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You’re Fired! Celebrity Apprentice’s First Ousting.

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Singer Prinnie Stevens

You have to hand it to Mark Bouris.  Asking contestants in this season of Celebrity Apprentice to arrange themselves in order of level of fame right off the get-go was inspired scripting.  When the task was given, jaws were on the ground and the ‘stunned mullet’ look was quite popular to use by most.  While there were no real claws out (the girls sorted themselves out quite appropriately), the boys team was less than classy about the situation.  Surely one would assume 80’s rocker and  Uncanny X-Men lead singer Bryan Mannix would be well before the likes of Chef Pete Everitt and stage regular Rob Mills, but no, Mannix quite happily placed himself last ‘for the good of the team’.  Ex AFL Footballer Dermott Brereton offered the same approach.

Something tells me the girls provided more balls than the boys.

It took some time but the claws did come out.  How social commentator Prue Macsween was able to walk out of the boardroom after having shreds of flesh taken off her by her fellow contestants is an amazement that will bewilder many for time to come

No one wants to be the first to be ousted on a reality show.  Be it a cooking show, singing show, talent show or a show where celebrities work to make money for charity.  Tonight’s first round outing saw The Voice contestant and singer Prinnie Stevens the first to hear the ever famous catchphrase ‘You’re Fired!’

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What a Dive: Celebrity Splash Sinks

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Divers Denise Drysdale and Nick Bracks in Celebrity Splash

Well the results are in and no amount of lifesaving will keep Channel 7’s new Celebrity Splash from sinking into never-to-be-seen again depths.

While just over 1.31 million viewers tuned in, reviews coming from the general public are less than forgiving.  Most are criticizing the stars for lowering themselves to such a level, others are annoyed with the amass of wasted space between dives.  Myself?  I was at a loss of words while watching.

The use of the word ‘celebrity‘ was most unsettling.  While contestants such as comedian and actor Josh Thomas and TV royalty Denise Drysdale may fall into that category, the rest of the cast was filled with sports stars (runner Tamsyn Lewis, cricketer Andrew Symonds and footballer Andrew Welsh) models (Nick Bracks and  Renae Ayris) and the in-betweeners (Radio host Adam Richards, Brynne Edelsten and Koby Abberton).

The smartest ‘celebrity‘ in this entire gig was Laura Csortan who ‘had to pull out due to injury’ before the first dive even began.  Smart girl.  She was quickly replaced by former Gladiator Derek Boyer who stunned everyone with a face first splash into the pool from the 10m diving board.

The most amusing thing about the show?  US diver and Splash judge Greg Louganis (looking even tanner than George Hamilton ever did) trying to act like he knew who it was he was judging.

Along side Louganis was Winter Olympian Alisa Camplin who exuded perkiness like an aging cheerleader and next to her, Aussie diver Matthew Mitchum who came off as snarky and bitchy (especially to an obviously uncomfortable Josh Thomas).

The fact alone that not only did these stars have to endure performing a dive in front of a live audience (I’m pretty sure there were more people in the stadium for Splash than there ever was for It’s a Knockout) but they also had to endure under the cuff taunts from hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies as well as being judged on their efforts after only a six week crash course.

In the end, everybody on this show only have themselves to blame for the situation they have found themselves in.

Will Splash hold the same viewers as it did last night?  I doubt it.  If comments like “I will never get that time back” or “What a waste, is this what channel 7 can offer us?” are anything to go by, Splash may find itself in a watery grave very soon.

Reborn: Prisoner becomes Wentworth

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Danielle Cormack as Bea Smith in Wentworth.

Television, in the last few years, has not delivered well in the area of classic remakes.  Straight off the bat, Aaron Spelling soapie Melrose Place was rebooted by the CW network in the US back in 2009 and failed miserably.  Even with the addition of original cast members such as Laura Leighton, Josie Bissett and Heather Locklear, the show dived into a sinkhole that had no hope of survival.  Beverly Hills 90210 also received a reboot a year before by the same network and while after 5 seasons, it’s still on the air, it does not hold the same following as the original show once did.

Aussie classic Prisoner is about to get the same treatment thanks to Foxtel and the SoHo Channel in the form of Wentworth.  Prisoner was a game changer for television back in the 70’s and 80’s in how women were depicted in scripted television yet was a slightly dodgy and kitchy classic with larger than life characters and memorable one liners

By all reports, from those who have been lucky enough to see the first episode, we, the general public, are the suckers for having to wait until Wednesday to catch the pilot episode.  Gone are the dodgy cardboard sets and the over-the-top melodrama that Prisoner was known for, instead, we get a steely eyed head first decent into the hard edged world filled with hard edged women, living a life in Wentworth.

Those familiar with the original will apparently notice subtle references to the original and characters including Doreen, Lizzy, Frankie Doyle and Vera Bennett return headlined by Bea Smith played this time round by Danielle Cormack.  Along with Cormack, familiar faces including Catherine McClements and Kate Atkinson all appear.

From all accounts read, Wentworth appears to be a diamond in the rough that is not only for reborn classic television, but also for Australian drama.

Wentworth premieres this Wednesday, May 1st, on Foxtel’s SoHo Channel.

Kitchen Wins on Viewers

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My Kitchen Rules Series 2 winners Dan and Steph from QLD

Between a series final of My Kitchen Rules and a battle round of The Voice, it was no surprise to see that last nights television offering drew the most viewers to their television sets this year.

Last nights episode of The Voice saw the Battle Rounds continue on, with both Seal and Ricky Martin using their ‘save’ option to save two singers (Hannah Darling and Jazz crooner Emma Pask) from elimination leaving judge Delta Goodrem with the last save option.  The episode drew a massive 1.97 million viewers but was not strong enough to take down the might that was the My Kitchen Rules finale.

The finale which saw teams Dan and Steph and Jake and Elle, two QLD teams, battle it out in the kitchen in front of eliminated teams and friends and family, and eventually saw viewer favorites Dan and Steph take out the prize, drew the biggest audience so far this year with a massive 2.97 million viewers (Nationally, the program brought in 4.27 million viewers).

My Kitchen Rules is set to return next year for a fifth season (Advertising has already begun for teams to apply) while The Voice continues it’s Battle Rounds Sundays through Tuesdays on Channel 9.


QLD Showdown in MKR finale

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MKR contestants and finalists Dan and Steph Mulheron.

It will be a battle for the pride of QLD as two teams from the sunshine state will battle it out the kitchen for the My Kitchen Rules grand finale on Sunday night.

Favorites Dan and Steph Mulheron won their place in the final taking out Bondi boys and personal trainers Matt and Luke while siblings Jake and Elle Harrison had no troubles taking out father and son team of Mick and Matt Newell from Tasmania, beating them by 7 points in Wednesday nights cook-off.

While Dan and Steph may be viewer favorites, it’s brother and sister combo Jake and Elle who are firm favorites to win the finale, and if they do, it will make them the youngest contestants ever to win the show.

MKR has been riding a wave of praise and criticism for this season.  From like-able couples to bad editing to contestants who don’t eat half of the food chain to accidentally revealing results (Adelaide viewers were ‘accidentally’ shown an MKR advert that revealed Tasmanian father and son team Mick and Matt won Comeback Kitchen 40 minutes into the episode which was currently being aired)  and battled for viewers against rival talent show ‘The Voice’.

MKR’s grand final airs this Sunday Night on the Seven network.

Superstorm Finale for Grey’s Anatomy

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Chandra Wilson as Doctor Miranda Bailey in Grey’s Anatomy

For a show that’s known for it’s explosive season finale’s, Show creator Shonda Rhimes has promised this one will also be one to shock and remember for a long time to come!

Rhimes has revealed that, over the course of the season, many things have changed for the finale, an episode that has grown and evolved as the season has moved along and will see a Superstorm hit Chicago and the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.  The superstorm will affect the recently renamed hospital and cause its staff to go into crisis mode in an hour that is being described as very intense with a lot of ‘major’ things changing for the characters in the final two episodes of the season”

Previous  season finale’s have included plane crashes that killed off favorite characters and hospital shootings, Grey’s Anatomy is set to make this season closer another one to remember.

Grey’s Anatomy currently airs double episodes Monday nights from 10pm on the Seven Network and is currently 6 episodes behind.

Original Source: Huffington Post 

No Talent Show for Mel B

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Blocked from Channel Nine: Melanie B

The court battle between networks Nine and Seven over popular personality and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has concluded with a judge ordering an injunction preventing her from working for an Australian network other than Channel Seven.

After Channel Seven dumped ‘Australia’s Got Talent‘, Channel Nine quickly picked up the show and also sought out Brown, who had spent two seasons as a judge and mentor on their own talent show ‘X Factor’ leaving Seven with no choice but to take the rival network to court over claims that Browns move from Seven to Nine was a breach of contract.

Browns reasons for not returning to the ‘X Factor‘ were revealed to be in link with comedian Eddie Murphy, with whom Brown shares a child, claiming that custody issues with Murphy was preventing her from bringing their child into Australia and as Seven refused to bank-roll Brown’s court case to have the custody issues resolved, this led to Brown’s decision to leave the network.

With the courts decision effectively banning Mel B from appearing on any other network but Channel Seven to until the end of January 2014, we’ll have to wait and how Brown and the Seven Network plan to work together.

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Dumped: Channel 9 Drops Days Of Our Lives

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Cast members of long-running soap Days Of Our Lives

Long-running daytime soap opera Days Of Our Lives, has, after 45 years, been dropped from the schedule on Channel 9.  A regular in the long list of daytime soaps aired, Days Of Our Lives (or DOOL for short) was dropped for ‘commercial reasons’ according to Channel 9.

It is anticipated the series, which is averaging 120,000 viewers a day and often wins its time slot, will be picked up by pay-TV.  Back in 2007, Channel 9 also dropped popular soap ‘The Young and the Restless‘ from it’s lineup only to have the show snapped up by Foxtel.

While the network may claim ‘commercial reasons’ for dumping the soap, it is believed that 9 dropped the show in a bid to re-vamp it’s daytime lineup after success with the networks ‘Mornings‘  show at 9am plus the addition of the steady stream of advertorial revenue available in breakfast and morning television is ripe for the return of local midday or afternoon programming.

DOOL will have it’s final airing on commercial television, Friday April 26th.  The NBC Network in America has commissioned the show to at least September 2014.

Update: Feb 2014 – Foxtel picks up Days Of Our Lives

Slice and Dice: Downton Abbey Style

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Downton Abbey fans will be hard pressed to find anything positive to say about Channel 7 after it was announced the long-time coming and highly anticipated season three Christmas special finale of the popular show, will be split into two episodes that will run over two weeks.

Channel 7 has taken the original 65 minutes of footage (when combined with advertisements would neatly fill an hour and a half of commercial television) and sliced it in half to create two hour long episodes.

Source: SMH.com.au

Battle of the Talent Shows

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The Voice Judges – Seal, Joel Madden, Delta Goodrem and new judge, Ricky Martin

We all knew it was coming.  Channel 9’s smash singing talent show ‘The Voice‘ was, at some point, going to find itself up against channel 7’s popular cooking talent show ‘My Kitchen Rules‘ but the big question was, who was going to come out on top?

In a bid to nab extra ratings, the channel 7 cooking show was given an extra episode of ‘MKR‘ on a Sunday night time slot to battle against the return of ‘The Voice‘ on Channel 9 which was a ratings winner for the station and was last years most watched television show.  So who came out on top?

In it’s season two debut episode, ‘The Voice‘ was hard to beat.  Bringing in 1.8 million viewers compared to ‘MKR’s 1.4 million.  Seven had hoped their promotion of the Sunday night episode which saw previous ousted contestants battling it the kitchen for a chance to come back into the reality cooking show would bring in the numbers, but up against last years most watched show, it didn’t bring the viewers seven had hoped for.

Both shows however, continue to maintain very healthy ratings.

The Voice airs on the 9 network while My Kitchen Rules screens on the 7 network.