Ja’mie: Private School Girl First Sneak Peek

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Ja’mie King is Back!

The date is set – well for HBO at least.  November 24th will see the premiere of Chris Lilley’s new series Ja’mie: Private School Girl for HBO in America (I wonder if ABC do fast track?)

Now word has it that joining Ja’mie will be another of Lilley’s most popular characters – troubled school boy Jonah Takalua.  While it seems this new show is not being pushed as a sequel to Summer Heights High, it will see both popular characters reunited since the original series.  Next i’m hoping for the Mr.G rumours to start spreading round.

While i’m waiting for those to start, check out the new teaser trailer for Ja’mie: Private School Girl below.  Warning, the trailer contains strong language!

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Coming Soon: The Goldbergs

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Wendi McLendon-Covey plays Bev Goldberg in the comedy ‘The Goldbergs’

What do perms, Star Wars action figures, Jane Fonda work out videos and Reo Speedwagon cassette tapes all have in common? They are all cemented in 1980’s history and can be found in the new half hour comedy called The Goldbergs.

so I’ll just get down to the nitty gritty of the show.  The Goldbergs follows Bev and Murray Goldberg (the stupidly funny Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin) and their three kids Erica, Barry and Adam, and just like me, it’s set in the amazingly colorful and wild 1980’s and is seen through the narrative of the youngest son Adam (Sean Giambrone) who captures day to day events on his families clunky old-school (but very cool back then) video camera.

Think The Wonder Years but replace Winnie Cooper with a video camera and throw in pixelated expletives.

It could be passed on as another formulated family sitcom (dysfunctional family that deep down all love each other), but, The Goldbergs, once everyone has been identified, evolves into a very tight and witty comedy that offers up some wonderfully funny lines and interactions between characters plus the pop-culture and fashion references of times gone by are spot on and will offer up some great memories for those who lived and grew up during the era.

The Goldbergs will be sitting on my ‘keep watching’ pile and when it airs here, should sit on yours too!

Big Brother 2013 – More Intruders Coming.

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Big Brother Housemates Drew and Tim

Let’s talk intruders.  I don’t like Justynn.  His name spelling alone is worthy of a dislike (I don’t even want to add it to my dictionary, that red underline can stay!), but that aside, I’m finding him highly unlikable.  He seems like the type of person who wouldn’t have many close friends in the real world.  Up front, brash, offensive (and that’s not just his personal hygiene!) he’s a more bark than bite type of guy that has most of the housemates offside.  Also, is it just me, but is Justynn literally the only guy in the entire world who looks more dirtier after a shower?

Nathan is fine.  He’s like the sugar sisters.  Doesn’t seem to cause too much trouble, just a beige type of guy.  Neither will win.  But it will be interesting to see who the viewers will vote to stay.

Now more intruders are on their way into the Big Brother house and this time it’s two females!  After Monday night’s male intruder eviction,  we should expect two female intruders to enter – one, a sexy lawyer, the other, a loud mouth pocket rocket.

 

 

Wonderland wonders in “I wonder why land”

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Megan Gale and co-star Daniel Dorman on the set of Channel 10 drama “Wonderland” at the Blue Beat Jazz club in Double Bay. Pictures: Bradley Hunter Source: News Limited

Channel 10 sure know how to keep a dead horse running.  Still, you have to give it to them though. Apparently the 600,000+ viewers they’re nabbing for Aussie drama Wonderland is impressive enough for them to continue with production of the show.

While the first handful of episodes grabbed enough viewers (just shy of the 1 million mark) for the drama to beat out Big Brother, the show is now regularly being beaten by Big Brother and Big Brother Confidential plus ABC’s Gruen Planet and Channel 7’s Slide Show.  In fact, the show doesn’t even rate in the top 20 shows for the day/night.

At present time, we can expect Wonderland to continue on, with model Megan Gale filming a guest star role recently which reportedly will air next year.

Want to watch it?  Wonderland airs 8:30pm on Wednesday nights on Channel 10 – or so I believe.

 

 

Top Model Finale – Who Will Win?

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Finalists from left to right – Duckie, Melissa and Shanali

One could say that, for the first time in a long time, this series of Australia’s Next Top Model was pretty tame – If you take out the whole Taylah choking Ashley for ruining her Supre’ T-Shirt thing.  Sure, a model was physically attacked and another kicked off the show, but in general, the selection of girls all vying for the crown actually got along with each other.  I think the term bullying was never really used (I should check with Jo Blogs and her tally of catchphrases)

So, tonight, one of three girls will be crowned the winner of Australia’s Next Top Model and it all comes down to a popularity contest, (See ya Melissa – you may take stunning photos but the personality is lacking a tad) which saw all three finalists hitting twitter, Facebook and instagram during the week to strum up votes.  I was concerned when the winner crowned changed from judge vote to public vote, but then I remembered season two winner Eboni Stokes and public vote it is!

My tip to win?  Well, I have publicly said my choices are always taken out early (Rhiannon then Taylah then Jade) and I have no real affliction for any of the final three.  I do like Melissa, but only if the required photo doesn’t require her to show emotion, laugh or be under water.  Duckie is cool and full of personality and should pull votes.

I’m tipping Shanali to win however.  Should I say more?  I’ve just said my run of luck with this competition never ends well.  Perhaps I should change my pick to Duckie?

Who do you want to win?

Australia’s Next Top Model the finale airs tonight on FOX8.

Dexter Series Finale Brings Tears and Questions

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Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C Hall

THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS FINAL EPISODE SPOILERS~!

So…the Dexter finale.  Yeah.  Talk about a really dark closing to a series right?  After having watched the final episode last night and feeling super snarky and negative about the whole thing, I tried to write a post, but it wasn’t happening.  So, i slept on it.  Have my feelings changed?  Somewhat.  Let me explain…

I trolled through social media after the finale to find a general consensus about the episode and what I found, was fans (and myself) were asking “Did the right person die and the right person live?” making me question ‘did the writers get it right?’

We were never expecting a finale full of sunshine, unicorns and stickers, I mean, come on, it was a show about a serial killer.  The ending was never going to be good…..for Dexter that is, and that said, why was there not a single ray of sunshine for any character in that closing episode?

I was shocked and annoyed that Deb was killed off.  Cheap shot in my eyes.  A pure cop out.  Reading an interview with executive producer Sara Colleton, she says “It was never about Deb’s story. It’s about Dexter’s story. Just like in Season 4, when Dexter played fast and loose with Trinity (John Lithgow) … and Rita (Julie Benz) died. Here, Deb is the most meaningful person in his life and he’s the most advanced he’s been as a human being. The price you pay for being a fully alive, aware human being is the true nature of his crimes.”  Really Sara?  It was never about Deb’s story?  Sure Dexter was the main character, but to just throw away Deb’s entire progression throughout the series (which we followed and became invested in) simply by saying it was Dexter’s story just slaps me and fans alike in the face.

What also annoyed me was the feeling that side characters were treated like this was just a season finale and not a series finale.  Masuka’s all important secret daughter story-line, Quinn and Jamie, Angel and Miami Metro…these played important parts throughout not only the final series, but the show in general.  Each had story lines we followed and became involved with only for us to be left thinking “Wait, these guys don’t even get an ending

What about Hannah and Harrison?  Poor love now finds herself playing mom to a kid that’s not even hers in a foreign country without the man she was expecting to spend the rest of her life with. Was Dexter really THAT selfish to just ditch them both – granted she thinks he’s dead.

Which makes me want to come back to the whole ‘did the right person die?’  I think, we as viewers, would have felt much more at ease with the finale had the roles been reversed and Deb lived and Dexter had died. I’m sure the writers are arguing that Dexter is now paying the ultimate price, a life alone in solitary working as a logger with no real human contact, but in the end, isn’t that the perfect life for Dexter?

And what does this bring for the supposed spin-off?  Hannah and Harrison in Argentina?  Sara Colleton made it clear that line is not likely stating that Harrison had not exhibited any signs of turning into Dexter because Dexter had ensured Harrison’s upbringing was to be as normal as possible.  So perhaps it’ll be Dexter 2.0 – American Loggers?  All I will say is that i’d be very surprised if a spin-off was brought to life after this finale.

What did you think?  Do you agree that Dexter was right to live and Deb was right to die?

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Emmy Awards 2013 – Winners and Losers

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Well you can’t say this year was a bag full of potatoes (as in, you know what your’e getting) as this years Emmy Awards were full of surprise wins and glaring oversights.  For the first time and a loooong tme, the usually strong Lead Actress Drama category has been at it’s weakest while Supporting Actress Comedy is still very strong.

So who won or should I say “graciously lost”?

Lead Actress Drama:

Who was expected to win?  Kerry Washington.  Who won?  Claire Danes.  Who did I want to win?  Claire Danes.

 I think most expected Kerry Washington to take the award for her role in Scandal.  It’s been a big season for her and with nominees including Connie Britton (Nashville), Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) the category was weaker than it has been in years.  That said, Claire Danes who actually won for Homeland was well deserved.  While it’s been sometime since the show was on our screens, Danes’ portrayal of bi-polar Carrie Mathison is unforgettable.

Lead Actor Drama:

Who was expected to win?  Bryan Cranston.  Who won?  Jeff Daniels.  Who did I want to win?  Bryan Cranston.

Remarkably strong category.  Many expected Cranston to win.  He had a strong lead up (A Critics Choice Award and SAG Award win) and with Breaking Bad now over, it was a shock that Daniels’ ended up winning.  I don’t watch The Nerwsroom so I cant judge, but considering other strong nominees included Damien Lewis (Homeland) and Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards) Daniels’ win is certainly a surprise.

Supporting Actress Drama:

Who was excpected to win?  Christine Baranski.  Who won?  Anna Gunn.  Who did I want to win?  Christine Baranski

Ok, so yes, Christine Baranski was a favourite to win.  She has definitely shone this season of The Good Wife but I think she was right up there with Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn.  Both have been highly praised for their work this year, so no real surprise there.

Supporting Actor Drama:

Who was expected to win?  Aaron Paul.  Who won?  Bobby Cannavale.  Who did I want to win?  Aaron Paul.

Right.  Aaron Paul didn’t win.  I’m sad.  It was a really strong category this year.  Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale certainly wasn’t a contender.  Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) were all more likely to win.  Certainly sits in the surprise win category.

Drama Series:

What was expected to win?  Breaking Bad.  What won?  Breaking Bad.  What did I want to win?  Breaking Bad.

This one was all about Breaking Bad.  Homeland could have been considered a close contender, but with Breaking Bad’s final season, it was a shoe-in the shoe was going to win.  Strong seasons from both, makes me wonder if Breaking Bad would have beaten Homeland had it not been it’s swan song season.

Lead Actress Comedy:

Who was expected to win?  Too Close to call.  Who won?  Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  Who did I want to win?  Happy with anything!

Always a popular category and love all that were nominated.  Toni Colette and Sarah Jessica Parker had a strong hold in the early 2000’s but for the last few years since then, Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP), Tina Fey (30 Rock) Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Lena Dunham (Girls) have usually featured.  Laura Dern (Enlightened) was probably the least likely to win though all nominees have had a scorcher of a season.  I’d expect Julia Louis-Dreyfus to hold onto this category for a while.  She is crackers as Selina Meyer in VEEP! 

Lead Actor Comedy:

Who was expected to win?  Jim Parsons.  Who won?  Jim Parsons.  Who did I want to win?  Jason Bateman

Last years winner Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) wasn’t nominated this year (rightly so) leaving way for 2011 winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) to reclaim his crown.  Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Matt Le Blanc (Episodes) would have been close favourites and I had wished there was a stronger Arrested Development presence too.  I’d expect to see a few new faces for next years nominations with 30 Rock and Arrested Development no longer on the air.

Supporting Actress Comedy:

Who was expected to win?  Julie Bowen.  Who won?  Merritt Wever.  Who did I want to win?  Merritt Wever.

YAY!  Super stoked that Nurse Jackie’s Merritt Wever finally took this one out  and against strong competition too. Nominee, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen has won twice and Glee’s Jane Lynch once, VEEP’s Anna Chlumsky, 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski and Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik all highly popular too.

Supporting Actor Comedy:

Who was expected to win?  Someone from Modern Family.  Who won?  Tony Hale.  Who did I want to win?  Tony Hale.

For a category that, for the past few years, has been dominated by Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler-Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet (who strangely wasn’t nominated this year) it was expected that Ferguson or co-stars Ty Burrell or Ed O’Neill would take it out.  Girls Adam Driver could have been a shock win for a very strong season.  Surprise win for VEEP’s Hale.  His character – Gary Walsh, could almost be that of his in Arrested Development just without the hook for a hand!

Comedy Series:

What was expected to win?  30 Rock.  What won?  Modern Family.  What did I want to win?  30 Rock/Girls

Yes, this has been Modern Family’s category for the last few years.  It’s a strong show that well written, acted and put together, but that said, 30 Rock and Girls have both had incredibly funny and interesting seasons (Girls though will never win as it’s like Desperate Housewives…more drama facets that comedy) and it would have been a nice way to say goodbye to 30 Rock.  Will be interesting to see what takes 30 Rock’s place next year.

Now for the bit I know you all want to know!  My best and worst dressed!!

Best Dressed:

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True Blood star Carrie Preston easily takes this one out.  She looked amazing!  Anna Farris (Soon to be seen in the new comedy Mom) takes a close second.

Worst Dressed:

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Girls actress Zosia Mamet was having all eyes on her for all the wrong reasons.  That said, her boobs were clearly the worst dressed.  Speaking of boobs, someone should introduce Claire Danes to the wonder of chicken fillets.  Just saying.

Walking Dead Season 4 News plus Spin-off News!

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You know I love me some Walking Dead news!  Season 4 is now less than a month away, and we (me included) are literally chomping at the bit to get our hands on as much information as possible as to what to expect for this exciting fourth season.

First off, we’re getting a new major character, and she’ll be played by a very familiar face!  Christian Serratos (Angela Weber from the Twilight series) is joining the show as Rosita Espinosa, a gorgeous woman who resorted to prostitution as a way to survive in the zombie apocalypse.  Rosita, who is also featured in the Walking Dead comic book series, may also be joined by her comic companions Eugene Porter and Abraham Ford though no word if that’s actually happening.  It’s been reported she’ll be a recurring character during season 4 with an option to become a regular character for season 5.

Now onto the big stuff!  AMC seem to be in the spin-off business (after announcing the Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul) AMC also announced a Walking Dead spin off is in the works too.   Charlie Collier, AMC’s president and general manager, said, “Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer. We look forward to working with Robert, Gale and Dave again as we develop an entirely new story and cast of characters. It’s a big world and we can’t wait to give fans another unforgettable view of the zombie apocalypse.”

It’s been hinted at, that the spin off series will be more of a companion series and will be set in the same time and world as The Walking Dead but will feature a new cast of characters.

While we’re on the topic, to get you excited, check out this new teaser trailer for the season 4 première!

The Walking Dead returns Monday October 14th on FX!

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The Carrie Diaries season 2 Premiere Date Announced

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Austin Butler and Anna-Sophia Robb

After what seemed an eternity and what was also one of the surprise renewals of the year, The Carrie Diaries is finally back for a second season, and we won’t have long to wait to see what Carrie and friends are up to!

It’s the summer of 1985, and, for the first time, 17-year-old Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) can call Manhattan home. After her boyfriend Sebastian (Austin Butler) and best friend Maggie (Katie Findlay) betrayed her, Carrie is happy to accept the offer to spend the summer living in the downtown loft apartment of her Interview magazine boss Larissa (Freema Agyeman). But as summer turns to fall and Carrie heads into her senior year, she and her friends and family discover that letting go of old loves and embracing new dreams comes with some tough new realities but also incredible new opportunities.

This season will also bring us our first glimpse at a young Samantha Jones (Lindsay Gort)  “Through a surprising connection, our young Carrie Bradshaw will meet one of the most important people in her life this season in a role made iconic by Kim Cattrall: Samantha Jones, a ballsy, beautiful and sexy young woman from the panhandle of Florida who has made her way — and already a name for herself — in the rock ’n’ roll scene of 1980s NYC.”

Season two premiere of The Carrie Diaries is set to begin Tuesday October 29th at 8.30pm on Fox8

FOX8 Picks up The Crazy Ones

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Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar star in the new comedy The Crazy Ones

I had been waiting to hear which free-to-air channel would pick up new comedy The Crazy Ones due to premiere in the USA shortly and in a surprise move, Fox8 have picked up the rights to air the comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.  The comedy set inside an advertising agency sees Williams playing father to Gellar and is William’s return to series television since Mork and Mindy.

Oscar-winner Robin Williams returns to his television roots with his signature brand of humor in the inspired workplace comedy from 20th Century Fox TV, The Crazy Ones. As a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired – if he weren’t the boss – he heads a powerful agency with the biggest clients and brands in the world. The office is staffed with an eclectic group intent on keeping his antics in check, including his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who often questions her father’s sanity while trying to make a name for herself in the advertising world.

The Crazy Ones is set to premiere Sunday October 20th on Fox8