Television Musings Throughout The Ages – That ’70s Show

That ’70s Show (from a teenager’s POV)

That ’70s show is an American comedy for teenagers and anyone older. Containing sexual and drug references, 6 teenagers and their parents provide the audience with hilarious lines and jokes. It is a TV show where you just sit back, relax and laugh for 20mins. Set in the 70’s, these teenagers live in Wisconsin and spend most of their time in Eric Foreman’s (main character) basement thinking about school, parents, and the future, while dealing with relationship and social drama. Fez in one of the main characters, and is a foreign exchange student that loves the American lifestyle, and has a killer accent. Michael Kelso is the ‘dumb’ one of the group who gets all the girls and constantly pulls pranks on the others. Steven Hyde is the troublemaker of the group who becomes Eric’s unofficial adopted brother. Jackie Burkhart is the youngest of the 6 that comes from a wealthy background and is known to be quite vain, and has a ‘complicated’ relationship with Kelso. Donna Pinciotti is the last of the 6, and is interested in Eric. She often acts as the more mature teenager, although does find herself getting in trouble later on in the show.

From a thirtysomethibng POV

I watched That ’70s Show when it first aired and revisited it recently. I remember at the time watching it and loving that it made fun of the time period it was set in. The episodes that linked to things such as Star Wars were the absolute highlights for the show. It is a show however that did become dated after a number of viewings, unlike some of the other sitcoms that aired around the same time. In particular when they kept on going back to smoking pot scenes, at times did become repetitive. Still the most interesting thing to highlight is which cast members became more prominent years later as opposed to during the show’s successful run.

A Place to Call Home – Series Five premieres October 8 on Showcase

A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Season 5
on Showcase  and Foxtel Now
 
Starts Sunday, October 8 at 8.30pm.  (credit Foxtel)
Honoured at the 2017 TV WEEK Logie Awards as Most Outstanding Drama Series, the Australian period showpiece A Place to Call Home returns for its fifth season, premiering Sunday, October 8 at 8:30pm AEDT on Foxtel’s showcase and streaming on Foxtel Now.

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Television Musings Throughout The Ages – Full House

Full House (from a teenager’s POV)

Full House is a great TV show for anyone especially families. After Michelle (baby), DJ (10), and Stephanie’s (5) mother dies, Jesse (their uncle), and Danny’s (father) best friend Joey live with them to help Danny raise the 3 girls. Throughout the show, there a many morals taught which is good for younger audiences, although it may be more bothersome to older audiences. Michelle is played by both the Olsen twins and is a humorous and cute character ever since the start if the show. Stephanie is also quite funny and has a perky personality. She was a very curious character and tended to be the “goody too shoes” at the beginning of the show, although she later found herself to be confused about her social life. DJ was the most responsible of the 3, although she often got mad at her father for the restrictions he gave her, and his interest in her life. Overall, Full House is a very watchable show (directed towards families and children) as it is funny, family loving, and promotes wholesome family values.

Television Musings Throughout The Ages – Introduction

When thinking about how to launch this new section of my site, I had to decide whether to do an overload of television comments at once or segment them. In the end I went with segmenting them.

So every fortnight a different television show will be discussed… it will be identified who is making the comments, whether the person is in their teens, thirties or older in age. Those in their thirties will not only express what it is like watching the show now, but may include if their opinion has changed from when the television show originally aired.

Each fortnight the perspective may change, so some weeks only the person in their thirties will review the show, while other weeks, multiple perspectives will be posted. In the case of the latter, look for the different perspectives to be posted throughout the week and not all at the beginning of the week.

A big thing about this section is commenting, so feel free to raise your thoughts about the television shows in question and whether or not your opinion has changed over the years about them.

So as they say, here goes nothing!

 

TV and all that jazz

TV and all that jazz.

Turn the clock back to 1994 and Australian audiences were introduced to a show called Blue Heelers (technically the pilot aired in 1993), a show which could give the British dramas Heartbeat and Midsomer Murders a run for their money in terms of the number of crimes in a rural setting.

When Blue Heelers started it was a low rating show for the Seven Network, so much so there were concerns it would not be renewed for a second season. But Seven pursued with it and then by the time it got to its third season (1996) it was the #1 Australian drama and often the #1 show on Australian television screens.

The reason I bring this up is the show is being re-released this week on DVD, which gives those who were not around a chance to watch the show and those who were to rewatch the show again.

So this raises the question. If you watched a show years ago, would you still have the same perspective of it years later? Or if a person who is in their teens, do they have the same opinion as someone say in their 30s or 70s?

I am about to launch a new section on the site in regards to some TV shows, which depending on popularity may expand to other forms of media. Some will include perspectives of a teenager and those in their 30s and/or 70s, others will be of those in their 30s and 70s, or maybe only involve a member of one of the said age groups.

If there is a show you would like to see reviewed, feel free to suggest one or just comment on what you thought of the shows that are being reviewed!

Source: A Blast From The Past (archived Unofficial PJ and Maggie Site)

Wanted – Series Two Preview (contains minor spoilers)

Australia’s Most Wanted goes international.

Last year, the first series of Wanted was not only the Number One Australian Drama for the Seven Network it was also the Number One Australian Drama across all networks. So no surprise a second series was commissioned of the show.

The first series ended with Lola (Rebecca Gibney) and Chelsea (Geraldine Hakewill) finally getting some respite after being chased from New South Wales to Queensland. That was until Lola received a phone call to say the hunters had taken her son. So cue the start of the second series.

Without giving away major spoilers, I have been lucky to watch the first half of the new series and like the first, it sees Lola and Chelsea on the run whilst trying to also save Lola’s son. Except this time they’ve gone abroad to Bangkok and New Zealand.

Expect the action and drama of the first series, mixed in with a dry sense of humour, which is largely due to the fantastic chemistry of Gibney and Hakewill.

Will we see a Series Three? Time will tell!

Million Dollar Cold Case Updates

Million Dollar Cold Case – Police urge caller to contact them

Last week’s investigation into the murder of nurse Ina-Doris Warrick has had a dramatic development. A person contacted police during the program with information that a known suspect for the murder had confessed to killing Ina-Doris. Police need that person to contact them again to speak directly to a Cold Case investigator.

In the Margaret and Seana Tapp case, police have a strong lead regarding a suspect and a motive for the murders, as well as information about the red ute seen outside their home. But they need the person who contacted them last Thursday, to make contact again to speak to an investigator.

Police are grateful for the information they are receiving.

Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make contact through their website.

Credit: Seven Network Publicity

Promos… Previews.. Sneak Peeks… whatever you call them including the 800 Words Finale (contains spoilers)

*this article contains spoilers for the 800 Words finale that aired tonight. So read with caution*

Promos… Previews… Sneak Peeks… whatever you want to call them..

So there was once a show I absolutely loved, but fell slightly out of love with, through no fault of its own. Okay the show was partly to blame.

The blame mostly goes to television networks in general and their reliance of always showing final scenes of episodes in a promo. This is not a new thing, it has happened for years and years.

A number of years ago the now infamous ER Episode “Such Sweet Sorrow” aired. This was the episode that saw the departure of its original cast member Julianna Margulies. When she was leaving, one of the questions that were asked by the viewers was, would her character get her happy ending with Doug Ross (played by George Clooney)? (Spoiler alert: she does.)

The reason I mention this is, when Sherry Stringfield, another original ER cast member, first left the show, the network was able to promote the ending of her final episode. But when Julianna’s final regular episode aired, the network could not do this due to the ER producers keeping George’s cameo a secret from NBC until the night before the episode aired. So unknown to the promo department, Carol got her happy ending with Doug and for once it wasn’t spoiled by the promos. At the time, it was considered a masterstroke of how to keep a surprise in tact.

Fast forward to the present and here we have the 800 Words finale.

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The Black Dog

I have addressed in the past that I suffer anxiety and depression (something that has become more prevalent in today’s society).

After addressing the situation and thinking I had everything under control, I was hit for six back in September when a mini-relapse occurred. To make matters worse, I suffered a massive case of heat exhaustion whilst overseas. It was a tough period to get through, but compared to what others face in life, mine was miniscule. Continue reading

Red Dog: True Blue to screen at Sundance Film Festival

Credit: Roadshow Films

Roadshow Films and Good Dog Distribution are thrilled to announce that their new Australian film RED DOG: True Blue will screen in the Sundance Kids section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

“It is a dream come true for director Kriv Stenders and I to see the film participate at Sundance,” said producer Nelson Woss. “Selection at such a prestigious festival will ensure that RED DOG: True Blue will roam far and wide, just like the real red dog.” Continue reading