Russell Vines

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Bumped: Dig Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:00:44 +0000 2015-06-30_1303

Heads up viewers of Dig, currently screening on SBS on Thursday nights.

This week the show will air two episodes from the earlier time of 8:30pm Thursday.

Next week it’s back to a single episode but at 8:30pm, due to Tour de France at 10pm following SBS World News.

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Brynne Edelsten facing ecstasy charge Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:10:06 +0000 2015-06-30_1443

Ex-Seven socialite Brynne Edelsten has been charged with possession of MDMA, or ecstasy, in Western Australia.

The former star of Brynne: My Bedazzled Life was not required to attend the Perth Magistrates court this morning.

Her lawyer Tom Percy said his client, who lives in Melbourne, was charged by summons “relatively recently”.

He said she was expected to enter a plea to the charge when the case is back in court next month.

Source: ABC.

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Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: July 1 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:33:34 +0000 2015-06-30_1050

Guest this week on Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery is paralympian Kurt Fearnly.

As you turn off the highway in Central Western NSW, there’s a sign that reads ‘Carcoar, the town that time forgot’. But to Paralympian Kurt Fearnly, it’s special. It’s where he thrived as a boy – not just on the love and support of his tight-knit clan, but from the whole community.

Kurt takes Julia on an adventure and as they climb nearby Stokes Hill, he talks about his memories of crawling the track with best friend, ‘Did’, and the mischief they got up to when their parents weren’t around.

They then visit the cottage where he grew up, and meet his mum and dad, who still live there. He tells Julia that his parents afforded him a lot of freedom, and how they, and the townspeople, refused to accept that his disability could prevent him from having a normal life.

And after a tour around the sleepy village, Kurt drives Julia into nearby Blayney High School where he recalls the hardships of moving from a tiny country school into a bustling secondary school. There we meet his teacher, mentor and friend, Maureen ‘Dicko’ Dickson, who first introduced Kurt to wheelchair sport. He explains how important she was to him and how she inspired him to make the choices that ultimately led to his athletic triumphs.

They wrap up their chat in his old playground, with Kurt talking about his love for his home town and the determination that drives him still.

9pm Wednesday on ABC.

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