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800-WordsI have good news, the not so good news and annoying news about the new Erik Thomson’s new Australian drama 800 Words.

The not so good news is that the first episode starts ‘out of character’ for the show, primarily because it needs to set up the premise of the series. The show is ultimately about the adventures and misadventures of a family now living in New Zealand – the show obviously deals with the actual move from Australia to New Zealand to begin with. Continue reading »

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Episode Two

In this episode we interview New Zealand’s queen of reality television, Julie Christie; we find out what all the fuss is about with the hit new show Glee and we visit the set location for the popular Australian soap Home and Away.

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Episode One

In this episode we interview Mark Jennings, head of news and current affairs at TV3; we search out how to get a writing gig on Shortland Street; attend the Maserati launch and Sax fashion show and hit the red carpet at the 2009 Qantas film & television awards.

Hosted by Hamish Coleman-Ross, Dayna Boase and Ben Kettell, Throng TV celebrates, interrogates and informs you of all things television.

Extended interviews

The full interviews from episode one will be uploaded during the next week.  Stay tuned for more details.

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A Gossip Girl spin-off is in the works.

Californication renewed for a third season.

Wipeout‘s second season won’t be filmed for another six months but preparation is already underway. 95% of the course has been changed – but the big balls are staying. There’ll also be no helmets so we can see contestants faces better. The show pays roughly $3700NZ in insurance for each contestant.

Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica, has been given the green light by Sci Fi Channel. The series will be set 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica.

DC Comic’s Fables – about characters from fairy tales living in modern day New York – is to be made for ABC. Characters could include the Big Bad Wolf, Rose Red and Prince Charming.

BBC miniseries House of Saddam will air over two nights on HBO this weekend and is described as a gangster movie similar to The Godfather and Scarface. Read a review »

Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies are expected to be cancelled shortly.

AR2 sounds an interesting upcoming show. From the makers of The West Wing and Prison Break, the series is described as “Les Miserables” in modern America – following a group of young people sparking a second American revolution.

Remember that short-lived show Arrested Development? A movie based on it may be in the works.

Sean “Diddy” Combs will guest star as a prosecutor in an upcoming episode of CSI: Miami.

Ricky Gervais is planning a new one-hour special of Extras.

What do you think of Rob Thomas’ upcoming ABC show Cupid? Some have described this as a cross between Eli Stone, Life on Mars and The Ex-List.

University researchers found that “unhappy people watch TV, happy people read/socialize”.

Dancing with the Stars Hayley Holt will host the upcoming Top Town competition. Marc Ellis is tipped to co-host.

From the makers of American Idol and So you think you can dance comes Superstar Dancers of the World (working title) Eight countries will compete with a team including US, Argentina, Russia, South Africa, India, China and Ireland. Michael Flately (Lord of the Dance) will host.

Home and Away and Neighbours have been criticised by Australian academics for being too white. Speaking of Home and Away, Kate Ritchie (Sally Fletcher) will play a very different role as Judi Jane in Underbelly.


Monk has been cancelled – the eighth season will be its last.

Pamela Anderson will guest star in the US version of Kath and Kim. The show is struggling in the US but will still get a full season.

Kim Kardashian (Keeping up with the Kardashians), Kendra Wilkinson (The Girls Next Door, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (The Hills) will all guest star on How I Met Your Mother.

Juianna Margulies (Carol Hathaway) has declined to return as a guest star in ER‘s final season. It’s still unclear if George Clooney will return.

Has TV3’s Prison Break been cancelled? Actors were told only two more episodes will be filmed of the fourth season with FOX not ordering the remaining 6 episodes of the season.

More cancellations of TV3 shows: My Own Worst Enemy (Christian Slater) and Lipstick Jungle joins Worst Week and Do Not Disturb in being cut.

TV2’s Pushing Daisies might also be wrapped up. 13 episodes have been made for season 2 but it is unknown if more will be ordered.

Hilary Duff is to star in a new show on NBC.

Comic book legend Stan Lee is working on a show about a gay superhero (based on the book Hero by Perry Moore) for Showtime.

Sunrise is doing slightly better since Oliver Driver joined as co-host. Last month’s average audience was 61,000 – up from the previous month’s average of 52,200 in the 18-49 demographic. Breakfast is still the clear winner with an average audience of 130,000 in the 18-49 demographic.

If you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica check out their upcoming auction of props, costumes and memorabilia used in the show.

Reiko Aylesworth (Michelle Dessler on 24) joins the cast of Lost. Season 5 of Lost starts in the US on January 21.

Will Oprah finish her show in 2011?

Life has been given a full season.