The Block Triple Threat Kicks Off

The Block Contestants Mark and Jess.  Source: Provided
The Block Contestants Mark and Jess. Source: Provided

Talk about bursting out of the gates like a bucking bull – well, Block contestant Anastasia sure did taking an epic fall right into Scotty’s work bench early on in last night’s first episode – I feel ya girl.

Yes, The Block is back for another season, with 6 brand new couples and no sign (as yes) of last years delightful Dee and Darren.  After some rather awkward introductions, we’re introduced to our six couples who are informed they have one week to renovate three rooms – a bedroom (the worlds smallest), a living/dining and a bathroom (what no kitchen in these places?) and that’s if they make it to the final room.

Room by room, one of the 6 couples will be booted off the show to make way for our three returning couples from previous seasons – Dee and Darren, Matt and Kim and Bec and George before moving into the actual block.

First look thoughts on the teams:

Aimee and Brooke….the two seemed more interested in performing pop hits in the car (and for the camera) than actually making it to the challenge destination and taking 40 minutes to find their allocated apartment…i’ll bite my tongue here.  If they happen to make it through, those girls will have the biggest tradie bill to date.

Anastasia and Tim…well Ana’s epic fall gets her right into my good books, though someone may need to show her how to run in heels and Tim, we didn’t see much of him at all so no comment.

Ayden and Jess…he took her keys and left her stranded at Mitre 10. Sort of a bumbling duo that you’d find in a bad 90’s fat guy/hot wife sitcom though Ayden seems to know his way around an Ikea flat pack.

Josh and Charlotte…I literally do not remember this couple…wait is she the ‘food stylist’?

Luke and Ebony…i’m still waiting for the sibling rivalry to kick in as this brother/sister duo seem to be getting along a little to good for my liking.

Mark and Jess…Gotta feel for Mark.  The missus dissolves into thin air – or just went shopping – for HOURS with her phone and his! Actually, it’s probably a smart move so there’d be no phone calls about colors or patterns or sizes.

Tonight we get our first room reveals – the bedroom big enough for a toddler and we loose one couple to the depths of former reality TV contestants.

The Block Triple Threat continues tonight, 7:30pm on Nine.


My 2015 SAG Award Score Card

Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black"
Uzo Aduba of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”

My SAG award score card looks better than my Golden Globes one did a few weeks back.  I’m choosing to actually forget those choices (or wins) actually occurred.

I still was a miss on a few categories, but overall, no where near as bad as the globes!  Check out the winners list and my results below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

My pick: Mark Ruffalo/The Normal Heart.  Winner: Mark Ruffalo/The Normal Heart.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

My pick: Frances McDormand/Olive Kitteridge.  Winner: Frances McDormand/Olive Kitteridge.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

My pick: Matthew McConaughey/True Detective.  Winner: Kevin Spacey/House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

My pick: Tatiana Maslany/Orphan Black. Winner: Viola Davis/How to get Away With Murder.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

My Pick: William H Macy/Shameless. Winner: William H Macy/Shameless

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

My Pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus/VEEP. Winner: Uzo Aduba/Orange is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

My pick: Homeland.  Winner: Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

My pick: Orange is the New Black.  Winner: Orange is the New Black.

So I hit 50%, 4 out of 8.  Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis’ wins i’m more than fine with!  Were my second choice…you know….if I was allowed to have one!

Getting to Know Stan

Bringing binge TV to the masses

Stan goes live in Australia on Jan 26th
Stan goes live in Australia on Jan 26th

Stan, the streaming subscription service created in a joint venture between Nine and Fairfax, has announced it’s official ‘live’ date – Jan 26th with the service going live just 12 days after Presto (Foxtel’s effort) went live.  Stan will cost subscribers $10 a month with no lock-in contracts (offering movies and television) and is cheaper than Presto who charge $14 per month for access to its movie and television catalog.

I’ve been playing around with Stan for the past week and wanted to share my thoughts on what to expect for those looking at possibly signing up.  Stan’s interface is simple, clean and easy to use with it’s landing page set up to showcase it’s draw-card programs and shows segregated into genres.  You want ‘groundbreaking comedies’ or ‘premium drama’ then it’ll be easy to find.

Dramas including Masters of Sex and Dexter will be readily available when the service launches
Dramas including Masters of Sex and Dexter will be readily available when the service launches

There’s an array of older content (which i’ll get to in a bit) and there’s also some selected new dramas being touted as ‘first on Stan’ including sci-fi cult Lost Girl, award winning drama Transparent and Amazon Original series Mozart in the Jungle all readily available when the service launches.

The rest of the programs available are made up of dramas, comedies and documentaries long since finished: Absolutely Fabulous, Will & Grace (only 4 of 8 seasons available), Dawsons Creek, The L Word and Deadwood among others or those currently airing but featuring seasons past – Hannibal, The Fall, Community, Masters of Sex and Nurse Jackie.

Like with Presto and the imminent arrival of Netflix (sometime before March), Stan’s catalog features a small selection of new content packed in between a slew of old programs we’ve all probably seen and long forgotten.  It’s best to think of these services as walking down the weekly isle at your local DVD rental shop where you can watch all you want but pay monthly for the ability to do so.

Do you need Stan?  To be honest, if you binge watch TV or your TV DVD library doesn’t exist then Stan will be useful.  If you have your weeknight free-to-air schedule worked out and can live without seeing certain shows as they go live, then no.

Stan goes live in Australia Monday Jan 26th.

Do you plan on singing up with Stan or Presto or Netflix?  Sound off in the comments below!

First Look – Hannibal Season 3 Trailer


The first look at Hannibal’s third season is ready for devouring and judging by the video, it looks like we’re in for a mighty meal.

The trailer for the cult-favorite, blood soaked thriller shows Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) alive and well after his encounter with Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) obsessivly on the hunt tracking down the killer with a penchant for flesh who is now on the run.

Gillian Anderson is back (of course, but this time in a more permanent role) as Bedelia Du Maurier and a new face in the form of Tao Okamoto as Chio who, as Fuller states, plays a twist on the Lady Murasaki character from the Hannibal novels.

Check out the trailer below:

Showrunner Bryan Fuller announced that season three will pull heavily from Thomas Harris’ novels Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising, mashing up elements from both novels and revealing a very different origin story for Hannibal.

Hannibal’s third season begins later this year.

Amazon Original Transparent Premiering on Channel 9

Jeffrey Tambor in his award winning role on Transparent
Jeffrey Tambor in his award winning role on Transparent

Channel 9 are set to use Golden Globe winning Amazon Original drama Transparent to promote the launch of it’s streaming subscription service Stan.

The critically acclaimed and award winning drama will have it’s first two episodes aired on the network before moving exclusively to the streaming service which launched yesterday to selected users.

Transparent follows Mort Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) and his sometimes delicate and sometimes frustrating journey in transitioning into Maura Pfefferman.  His adult children (played wonderfully by Gabi Hoffman, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker) are so self involved and ego-centric they fail to see any sign of Maura emerging.  Mort/Maura must find a way to not only let those he loves in on this change but also navigate the world in a form that feels right.

Easily one of the best dramas to come out of 2014, and easily Tambor’s best work to date, Transparent will probably ruffle some feathers of those who like their milk on their cereal and not next to it.  The plentiful amounts of language, sex and nudity is sure to offend some.

Transparent’s first two episodes will air Tuesday, Jan 27th from 10pm before moving to Stan.

Original Source: Nine Network to premiere Golden Globe winning drama Transparent –

The Return of The X-Files? FOX Says Yes!

Anderson and Duchovny could return to their famous alter-egos!
Anderson and Duchovny could return to their famous alter-egos!

Thanks to the success of 24’s limited run reboot last year, FOX have begun to look at other favorite shows from their back catalog that could also do with a comeback including one small show about little green men.

Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman has confirmed that talks have begun to look at bringing back sci-fi hit The X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson – who apparently are all interested in revisiting the characters that kick started their careers (X-Files creator Chris Carter included!)  Another Fox TV Group chairman, Dana Walden, also confirmed that if and when the reboot was to happen, it will be with it’s two main leads in Duchovny and Anderson but was quick to state that no ‘creative’ talks have taken place.

With David prepping for his new series Aquarius and Gillian working in the UK (The Fall) and on the new series of Hannibal timing will be the biggest player in ensuring the project would have any chance to move forward.

The news comes off the back of whispers of a possible limited reboot for Prison Break, but FOX have stated they were in fact, just whispers….for now.

The X-Files became an instant cult classic when it premiered back in 1993, running for more than 200 episodes over nine seasons before ending in 2002.

IWhat do you think?  Would the X-Files work in a limited series format like 24?  Sound off in the comments below!

Pilot Review: Stalker on Channel 9

Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q hunting stalkers.  Source: Provided
Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q hunting stalkers. Source: Channel 9/Provided

“Stalking Stalkers is all very Stalkerish”

I’ll just come out and say this….I HATE Bones, Castle and other weekly crime procedurals where a male detective solves crimes with his female partner…..and then they marry.  You all know what I’m talking about right?  Crime solving becomes second focus behind all the sexual tension between our leads….I swear everyone was waiting for Benson and Stabler to throw off their SVU suits for wedding attire.

Okay, now that rant is over, another weekly crime procedural is coming our way, but thankfully, the likelihood of our two leads hooking up seems pretty slim (I’m 8 episodes in and zilch sexual tension exists between our two sluethy leads) leaving for a rather creepy and torturey (my new word) crime show.  Now to be blunt, Stalker wasn’t that well received by critics when it premiered back in September 2014 in the US.  Words like ‘nasty’ and ‘worst’ were used however, I still gave the series a shot, and now, it’s become a weekly must watch for me.

Starring Maggie Q (Nikita) and Dylan McDermott (Hostages), Stalker follows Lieutenant Beth Davis (Q) and new partner Detective Jack Larsen (McDermott) as they hunt down stalkers as part of the LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit (or stalkers unit if you may).

Things don’t start off too smoothly for Davis and new partner Larsen, who’s just transferred from New York.  She’s heard the rumors about his affair with the wife of a superior officer back in New York and she’s not to keen on his way of breaking the ice i.e – complimenting her breasts.  Obviously it doesn’t work and actually, McDermott’s Larsen comes off as the least likable character in the pilot.

Our main story-line focuses on a masked man with a penchant for young pretty women, gasoline cans and lighters…the opening scene in particular in which a young woman (played by Pretty Little Liars’ Torrey DeVitto) screams 90’s slasher flick Scream’s opener with Drew Barrymore – but without the “what’s your favorite scary movie line”.  At the same time, keeping out heroes busy, Williamson wants to make it clear that stalking is not a one way sex street so we a also get a college guy (Darren Kagasoff, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) stalked by a former and obsessive roommate (Erik Stocklin, “Mistresses”).

Both story-lines are engaging enough though they are constantly interspersed with filler scenes involving Larsen trying to make his new boss like him (you know she eventually will) and much like most new shows in their post-pilot episodes, various aspects of the show are tightened up and back characters including Det. Janice Lawrence (Mariana Klaveno) and Det. Victor Rausk (Ben Caldwell) begin to make more of an appearance and impact.

While Stalker is mainly a weekly crime episodic (with cases fleshed out by familiar faced guest stars including AnnaLynne McCord (Beverly Hills 90210), Jessica Tuck (True Blood) and Caity Lotz (Arrow) among others), it doesn’t take long for the season long story arc to take shape that plays about in most of the episodes following.  Without revealing too much, it does involve Beth, her mysterious and traumatic past that we never really get to know much about and the return of a loonie we meet very early on.

I did enjoy Stalker and from the handful of episodes I’ve seen, it improves upon it’s pilot that was so widely panned.  You can take it as a PSA on how to avoid not being stalked/killed or take it for a pretty darn creepy show looking at a topic not heavily covered by the masses of crime shows flooding our airwaves.

Stalker begins this Sunday night (April 12th) 9:30pm on Channel 9

Kylie and Will.I.Am Out – The Voice Australia 2015

Jessie J will take residence in the big red chair for 2015
Jessie J will take residence in the big red chair for 2015

Well in no surprising news, it’s bye bye to Kylie Minogue and Will.I.Am for the 2015 season of The Voice Australia, replaced with one new face, one returning face and one addition to an existing team.

It’s not so confusing once it’s all spelled out.

Ricky Martin is back on board along with fellow judge Joel Madden who this year, will be joined by brother Benji (as one coach), Jessie J (It’s not about the money money..we don’t need the money money…) is this years newest face and the returning coach?  Well, it’s none other than our favorite Aussie songstress, Delta ‘Delts’ Goodrem!

We all knew when Kylie announced her Kiss Me Once Tour for 2015 that she’d be a no show…Will.I.Am?  Perhaps it came down to a work clash as he’s just started season three of The Voice UK (and not the utterly horrible decision he made by getting involved in 2014 winner Anja Nissen’s winners single – god awful by the way).

The addition of Benji Madden was a no brainer.  The two are hugely popular here, have a great following and their work together on The Voice Kids made for great viewing.  Jessie J’s addition too was predictable but wise.  J has a strong following here offering up a string of hit singles plus her double season stint on The Voice UK gives her plenty of knowledge and ammo to come into our version with.

Ricky.  We all love Ricky Martin.  Nuff’ said.

Delts.  Must admit, I was very surprised by her addition (or re-addition) to this years coaches.  Bumped for Kylie last year and relegated to The Voice Kids, Delts is back on board for the 2015 season.

Delta Goodrem Makes Shock Return –

What are your thoughts about this years coaches?  Surprised by Delts’ reintroduction to the big red spinning chair?  Sound off in the comments below!

The Voice Australia returns later this year on Channel 9.

Just Who Is Going Into The Jungle? I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris.  Source: Network 10
Hosts Chris Brown and Julia Morris. Source: Network 10

Network Ten sure are keeping very mum on just who exactly will be popping up in their up-coming celebrity-reality series I’m a Celebrity..Get Me Out of Here, and they’re doing it for very good reasons.

ITV Australia chief Anita Jacoby revealed that those ‘celebrities’ who have signed up for the gig don’t actually know who else has signed on.  “They find out who they are going to be joining on that first night.  They genuinely don’t know. That is part of the magic of the show, they have got no inkling whatsoever.”

While making sure not to reveal too much, Ten have been kind enough to give us some clues as to who we may see…

So names ranging from Sophie Monk to Shane Warne, Bert Newton and comedian Joel Creasy have been floating around, but true to Ten’s word, no one will actually find out until premiere night.  That said though, one name in particular that has been thrown about is standing out more than others.  Melissa-Joan Hart, she of Sabrina The Teenage Witch (which I adored) and now of ABC Family comedy Melissa and Joey recently followed a select few local twitter accounts including that belonging to the show itself.

Could Mel-J be slumming it out in the jungle with Shane Warne?  Will Brynne Edelsten pop up in a safari hat and matching outfit?  Guess only time will tell!

In the meantime…for those wanting to know what they might expect with the show, check out some clips from the UK version below..

Hosted by Julia Morris and Chris Brown, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here begins early February, five nights a week, live from South Africa on Network Ten. We the viewers will decide “who eats, who plays and who stays.”

Golden Globes 2015 Score Card

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey once again slayed their hosting gig
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey once again slayed their hosting gig

Cripes.  I give up.  My score card for this years Golden Globes was looking pretty miserable by the time the last award was announced.  At least hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey once again proved why they need to continue with this gig.

So just how bad did I do this year?  Check out my picks and winners list below.

Best TV Series Drama:

My Pick: The Good Wife  |  Winner: The Affair

Best Actress in a TV Series Drama:

My Pick: Claire Danes (Homeland)  |  Winner: Ruth Wilson (The Affair)

Best Actor in a TV Series Drama:

My Pick: Clive Owen (The Knick)  |  Winner: Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards)

Best TV Series Musical or Comedy:

My Pick: Transparent (Amazon Prime)  |  Winner: Transparent (Amazon Prime)

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy:

My Pick: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP)  |  Winner: Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin)

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy:

My Pick: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)  |  Winner: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:

My Pick: Jessica Lange (AHS Freak Show)  |  Winner: Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:

My Pick: Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)  |  Winner: Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie:

My Pick (and everyone else’s) Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)  |  Winner: Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie:

My Pick: Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)  |  Winner: Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)

So out of the 10 TV categories…I scored a total of two.  Yep.  TWO.

Perhaps I should just quit now!