Category Archives: Drama
Futurama has been renewed for a SEVENTH SEASON by Comedy Central (according to Deadline). It certainly has come a long way after being cancelled by Fox way back in 2003 after its fourth season. It’s got a long way to catch up to its over-achieving older sibling (which, in case you don’t know, it is the Simpsons, which has a twenty-third season still to come).
However, future episodes will come in a rather staggered fashion, with 13 eps of season six still to come later this year, 13 eps of season seven to come in 2012 and the second half of thirteen episodes to come in 2013.
This moderately critically acclaimed drama Lights Out struggled somewhat in the ratings, so has been axed by FX after only its FIRST SEASON. It didn’t receive the same level of fanatic adoration as FX’s last cancelled show, Terriers, and this cancellation isn’t likely to incite any riots in the streets. I guess the notion of a show centered around a boxer wasn’t exciting or different enough for most people.
I am about to undertake the massive task of compiling a list of Australian Twits.
The list is, and will probably remain, incomplete.
Mark Scott – Managing Director of ABC
Penny Wright – iView Programmer
Bruce Collier – “iView person”
Justine Langford – “Senior Producer / Project Manager, ABC TV Multiplatform”
Bruce Belsham – Editor of abc.net.au
At the Movies
Kerrin Binnie – Journalist
Alan Sunderland – “Head of Policy & Staff Development,ABC News Australia”
Antony Green – Political analyst
Kieran Ricketts – ABC News24 Producer
Zoe Daniel – South East Asia Correspondent
Matt Wordsworth – Political Reporter (NSW)
Nick Grimm – Journalist
Leigh Sales – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30
Chris Uhlmann – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30
Justin Stevens – Producer
Review with Myles Barlow
Fenella Kernebone – Host
Can We Help
First Tuesday Book Club
Dan Ilic – Co-host
Kirsten Drysdale – Co-host and reporter
Marc Fennell – Co-host
Elmo Keep – Writer
Chris Leben (Not a cast member for season 3)
Marieke Hardy – Writer
Karen Barlow – Producer
Steven Bajo O’Donnell – Presenter and producer
Stephanie Bendixsen – Presenter
Spicks and Specks
Myf Warhurst – Panellist
Alan Brough – No known account
Adam Hills – Host
Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight
Q and A
Peter McEvoy – Executive Producer
John Safran’s Race Relations
Triple J TV
Dominic Knight – Writer
Chas Licciardello – Cast member
Craig Reucassel – Cast member
Andrew Hansen – Cast member
Chris Taylor(possibly) – Cast member
Julian Morrow – Cast member and producer
Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest
Steve Cannane – Host
Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest
Jonathon Holmes – Host
The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote
Sam Simmons – Comedian
Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure
The Gruen Transfer
Wil Anderson – Host
The New Inventors
ABC News Breakfast
Virginia Trioli – Co-host
AFL Game Day
Australia’s Got Talent
Kyle Sandilands – No Known Account
Better Homes and Gardens
Johanna Griggs – No Known Account
Jason Hodges – No Known Account
Rob Palmer – No Known Account
Tara Dennis – No Known Account
Home and Away
Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart) – No Known Account
Georgie Parker (Roo Stewart) – No Known Account
Lyn Collingwood (Colleen Smart) – No Known Account
Emily Symons (Marilyn Chambers)- No Known Account
Lynne McGranger (Irene Roberts)
Ada Nicodemou (Leah Patterson-Baker)
Josh Quong Tart (Miles Copeland)- No Known Account
Esther Anderson (Charlie Buckton) – No Known Account
Rebecca Breeds (Ruby Buckton)- No Known Account
David Jones-Roberts (Xavier Austin)
Sonia Todd (Gina Austin)- No Known Account
Axle Whitehead (Liam Murphy)
Shane Withington (John Palmer)- No Known Account
Robert Mammone (Sid Walker)- No Known Account
Samara Weaving (Indigo Walker) – Unconfirmed Account
Charles Cottier (Dexter Walker)- No Known Account
Luke Mitchell (Romeo Smith)
Jay Laga’aia (Elijah Johnson)- No Known Account
Rhiannon Fish (April Scott)
Lisa Gormley (Bianca Scott)
Steve Peacocke (Darryl Braxton)- No Known Account
Lincoln Younes (Casey Braxton)- No Known Account
Packed to the Rafters
Hugh Sheridan (Ben Rafter)
Rebecca Gibney – No Known Account
Eric Thompson – No Known Account
Andrew O’Keefe – No Known Account
The Morning Show
The Amazing Race Australia
The X Factor Australia
Winners and Losers
Virginia Gay – No Known Account
Zoe Tuckwell-Smith – (Rebecca Gilbert)
Melissa Bergland (Jenny Gross)
Rob Mills (Sean)
Melissa Vallejo (Sophie Wong) – No Known Account
Damien Bodie (Jonathan Kurtiss) – No Known Account
Blair McDonough (Matt O’Connor)
Tom Wren (Dr. Doug Graham) – No Known Account
Denise Scott (Trish Gross) – No Known Account
Stephen Phillips (Zach Armstrong) – No Known Account
Jack Pearson (Patrick Gross) – No Known Account
Francis Greenslade (Brian Gross) – No Known Account
Sarah Grace (Bridget Gross) – No Known Account
Mike Smith (Callum Gilbert) – No Known Account
Nick Simpson-Deeks (Rhys Mitchell)
6:30 with George Negus
Ross Scheepers – Producer
Before The Game
Mick Molloy – No Known Account
Andrew Maher – No Known Account
Can of Worms
Ian “Dicko” Dickson – No Known Account
Meet The Press
Ready Steady Cook
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation
Shaun Micallef – No Known Account
The Biggest Loser
Dave Hughes – Co-host
Emily Rusciano – Occasional reporter
Sandra Sully – Ten Evening News host (Sydney)
David Speers – Political Editor
Packed to the Rafters, now in its fourth season, has been killing it in the ratings. As usual.
Here are its ratings for its first five episodes of its fourth season.
Week 1: 1,943,000
Week 2: 1,815,000
Week 3: 1,796,000
Week 4: 1,748,000
Week 5: 1,806,000
So obviously many people are watching it.
However, Seven have made the bold move to replace it with new Australian drama Winners and Losers.
This has obviously been a planned strategy, as there’s no way Packed to the Rafters has been replaced for ratings reasons.
Seven has begun the year with a bang, with six strong episodes of Rafters, and hopes that by replacing it with another drama which is similar in tone, the audience will stick around to get their Tuesday night feel-good hit.
However, in this case, it is the wrong way to go about it.
Any Australian drama automatically begins with its back against the wall. Before it has even aired. Viewers have always been skeptical of new Australian drama, especially when compared to their shiny US counterparts.
In this case, it is a big ask from Seven to ask viewers to commit to a new drama, especially when they are so invested in the trials and tribulations of the Rafters.
It’s difficult to say it was a wrong decision to commission with the same sort of warm yet quirky undertones.
However, will people make the big switch next week when 8:30 comes around?
Will people turn off because it will be viewed as an imitation of Packed to the Rafters? Probably not, as it is on the same channel.
However, what did Seven think the media would say about this?
Take a look at these recent articles, trying to whip people up into a frenzy over their beloved Rafters being yanked, pulled and shoved off air.
“Australia’s favourite drama is being pulled off air for at least the next three months.”
Colin Vickery even states it has “little chance of getting the whopping (ratings)” of Packed to the Rafters. Well maybe, but this kind of prediction could lead viewers to switch off. Who wants to watch an unpopular show? Again, this is Seven’s fault.
Is it succeeding, though? Well, it certainly has the potential to.
Here are some select quotes from commenters on the Herald Sun article.
Amy of Melbourne Posted at 3:59 PM March 09, 2011
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Sandra Barratt of Hampton park Posted at 4:16 PM March 09, 2011
I give it 3 episodes before it gets the chop and Rafters is back on!
Comment 5 of 57
nicole Posted at 4:17 PM March 09, 2011
Why can’t they just put it on another night when there is nothing on don’t take Rafters off ……
Comment 6 of 57
noni from country Vic Posted at 4:29 PM March 09, 2011
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Em of Melbourne Posted at 4:30 PM March 09, 2011
This little David will flop because of the Goliath of a show it’s replacing. It cannot ride the coattails of PttR. Viewers will switch off in droves after the 2nd episode, when they realise it’s not the show they thought they were going to watch.
Comment 10 of 57
Lisa of Tas Posted at 4:31 PM March 09, 2011
Why cant channel 7 choose another time slot and just kick b*m with 2 good shows, why get rid of packed!!! Unbelievable.
Comment 12 of 57
Bring back PTTR of Melbourne Posted at 4:41 PM March 09, 2011
I was planning on watching Winners & Losers but now I won’t be. Channel 7 what are you thinking??
Comment 19 of 57
Always Right of West Melbourne Posted at 4:40 PM March 09, 2011
What a pack of dumbys! Im not watching the new show out of protest.
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For a show with quite a lot going for it, in terms of bright and bubbly cast, different focus and decidedly different plot, it has generated a lot of negative publicity- and of no fault of the show’s writing or acting.
Obviously “Bring back PTTR” and “Always Right” are the most stinging of all the comments.
Unfortunately for Seven, not many media outlets have reported the fact that Rafters has not actually had many more episodes filmed, so even if they wanted to screen more episodes, there might only be a couple more in the can.
The other problem is, is that these articles keep referring to Rafters as being pulled off air, instead of being replaced in a deliberate strategy. “Pulled” connotes a rash decision, while Seven have probably had this up their sleeves for a while.
As for the fact that Seven didn’t tell anyone until recently, well they wouldn’t have exactly wanted to advertise Packed to the Rafters as being “Back for a (six episode) fourth season!”, would they? Why get viewers riled up then and risk losing the Rafters audience- they’re instead risking not getting a big audience for Winners and Losers.
All I’m saying is that Seven knew the papers would become so alarmist, so why create this opportunity?
Is it the most important issue facing the premiere of this new show? Probably not. Wait for the first newspaper reviews to come out. However, having people looking upon this show as the “show that forced the Rafters off the air” isn’t the best label you want for a new show. Especially when its an Australian show.
Will you be watching Winners and Losers? And if not, will your decision in any way be based on this move?
In a year that was meant to be a happier year for the Rafters mob after the tragic death of Melissa Rafter (and the earlier exit of Sammy Rafter) in 2010, there is to be at least one Rafters leaving the fold in 2011.
Jessica Marais, who plays Rachel Rafter in Seven’s astronomically popular Packed to the Rafters, has signalled her intention to leave the show to try her luck in the US.
And who can really blame her, with Zoe Ventoura and Jessica McNamee leaving to do the same. It also seems to be as good a time as ever for Aussies to audition in the US, just take a look at this incomplete list of the current crop of young Aussies kicking big goals at the moment.
However, the team at Channel Seven must be getting slightly concerned at these exits.
Let’s compare Packed to the Rafters with McLeods Daughters for a second.
McLeod’s Daughters, like Packed to the Rafters, based itself around a family. It began with Lisa Chappell (who played Claire McLeod) and Bride Carter (as Tess McLeod) as the two “daughters”. They shared the same father, but not the same mother.
However, at the end of Season 3, Claire died in a car accident, however , her baby daughter, Charlotte, was left behind with Tess, technically still making the title true.
Then followed a number of exits including Tess herself, as well as a number of “daughters” seemingly appearing out of nowhere. For example, Jodi Fountain, the daughter of Meg Rivers-Dodge, Jack McLeod’s Housekeeper, later became Jodi Fountain-McLeod after discovering that her mother had a relationship with Jack. (She even later became Jodi Fountain McLeod-Bosnich).
To cope with the exit of even Jodi, Regan McLeod (Zoe Naylor), Grace McLeod (Abi Tucker) and Jasmine McLeod (played by Anna Torv and Edwina Ritchard), all cousins of Tess McLeod.
However, with these introductions and exits, ratings declined- first a minimal decline after Claire’s death, then a sharper drop after Season five, until it petered out in Seasons seven and eight.
Packed to the Rafters, similarly has had very strong ratings in its first three season with ratings rarely dropping blow 1.6 million viewers, and regularly hovering around the 1.8 million mark.
McLeod’s ratings for its first three seasons stayed around 1.85 million, 1.84 million and 1.82 million.
Rafters have had to endure the losses of characters including Sammy Rafter and Melissa Rafter- both core characters there from episode 1. And, both Rafters.
Though, what makes Marais’ exit all the more significant is that she is one of the three Rafters daughters.
And now just wait for the criticism to start.
And this season, and particularly some of last season, Rafters has suffered some less than positive reviews, or at least, less than what is was used to.
It has copped flak for its one-dimension character Nick “Carbo” Karandonis, played by George Houvardas, for its stereotypical portrait of a Greek man- the only ethnic character in the cast- by a mile.
Some have even expressed disappointment at its over-focus on more depressing storylines, namely, Dave Rafter’s bout of depression, as well as Melissa’s death.
Ryan Corr, who plays the rough-around-the-edges Coby Jennings, has joined the recurring cast this season, however, his character, while not terrible, has not exactly rejuvenated the show.
Then there’s Loretta “Retta” Schembri, Carbo’s girlfriend, who- perhaps fittingly – is as one-dimensional as Carbo.
John Howard’s inclusion as the fierce Tom Jennings could be a great source of conflict- if he was released from jail.
However, back to Marais’ exit. James Stewart, who plays her boyfriend, Jake Barton, has stated he will stay on the show. However, what they will do with his character is anyone’s guess.
One would think the ideal situation is for the couple to ride off into the sunset after a 2 million viewer grabbing wedding, but it seems not to be the case.
And producers have stated that Marais’ character will not be killed off, so either a nasty break-up is on the cards (unlikely, because why would Rachel leave her family and a similar exit was executed with Sammy Rafter) or Rachel gets a huge promotion- more likely, given that she is the high-flyer in the family.
Rebecca Gibney also may exit the show, what with her developing a show of her own. TV Tonight also states that it will “advance following a fifth series“.
This would leave the Rafters’ household very empty, and the media to keep thinking up headlines like “Not so Packed as Jess quits Rafters“, which could lead viewers to switch off in droves- as we all know that viewers watch TV for the characters.
However, this is not to say that it is a bad show, or even a mediocre one, by any stretch. It still has quite intriguing storylines at times, and especially when it aims to combine many elements together.
Melissa’s death was also well executed and very tactful, without being too soppy or over-the-top.
And Channel Seven isn’t likely to axe it any time soon, especially with the ratings it is getting. It is now up to producers to keep the show interesting, and viewers watching.