Pretty Little Liars Summer Finale Offers Up Answers

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Main cast of Pretty Little Liars

It’s been a long four seasons for Pretty Little Liars fans.  The show has been offering up many questions, but not many answers.  Who is Red Coat, who killed Alison?  Is Alison is actually alive?  Who is Big A?  Well the Summer mid-season finale airing on FOX8 this Friday will reveal some long awaited answers to questions we’ve all been wanting to know!

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The liars in Ravenswood

In the episode titled “Now you see me, Now you don’t” the liars find themselves on a trip to Ravenswood where familiar faces are everywhere and one liar goes missing!  But before they can leave Ravenswood, they make a shocking discovery that proves that everything they thought they knew about “A” and the “A” team might be wrong. With this discovery, the Liars may just have started “World War A”.

Meanwhile, Hannah (Ashley Bensen) and Ashley Marin’s (Laura Leighton) reunion may be cut short after ‘A’ sets their sights on a new target.

So what answers can we expect to get in this mid-season finale?  The long awaited ‘who the heck is red coat’ will finally be revealed.  Many fans have taken a stab at guessing, and pretty much every character on the show from Aria (Lucy Hale) to Ella (Holly Marie-Combs) have been offered up as the mysterious red coat but currently, all signs point to Cee Cee Drake (Vanessa Ray)

We will also find out more about the night that Alison disappeared.  Says Sasha Pieterse who plays Alison, “There are people that she saw on that night that you would never never expect,” she says. “Alison had a lot of secrets of her own and she was really good at keeping them and obviously there was someone after her, or people after her and there’s a reason for that. She has blackmailed so many people.”

Also expect to see Travis (Luke Kleintank) become a target for ‘A’ after his revealing confession saw Ashley Marin cleared of Wilden’s murder.  In a preview clip of Friday’s finale, Travis is asked to identify the woman he saw leaving before the shots were fired that killed Wilden (We know Ashley and Wilden met the night he died) but is seen hesitating the positive ID of Ashley.

And finally – a new member of the ‘A’ team is revealed in a shocking closing scene that will have many fans up in anger!

Let’s hope that when the mid-season finale airs on Friday, we’ll have more answers than we do questions!

World War A airs this Friday, 7:30pm on Fox8

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Dating and Bogans Bring Viewers to ABC1

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Lisa McCune and Peter Helliar in Its A Date

ABC1 is offering up some new Australian comedies for Thursday night, and lure of bogans and dating brought in viewers.

Upper Middle Bogan starring Annie Maynard, Glenn Robbins and Michala Banas, is about a working class woman named Bess who discovers she was adopted and is shocked to find that her birth parents head up a drag racing team in the outer suburbs and brings her family to meet her birth family.

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  Michala Banas in Upper Middle Boagn

I personally don’t know much about the drag racing culture, but I can only assume that Robbins, Banas and Robyn Malcolm are hitting the mark perfectly as the Wheelers, a family of children giving birth to children (Wayne and Julie were apparently in their mid teens when Julie fell pregnant with Bess) who love their footy, drag racing and beers around the outdoor dining table.

Banas in particular is a highlight, moving on from bitchy Tiffany Turner (Winners & Losers) to playing the belching, cursing and screeching Amber Wheeler.

Following on from Upper Middle Bogan is the Peter Helliar created Its A Date.  A sort of narrated-reality-comedy-drama look at the troublesome world of dating, with each episode taking focus on a different topic.  Thursday night’s “When should you end a date” saw Helliar playing opposite to an off-character Lisa McCune while TV Chef Poh Ling Yeow (who was surprisingly good) played opposite Dave Lawson.  The eight part series features a slew of well known Australian actors from Denise Scott to Asher Keddie to Nadine Garner and Stephen Curry.

It’s A Date brought in 8777,000 viewers and won it’s timeslot.

Not a surprise.  The show is funny.  Lisa McCune getting smashed on margaritas then ending up in a strip club receiving a lap dance off a busty stripper is not something you see on TV everyday!

Of the two, It’s A Date won me over more than Upper Middle Bogan but I adore Michala Banas and will happily watch her groan “It’s F*cking Reflux!” on a weekly basis!

Both Upper Middle Bogan and It’s A Date air Thursday nights on ABC1 8:30pm/9pm respectively.

 

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Oh No! Sandra Oh Leaving Grey’s Anatomy

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Sandra Oh as Christina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy

It’s confirmed.  Sandra Oh is leaving Grey’s Anatomy after the shows 10th season and is taking her character Christina Yang with her.

“I gave myself two years to emotionally let go” says Sandra Oh on her upcoming departure from Grey’s Anatomy and in an official statement, Oh said, “It’s been a great privilege to play the character of Cristina Yang on ‘GA’ and I am both sad and excited to see where this, her final season will take her. It was an emotional and deeply creative decision for me and I feel fully supported by Shonda and the writers. It’s so rare in an actor’s life to be able to explore and grow a character so fully, so completely. I am profoundly grateful to everyone at ‘GA’ for the opportunity. I’m excited to celebrate and cherish every moment of my final season on ‘GA’ with the fans who have made it all possible.”

Co-stars Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo are still in talks regarding their stay post season 10.

ABC plan to keep the beloved medical drama on air for many more years to come with the aim to maintain as many original characters as possible to keep the show going into the future.

The shows 10th season kicks into gear next year picking up from the season 9 finale which saw a super storm tear through Chicago, Meredith gave birth to a healthy baby and also saw Richard Weber (possibly) dead from an electric shock in the basement.,

 

When Models Attack: Next Top Model Shock

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Australia’s Next Top Model Contestant Taylah Roberts

First off, let me state that I have little to no luck when it comes to choosing favorites in this modeling competition.  Over the seasons, none, that’s right, none of my chosen favorites have ever made the final.  Right now, i’m none for two on this season.

I can thank Taylah for adding to my Top Model body count after her disqualification from Australia’s Next Top Model last night after a heated confrontation with fellow contestant Ashley.

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Taylah and Ashley and ‘that incident’

I’m not sure if it was the fact the girls found themselves in the outback, or it was the flies, lack of food perhaps?  Either way, what started off as a simple and fun paint fight turned into a sort-of joke fight between Taylah and Ashley which then turned rather grizzly when Taylah felt adding local bush-land to her attack was needed as well.  (After pushing Ashley to the ground after a good choking, Taylah is seen ripping branches off near-by bushes and whacking her with them).  Just how severe was the attack?  None of the other contestants felt the need to step in neither do any other crew on site at the time though someone off-camera can be heard saying ‘That’s enough’.  Clearly though, after the attack, Ashley was visibly shaken.

That saying “It’s all fun and games until someone get’s hurt” was pretty true.  Taylah was hurt because her Supre’ T-shirt was damaged in said paint fight and Ashley was hurt because Taylah strangled her for ruining said Supre’ T-Shirt.

Despite producing standout photos and proving to be a judge favorite, Taylah found herself hearing the words “We had no other choice but to disqualify you from the competition” resulting in a social media firestorm between those who were happy and understood the decision and those who felt that while Taylah did step over the line, disqualification was not the answer.  A Current Affair even got in on the action, producing a news story for Monday nights episode labeling Taylah as a bully.

To my knowledge, this is the first time in Aussie Top Model history, a contestant has been kicked off the show.  I’m pretty sure it almost happens once every season in the US version.  

Both Taylah and Ashley will appear in Friday’s issue of Who Magazine for a photo-shoot and interview on the events.

Australia’s Next Top Model airs Tuesday nights on FOX8.

Please Like Me Back for Season Two!

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It’s the announcement fans have been waiting for – Josh Thomas and his self penned and created show, Please Like Me will be back for a second season – finally – and we can thank a new television network in America for this news. The Pivot Channel in America made the announcement of the second season before the August 1st USA premier date of Season 1.

Given little love by the ABC network in Australia (it was moved from ABC1 to the digital ABC2), Please Like Me and it’s stars including Thomas and Wade Briggs have garnered an impressive and well earned cult following – due largely to the word-of-mouth/social media attention the show received after it’s end in April this year.

It’s been announced that Pivot will co-produce (with ABC2) and source funds to bring a second season to our screens.

Speaking with FOX FM’s Fifi & Jules this afternoon, Thomas announced that Pivot plan to buck the trend of re-making the series, instead, opting to continue with the cast that featured in the shows original series and continue on with the storyline though how this may be achieved is still unsure as star Caitlin Stasey is busy filming American fantasy series Reign, and has signed on for Tomorrow When The War Began 2.

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Reviews in the states for the show have been positive, likening Thomas and his show to that of Girls star and creator Lena Dunham.  The Miami Herald writes “Please Like Me is the brainchild of Australian comic Josh Thomas, based on his own social awkwardness. Not a terribly new idea, but when it’s treated intelligently and enacted by a lovable sad sack named Josh Thomas, it can be irresistible.”

Zap2it.com “Though Thomas may rely on the painfully awkward moments he’s experienced while coming of age (and there are plenty in the first half-hour), he’s crafted a character who is inherently likable. The same can’t really be said for Girls Hannah Horvath — or anyone else in her world”

The best part about all of this?  Pivot plan to up the show run from 6 episodes to 10, hopefully allowing a more easy flow to the story and timeline – an issue I found with season one.

Please Like Me is currently airing on the Pivot network, Thursdays at 8pm, and is now available to own on DVD in Australia.

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Coming Soon: Orange Is The New Black

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Cast of the the Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black’

Jenji Kohan is no stranger to television shows based around drugs and suburban housewives.  Back in 2005 and lasting 8 seasons, Kohan brought us Weeds,  the quirky dramedy about a suburban mother who turns to dealing marijuana after the death of her husband and now, Kohan has followed that up with Orange Is The New Black.

Based on the real-life memoirs of Piper Kerman, Orange Is The New Black brings us an often funny and sometimes dramatic look at Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), who finds herself leaving behind her perfect suburban life (including loving fiancée, witchy mother and a soon-to-be successful business) for 15 months inside a low-security women’s prison for transporting drug money across international borders 10 years earlier.

Orange Is The New Black is more Winners and Losers than it is Wentworth.  Wentworth gave us a tough, in your-face and highly gritty look at life inside a women’s prison, Orange Is The New Black offers a somewhat satirical view even giving us the women’s prison genre typecasting – waspy blonde thrown into the lions den of heavy-set lesbians, aggressive black women from the Bronx, horny prison guards and even a transsexual, but, every character is so well cast and acted, this is easily forgiven.

So Orange Is The New Black worth a look in?

I say absolutely.  The all-star cast (all playing against type) is worth a look alone.  Joining Taylor Schilling is Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show) who plays Piper’s ex-girlfriend Alex Vause and Jason Biggs (of American Pie fame) as Piper’s fiancée Larry Bloom.  Natasha Lyonne, Tarryn Manning, Lea DeLaria and an unrecognisable Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek Voyager) with Russian accent as prison chef Red are all involved too.

I’m currently 5 episodes in and loving it – though  a word of warning, brace yourselves for Laura Prepon’s eyebrows. They alone, need a show of their own.  

Orange Is The New Black is due to hit our screens before the end of the year and has been confirmed for a second series.

Wishlist: 6 TV Character Crossovers

Fictional crossovers between characters on television shows have been going on for a long time – often used as a way to offer cross promotion between shows.  Mad About You and Friends had a great crossover (Including a long running one involving side character ditzy waitress Ursula Buffay played by Lisa Kudrow), Cougar Town characters Jules Cobb and Ellie Torres (Courteney Cox and Christa Miller) appeared in Private Practice, Ally McBeal and The Practice (Two of David E Kelley’s biggest hits) often crossed paths too.

What about the crossovers that would never happen, but could be pretty awesome?  Characters that are no longer around, brought back to life, currently underused characters getting more screen time in another show…check out my ‘crossover wish list!’

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Roseanne’s Jackie Harris meets Modern Family

Easily said, Aunt Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) was one of the best bits about Roseanne.  She was somewhat crazy, highly lovable and suffered through some rather tough situations and when we last saw Jackie, it was revealed she was in fact a lesbian.  I could easily see her Jackie popping up in Modern Family,  fitting in for a guest spot quite perfectly with her hilarious antics with Cam and Mitchell – as long as she is wearing that bitchin’ knitted sweater!

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The X-Files Mulder and Scully meets True Blood

What could be better than bringing in two paranormal investigators to the town of Bon Temps where vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, faeries and witches all run rampant?  While the True Blood gang live in a world where Vampers are an everyday and (somewhat) accepted minority group, faeries and shifters and werewolves remain relatively unknown to humans, which could be the perfect reason to bring our FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in to investigate!

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Weeds Nancy Botwin meets The Walking Dead

Who’s to say, that after Weeds left our screens, the world Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise-Parker) knew and lived in went the same as that of The Walking Dead?  Nancy would be the perfect replacement for the recently deceased Lori (she’s certainly less annoying) and we know she’d happily take her withdrawals from iced caffeine drinks out on the walkers.  Add in a romance with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and we have ourselves a crossover!

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Dawsons Creek Jack McPhee meets Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars features secrets, murders, blackmail, lesbians, teenage sex…it’s the modern day Dawsons Creek which would be a perfect launchpad to bring former creeker Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) back to our screens.  No stranger to secrets, McPhee spent his first few seasons hiding his homosexuality from his friends.  Granted Jack would now be somewhat older than the main cast, so i’m thinking in a teaching role, perhaps, with more secrets of his own, with extended screen time with Caleb or Ezra or Toby.

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Nurse Jackie’s Dr. Elanor O’Hara meets Greys Anatomy

There’s no denying that since O’Hara (Eve Best) packed up her wardrobe and stethoscope (and new baby) and headed back to London, Nurse Jackie hasn’t been the same.  The same could be said about Greys Anatomy withAddison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) leaving (for the dreadfully boring Private Practice).  The team at Grey-Sloan Memorial are in desperate need of that kick-ass surgeon who looks fabulous in expensive clothing all while thinking about which 5 star restaurant she’ll be dining at for lunch.  The only issue here – we doubt O’Hara would be seen dead in Seattle.

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Melrose Place’s Sydney Andrews meets Revenge

In total, Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) has been killed off twice during Melrose Place’s run.  What’s to say, she can’t be brought back to life for a third chance at life?  She’s highly skilled in bed-hopping, blackmail and bitching, all skills needed to fit in perfectly with Emily Thorne and the Graysons up in the Hamptons.  Let’s just hope this time she wouldn’t end up over the roof of a car or face down in a swimming pool.