TV Lounge

2014-03-09_2159The TV Lounge is an Open Forum for you to add comments or ask questions on TV that you can’t see anywhere else on the site.

So if there’s something TV-related you’ve been meaning to get off your chest, or a TV question that doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else, here is where it goes!

If you have a question about the blog please use Contact page for a response.

And remember, Comments Policy.


  1. Jason August 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm -

    @SaxyBre84- They won A car? How many family units are usually on this show? Rarely just one, so how do 4 adults in 3 households share 1 car? How much is the car worth (compared to the cash won on Hot Seat and Million $)?

  2. gavgrif August 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm -

    IceTV’s EPG is showing that the Great Escape is on the ABC on saturday afternoon, at least in Sydney

  3. David Knox August 27, 2014 at 9:37 am -

    No there was no reason. I didn’t see it and I didn’t get any release on it. Haven’t been advised specifically of any Richard Attenborough movies, but I suppose they could still be there. Foxtel’s online guide has a pretty good search function.

  4. SaxyBre84 August 27, 2014 at 9:10 am -

    David I appreciate all the work you do on this blog!
    Is there a reason why you never reported on the Lage’s winning the first car on Ten’s Family Feud?

    Are any Richard Attenborough movies coming up on free to air or Foxtel?

  5. tomothyd August 27, 2014 at 8:13 am -

    I realised last night that I am quite certain that I have not watched an entire program on Channel Nine since the finale of Australian Bake Off last August. That’s what happens when you run a network on two reality brands and Big Bang reruns. Whatever happened to programming variety like the days of the late 90s/early 2000s with shows like Burke’s Backyard, Changing Rooms, CSI Miami, Frasier, Spin City, Getaway (in primetime), Sale of the Century, and so on. I miss having more than three shows holding up a network.

  6. tvf August 26, 2014 at 9:03 pm -

    Due to slim pickings most evenings on TV have been re-watching episodes of offspring which have been airing daily on ten at 2pm. Due to a bunch of encores on ten tomorrow there is no episode which is quite annoying. Have nothing to watch tomorrow night.

  7. harrypotter1994 August 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm -

    Also did anyone notice last nights Amazing Race EPG Description was actually for last weeks episode. It referenced the last leg of the race and also the team that got eliminated

  8. harrypotter1994 August 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm -

    @APM Monday 10pm until Midnight is scheduled as TBA at the moment so Goldbergs could pop up again unless they do another double Amazing Race

  9. Pete August 26, 2014 at 10:42 am -

    @ Phoenix

    Royal Pains viewers need to have this show on series link because there is no way you can follow the multitude of air dates it has had.

    Same goes for us poor Parks and Rec viewers. Supposed to be on last night, now pops up Thursday night.

  10. Phoenix August 26, 2014 at 10:16 am -

    Royal Pains is on at 11.30pm tonight and also next Tuesday night at the same time. It’s still on Sunday nights.

    Maybe Channel 7 is showing Royal Pains twice a week in order to burn through the rest of season 5. Hopefully 7 will go straight into season 6, which finishes next week in the US.

  11. Phoenix August 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm -

    @ Pete –Thanks for the heads up on Common Law. I just watched the trailer on IMDb and it looks entertaining, so I’ll give it a shot.

  12. APM August 25, 2014 at 7:23 pm -

    no Goldbergs again?! why can’t they find a spot for it?! how about Thursdays instead of premiere movies.

    anyone know when it’ll return? don’t think it’s on next Monday.

  13. Pete August 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm -

    Bob’s Burgers finally starts its recent season Wednesday week at 10pm on Eleven. Shown in the US last September.

    Common Law starts Wednesday week around midnight on One. Short lived USA network series from two years ago.

  14. Craig August 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm -

    Yes sad news about Richard Attenborough, wonder if we’ll see The Great Escape or Jurassic Park in the next week?

  15. Craig August 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm -

    @David – Nothing about the 6.0 quake in Cal disrupting productions?

  16. DaveyBoy August 25, 2014 at 11:46 am -

    David (or anyone), has there been any news on Australian air-dates for the TNT shows (1) ‘Legends’, (2) ‘The Last Ship’ and (3) ‘Murder in the First’?

    Who usually airs TNT shows here?

  17. SaxyBre84 August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am -

    I woke up this morning to the devastating news of Richard Attenborough’s passing. ): I wonder if it’s too late for him for get a mention during the in memoriam segment of The Emmy’s.
    While Richard was more movies than tv, his brother the broadcaster David Attenborough is these days always on tv voicing docos. I wonder if any of his films will get a run on telly over the next few days?

    Today’s episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation on ABC3 is the house party which ends up with a the death of a much-loved character.
    Will new Degrassi shows be shown anytime soon?

    Angel played by Melissa George enters Home and Away the Early Years tomorrow which is playing on 7TWO.

  18. David Knox August 25, 2014 at 8:40 am -

    Yes sad, but really a film not television name. His TV credits are minimal and frankly, obscure, as far as I can see. I enjoyed his features.

  19. D@GP August 25, 2014 at 8:20 am -

    Richard Attenborough has died

  20. Lincoln August 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm -

    Does anyone know when revolution season 2 will be showed on GO? I know season 2 is already been shown on fox8.

  21. Pertinax August 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm -

    You get someone to tip a bucket of iced water over you, challenge others to do the same, donate some money and post the video. Those challenged have 24 or 48 hours to post a video of themselves being dowsed or paid a large forfeit.

    It started with email with a link to the video to 60,000 members of the US ALS association, went viral and has raised $53m in a couple of weeks. It is being repeated in UK and Australia (although its winter here).

    Humane Research Australia, Pamela Anderson, Peta are boycotting the even because researchers into ALS use animal models.

  22. Craig August 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm -

    @Dalmanic – I think most celebrities are doing both and since the majority are in the US and it’s summer no problem getting ice water thrown over them, not sure if I’d do it here during winter.

  23. Maev....Sydney August 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm -

    @ Dalmanic….it started off…either or…but now most do the challenge and donate….the main thing is to film and post to social media…..check Wikipedia

  24. Mr_AJ August 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm -

    So, did anyone watch The Good Doctor at 4am this morning (or whenever it was)?
    I’ll be watching it at 7:30 tonight.

    Yes I probably could’ve put both of these in the one post.

  25. Mr_AJ August 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm -

    This Friday morning at 1 am there are 2 new episodes of Warehouse 13 scheduled on 7Mate.
    Although, wheather they remain in the schedule is a different matter altogether.

  26. Dalmanic August 24, 2014 at 11:48 am -

    I admit I haven’t really been paying much attention, but what is this ice bucket challenge all about?
    Logic tells me that you either pay money to the charity, or get iced. But all we see is people pouring iced water over themselves. Is this because they are too mean to give to the charity, or am I missing something?

  27. Maev....Sydney August 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm -

    @ J Bar…Ha..just came in to say similar…watching F! and Lewis Hamilton also got dumped on…silly thing….but cannot deny the amazing amounts of money it is raising…well OS…not so much here as yet.

  28. J Bar August 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm -

    Neighbours actors got involved in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Stefan Dennis (Paul Robinson) and Rebekah Elmaloglou (Terese Willis).
    Also Kip Gamblin (Brad Willis) and Scott Major (ex-Lucas Fitzgerald, now director). ALS is known as Motor Neurone Disease in Australia.

  29. Pertinax August 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm -

    Piper Kerman talking about Orange Is The New Black is listed on the rundown for the PBS News Hour today — SBS Sat. 4:30pm.

  30. Craig August 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm -

    FYI the Mythbusters trio (Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara) are leaving the show and won’t be in the next season in the US.

    It was announced on the season final overnight in the US but weirdly that episode aired back in Sept 2012 (yes 2 years ago) on SBS and in Feb 2013 in the UK. I do wonder why it took the US so long to air it?

    I guess Jamie and Adam added a new ending to announce the news, including a clip of the trio that is leaving.

    They will be missed.

  31. tomothyd August 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm -

    I wonder why Networks don’t bother with Ident promos anymore, I always liked the 2003 ‘Still the One’ promo for Nine (back when I watched Nine). Looking back at it on YouTube, it hasn’t really dated in style. I also liked Seven’s ‘The One to Watch’ along with various TEN promos’.

  32. Secret Squirrel August 22, 2014 at 11:19 am -

    @Dalmanic – Yup, and “Tom” for you guessed it. It’s been that way since they changed their station IDs ?2 weeks back.

  33. Dalmanic August 21, 2014 at 10:23 pm -

    There was comment in the paper this morning about yet another amazing thing on the ABC.
    Saw it tonight, advertising Silk:
    “Ton 8.30pm”
    Yes, “Ton” for “tonight”. How innovative! How clever! OMG.
    Are the work experience kiddies there again?

  34. David Knox August 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm -

    Yes I noticed that too….

  35. Dave August 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm -

    hancock prospecting is sponsering the pan pacs. i find that interesting

  36. BellJay August 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm -

    I have always loved New Tricks and the new man is doing just fine. I think they will always be on a channel somewhere. Midsummer Murders is still my favourite and I’m glad its on twice a week now. Hope they move it from Tuesday nights when NCIS comes back on though. I hope that The Miss Fisher Mysteries come back on soon too. The Doctor Blake Mysteries is a fantastic show also. I am re-watching Ripper Street, i was sad to see that end. Not a lot of new shows on these days that interest me.

  37. Pertinax August 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm -

    The last breakdown for New Trick I saw had 778/987k (79%) viewers over 55.

    The ABC’s audience has an average age of 60 (and that’s including running their kids shows for their second largest demographic). Part of Scott reforms is about targeting people 13-59.

    The BBC has said their main shows will screen on BBC First soon after they air in the UK, then be available to FTA 12 later (6 months after the DVDs). I haven’t seen anything specific about what will happen to New Tricks, only the ABC doesn’t have the exclusive rights any more.

  38. Maev....Sydney August 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm -

    @ Pertinax…Under the new BBC….New Tricks probably wont even make it to FTA for 12 months…and there is no guarantee anymore that it will be on the ABC….a commercial network could purchase it eg. Downton Abbey..
    Oh and I know many more under 60′s than over…that watch it….so that statement is a tad narrow I think.

  39. harrypotter1994 August 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm -

    @Shoudy Autopsy wasn’t axed, was just a very short run series, only about 3/4 eps. One of them wasn’t shown in the Thursday 8.30 timeslot but late at night on a Tuesday/Wednesday I thnk

  40. Pertinax August 21, 2014 at 11:10 am -

    New Trick’s audience is over 60 so it will end up on the ABC. They ABC used to sit on it for 9 months until Winter, not it will be 12 months.

  41. tomothyd August 21, 2014 at 10:32 am -

    In August last year, I was stuck in hospital and the only thing to do was log Late List entries on this site. One continual entry was the late finish\late start of Sunrise and The Morning Show combo.
    David then co-incidentally wrote an article on this situation with morning TV.
    I noticed yesterday while at the gym, that Sunrise is still ending late, and went to a commercial break at 9.02am (2 mins past its finish time). When it came back from commercial, all they did was show the current Wonka commercial telling viewers that they could win a Golden Ticket by buying the product. So, they added an extra 9 mins to the show, just to mention a brand and run a commercial within the program.

  42. Jason August 21, 2014 at 10:30 am -

    @maxxdude – The best new comedy on TV is Seven’s promos. Still waiting for the “murder” on Home & Away, promoted 3 weeks ago as happening “this week”.
    @Jock – The “Mr Wong” turned out to be “Mr Wang”. They couldn’t even get that right, unless it was just changed because “Wong” fitted their bodan promo better.

  43. maxxdude August 21, 2014 at 9:24 am -

    I just saw an ad for Million Dollar Minute & Seven is now calling it the “Biggest Show at 5.30″. What does that even mean?

  44. Shoudy Chen August 21, 2014 at 12:50 am -

    I thought that Autopsy has been cancelled from 7 due to low ratings.

  45. Jock August 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm -

    Seven’s promo for next week’s Border Security – “Is this man in a hurry, because of his curry?”

    Once and I can give them the benefit of the doubt, but two weeks in a row is a clear racially motivated strategy.

  46. Maev....Sydney August 20, 2014 at 7:17 pm -

    New Tricks is still good…even in repeat…
    I am guessing the new series (11) will go to pay TV BBC channel…so who knows when it will get to FTA…and a more worrying thought…with who?

  47. Pertinax August 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm -

    The simulcast will boost FF’s numbers a bit but this accurately what is rating under these conditions.

    The gains are from people who find FF on One or Eleven while flicking around, who leave their TV on those channels waiting for something at 6:30pm and people who would have watched One or Eleven but prefer FF next.

    The network loses people who would have watched One or Eleven but don’t watch FF but it is more important that FF succeeds as it is a key part of Ten’s evening lineup.

    Ten would prefer all viewers watch FF on Ten and nobody watches Eleven or One because it increases the chances of them hanging around for The Project.

    It would be good to have all the separate numbers for Ten, Eleven and One for 5:30pm, 6pm and 6:30pm. Once they stop we will see how much it boosted FF but not how the viewers were distributed across the 3 channels.

  48. Mr_AJ August 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm -

    interesting – does that mean there was someone besides me planning to watch the show?

  49. Maev....Sydney August 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm -

    Just watched Who Do You Think You Are…Lisa McCune….another excellent episode…
    Only Paul McDermott to come next week in this series…and what a great series it has been….not just because they are Aussies…but really interesting stories also…….
    As someone who enjoys music in TV shows/movies….I really like the music in WDYTYA…and also the narrator does a great job…excellent voice..clear…well spoken.

  50. Rayne August 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm -

    @Mr_AJ, Alphas is no longer in schedule.

  51. Mr_AJ August 20, 2014 at 9:23 am -

    Wondering about Alphas airing at midnight tonight, wonder 7Mate couldn’t air it any earlier say 11:30, or would Rude Tube out-rate it by too much?

  52. Secret Squirrel August 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm -

    @andrewb – if it were true that almost everybody who was watching Family Feud was doing so on Channel 10, Ten would not be continuing with this farce of road-blocking it across their other two channels. If there really was hardly anybody watching FF on One and Eleven, they would put something else on those channels instead.

    Ten initially announced that this strategy was only to be for the first week. Then they saw how many people were still watching it on One and Eleven (or leaving their TVs on anyway). Now Ten have painted themselves into a corner because, as soon as they stop this nonsense, we’ll see that the numbers for FF on Ch 10 are often under 500k.

  53. Shoudy Chen August 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm -

    I heard on the news on Facebook and noticed that The Seven Network has secured the broadcast rights for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Good to see Channel 7 pick up the broadcasting rights of the Commonwealth Games for the first time since Manchester 2002.

  54. Pete August 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm -

    Chris is OK as host of 7.30 but I miss Sarah Ferguson.

  55. Pete August 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm -

    The fifth and final series of Eureka starts Monday week on Eleven at 11.30. Shown in US over two years ago.

    The second and final series of The Bletchley Circle starts Sunday week on ABC at 9.30. It was shown in UK in January this year.

  56. David Knox August 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm -

    The more telling indicator, or at least the best we have, is to look at the numbers that are on ELEVEN and ONE directly before / after Family Feud (which I have reported on before). It’s unlikely the bulk of these viewers would head over to watch FF on TEN when it is on the channel they are watching. So I don’t buy the simulcast is not lifting the numbers. But TEN can answer both of us by no longer adding the numbers.

  57. andrewb August 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm -

    David – To me either you are going to watch Family Feud or not – and if you want to watch it, you will go to the channel it is on. All the advertising for Family Feud – even on ONE and ELEVEN point to the show being on TEN.

    The suggestion that the show rates significantly higher because it is on 3 channels than it would on one channel I really don’t buy – it suggests for example that there are people who are so religious with the channels they are watching – say ELEVEN (or ONE) that if Family Feud went to being on Ten only these people – who have watched it on ONE or ELEVEN for the past 5 weeks would not change to Ten to continue watching the show and therefore ratings would drop.

  58. Maev....Sydney August 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm -

    Watching Andre Rieu…the same show is on TVS community TV and SBS…as much as I like community TV I am afraid HD viewing won out…the difference in the pictures is astonishing!

  59. glennc August 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm -

    @William If thats the future of TV in Australia, we may as well go back to each Network having one channel only.

  60. William August 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm -

    @David Knox – it’s like the future of TV in Australia but you will have to drop Eleven for the simulcast as it is a proven success

  61. David Knox August 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm -

    I’m sure other shows could also make it to #1 with two extra channels. Survey says simulcast is now into its 6th week. Why?

  62. andrewb August 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm -

    Anyone else see that Family Feud was #1 in 16-39s on Friday – surprised TEN aren’t milking that fact with PR and promos right now…

  63. andrewb August 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm -

    Those changes on ONE re: Crisis is not for this week – The Crisis ep on Tue 10.30 is a repeat of last Wednesdays’ – ep 2. This Wed is ep 3.

    As long as they play them all as am really enjoying Crisis (even though some of the acting in the show is woeful!)

  64. Secret Squirrel August 18, 2014 at 11:07 am -

    @DanP33 – it won’t be until after the govt changes the legislation, possibly for 2015. Then, there are still some households that have only SD equipment (set-top box + TV) plus a bunch more where the second or third TV is not HD-capable, so the networks are concerned about losing viewers if they switch too soon.

  65. D@GP August 18, 2014 at 10:51 am -

    David Lyle’s Golden Years of Television was quite entertaining. I got the impression he spent a lot of time and effort digging up the old shows – one that always springs to mind is an old episode of Jet Jackson (Captain Midnight in its original American run for Ovaltine).

    He also unearthed several Jack Benny Programmes.

    Just one of the fun perks when you’re a TV station content buyer.

  66. poss August 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm -

    David, do you think BBC first will have the next series of Sherlock, it’s not as if 9 actually show it in a timely manner.

  67. DanP33 August 17, 2014 at 9:29 pm -

    Hi David,

    Any news on when Channel 9 will become a HD Channel? Will it be after Freeview Plus starts perhaps?

  68. Craig August 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm -

    Foxtel isn’t built on ratings alone, with shows ofter run 2-3-4 times in a 24 hour period they can never expect high ratings in any one screening.

    I do wish they would broaden there range but I guess it comes down to who has the rights to the shows we miss. It is nice when something ‘new’ comes up. Really wish they would bring back the Star Trek shows to SyFy.

  69. Pete August 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm -

    Ripper street begins its second series Thursday week at 10.30 on Ten. Shown in the UK last September.

    True Justice with Steven Seagal starts it’s second and final series on One Thursday week at 8.30. Shown in US two years ago.

  70. Pertinax August 17, 2014 at 10:01 am -

    Cable networks tried showing interesting old shows and it didn’t work. Everybody has their own favorites so hard to get a large audience for any particular one of them. If you strip them it is too much for people to keep up with, if you don’t then you are screening a show many people don’t want to watch for a long time. And they still run second to people catching up on their timeshifting of newer shows.

    They ended up settling for same old stuff with tons of episodes that people will watch over and over again — Friends, Seinfeld, Frasier, NCIS, Castle, Law & Order etc.

  71. Pete August 17, 2014 at 9:25 am -

    The lowest rating night on One for a long time has been their Wednesday drama nights.

    They have dismantled the line up with only White Collar remaining, then more Cops repeats and a movie.

    Crisis moves to Tuesdays at 10.30.

  72. Neil Forbes August 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm -

    @Angela(15/8/2014 at 11.50am) and David Knox(14/8/2014 at 9.28pm) Thanks for the heads-up on that one, hopefully they can resume the series soon.

  73. David Knox August 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm -

    I used to enjoy David Lyle doing Golden Years of Hollywood. But you would have formatting issues for your primary channel with this idea. Could work on multichannels.

  74. michaelOz August 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm -

    Dear TV programmers,

    Here’s a free idea:

    Saturday Night: old shows from the 60′s and 70′s.. Get smart, bewitched, Adams Family, etc, etc… With a host or two, similar to WB Kids, with comps and give-always…
    Can be pre-recorded. Cheap. Can be sponsored. Even have ads…. Must be better than the crap we get dished out most Friday and Saturday nights..

    You’re welcome.

  75. tomothyd August 16, 2014 at 9:46 am -

    There is speculation that Kylie Minogue may return to Neighbours briefly for its 30th anniversary in March. Anne Charlston (Madge Bishop) is quoted in the UKs Daily Mail about having conversation with Kylie about her return. I will believe it when I see it, but really, I think she should make an appearance, this show heavily boosted her popularity and now that her “son” is a character on the show, it makes sense. If would also bring in a ratings boost for AUS and UK viewers. It would give the show the opportunity to bring back former viewers or get new ones on board.

  76. nav45 August 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm -

    I can’t believe TEN still has save with Jamie scheduled for Tuesday nights at 7.30. it’s proven to be a flop but they are sticking with it. Even putting a movie on would probably rate more!!!

  77. Maev....Sydney August 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm -

    Love The Time of Our Lives…just watched last nights on Iview…great episode….

Leave A Response »

You must be logged in to post a comment.