The 2013 #Molkies – The Winners Revealed

2013 Molkies - Winners

Just. Plain. WOW. What a night! The culmination of over 3,500 people nominating and voting meant the 2013 Molkies were the biggest and best in its short three year history. With photos to come from the spectacular Heath Carney (highlights to appear on the MolksTVTalk Facebook page page), in the interim you can settle for the highlights from the tweetstream while they last. In case you missed it there were some awards handed out last night. You know, at the 2013 Molkie awards. Drumroll please... Best Promotion/Sizzle For A Show Or Network Selling Houses Australia (Lifestyle) Big Brother (Ch9) Howzat (Ch9) - 42.7% Downton Abbey (Ch7) The Show You *HAVE* To Torrent Doctor Who (ABC1) Downton Abbey (Ch7) Game Of Thrones (Showcase) - 26.9% Girls (Showcase) Parks & Recreation (Ch7) Worst. Idea. … [Read more...]

The demise of @TenBreakfast

The demise of Channel 10's Breakfast

Right from the start, Channel 10's Breakfast was hard up against it. Entering a market where the battle for viewers was bloodthirsty was going to be tough, so it was important the program started on the right foot. Smart casting and a strong announcement supporting it. Dr Andrew Rochford was announced as the first of the co-hosts when Ch10 mooted the program at their 2012 schedule launch way back in August 2011 (and the name... well, it had potential - at least we all knew when it would be on). Even I wasn't sure what would be made of it. "But who else will join him?" we all asked. A coy "Wait and see!" was the reply and it took until early January to announce Paul Henry as Ten's coup moment - but what of the female hosts? Where's the balance? By late January (and many auditions and MUCH discussion over the mix, style and chemistry … [Read more...]

MolksTVTalk the Podcast – S02E40

Last Resort

You want it - you got it. Josh & Molk, back together again (just like we should be). You can play along as we're live every week at 8pm AEST at http://molk.tv/LivePodcast. So much stuff to catch up on in this podcast! Everything from the demise of Ch10's BREAKFAST to SBS scoring some FTA coverage of the A-League, from how the networks will spin the 2012 ratings outcome to Jennifer Hawkins being announced as the host of AUSTRALIA's NEXT TOP MODEL, from Samantha Jade being crowned winner of THE X FACTOR AUSTRALIA 2012 to Sam Simmons and his new sketch comedy show PROBLEMS, and so, SO much more. A dog's flat out trying to keep up! If you've enjoyed this or any of the other podcasts, we love hearing from you - send us your questions about all things TV, or just your comments on what you're watching. Feel free to get in touch with me … [Read more...]

@TenBreakfast & Ten Morning News axed

Ten Breakfast & Morning News axed - Ron Wilson

The calls have been in place since April when the ratings declined from the 51,000 viewer debut and never reared their head again - Ch10 today announced that Breakfast will not return in 2013, and neither will their Morning News product. After the $13m loss recorded this financial year it was never going to survive, even with Chairman Lachlan Murdoch's reported assurance the team had 10 years to establish the product (boy, that was forgotten pretty quickly). It's an ignominious end for the on-screen talent and production staff: the program showed a lot of promise though it never really connected with the audience. A lot of good people have now lost jobs with this decision, joining a growing and very elite list of Ten names like Helen Kapalos, Eddie Meyer & Mark Suleau. Ron Wilson had been with the network for 30 years, starting in 1982 … [Read more...]

Interview with the hosts of @tenbreakfast

Kathryn Robinson, Paul Henry, Magdalena Roze - Ten's Breakfast

Ch10's Breakfast has struggled under the weight of expectation on it since it began in February 2012. There's been some changes on and off camera, and this latest iteration seems to be a lot more comfortable both for the hosts and the audience watching it. When you speak with Kathryn Robinson, Magdalena Roze and Paul Henry you're struck by an overt positivity for the program and the work they're doing, as well as the authenticity of the hosts off-camera. They're delightful, disarmingly charming and engaging while not pretending to be anything they're not. Henry especially is fun to chat with and hear him share his opinions. Huge thanks go to Paul, Kathryn & Magdalena for speaking with me as soon as they came off air and being so refreshingly candid. Nice product placement, Paul. Breakfast - Mon to Fri 6am, Ch10. … [Read more...]

#RIP @thecircle_ten; @TenBreakfast scores reprieve (for now)

Yumi Stynes & Gorgi Coughlan - The Circle

It would seem the home of off-screen drama is well and truly Network Ten, with Breakfast snatching a reprieve from the jaws of cancellation and in its place The Circle getting the axe. The extraordinary nature of the meeting call for the Breakfast team looked for all purposes to be a horrible announcement for them - instead it was the announcement they'd only have to deliver 12.5 hours of live television a week instead of 15. It's a very sad day for Pam Barnes (Executive Producer of The Circle), Yumi Stynes, Gorgi Coughlan and the rest of the on-air and production teams that put the show on every morning with the news the show will finish up this Friday. While costs are always a pressure on television networks it seems strange to axe a show that, while not a ratings success, certainly was a critical one with it's content regularly … [Read more...]

Is this the end for @TenBreakfast?

Paul Henry - Ch10's Breakfast

The rumour mill ran hot overnight after word spread across social media networks that the entire Ten Breakfast team have been called into an emergency team meeting this morning (Monday 30 July) at 10am. Is the show to be axed (and will it see the week out)? Is there an announcement of a revamp with a new Executive Producer? It's been a rocky road for the six month old program. In the last 30 days alone it's lost one of it's founding hosts in Andrew Rochford and Executive Producer Majella Wiemers, along with two senior producers, and word of growing discontent with the remaining team. Insiders point the finger at host Paul Henry as being the source of the trouble by being demanding and divisive; others blame a lack of leadership and a clear brief for the production team. The program has been dogged by speculation as to it's future for … [Read more...]

MolksTVTalk the Podcast – S02E17

Louis CK

How can there be so much to talk about in the middle of May? Television, you are awesome. If it's not the channels fighting over their talent shows, it's them fighting over the news or fighting over their current affairs stories. And where did CALIFORNICATION go?! Just so much to talk about now that the band is back together in the same country. On this week's show we cover such topics as: Ch10's BREAKFAST starts the re-tooling. Network Wars: THE VOICE AUSTRALIA vs AUSTRAILA'S GOT TALENT. Network Wars: Ch7 NEWS vs Ch9 NEWS. Network Wars: TODAY TONIGHT vs A CURRENT AFFAIR. LOUIS CK goes free-to-air. Where did CALIFORNICATION go? Ch9 deliver the POLITICALLY INCORRECT PARENTING SHOW - 2 years late. Fox drops THE SIMPSONS shorts. STATE OF ORIGIN in Melbourne. NEWSNIGHT coming to Ch10. Torrenting. Your questions … [Read more...]

MolksTVTalk the Podcast – S02E06

Paul Henry - Ch10's Breakfast

It felt like Channel 10 week as we sat down to discuss the week in TV. What with BREAKFAST, BEING LARA BINGLE and THE LIVING ROOM there was just so much to discuss. SteveMolk & Josh also tease out one of the most annoying issues on TV today - why do shows that are pre-recorded/edited run late in the schedule? MOLK SMASH! We started a discussion about second screen apps (if you watched the Australian Open this year, you may have heard of one) and there's the ever popular EXCESS BAGGAGE Update! So much TV, so little sensibility applied. On this week's show: BEING LARA BINGLE or Brynne Edelsten. (3:00) The two big awards shows of last Monday night. (9:04) Baggage Update! (14:38) Pre-recorded shows running overtime. (15:58) THE LIVING ROOM comes into your home soon. (23:48) Ch10's BREAKFAST serves first course. … [Read more...]

TV Guide for week ending 03/03/12

The 84th Academy Awards

Ten has set a precedent for premature program launch-ulation. The Biggest Loser, Young Talent Time, Homeland, and at least a couple have paid off. Tomorrow was meant to signal the first episode of their new morning news/light entertainment program Breakfast though it launched on Thursday last week to capitalise on the developments happening with the Federal Labor leadership. Did it pay off? Not necessarily in the ratings... though this is a marathon, not a sprint. MOLK PICKS Sunday Night - Sun 6:30pm, Ch7 Young Talent Time - Sun 6:30pm, Ch10 Grand Designs - Sun 7:30pm, ABC1 Border Security - Sun 7:30pm, Ch7 Modern Family - Sun 7:30pm, Ch10 The Force - Sun 8pm, Ch7 New Girl - Sun 8pm, Ch10 Homeland - Sun 8:30pm, Ch10 House (final series return) - Sun 9:45pm, Ch10 Louis Theroux's Wild Weekends (rpt) - Sun … [Read more...]