Top 5 TV News Tidbits #2

Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS - Cast

1. INXS get re-cast & re-made. A drama about one of the biggest Aussie bands ever? Well it *could* work, but only if you had the support of the surviving members of the band and the casting managed to find actors that look like the original six members. Somehow, Shine Australia did it all. Luke Arnold (Winners & Losers, City Homicide) will star as Michael Hutchence, newcomer Nicholas Masters is Tim Farriss, Ido Drent (Offspring, Shortland Street) is Jon Farriss, Andy Ryan (Underbelly: Squizzy Taylor, Reef Doctors) is Andrew Farriss, Alex Williams (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) is Kirk Pengilly and Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) is Garry Gary Beers, while Damon Herriman (The Sullivans, Love My Way) is the band’s manager, CM Murphy. It also registers that Hugh Sheridan is no longer part of the Ten talent … [Read more...]

Nelson Aspen

Nelson Aspen

In the entertainment industry globally, there are few who are as authentic as their on-air persona. Nelson Aspen is indeed on of those rare few. It's far too easy to tag Aspen as "the nice guy". He's equal parts an entertainer; a bon vivant; an author; a producer; a star in his own right; an athlete; a journalist; and, yes - a very nice guy. At the luncheon on Friday 11/03 to launch his new book Dinner At Nelson's, not only did he regale the attending elite with his many wonderful anecdotes on a life connected to Hollywood ("At Sunrise, the hierarchy goes: Intern, Cash Cow, Nelson's producer..."), but also more than one song and each one perfect for the occasion (just ask Kate who was seranaded by Nelson after hearing that she'd gotten engaged that morning). Did you know there are lyrics to the Bewitched and I Dream Of Jeanie themes? … [Read more...]

@SunriseOn7 vs @TheTodayShow

Sunrise vs Today

Breakfast Television is never going to change the world. To ensure this article was as unbiased as possible, I subjected myself to the somewhat unthinkable last week - I watched the every epsiode of Sunrise AND the Today Show on the day they were broadcast to be able to make a 1:1 comparison on features, stories and content. That meant, through the course of the week, I watched 32.5 hours of breakfast television. Yes, by the end of the week I was feeling it. That's not to say that Brekky TV doesn't have redeeming features - it absolutely does. The chance to wake up and turn on your TV and know every half hour you'll get some form of news headlines, sports news, weather and a bit of fun to help kickstart your day... that can't be undervalued. For so many people the personalities they've come to know and love on their TV every morning … [Read more...]