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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

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Pirates Close in on Game Of Thrones

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In a bid to thwart illegal downloading of it’s television shows, FOXTEL movie Channel SHOWTIME last night, fast-tracked the first episode in series three of the popular ‘Game Of Thrones’ just a mere two hours after it was aired in the US.

Despite their best effort, there seems to be a lot of Aussies who couldn’t wait that long with pirating website Torrent Freak claiming that this first episode of season three was downloaded illegally more than 1 million times worldwide, with Australians grabbing the highest download rate per capita with 9.9% of downloads heading our way, largely in-part to residents in Melbourne and Sydney.

The season three opener rated extremely well for SHOWTIME, with 224,000 people tuning in to watch (It’s highest ratings to-date).  FOXTEL’s Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh stated “Last night’s brilliant result for Game of Thrones is a true testament to Foxtel’s commitment to bringing our audience award-winning high quality drama they can watch with the rest of the world.”

But what about those who do not have access to payTV services?  Music and video software iTunes made the this first episode available to Australians to purchase by 2am this morning, and since the show’s full-season pass (which was available to customers on March 15th) it has been in the number 1 spot on the iTunes TV charts, one would think that there is quite a demand for the legal downloading of television shows.

This demand, however, could only be warranted if the airing of a television show in the US was simultaneous with a release online here in Australia.  This is largely due to the boom of social network sites like Facebook and Twitter.  Says editor of popular enterainment website IGN.com Lucy O’Brien who spoke with News.com.au, “There are few shows that hold so much appeal to both a niche nerdom and a much broader audience – we’re talking brilliantly-written high fantasy here peppered with sex and violence – and these fans want to join in on the conversation as soon as it starts; with their friends, with other fans, on forums, in comment sections and on social media.”

“A delay, even a 48-hour one, prevents Australians from doing that. And that’s a problem.”

A prime example of this is the massive teen drama Pretty Little Liars starring Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Laura Leighton.  The show airs on a Tuesday night on the ABC Family network in the US and is screened on FOX8 here in Australia (Season 3 finished in the US 2 weeks ago [24 episodes], FOX8 has recently aired episode 12).  That said, fans of the show here in Australia would have been hard-damned to not come across any finale spoilers on Twitter as during the season three cliffhanger finale, Pretty Little Liars became the first ever show to amass more than 1 million live tweets.

While pirating may be rife, Game of Thrones’ director Michael Lombardo doesn’t seem too fazed about the illegal downloading of his show.  Last month he admitted that piracy compliments sales rather than hurting them.  Co-director David Petrarca stated at a WA university last month that the show thrives on “cultural buzz” via social media.  “That’s how they survive,” he said.

Source: News.com.au

Return to Form for My Kitchen Rules

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Judges Pete Evans and Manu Feidel

After a week-long hiatus, Channel 7’s ‘My Kitchen Rules‘ literally ruled the screen last night with a massive 1.92 million viewers tuning in to watch the first week of finals.

Channel 7 had been hyping a possible new rivalry between female teams Ashlee and Sophia from NSW and Jenna and Joanna from SA with multiple adverts during the shows week-long absence.

The reality-cooking show has been a major hit for the 7 network and has caused many uproars from viewers ranging from contestants who bully, contestants who are racially abused on social networking sites and contestants who don’t eat certain types of food (remember the I-don’t-eat-tomatoes-capsicum-chocolate-orange-girls?)

The show has also begun to hype up episodes showing ousted contestants fighting for a chance to make it back into the competition.

My Kitchen  Rules airs on the 7 Network week-nightly at 7pm

Who Do You Think You Are? Season 5

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Season 5 of SBS’s documentary series ‘Who Do You Think You Are‘ is back with a slew of local stars researching their families back history and discovering amazing, funny and sad stories located within their family tree.

This season, local talent including Asher Keddie, Susie Porter, John Howard, Don Hany, Michael Caton, Rove McManus, Adam Hills and Lex Marinos will all be featured travelling throughout Australia and even parts of the world in an attempt to find out more about where they came from.

Season 5 starts with comedian and host Adam Hill looking into his family history, airing on SBS ONE, April 2nd at 7:30pm.

True Blood Season Six Premiere Date Announced

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Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s TRUE BLOOD

The sixth season HBO’s ‘True Blood‘ has been marked for a June 16th premiere date with FOXTEL channel ‘Showtime’ fast-tracking the series to Australian screens for a same-date showing.

Fans can expect only 10 episodes this season – 2 short of the shows normal length which is due to lead star Anna Paquin giving birth to twins last September.  This season will also be the first without True Blood creator and head writer Alan Ball, who announced that he will be stepping back from his usual duties and moving to an advisory role with the show.

This sixth season will continue on from last season’s cliff-hanger where a blood covered Bill (inhabited by the vampire god Lilith) seeks out Sookie and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard)

Check out the 30 second teaser trailer that HBO released on Saturday!

Please Like Me Bows Out For Season 1

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Josh Thomas and Deborah Lawrence in Please Like Me

Let me put it out there – I like ‘Please Like Me‘.  It’s funny yet has a serious side, plays lightly on the hipster/nerdy/gay/racial stereotypes yet knows not to be too full of itself.  The characters too are likable, well written and well acted.

However, a downside to this show was how ill-timed story lines were thrust upon us.  Some arcs were sped up (lead character Josh has been dumped by his girlfriend then came out as gay and ended the same episode in a relationship with a man) while story-lines involving his parents and their divorce seem to sit well timed and not too rushed.  A case of too much story to tell in the space of 6 half hour episodes.

That aside, the show has slowly been building a steady fan-base, with more to come with the DVD release due soon after the end of season 1, and many fans are wanting to know if a second season is in the works and if cast member Caitlin Stasey will return after recently being attached to a new pilot in the USA.

There’s no word yet on what ABC2 plans to do with the show after tonight.

‘Please Like Me’ end it’s 6 episode first season run tonight on ABC2 at 9:30pm.

Pilot Season 2013: The Buzz

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It’s fair to say, the 2012/13 television season didn’t produce any breakout hits.  ‘The New Normal’ and ‘Elementary’ could be classed as hits, but none produced massive numbers in their first season like shows such as Desperate Housewives or Greys Anatomy.  With that said, every TV network is looking for that standout and with almost 100 pilots ordered, it will be interesting to see what makes the cut and what brings the viewers.

Here’s a list of what is ticking my boxes.

ABC comedy:

The Crazy Gene: Karey is the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists, but when her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African-American son and give them the normal lives they deserve.

Cast: Kelly Preston (Fat Actress), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), Ella Anderson and Steve Talley

Super Fun Night:  Revolves around three nerdy female friends, including Pitch Perfect‘s Rebel Wilson, on a “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night.

Cast: Rebel Wilson, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash and Liza Lapira.

ABC Drama:

Murder in Manhattan: An hour-long dramedy set in New York City centering on a mother and daughter who team as amateur sleuths.

Cast: Annie Potts, Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), Enver Gjokaj, Brendan Hines and Shirley Rumierk.

Westside: A soap about the haves and the have-not’s of California’s most seductive region, Venice. The drama will focus on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice.

Cast: Jennifer Beals (The L Word), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Dean Winters (30 Rock), Odette Annable (House), Michael Graziadei (The Young and the Restless) and Lincoln Lewis (Home and Away)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

CBS Comedy:

Bad Teacher: Based on the film, a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee becomes a teacher to find her next husband.
Cast: Ari Graynor (Fringe), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), David Alan Grier, Sara Gilbert and Kristin Davis (Sex and the City).

Friends With Better Lives: A group of thirty-something friends who each think the other has it better.

Cast: Kevin Connolly, James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker (Battleship), Rick Donald, Majandra Delfino and Zoe Lister Jones.

Untitled Rottenberg & Zuritzsky project: A married mom struggles to balance family, life, and work.

Cast: Debra Messing

CBS Drama:

Hostages: Follows Ellen (Toni Collette), a Washington, D.C., surgeon who is thrown into a political conspiracy after being chosen to operate on the president of the United States. Her family is taken hostage, and it’s her responsibility to save their lives.

Cast: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Mateus Ward and Quinn Shephard.

NBC Comedy:

Joe, Joe and Jane: The semi-autobiographical project centers on a conflict-avoidant children’s book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife (Army Wives‘ Sally Pressman) and his co-author/best friend (Dave Annable); it’s not about a couple, it’s about a “trouple.”
Cast: Dave Annable, Will Greenberg, Sally Pressman (Army Wives) and Larry Wilmore (Daily Show).

Untitled Victor Fresco/Sean Hayes project: Centers on Sean (Hayes), a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter who just moved in while juggling a temperamental new boss at work.

Cast: Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Linda Lavin and Lindsay Sloane.

NBC Drama:

Untitled Rand Ravich project: When Washington’s most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEO’s to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Max Martini,Rachael Taylor and Stevie Lynn Jones.

Welcome to Ravenswood via Rosewood

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ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ is, after four seasons, getting it’s own spin-off.  The network announced on March 26th, that the mega-hit show would be getting a spin-off entitled “Ravenswood”.  Shortly after the announcement, the network offered a small trailer and the following synopsis:

“Not far from Rosewood, Pennsylvania (the home base of Pretty Little Liars) a deadly curse has plagued the citizens of a town called Ravenswood for generations, and the curse is about to strike again. Five strangers suddenly find themselves at the mercy of this fatal curse, so they dig into the town’s mysterious and terrible history before it’s too late for all of them.”

Show front-runner Marlene King is also keeping quiet on details, tweeting “We can’t tell you who’s in it yet.  Like Rosewood, Ravenswood has dark secrets. #Ravenswood.”

The cast and how Ravenswood will spin-off from Pretty Little Liars is not yet known with  Imdb.com is still yet to list the show in it’s database.

Along with this news, it was also announced that ‘Pretty Little Liars‘ was given the gift of an early season 5 order – before season 4 has even aired.  The show remains the number one watched program on the ABC Family network and easily maintains it’s targeted audience of the female 12-34 demographic.

Ravenswood will premiere on ABC Family directly after the highly anticipated Pretty Little Liars annual Halloween episode in October this year.

How do you think Ravenswood will spin-off from Pretty Little Liars?

Wine Time for Cougar Town Fans

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TBS announced today that comedy ‘Cougar Town’ will be happily coming back for a fifth season!     That’s right, time to break out your own ‘Big Carl’ and fill him up to the brim with your finest red!

After being dropped from ABC after it’s third season, the unfortunately titled Cougar Town has been nabbing about 2.8 million viewers on a weekly basis with a large portion of those viewers in the highly sought after 18-49 demographic and sits as one of TBS’s highest watched programs.

“‘Cougar Town’ has been everything we hoped it would be: a smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy that shines a bright light on the TBS brand,” said Michael Wright, TBS’ president and head of programming.

The new season of Cougar Town will air it’s 13 ordered episodes in 2014 while the current fourth season is due to have it’s finale on April 9th at 10pm on TBS.

NBC Serves Up Hannibal to Viewers.

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With its premiere date set, NBC is offering up some delectable information on it’s newest drama ‘Hannibal’.  Premiering April 4th (10/9c), Hannibal examines the relationship between the infamous Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), two characters introduced in the novel ‘Red Dragon’ by author Thomas Harris and works as a prequel to the Silence of the Lambs tale.

“Before there was “Silence of the Lambs,” before there was “Red Dragon,” Hannibal Lecter was a brilliant psychiatrist in the employ of the FBI.  Recruited by FBI boss Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, to crack the tough cases.  Now Lecter must help a sensitive but gifted criminal profiler, Will Graham, who is haunted by his ability to see into the minds of serial killers.

Will, the hunter of psychopaths, finds himself seated opposite Hannibal, the biggest psychopath with the biggest secret, discussing dark feelings and precarious mental states.”

The gore factor is upped more than your standard night-time drama on a non-cable network with one scene showing the famously cannibalistic doctor serving up a pair of gourmet lungs.

Lawrence Fishburn (The Matrix) is along for the ride as Agent Jack Crawford and keep an eye out for the X-Files’ Gillian Anderson who shows up later in the opening season as Lecter’s therapist.

Hannibal premiere’s on NBC on April 4th (10/9c)