TV Guide for week ending 03/12/11

Matt Passmore in The Glades

Now that we've hit the first week of non-ratings leading into Christmas, I'd love to say the dross is fading... but I'd be lying. Here it comes thick and fast. We are being treated to some great re-runs over summer that are worth watching again: Offspring is being repeated from S01E01 starting this week every night on Channel 10; Sherlock re-runs are here over the next three weeks on Channel 9 (which will be awesome); and expect some decent movies to pop up here and there. We've got some series finales too, as well as some first runs - welcome to nearly December. CAN’T MISS It's A Knockout (premiere) – Sun 7:30pm, Ch10 60 Minutes - Sun 7:30pm, Ch9 The 25th Annual ARIA Awards - Sun 7:30pm, GO! CSI - Sun 8:30pm, Ch9 Terra Nova - Sun 8:30pm, Ch10 The Walkley Awards - Sun 10:05pm, SBS one Tour of Duty: Australia's Secret … [Read more...]

TV Guide for week ending 26/11/11

The Hour

...and so, we come to the final week of ratings (Week 48). Channel 7 have already won almost everything, and this week we see lots of shows wrap for the year - some forever. It's a massive farewell to Spicks and Specks on Wednesday night, and also to Wild Boys on Sunday night. Lots of other shows ending for the year and offering prize money - Celebrity Apprentice Australia, X Factor Australia & Junior MasterChef. There's also the end to some quality drama (The Slap) & "quality" reality TV (Beauty and the Geek). There's even Christmas programming already appearing... for mid-November, a very Merry Christmas indeed. CAN’T MISS Sunday Night – Sun 6:30pm, Ch7 Frozen Planet – Sun 6:30pm/Wed 8:30pm, Ch9 Wild Boys (2 hour finale) – Sun 7:30pm, Ch7 60 Minutes - Sun 7:30pm, Ch9 Junior Masterchef – Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed 7:30pm, Ch10 CSI … [Read more...]

TV Guide for week ending 19/11/11

Breaking Bad Season 4 - Skylar & Walter

Now that the second last week of ratings is upon us (Week 47), we can start to ponder the year that's been. What's been a winner and what's tanked for the networks. It's a decent review and I'll be publishing a report card for each network through this week to account for their wins, losses and line balls - there's plenty of all of them for each primary channel. There's also the concern of what we're faced with over Summer as far as programming goes... you'd be surprised what the networks will offer us. But more on that when the ratings year ends. CAN’T MISS Sunday Night – Sun 6:30pm, Ch7 Frozen Planet – Sun 6:30pm, Ch9 Wild Boys – Sun 7:30pm, Ch7 60 Minutes - Sun 7:30pm, Ch9 Junior Masterchef – Sun/Mon/Tue 7:30pm, Ch10 CSI - Sun 9:30pm, Ch9 Terra Nova - Sun 8:30pm, Ch10 Compass – Sun 10pm, ABC1 Celebrity … [Read more...]

TV Guide for week ending 12/11/11

Underbelly Razor: Jim & Tilly Devine and their girls

Now that it's Week 46, we've only 3 weeks of television ratings to go, so we're starting to see things wind up - especially on the ABC. Underbelly Razor finishes tonight after an up and down season, and Tuesday night sees a cracking finale episode of The Joy Of Sets. The upside of shows ending and the non-ratings period falling upon us does mean a rise in movies being programmed onto the primary channels (as much as the digital multi-channels already deliver us endless films). Settle in - if you don't like cricket, golf, tennis or It's A Knockout, there's not going to be too much new programming over the Christmas/New Year period. Perhaps it's a chance to take up a hobby? CAN’T MISS Sunday Night – Sun 6:30pm, Ch7 Frozen Planet – Sun 6:30pm, Ch9 Wild Boys – Sun 7:30pm, Ch7 60 Minutes - Sun 7:30pm, Ch9 Junior Masterchef – … [Read more...]

TV Guide for week ending 29/10/11

Paul Fenech - Housos

Welcome to Week 44 - only 4 weeks of the television year to go. Lots of interesting starts, lots of interesting risks, and lots of vanishing shows... most notably Charlie's Angels all gone in Australia now that it's been cancelled in the US, but shows like Unforgettable and Person Of Interest making a go of it. It's a big start week for a stripped Celebrity Apprentice Australia - who knows how that experiment is gonna turn out (I think it's gonna be brilliant). CAN’T MISS 2011 Rugby Union World Cup final (New Zealand v France) – Sun 5:30pm, Ch9/GEM Sunday Night – Sun 6:30pm, Ch7 Wide Open Road – Sun 7:30pm, ABC1 Wild Boys – Sun 7:30pm, Ch7 60 Minutes - Sun 7:50pm, Ch9 Underbelly Razor - Sun 8:50pm, Ch9 Junior Masterchef – Sun/Mon 7:30pm, Ch10 The No1 Ladies' Detective Agency – Sun 8:30pm, ABC1 Terra Nova – Sun … [Read more...]

Watch out for the Housos…

Housos - Kevvy, Franky, Dazza

From the opening scene featuring Angry Anderson as a biker, Ian "Turps" Turpie as an elderly pokie-playing grandfather and a full screen shot of a barmaid's cleavage - you know exactly what you're going to get with the new show from Paul Fenech: politically incorrect comedy and lots of it. Enter Housos (of the housing commission). Franky, Dazza, Shazza, Wazza and all the gang will astound you with their parody of modern Australian life. If you thought Fat Pizza pushed boundaries of taste, you ain't seen nothing yet. Set in Ramsay Street Sunnyvale, Franky & his mates live in housing commission houses and roll from one dole cheque to the next, drinking, gambling and sniffing it away. There's something to offend everyone, and it makes no apologies for it - and neither should it. Housos is stupidly hilarious, and cast with the usual … [Read more...]

The #Housos are coming…

Housos Cast

Paul Fenech has been making comedy on SBS for over 10 years. Pizza, Swift and Shift, and now Housos - the show that 6 months ago A Current Affair thought was a government-funded reality TV show! It's as ribald and offensive as you think it will be and then about ten steps more, and that's all part of the gag. It's sure to ruffle feathers and cause mayhem, so get in early. From the press release: Housos is the story of Shazza, Dazza, Franky and Kylie - best mates from “the block”. Sure, they drink away their problems, they might even have frequent domestic disputes and the occasional punch up with their neighbours, but down on the block it’s all for one and one for all. Housos follows the riotously funny, day-to-day adventures of the residents of a fictional housing commission block - Sunnyvale. They battle the cops, they scam … [Read more...]

With Jabba and Shano on C91.3 FM #3

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My 3rd segment Talking TV with Jabba & Shano on C91.3FM - and sadly my last as this was Jabba's last show. D'oh (I seem to attract segments on shows that are finishing up)! A shame because it was lots of fun to talk to these guys. Lots to talk about, though, even outside the ratings period proper. Peter Helliar's The Trophy Room premiered last night & Jabba announced he'd auditioned to be one of the team captains. It's a good show with a lot of potential - mainly because Helliar's so likeable. Warnie somehow scored a Logie nomination for Most Popular Presenter, along with 12,000 other people. Good God. By the way, Oprah's in town. Her Holiness the Ope. The Big O. Just in case you didn't know. Yeah. The AFI Awards are on Ch9 on Saturday night, after being on over two nights (!!). Hosted by Shane Jacobsen (Kenny), with … [Read more...]

With Jabba and Shano on C91.3 FM #2

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My 2nd on-air with Jabba & Shano on C91.3FM, now with added intro (thanks boys!). We spoke about the passing of Leslie Neilsen - star of Police Squad, Flying High, Naked Gun &, Spy Hard to name but a few - and also the passing of Irwin Kirchner - director of two of the biggest movies in the 80's in Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back & Robocop. Also the kidnapping of Shane Warne. There's joy for Channel 9 with their announcements for 2011, most notably with a new show from Tony Martin and Ed Kavalee, & a new series of The Games. Oh, and Jamie Durie's back. And talk of Hey Hey not coming back in 2011. - perhaps God is smiling on us after all.   … [Read more...]

With Jabba and Shano on C91.3 FM #1

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My 1st segment Talking TV with Jabba & Shano on C91.3FM - and so much fun! Given it was the end of the ratings season for 2010, we got talking about shows wrapping up. We talked about the joy that was the Beauty & the Geek Australia finale, including the 'commitment to friendship' ceremonies (which Thomas seemed to think was a little more real than that). The dance routines at the reception were priceless. There was drama on The Block finale also, with big congrats to John & Neisha winning (and taking home $300K for their efforts!) and commiserations to Brenton & Chez who had their property pass in at auction - no money for them at all! What was coming as summer television rounded out the segment - sport on tv, life in reruns, some new programming, the digital multis offering some good content, golf is not sport. … [Read more...]