16/04/2014

.@CharliePick to leave @TheProjectTV

The Project - Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore

This is great news for Charlie Pickering. A chance to do what he wants with few restrictions (until his first child arrives!). Along with Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes he established The Project as a solid News alternative, even after it got shunted around through just about every timeslot available. While it continues to rate below its commercial rivals it bats well above its weight in content, style and substance. Congratulations on all counts to Charlie and his partner. From the press release: After nearly five years behind the desk at Network Ten’s The Project, Charlie Pickering has decided to leave the show. Charlie made the … [Read more...]

MolksTVTalk the Podcast – S03E30

Spicks and Specks - Ella Hooper, Josh Earl, Adam Richard

A perfect Sydney night only made more perfect by the recording of some great conversations with some of the amazing people at the ABC 2014 schedule launch (UpFronts). The big news was the confirmation of the cast of SPICKS AND SPECKS - JOSH EARL, ELLA HOOPER and ADAM RICHARD - and of course I had time to chat with them; along with the masterminds behind the AGONY series ADAM ZWAR and AMANDA BROTCHIE; GOOD GAME hosts BAJO and HEX; the stars of UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN in MICHALA BANAS, ANNIE MAYNARD, PATRICK BRAMMALL and GLENN ROBBINS; creator of IT'S A DATE PETER HELLIAR; STEPHEN CURRY from THE TIME OF OUR LIVES; MARK HUMPHRIES, TOM GLASSON and … [Read more...]

It’s the stories behind the #PicturesOfYou that matter…

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"If you really want to get to know someone, there's nothing like looking through their family photo albums." It's the simplest of premises, and while the digitisation of photographs may alter the way we do it, viewing the family photos of people and hearing their stories offers us great insight and understanding as to who they really are. With this in mind the new show from Working Dog, Pictures Of You, shows that the team involved are back to doing what they do best - sharing *our* stories. It's part This Is Your Life, part Enough Rope, and a thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to watch host Brian Nankervis interview his subjects. He's a … [Read more...]

There’s always a story behind those #PicturesOfYou

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This is such a smart and simple premise from the team at Working Dog that it was key they had the right person host the show to ensure the focus was always on the guest. Casting Brian Nankervis to guide and direct the conversation is inspired as he has that rare quality that allows him to connect with people instantly. You can see them warm to him as they share about life and the joy or sadness behind the many pictures they've chosen to share. CAN. NOT. WAIT. From the press release: Flicking through someone’s early photo collection tells us so much about who they are today. Pictures of You is a deceivingly simple idea – and one that … [Read more...]

Peter Helliar & Dave O’Neil – together (again) at last!

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Peter Helliar & Dave O'Neil have been on and off our TV screens for the last 10 years, and behind the scenes for longer than that as show writers for the likes of Totally Full Frontal, Skithouse, and so on. Pete front The Trophy Room most recently, and Dave is doing on & off live cross spots for Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight. They know their stuff. So it was great to sit down with them and talk TV from a comedian's point of view, after their shows at the 2011 Brisbane Comedy Festival (there is still time to see lots of other funny people though!). You'll have missed their BrisComFest shows by the time you've seen this, however … [Read more...]

The stinkers of 2010

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There was lots of great TV come to us new or in new seasons in 2010 - Modern Family, Glee, Rake, MasterChef (proper & Junior), The Block, Sherlock, Gruen Nation/Transfer, The Librarians to name just a few. But there was also some complete tragedies. Not the 'fail away in a whimper after having been jogged around in the schedule' misses - these are epic tragedies that represent blots on the resumes of all concerned. Stuff you know they should not have even let get past the original pitch, let alone film it and put it to air. For more than one episode (some were lucky to make that, and even one didn't even get to air!). For your … [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 … [Read more...]

(It’s not going straight to) The Trophy Room (yet)

The Trophy Room

Peter Helliar's latest adventure in broadcasting (his second this year) hit the airwaves last night with The Trophy Room, and good for him it didn't suck. But it wasn't quite awesome either. We've all had our fill of 'parlour games/panel question shows as television shows'. The ABC almost own the genre with repeat quality like Spicks And Specks & the imported QI. Channel 10 have even weighed in with their superb Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation. The Trophy Room has a little way to go yet. Helliar delivered what everyone was expecting - the cheesy grin & dad jokes by the bucketful. It's inoffensive fun but it's not gonna set the … [Read more...]