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)
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 – 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
*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.
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
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
Almost six months ago I attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. Due to some health issues I couldn’t do the reviews I wanted to do about the Festival until now. People have asked me what were your favourite films at the Festival?
Three absolutely stood out for me, that I keep thinking about to this day, while another I’m hoping to see again since it was a little gem.
The three that are constantly on my mind are OJ: Made in America (ESPN 30 for 30 documentary), The Bad Kids and Little Men. Three different types of films but all great in their own way. The other little gem that I hope to see again is Between Sea and Land. Continue reading
Courtesy of Seven Network
Seven’s Rio 2016 dream team
Gold medallist Olympians and world-class broadcasters LIVE on Channel 7, 7TWO, 7mate and the 7Olympics app
(8 April 2016) Seven has assembled an elite commentary team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including 15 Olympians who have won 12 gold medals and 24 Olympic medals.
Strangely in Love – Q&A
Strangely in Love is an independent film by Amin Matalqa, which takes the story of Dostoevsky’s novella White Nights and sets it in modern day Los Angeles.
Director, producer and co-writer Amin Matalqa, actress and producer Michelle Lang and costume designer Catherine Velosa have been kind enough to participate in a Q&A for this site. I thank them for their time.