Monthly Archives: May 2011

Opinion: Dancing vs. MasterChef: A Weary Battle


Yes, it’s early days; MasterChef is just commencing its fourth week and Dancing has only just had its fourth instalment.

MasterChef is now in its third series, and Dancing with the Stars is in its eleventh, however for the sake of comparison, let’s call it its fourth series in its newest iteration under new host Daniel McPherson.

On Sunday nights of late, viewers are seemingly spoilt for choice when it comes to reality competitions. Dancing kicks off at 6:30PM and MasterChef at 7:30PM, and this is accurately represented in the ratings figures.

Week 1: Dancing (1,505,000) beat MasterChef (1,503,000)

Week 2: Dancing (1,613,000) beat MasterChef (1,409,000)

Week 3: MasterChef (1,511,000) beat Dancing (1,429,000)

Source: TV Tonight

Due to this close ratings tussle, it would seem as if both shows are churning out more quality addictive content; more drama, more competitiveness, new twists, etc.

And to some extent this is true.

We have seen criticism of personal jibes at contestants (Dancing), controversy over cheating claims (Masterchef), professionals and judges spats (Dancing), spectacular triumphs and cringeworthy train-wrecks (both).

However, haven’t we seen it all before?

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Dexter Season 6 Gossip (Spoilers)

Just some interesting tidbits floating around regarding Season 6 of Dexter.

This great Dexter news blog has reported that Dexter Season 6 is filming in front of a local preschool. This is in keeping with Michael Ausiello’s theory of a time-jump which would see Dexter’s son Harrison a bit older and in pre-school.

Screen Junkies also has picked up on the fact that Brea Grant has joined the cast of Season 6… she has also hinted that she will be in a white lab coat.

This will be added to the DEXTER SHOW FILE of course.

Community Show File

News, reviews, features, analysis, photos and more!

Here’s my wrap-up/review of Community Season 2. What did you think?

May 26, 2011

May 23, 2011
  • Ken Jeong (Chang) hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. See a clip here.
March 18, 2011
March 11, 2011

Community on Twitter

Official Show Account

Joel McHale (Jeff)

Donald Glover (Troy)

Alison Brie (Annie)

Gillian Jacobs (Britta)

Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley)

Danny Pudi (Abed)

Jim Rash (Dean Pelton)

Ken Jeong (Chang)


Tim SaccardoEmily CutlerNeil GoldmanChris McKennaAdam CounteeGarrett DonovanKarey DornettoSona PanosAndy BobrowMegan GanzHilary WinstonAndrew GuestDino Stamatopoulos

Dan Harmon (Creator)

30 Rock Show File (Season 6)

The latest news, interviews and Season 6 gossip.

  • Will the sixth season be its last? I analysed the speculation first here and then followed it up here after Alec Baldwin repeated his claim that he would leave at the end of the sixth season.
30 Rock on Twitter

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Tina Fey – No Known Account

Alec Baldwin –(Jack) NEWLY OPENED ACCOUNT!

Tracy Morgan (Tracy Jordan)

Judah Friedlander (Frank)

Grizz Chapman (Grizz)

Kevin Brown (Dot Com)

Sherri Shepherd (Angie)

Katrina Bowden (Cerie)

Official Fictional Character Accounts

Frank Rossitano

Tracy Jordan

Jenna Maroney

Jack Donaghy (Inactive)

Liz Lemon (Inactive)


Josh SiegalJohn RiggiTracey WigfieldTom CerauloKay CannonJack Burditt

Parks and Recreation Show File

Here is where you will find reviews, news and photos relating to Parks and Recreation.

Here’s an interview with Nick Offerman from TV Fanatic.

He talks about Season 4 of Parks and Recreation, including the other Tammy.

Latest News

May 21

  • The finale rated well (3.8 rating in 18-49, beating Grey’s Anatomy).
  • Who will play the Ron Swanson’s first ex-wife Tammy in Parks and Recreation? TV Fanatic throws up an interesting, logical choice.
  • Parks and Recreation RENEWED for a Fourth Season

Parks and Recreation on Twitter

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Amy Poehler – No Known Account

Chris Pratt (Andy)

Adam Scott (Ben)

Aziz Ansari (Tom)

Official Fictional Character Accounts

Ron Swanson


Michael Schur (Co-creator)

Nine Draws a Line after Three Weeks: Between the Lines Cancelled

So, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but Eddie McGuire’s latest show Between the Lines has been cancelled after only three weeks.

Ratings weren’t terrible with 696,000 in its first week, 610,000 in its second, then 510,000 viewers in its third. For a Thursday night, it would need at least 700,000 to justify its presence.

It featured Mick Molloy and Ryan Fitzgerald, both Channel Ten personalities (lucky they didn’t sever that tie) who tried their best but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

The show drew criticism for its blokey vibe (only one woman was allowed to be a guest per-week) which only perpetuated the “boys club” myth that many find repulsive. It also had an over-emphasis on AFL (McGuire, Molloy and Fitzgerald are all AFL media identities), which obviously didn’t have a great appeal to Sydney audiences.

However, it is a bit of a shame, as it is when any Aussie program bites the dust, and there were some decent laughs to be had on the show. Unfortunately, viewers have clearly tired of shows which try to replicate formulae of other shows (BTL was obviously a copy of Spicks and Specks, The Trophy Room, or any other show along those lines).

Even if it didn’t make an identical copy, the fact is that it wasn’t original enough, or at least it wasn’t entertaining enough to overcome that initial hurdle.

Just look at the example of My Kitchen Rules: it was obviously an attempt to replicate the winning formula of MasterChef- the drama of preparing dishes, the plating up, friendly yet critical judges, etc- yet it appeared to be a completely different show. For starters, it was set in people’s homes. The contestants also were able to critique each other’s dishes, which was somewhat of a novelty. Hence, it became a success in its own right, an remarks comparing it to MasterChef became minimal.

So hopefully the lesson learned from this should be that networks should focus on giving a new show a strong element of originality to avoid people judging it in comparison to their more successful counterparts.

US TV Shows on Twitter Index



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Joel McHale (Jeff)

Donald Glover (Troy)

Alison Brie (Annie)

Gillian Jacobs (Britta)

Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley)

Danny Pudi (Abed)

Jim Rash (Dean Pelton)

Ken Jeong (Chang)


Tim SaccardoEmily CutlerNeil GoldmanChris McKennaAdam CounteeGarrett DonovanKarey DornettoSona PanosAndy BobrowMegan GanzHilary WinstonAndrew Guest, Dino Stamatopoulos

Dan Harmon (Creator)

The Office 

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Rainn Wilson

Mindy Kaling

Brian Baumbgartner

BJ Novak

Ed Helms

Angela Kinsey

Craig Robinson

Melora Hardin

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Erin Hannon

Kelly Kapoor

Ryan Howard

Creed Bratton


Danny ChunAaron ShureSteve Hely (S7)


Paul Feig

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Office Tally

30 Rock

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Tina Fey – No Known Account


Tracey Morgan (Tracey Jordan)

Judah Friedlander (Frank)

Grizz Chapman (Grizz)

Kevin Brown (Dot Com)

Sherri Shepherd (Angie)

Katrina Bowden (Cerie)

Official Fictional Character Accounts

Frank Rossitano

Tracy Jordan 

Jenna Maroney

Jack Donaghy (Inactive)

Liz Lemon (Inactive)


Josh Siegal, John Riggi, Tracey Wigfield, Tom Ceraulo, Kay Cannon, Jack Burditt


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Mekenna Melvin (Alex)

Zachary Levi (Chuck)

Joshua Gomez (Morgan)

Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah)

Adam Baldwin (John)

Scott Krinsky (Jeff)

Mark Christopher Lawrence (Locked) (Big Mike)

Josh Schwartz (Creator)

Matt Barber (Editor)

Harry’s Law

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Kathy Bates – No Known Account

Aml Ameen (Malcolm Davies)

Brittany Snow (Jenna Backstrom)

Parks and Recreation

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Amy Poehler – No Known Account

Chris Pratt (Andy)

Adam Scott (Ben)

Aziz Ansari (Tom)

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Ron Swanson


Michael Schur (Co-creator)

Law and Order SVU

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Law and Order

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Friday Night Lights

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America’s Got Talent

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Piers Morgan

Howie Mandel

Sharon Osbourne

Nick Cannon


Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

Laura Prepon – No Known Account

Chelsea Handler

Jo Koy

Lauren Lapkus

Natalie Morales


Dylan Minnette

Laura Allen

B.D. Wong

Wilmer Valderrama



Amanda Peet – No Known Account

Jeffrey Tambor


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Whitney Cummings

Chris D’Elia

Up All Night

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Free Agents

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Hank Azaria


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Bitsie Tulloch

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Sasha Rolz


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Anna Gunn (Skylar) – No Known Account

Mad Men

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The Big Bang Theory

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Kaley Cuoco (Penny)

Bill Prady – Executive Producer

Simon Helberg (Howard)




Two and a Half Men

The Late Show With David Letterman

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Late Show Writers

Mike McInteeMatt RobertsJill GoodwinChris BelairJoe GrossmanPaul MasellaLee EllenbergJeremy WeinerSteve Young

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Eric Stangel (Executive Producer/Head Writer)



Jesse Spencer (Chase)

Omar Epps (Foreman)

Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy)

Olivia Wilde (Thirteen)

Greg Yaitanes (Executive Producer/Director)



Thomas Jane

Charlie Saxton (Damon)

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True Blood

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Ashley Jones (Daphne Landry)

Kristin Bauer (Pam)

Joe Manganiello (Alcide)

Janina Gavankar  (Luna)

Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte)

Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse)

Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler)

Courtney Ford (Portia Bellefleur)


Nurse Jackie

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Edie Falco – No Known Account

Stephen Wallem (Thor)

Anna Deavere Smith (Akalitus)

Peter Facinelli (Dr Fitch Cooper)

Lenny Jacobson (Lenny)

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Dr Fitch Cooper


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Evan Handler


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Edward James Olmos

Colin Hanks

Julie Benz (Rita)

John Lithgow (Trinity)


Robert Llyod Lewis


Bill Maher

Conan O’Brien

TV News Wrap: Friday May 27

Not much in the way of news today… just some notable guest-casting coups;

  • Martin Short and Alan Quinn will also pop up on Season 7 of the Showtime series Weeds.
  • You can watch Hamish and Andy’s going away drinks party on the Herald Sun website from 6PM today. They will fly to the US to produce their show, Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year for Channel Nine.
  • I can’t believe that there’s even speculation that someone will replace Adam Hills on Spicks and Specks for a number of reasons. 1) Because the combination of Adam, Myf and Alan is the show, when one element is taken out, it ceases to be Spicks and Specks; 2) Even if they tried, there would almost certainly be backlash, whoever they chose to replace him and 3) ABC would not even consider it because of these reasons, at least not for a couple of years.

TV News Wrap: Thursday May 26

  • Is Cheryl Cole (of the X Factor UK) really going to be dropped from the US version (which is yet to air), just because of her accent? Apparently that’s not the only reason, with disputes with fellow judge Paula Abdul being cited. TMZ has the full developing story. She will also apparently be replaced with Nicole Scherzinger.
  • There are rumours swirling regarding the addition of a new cast member to Modern Family; read this if you want to find out more (possible spoilers).
  • The mutual love and respect between Cougar Town and Community continues, despite them being on opposing networks (ABC and NBC respectively), with the character of Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi) turning up on the finale of Cougar Town, TVLine reveals. This follows various cross-referencing by each of the shows, as well as Dan Byrd and Busy Phillips appearing on the Community Season 2 finale. Abed of course mentions this infamous guest-role in an episode entitled “Critical Film Studies”, but noone- it had to be said- expected the cameo to actually come to fruition. But the most amusing thing is this:
“(Bill) Lawrence tells TVLine that neither series’ network (ABC and NBC) or studio (Disney and Sony) had any idea that the two shows were working in cahoots.”
See the clip HERE

#AngryBoys on Twitter: What does everybody else think?

I started to worry that I was among the minority that were criticising Angry Boys for not being funny… at all.

I mean, not worried in the sense that “Oh, no-one’s going to like me because I don’t like the same thing they do…” I mean “worried” in the sense that I was missing some crucial element in the show that made it screamingly hilarious. However, after turning to Twitter, it turns out I’m not. Tonight’s reaction has been, well, overwhelmingly negative… or perhaps even worse: indifferent. As in, normally with Lilley, if people don’t like his show, it is usually because of the swearing/general offensiveness, which generates more publicity and drives people to watch the show. However, if people simply don’t care about the show, well, that’s where problems can start.

And I’m sad in a way, because most people were really looking forward to having great belly laughs at Angry Boys (and it seems that it can’t raise more than a chuckle out of most; in another way, I’m also glad that people are willing to be honest if they didn’t like they show, rather that forcing themselves to laugh just because it’s Chris Lilley.

Take a look at a cross-section of tweets:

And for fairness’ sake, I have tried my best to find some positive tweets, and in particular those that mention something in particular that they like about the show. This was the type of thing that I found:

So at least some people are liking it, which is a good thing. There weren’t, however, people saying how much they laughed at one of “Gran’s Gotchas”, for example. If you can’t pinpoint at least one thing that is funny, then maybe the show isn’t really that funny at all.

However, if I was to sum up the attitude towards the show of everyone else, it would be “disappointed”. Many people have also been bemoaning the lack of Gran in this week’s episode; she has been somewhat of a highlight the past two weeks.