Category Archives: Drama

Renewal an Cancellation Wrap: March 25th

RENEWALS

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.

CANCELLATIONS

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.

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Australian TV, Radio and Podcast Twits

I am about to undertake the massive task of compiling a list of Australian Twits.

The list is, and will probably remain, incomplete.

Here goes;

Television

Official Account

Official Account

Official Account (Mobile)

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

Official Show Account

ABC News

Kerrin Binnie – Journalist

Alan Sunderland – “Head of Policy & Staff Development,ABC News Australia”

Official Account (Melbourne)

ABC News on 3

ABC Elections

ABC Investigations

Behind the News

Antony Green – Political analyst

Kieran Ricketts – ABC News24 Producer

Zoe Daniel – South East Asia Correspondent

Matt Wordsworth – Political Reporter (NSW)

Nick Grimm – Journalist

7:30

Official Show Account

Leigh Sales – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30

Chris Uhlmann – Co-host of the newly revamped 7:30

Justin Stevens – Producer

Big Ideas

Official Show Account

Review with Myles Barlow

Myles Barlow

Art Nation

Fenella Kernebone – Host

Can We Help

Official Show Account

Catalyst

Official Show Account

4 Corners

Official Show Account

First Tuesday Book Club

Official Show Account

Marieke Hardy

Gardening Australia

Official Show Account

Hungry Beast

Official Show Account

Dan Ilic – Co-host

Kirsten Drysdale – Co-host and reporter

Marc Fennell – Co-host

Elmo Keep – Writer

Monique Schafter

Nick Hayden

Aaron Smith

Lewis Hobba

Ali Russell

Veronica Milsom

Nick McDougall

Kirk Docker

Patrick Clair

Chris Leben (Not a cast member for season 3)

LAID

Marieke Hardy – Writer

Lateline

Official Show Account

Karen Barlow – Producer

Good Game

Official Show Account

Steven Bajo O’Donnell – Presenter and producer

Stephanie Bendixsen – Presenter

Spicks and Specks

Official Show Account

Myf Warhurst – Panellist

Alan Brough – No known account

Adam Hills – Host

Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight

Official Account

Q and A

Official Account

Peter McEvoy – Executive Producer

John Safran’s Race Relations

John Safran

Triple J TV

Lindsay McDougall

The Chaser

Official Account

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

Insiders

Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest

The Drum

Official Account

Steve Cannane – Host

Annabel Crabb – Occasional guest

Media Watch

Official Show Account

Jonathon Holmes – Host

Foreign Correspondent

Official Show Account

Landline

Official Show Account

Rage

Official Show Account

Countdown

Official Show Account

The Urban Monkey with Murray Foote

Sam Simmons – Comedian

Daniel Keogh – ABC Science Show reporter, famous for becoming broke because of his own goodwill… and Twitter.

Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure

Lawrence Leung

The Gruen Transfer

Official Show Account

Wil Anderson – Host

Todd Sampson

The New Inventors

Official Account

ABC News Breakfast

Official Show Account

Virginia Trioli – Co-host

Michael Rowland


AFL Game Day

Hamish McLachlan

Mark Robinson

Tim Watson

Australia’s Got Talent

Brian McFadden

Grant Denyer

Dannii Minogue

Kyle Sandilands – No Known Account

Better Homes and Gardens

Johanna Griggs – No Known Account

Karen Martini

Jason Hodges – No Known Account

Rob Palmer – No Known Account

Tara Dennis – No Known Account

Border Security

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

Saturday Disney

Sunrise

Official Show Account

David Koch

Melissa Doyle

Natalie Barr

Mark Beretta

Grant Denyer

Fifi Box

Weekend Sunrise

Andrew O’Keefe – No Known Account

Samantha Armytage

The Morning Show

Larry Emdur

The Amazing Race Australia

The X Factor Australia

Luke Jacobz

Today Tonight

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

Hugh Riminton

 

Emma Dallimore

 

Eddy Meyer

Emily Rice

Ross Scheepers – Producer

AFL

Before The Game

Dave Hughes

 

Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann

Mick Molloy – No Known Account

Samantha Lane

 

Andrew Maher – No Known Account

Bondi Rescue

Lifeguards

 

Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins

 

Ryan “Whippet” Clark

 

Andrew “Reidy” Reid

Trent “Maxi” Maxwell

Rod “Kerrbox” Kerr

Adriel “Bacon” Young

 

Anthony “Harries” Carroll

Dean “Deano” Gladstone

Ben “Benny” Sutherland

Troy “Gonzo” Quinlan

Terry “Tezz” McDermott

Daniel “Beardy” McLaughlin

Jake Nolan

 

Corey Oliver

Bondi Vet

Dr Chris Brown

Can of Worms

Official Show Account

Meshel Laurie

Dan Ilic

Ian “Dicko” Dickson – No Known Account

 

Everyday Gourmet 

Official Show Account

Justine Schofield

Huey’s Kitchen

Junior MasterChef

Anna Gare

MasterChef Australia

Offical Show Account

Gary Mehigan

Matt Preston

George Calombaris

Matt Moran

Donna Hay

 

 

 

 

Luke Mangan

 

Adriano Zumbo

Previous Contestants

Series 1

Brent Parker Jones

Kate Rodrigues

Series 2

Adam Liaw

Marion Grasby

 

Alvin Quah

Callum Hann

Jimmy Seervai

Meet The Press

News

Offspring

Ready Steady Cook

Recruits

Rush

Sports Tonight

Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation

Shaun Micallef – No Known Account

Amanda Keller

Charlie Pickering

Josh Thomas

The Biggest Loser

Michelle Bridges

The Circle

The Renovators

Official Show Account

7pm Project

Official Account

Dave Hughes – Co-host

Emily Rusciano – Occasional reporter

Ten News

Sydney Official Account

Sandra Sully – Ten Evening News host (Sydney)

Angela Bishop

Sky

Sky News

Sky News Agenda

David Speers – Political Editor

“Rafters” replaced by “Losers”: What are Seven thinking?

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.

Seven to replace Packed to the Rafters with new drama Winners & Losers

“Australia’s favourite drama is being pulled off air for at least the next three months.”

Packed to the Rafters season cut short

Packed away for now

Rafters’ cut halfway through series

Ouch.

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

This sucks

Comment 2 of 57

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

Why!

Comment 9 of 57

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.

Comment 15 of 57

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?

Trouble at the Rafters’

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.