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One to Watch: Orphan Black

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Tatiana Maslany as Sarah in BBC America’s Orphan Black

Mix the drama of Alias and Ringer with the action of Nikita and you have BBC America’s new action/drama/sci-fi show – Orphan Black.

The show follows Sarah, an outsider with personal and financial issues trying desperately to turn her life around only to have it completely change after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks identical to her.  Sarah assumes the woman’s identity, bank account and boyfriend, only to find, this new identity may have more issues than her own.

The street smart Sarah must think on her feet as she’s thrust into an unknown world where she makes the startling discovery that she may actually be a clone, and if so, how many copies of her are there?  Sarah quickly finds herself caught in The middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.

While there are no ‘known’ actors in this show, it’s fast paced, well acted and will have you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

‘Orphan Black’ is yet to premiere on Australian screens, but currently airs on BBC America, Saturday nights, in the US.

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One to Watch: MOTIVE

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Lauren Holly as Dr. Betty Rogers
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Crime dramas are a staple on network television.  They’ve always been there and always will be.  Law and Order, CSI, Criminal Minds, Bones, Columbo, Castle, The Wire, even locally with Blue Heelers, Mr and Mrs Murder, The Underbelly Series, Killing Time…..the list goes on and on.  The process is basically the same for each show.  Someone is murdered, cops try and find who killed them and why.  It’s stock standard settings and it works.

But…..then comes along a little show, created and filmed in Canada, which has turned the crime drama standard around and gives us the killer and the victim within the first opening scene.  Focusing on the ‘why’ rather than the ‘who’, we, the viewer remain one step ahead of the detectives tracking down the killer and instead of spending the episode wondering who said killer is, our target is to work out, via the process of present time and flashback cuts, the ‘motive’ behind the murder hence the title of the show – MOTIVE.

Kristin Lehman as Detective Angie Flynn is great.  Not only does she bear an uncanny resemblance to Uma Thurman, she also portrays Angie with blue steel grit and an inner strength that is rarely seen by female leads in this genre.  Her flaws are minimal, kept only to her private life – that of a single mother with a teenage son, minimal money but lots of love and respect between the two.  There’s no murdered parents or no personal tragedies edging Angie towards each and every case.  Just a love of her job and the ability to use her street wise smarts to bring a killer to justice.

Another great addition to the cast is Lauren Holly as medical examiner Dr. Betty Rogers.  Holly plays Rogers as a highly confident woman in a ghoulishly horrid job – a job that she’s good at and even though she flits in and out of episodes within a blink of an eye, her short scenes as Betty are filled with so much sass and flirty one lines that even Blanche Deveraux would blush!  I really hope to see the character of Betty Rogers fleshed out and included in future episodes.

The rest of the cast is filled with familiar faces (Louis Ferreira of Stargate Universe fame as Angie’s partner Detective Oscar Vega, Roger Cross from 24 as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom and Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2‘s Cameron Bright as Angie’s teenage son Manny Flynn) all of whom play strong supporting characters that also play vital roles within the show.

MOTIVE is a smart and witty creation by Daniel Cerone (DexterThe Mentalist) and is engaging right from the first scene where we are boldly introduced to not only the soon-to-be victim, but also the killer.  There’s no hiding the who-did-it here.  It’s all about why a murder takes place and with this, you will find yourself coming up with many conclusions only to be proved wrong in the end when the killer is caught and the true reasoning is revealed.

While MOTIVE is yet to be screened here, it currently airs on CTV, Thursday nights in Canada and is set to premiere in the states on the ABC network May 20th.

Ravenswood Announces it’s First Cast Member

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Tyler Blackburn plays Caleb Rivers in both Pretty Little Liars and Ravenswood.
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Ravenswood, the newly created spin-off series from hit teen drama Pretty Little Liars has been given it’s first cast member and it’s a Pretty Little Liars favorite.

Caleb Rivers, played by actor Tyler Blackburn, is headed to the new series that is scheduled to premiere right after the annual PLL Halloween special in October and will see Caleb’s PLL and Ravenswood story-lines intertwine.

Boyfriend of Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Caleb will be seen heading to Ravenswood in the Halloween special and will continue on into the new series premiere.  It has been stated that Blackburn will still be seen in PLL during the fourth season before officially moving to Ravenswood in October, but how this will affect Caleb’s relationship with Hanna?  Only time will tell.

Perhaps we may even see Hanna and her protective mother Ashley (Laura Leighton) heading to Ravenswood every now and again?

Pretty Little Liars returns for it’s fourth season premiere Tuesday June 11th on ABCFamily.

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.

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 

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.

Dexter Season 8 – Teaser Trailer Revealed

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Michael C Hall as Dexter Morgan

It’s here!  The first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated final season of Dexter has been released online by Showtime, and, in true Showtime fashion, they ain’t giving much away!

Season 8 looks set to continue on from the massive cliff-hanger of season 7 which saw Deborah making a life changing decision – shoot Dexter or shoot Maria LaGuerta.  What many are wanting to know is how will the show say goodbye?  Will Dexter, the serial killer who kills bad people continue with his dark path?  Will he be caught out?

We’re not going to know until that final episode, but, Michael C. Hall has himself said that “I imagine Dexter is going to get caught one way or the other. And by that I mean, can we really expect him, at this point, to walk into the sunset? Or get off without a blemish on his conscience or character? In a way, he is already caught. Once Rita dies he is caught. Once Deb is in on the secret he is caught. And what he’s caught by is the undeniable fact that how he conducts himself has an effect on more than just him and his victims. As far as whether he goes to jail, or gets put to death, or gets hit by a bus or whatever it might be, I can’t say. But I think, in a way, we are watching someone slowly but surely get caught.”

Dexter season 8, premieres on June 30th on Showtime in the US.

Watch the season 8 trailer below:

Stars Hit Melbourne for Supanova

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Rose McGowan, Eliza Dushku and Barbra Eden

Stars from the big and small screen are hitting town this month to attend the annual Supanova  Pop Culture expo held at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

Supanova mixes sci-fi, wrestling, comics  anime/manga and pop culture in a massive two day event where stars, writers and artists mingle with fans who also have the opportunity to have photos and autographs with attending stars and also attend Q&A panels.

This years event in Melbourne will see some big name stars attending including ‘I Dream of Jeanie‘ star Barbra Eden, ‘Charmed’ star Rose McGowan, ‘Flash Gordon‘ star Sam J Jones and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘ actress Eliza Dusku plus the man himself – David Hasselhoff, who will all available for photo and autograph opportunities.

This year see’s Supanova offer fans a wide assortment of ticketing options, from your general daily admission passes, to VIP weekend passes, The Hoff! VIP package, and for $780.00 you can buy yourself the VIP SUPA-STAR 2013 package (includes four star autographs, four star photo opportunities, front-of-queue preference and more, plus a photo with The Hoff and KITT! – for an extra $60!)

Last years event saw ‘Twilight‘ and ‘Nurse Jackie‘ star Peter Facinelli, ‘Star Trek; The Next Generation‘ star Will Wheaton, “Harry Potter‘ actors Jamie and Oliver Phelps and ‘Firefly‘ actress Summer Glau attend.

SupaNova runs April 13th and 14th at the Melbourne Show Grounds then moves to the Gold Coast then Sydney later in June.

More information available here: SupaNova.com.au