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Channel 9’s Schapelle Telemovie Review

Jacinta Stapleton and Krew Boylan as Mercedes and Schapelle Corby (c)Channel 9

Will lasts night airing of Channel 9’s change people’s mind about the Schapelle Corby case?  Maybe.  How much truth was there to the story told?  Who knows?  Will the movie anger the Pro Corby supporters?  Hell yes.

So was it any good?

Well the story is based on true life events but you can’t help but feel when watching, there were some scenes of fiction thrown in for good measure.  The story was based off the book by investigative journalist Eamonn Duff titled “Sins of the father, the untold story of Schapelle Corby” which believes that not only is Schapelle guilty, but she was also working as part of a drug trafficking ring involving her sick father.

Here’s the thing.  Schapelle was a good watch.  Krew Boylan as Schapelle was impressive.  You can’t help but feel for the girl and the situation she was in and manages to re enact scenes (the court room for sentencing and breakdown in the holding cell) right down to the finest detail.  Boylan should be commended for taking on the task and making it believable.  Jacinta Stapleton as Mercedes Corby (with added teeth) just as impressive.  Even Colin Friels as her father, Mick Corby, is believable enough to make you not really like him very much and question his character and involvement with the drug smuggling.

It’s been almost 10 years since this story began and as time moves on, you forget about certain things that happened during the media frenzied story.  The bringing in of John Ford, a man awaiting trial in Australia, claiming to be able to give evidence about Schapelle innocence and Ron Bakir, the ‘white knight’ who worked with Corby’s legal team and has since distanced himself from the case since the guilty verdict was handed down -both of whom are featured in the movie.

The Schapelle movie was intense and eye opening and made you think.  From what we can gather, most of what was seen is based on actual events.  The ending however, linking Malcolm McCauley to Mick Corby to Schapelle Corby – unnecessary and made for a tacky ending to a decent Australian production.

Surprise Results in New Season Ratings

James Spader in The Blacklist

Time to talk ratings.  What people watched and what they didn’t.  The ‘fall season’ premiere week is now over in the USA and it revealed some rather surprising results.

The Blacklist was the most watched new drama of the lot.  Nothing surprising there.  The show received a lot of hype in it’s lead up with and just under 13 million viewers in America tuned in while Hostages was on the complete opposite side with only 7.4 million viewers.  I’m a bit worried for Hostages as it’s home network (CBS) is known for offering shows that bring in massive viewers.  A show with even more hype – Marvels Agents of SHIELD came in with 12.12 million.

Sleepy Hollow was a surprise win for FOX which saw 10.1 million viewers tune in against tough competition and seems like the only jewel in the networks line-up.

some comedies didn’t fare too well.  The Anna Faris led sitcom Mom nabbed 8 million viewers (it’s a terrible show and i’d expect that to drop more next week) while my favorite to come out Trophy Wife brought in just under 7 million for ABC.  On the upper scale for comedies, The Goldbergs did well with 8.94 million and the most watched premiere of the week?

The Crazy Ones starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams.  The show brought in a massive 15.52 million viewers and was the number one viewed show for the week.  I’m thinking FOX8 must be pretty chuffed having picked this one up from free-to-air networks.


The Block Fires First Shot In Renovator Show War

Contestants Alisa and Lysandra Fraser
                                                                                  PICTURE: ANDREW TAUBER ADELAIDENOW

No one can deny the power of Channel 9’s The Block series.  After the All Stars series brought strong ratings earlier this year for the network, 9 were quick to follow up with the latest series The Block Sky High which premiered last night to strong ratings.

1.31 million viewers nationally tuned in to the new series which has upped the challenge on your bog-standard home/apartment renovating show and has now moved into an old apartment block Melbourne, where each couple have an entire floor to complete over an 11 week period.

How will Channel 7’s version titled House Rules stack up?  The two shows have very similar formats. House Rules, hosted by Johanna Griggs and from the makers of My Kitchen Rules, gets six state-based teams to renovate each other’s homes.The Block Sky High, hosted by Scott Cam and Shelley Craft, features five state-based teams that turn a five-storey South Melbourne hotel into luxury apartments.

Apparently Channel 7 are so confident in their own show, Rules has been scheduled up against Sky High three nights a week and are hoping to nab upwards of 500,000 viewers from 9.  That said, The Block, an established series, has it’s dedicated fans and is bringing in new viewers on a series basis.  Sevens Rules is a new show that isn’t starting until Tuesday night.

My call: Viewers are going to stick with The Block.  Seven will try and keep beating the dead donkey but before series end, Rules will be relegated to either 7Mate or will run back-to-back episodes on a weekend.

The Block Sky High airs Sundays through Thursdays at 7pm on 9

House Rules premiere’s Tuesday May 14th at 7.30pm on 7

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Kitchen Wins on Viewers

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.