Friday June 28, 2019

The Amazing Race 2019
The Amazing Race: 10 commissions Eureka for 2019 reality return

On the eve of TV Week Logie weekend, 10 has confirmed one more major 7.30pm franchise to screen this year.

The network has commissioned Eureka Television to make The Amazing Race after 10 secured the format rights. Eureka will work with Profiles Television, the producer of the US version of the format.

A version previously screened in Australia on Seven. The series was initially produced by Michael McKay and activeTV before Seven took the production in-house under executive producer Trent Chapman.

10 has appointed Beau Ryan to host. Hosting the series for Seven was Grant Bowler.

On his new role, Ryan, said: “I’m really pumped to be hosting one of the biggest franchises on Australian TV. I jumped at the chance to combine two of my favourite things, people and travel. I can’t wait to get started. May the best team win!”

On commissioning the series Network 10’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey, said: “We cannot wait to bring The Amazing Race back to Australian audiences. It is a perfect blend of action, drama and captivating characters. We look forward to rounding out our 50-week schedule with an epic and fun adventure series.”

Co-creator and executive producer of The Amazing Race Bertram van Munster said: “We are thrilled to bring The Amazing Race back to Australia and to be working with the wonderful talented people at Network 10 and Eureka.”

Eureka CEO Paul Franklin said: “It’s one of the truly original and iconic shows of all time and it’s an honour and a privilege to be working with Network 10 in putting the Australian spin on such an incredible format. An international rollercoaster ride of a show with a big heart, this series will be one that the whole family can enjoy.”

The Amazing Race first aired in the US in 2001 and has just been confirmed to return to CBS for a 32nd season in late 2019. The Amazing Race has been nominated every year for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Competition Program since it was created in 2003 winning a record 10 times. The Amazing Race has also been commissioned in 13 countries around the world.

Mercado on TV: Crime acronyms, skaters, bedrooms and Roger Ailes

US crime dramas love a good acronym like CSI, NCIS, SVU or FBI. Now it’s time for the rebooted S.W.A.T. (Monday on Seven).

By Andrew Mercado

It started life as a TV series (1975) before becoming a movie (2003) and then two direct to DVD sequels (2011 and 2017). Samuel L Jackson played Hondo on the big screen, but now it’s the still solid Shemar Moore. S.W.A.T. is slick, thanks to director Justin Lin of Fast and Furious fame, but it’s still the same old same old American procedural.

UK audiences love a biopic and who better to watch last Christmas Day than the story of Torvill and Dean? But could anything top the broadcast we once saw on Seven when they broadcast Torvill and Dean’s world tour from Sydney? It was such Event TV, they even had the cast of Sons and Daughters, overdressed in mid-80s Christopher Essex excess, sitting rink-side to introduce each performance.

Oddly, that milestone does not feature in the ITV telemovie, Torvill & Dean (Saturday on BBC First), which the UK critics loved (“perfect festive fare”) but still flopped in the ratings. Sadly, the journey to the Olympics is a bit dull and just doesn’t have enough drama or scandal. And even with Anita Dobson (EastEnders legend and the wife of Queen’s Brian May) playing a skating coach, I was dozing off before they even hit the ice.

At least there has been drama and scandal in Five Bedrooms, which wraps up its first season next Wednesday. 10 would be mad not to renew it and for more than eight episodes too. Steve Peacocke has never been better and his on screen romance with Doris Younane was gold. Five Bedrooms has been both sweet and risky, and showed how people can respect each other, despite differences in age, race and sexuality. Israel Folau, take note.

Aussie media junkies will soon be talking about nothing other than The Loudest Voice (Monday on Stan) as Russell Crowe plays Roger Ailes, the architect of Fox News. The first three episodes are fascinating, with interesting impressions of Rupert (so Strayan) and Lachlan (too tall) Murdoch, and Namoi Watts as Gretchen Carlson, the first of oh so many to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment.

Every episode of The Loudest Voice covers a different year, starting with the creation of Fox News (1995), the September 11 attacks (2001) and Barack Obama becoming President (2008). It is not a pretty portrait of Ailes as he turns Fox News into a propaganda machine, spreading his own fear, division and untruths throughout the land. Israel Folau, take note.

Vogue Codes podcast series released in partnership with Estée Lauder

Vogue Australia in partnership with Estée Lauder has launched a new seven-part Vogue Codes podcast series.

The Vogue Codes podcast series will take listeners behind-the-scenes of the event with entrepreneurs, business founders and leaders from various fields to reveal what it takes to succeed in the worlds of fashion, beauty and tech.

Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said: “Vogue Codes aims to not only inspire attendees to pursue careers in tech-related industries with influential and insightful case studies, but arm them with actionable skills that will help them continue to innovate and drive their own success stories.

“The response to Vogue Codes since we launched the initiative four years ago has been overwhelmingly positive, it’s become so popular that tickets to all events sell out very quickly. With the assistance of Estée Lauder we are now able to bring some of the outstanding speakers who took part in this year’s event to a broader audience through our first Vogue Codes podcast series.”

Estée Lauder brand general manager Maureen Meneses said: “We were thrilled to be able to continue our support and partnership of Vogue Codes with this podcast series. The platform is a great digital-first way of sharing the many inspirational stories heard across this year’s Vogue Codes event, including an episode with Estée Lauder’s Jane Anders, who delves into science of beauty, sharing her views on innovation, mentorship, and being a woman in STEM.”

The podcast series also features designer Karen Walker who reveals how she launched her label at the age of 18 and built an international cult following 30 years on. Meggie Palmer, founder and CEO of PepTalkHer, who discusses how she champions artificial intelligence and innovations in technology to help close the gender pay gap. And Christy Laurence, founder and CEO of Plann, opens up about building a global start-up and app that now has over one million downloads in more than 160 countries.

The podcast was produced and presented by the Vogue Australia team. To listen to and read more visit

Photo: Event Signs Australia

The project is one of many new podcasts created by NewsCast – News Corp Australia’s podcasting arm, announced at the company’s Come Together 2019 showcase.

Foxtel’s newest hit: Aussie Inventions That Changed The World

After being the most watched show on the Foxtel platform when it launched on Monday this week, Foxtel is labelling Aussie Inventions That Changed The World its latest hit series.

The original eight-part series reveals a raft of great Australian inventors who turned game changing ideas into a reality and forever changed how we live.

Historically Australia has punched well above its weight on the world stage of timely innovations, scientific breakthroughs, and cleverly designed new technologies. And yet amongst our national heroes the sporting, military and political greats have typically enjoyed the limelight, while our remarkable inventors have been largely ignored. This series sets the record straight.

Comedian, actor and brainiac Matt Parkinson heads up a team of expert co-hosts; science journalist Anja Taylor, inventor Sally Dominguez and historian and writer David Hunt, who explore the little known stories across eight themed episodes; Home Life, Communication, Wartime, Farm Smart, Medicine, Food Preservation, Airborne and Super Vision.

Matt and the team explore inventions that are loved by the world and born in Australia including familiar ones like the Bionic Ear, Wine Cask, Pacemaker and WiFi, along with other inventions known to few, such as the Telephane and Transporter.

Drawing on an eclectic mix of contributors, from inventors, engineers, historians and model makers, to a colourful range of invention re-builds, road-tests and experiments, the series is an active and contemporary journey into the past.

Aussie Inventions That Changed The World delivers a unique view of these inventions by bringing them back to life. From the birth of the Black Box thanks to the unwavering perseverance of David Warren, which is now an essential component of air safety. And the rebuild of Worsfold’s life-saving Transporter from World War One, then road-tested to understand its bespoke functionality.

“What’s really exciting about this series is that it will remind Australians that, at our best, we are a progressive, innovative country. We thrive on challenges and these invention stories are all about people who backed themselves against the odds. Sometimes the best ideas are the ones that stand out from the pack.” Matt Parkinson said.

Group General Manager, Factual, Jim Buchan said, “It’s amazing how many Australians have contributed to inventing ingenious solutions to unique challenges. Our latest commission is a fun, warm, feel good series celebrating our nation’s pioneering spirit: a spirit of inventive problem-solving and resourcefulness demonstrated by inspiring individuals throughout our history.

“The producers SkinnyDip Pictures and Northern Pictures have done an incredible job with such an ambitious series, and our expert presenters have told these stories with real wit and candour. My personal favourites may well be the rare interviews with Australian inventors. Captured for posterity they reflect the very personal experience of some who improved daily life, while others achieved the extraordinary!”

Aussie Inventions That Changed The World is available to stream every week or watch on History on Mondays from June 24 at 7.30pm AEST.

Top Photo: The hosts of Aussie Inventions That Changed The World

TV Guide: Fox Sports covers Wimbledon live until the quarter finals

Fox Sports will deliver tennis fans coverage of the year’s third and most prestigious Grand Slam when The Championships, Wimbledon 2019 swings into action on Monday, July 1.

Fox Sports will air over 200 hours of live coverage in HD of the tournament from the opening day through to the Quarter-Finals.

Fox Sports will broadcast delayed coverage of the tournament from the Quarter-Finals onwards.

The world’s most famous grass tournament will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, United Kingdom with the first serve from Monday, July 1 and will feature the world’s best tennis players vying for the title and trophy.

Aussie hero Ash Barty comes into the tournament on a high after a history breaking title win at Roland-Garros and soaring her way to a record breaking world No. 1 ranking with her Birmingham win. Also crowd favourite, Barty has great form on grass and has previously won the women’s singles title at Junior Wimbledon in 2011.

Fox Sports’ live coverage of the tournament begins Monday, July 1 at 8.00pm AEST on Fox Sports 505.

Prior to the day’s on-court coverage tennis fans will be treated to a special live pre-show Daily Serve with a full panel of talent, hosted by Fox Sports expert commentator Adam Peacock, who will be joined by tennis greats Boris Becker and Kim Clijsters to preview all of the action.

Fox Sports will also showcase daily highlights of the competition meaning tennis fans won’t miss a moment of the action.

“Wimbledon is the best tournament in the world and there is never shortage of storylines, especially this year after Ash’s success in Paris. Each day we’ll delve into the big topics, and have a few laughs of course, on the Daily Serve with two undoubted legends of the sport in Boris and Kim,” Peacock said.

In the women’s tournament Barty will be up against reigning 2018 champion Angelique Kerber and former world number one Naomi Osaka, as well as the likes of Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.

In the men’s competition, world number one Novak Djokovic returns to defend his 2018 title and will face a strong field of competitors including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka and Alexander Zverev.

Carrying the Aussie hopes for the men’s draw are young guns Alex De Minaur and Alexei Popyrin.

TV Guide: Watch The Championships live on FTA with Seven

Recently crowned French Open champion Ash Barty will bid for back-to-back Grand Slam titles when she takes to the hallowed courts of Wimbledon, as fans enjoy live and free coverage of The Championships on Seven.

Now the #1 ranked player in the world, Barty is one of the favourites to win the women’s singles, while Nick Krygios is expected to lead the Australian men’s campaign in tennis’ most prestigious tournament.

Krygios won his fifth ATP title in Mexico earlier this year and his explosive game is ideally suited to grass, taking him to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2014.

World No.26 Alex de Minaur and 2018 US Open quarter-finalist John Millman are among Australia’s other leading prospects in the men’s singles, while Ajla Tomljanovic and Daria Gavrilova also enter the women’s event with high hopes.

The biggest matches will be covered live on Channel 7, 7TWO, 7mate, 7plus and the 7Sport app, along with plenty of other games and highlights.

The commentary team consists of a host of the biggest names in tennis, including John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin and Tim Henman.

During the first week the live broadcast kicks off at 8.00pm (AEST), while from Day 8 to Day 11 the coverage begins at 10.00pm.

All singles and doubles finals, as well as the singles semi-finals, will be exclusively live on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate.

Fans can also stream Wimbledon live on 7plus and the 7Sport app, and catch up on all the highlights and interviews on the app.

On Sunday June 30 in the lead-up to the tournament, Seven will also be airing:

Wimbledon – 2018 Official Film – the definitive story of the 2018 Championships at 1.30pm on 7TWO.

TV Ratings Analysis: June 27

• Close AFL finish helps Seven to secure Thursday victory
• Seven multis combine with 12% to give Seven network win too
• MasterChef #1 under 50 as first of top 10 eliminated

Thursday Week 26 2019

By James Manning

• Seven News 1,009,000/838,000
• Nine News 840,000/817,000
• A Current Affair 675,000
• ABC News 625,000
• 7.30 487,000
• The Project 264,000/410,000
• 10 News First 360,000
• The Drum 188,000
• SBS World News 123,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 270,000
• Today 202,000


A Home And Away triple play at different times in various markets. In Melbourne the mini-marathon finished around 12.30am.

The Essendon v Great Western AFL match was kept alive until the end with a close score and then a controversial decision as the scores levelled with minutes remaining. The game did 499,000.


Sylvia Jeffreys was interviewing Russell Crowe on A Current Affair ahead of the Monday premier of his new series The Loudest Voice. The Thursday episode did 675,000.

The NRL match on Nine saw the Tigers upset the Rabbitohs with 363,000 watching.


The Project viewers will get a break from the campaigning after the TV Week Logies are done. Also squeezed into the show last night was another appearance from Tom Ballard who said he is off to work in the UK later this year. He’s such a good talent it’s still surprising someone hasn’t grabbed him for a show to have a FTA late night offering. The Thursday Project was on 410,000 after 7pm.

The first casualty from the MasterChef top 10 last night as Ben Trobbiani was sent home to Adelaide. Italian superstar chef Massimo was the guest who helped judge the elimination challenge. He didn’t like what Ben was doing from early in the episode, and neither did the other judges when it came to taste time. The episode did 626,000.

Episode three already of Taboo with a look at people sharing their mental health challenges. After 330,000 last week, last night was on 326,000.


Have the hosts on Escape From The City actually managed to land many real estate deals yet? They couldn’t temp the couple last looking to move to the Margret River region. The episode was on 381,000.

The final episode of Press then did 162,000.


The premiere of The Great House Revival at 7.30pm did 189,000.

The final of this season of Extreme Railway Journeys was in Vietnam with 201,000 watching.

The Handmaid’s Tale then did 179,000.

Week 26 TV: Thursday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 9.6% 7 22.2% 9 17.7% 10  12.0% SBS One 5.1%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.0% 7TWO 4.8% GO! 4.4% 10 Bold 4.1% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 4.2% GEM 1.0% 10 Peach 2.1% Food Net 1.3%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix 2.4% 9Life 1.8%     NITV 0.1%
    7Food 0.7%            
TOTAL 14.6%   34.3%   24.9%   18.3%   8.0%


ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 9.0% 7 20.5% 9 16.0% WIN 10.4% SBS One 4.7%
ABC KIDS/ ABC COMEDY 3.5% 7TWO 6.8% GO! 4.7% WIN Bold 4.3% VICELAND 1.4%
ABC ME 0.7% 7mate 3.2% GEM 1.9% WIN Peach 1.8% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 7flix (Excl. Tas/WA) 3.2% 9Life 2.0% Sky News  on WIN 2.0% NITV 0.2%
    7food (QLD only) 1.6%            
TOTAL 14.3%   35.2%   24.6%   18.4%   7.4%


82.7% 17.3%
  1. Seven News Seven 1,009,000
  2. Nine News Nine 840,000
  3. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 838,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 817,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 675,000
  6. MastrChef Australia 10 626,000
  7. ABC News ABC 625,000
  8. The Chase Australia Seven 602,000
  9. Hot Seat Nine 515,000
  10. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football Seven 499,000
  11. 7.30 ABC 487,000
  12. The Project 7pm 10 410,000
  13. Home And Away Seven 388,000
  14. Escape From The City ABC 381,000
  15. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 372,000
  16. 10 News First 10 360,000
  17. Thursday Night NRL Live Nine 343,000
  18. Taboo 10 326,000
  19. Hot Seat -5pm Nine 314,000
  20. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football – Post Match Seven 307,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. MastrChef Australia 10 163,000
  2. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football Seven 135,000
  3. Seven News Seven 119,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 100,000
  5. Taboo 10 94,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. MastrChef Australia 10 271,000
  2. Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football Seven 206,000
  3. Seven News Seven 202,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 192,000
  5. Nine News Nine 188,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. MastrChef Australia 10 302,000
  2. Nine News 6:30 Nine 261,000
  3. Seven News Seven 259,000
  4. Nine News Nine 247,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 224,000
THURSDAY Multichannel
  1. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 191,000
  2. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 180,000
  3. Floogals ABCKIDS/COMEDY 175,000
  4. Bluey AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 163,000
  5. Bluey ABCKIDS/COMEDY 162,000
  6. Father Brown PM 7TWO 158,000
  7. School Of Roars PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 156,000
  8. Molly And Mack PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000
  9. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 151,000
  10. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000
  11. Star Trek Into Darkness 9GO! 142,000
  12. Bondi Rescue Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 140,000
  13. Fireman Sam PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 140,000
  14. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 138,000
  15. Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  16. The Big Bang Theory Tx2 – (R) 9GO! 135,000
  17. Neighbours 10 Peach 134,000
  18. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 133,000
  19. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 131,000
  20. A Touch Of Frost PM 7TWO 130,000
  1. Live: NRL Tigers V Rabbitohs FOX LEAGUE 239,000
  2. Live: AFL Essendon V Gws FOX FOOTY 174,000
  3. Live: World Cup Innings Break FOX CRICKET 125,000
  4. Live: The Late Show With Matty Johns FOX LEAGUE 107,000
  5. Live: World Cup: India V West Indies FOX CRICKET 102,000
  6. Live: Thursday Night Footy On Fox FOX FOOTY 77,000
  7. Jones & Co Sky News Live 74,000
  8. Aussie Gold Hunters Discovery Channel 66,000
  9. The Bolt Report Sky News Live 57,000
  10. Paul Murray Live Sky News Live 57,000
  11. Live: NRL Thursday Night League FOX LEAGUE 55,000
  12. Live: World Cup: India V West Indies FOX CRICKET 45,000
  13. Family Guy FOX8 44,000
  14. Credlin Sky News Live 42,000
  15. The Simpsons FOX8 42,000
  16. Family Guy FOX8 38,000
  17. Live: World Cup Pre-Game FOX CRICKET 35,000
  18. Shetland BBC First 34,000
  19. Selling Houses Australia Lifestyle Channel 33,000
  20. The Simpsons FOX8 33,000

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Media News Roundup

Business of Media

Twitter Australia’s head of PR and comms Nathan Burman departs

Nathan Burman, Twitter Australia’s head of communications and PR, has departed the company after five years, reports The Australian’s Zoe Samios.

Burman, who is currently on paternity leave, will not return to the business, he confirmed to The Australian.

It is not clear where Burman is headed, but Twitter Australia will commence a search for his replacement.

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After the report was published, Burman commented:

“I’ve had an incredible 5+ years at Twitter, truly my dream job! Too many to thank but thanks and cheers to everyone I’ve been lucky enough to work with. Old mate Stewart Russell is smashing it and remains your go to for all communications for Twitter Australia.”

News Brands

LA-based Aussie entertainment reporter nominated for journalism award

The entertainment editor-at-large for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Michael Idato, has been nominated in the Journalist of the Year (Print circulation 50,000+ category) at the Los Angeles Press Club annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

He is nominated alongside journalists from The Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly and Playboy magazine.

Idato also received nominations in two other categories for cover stories in the Green Guide and Guide on the way House of Cards changed television and in Spectrum with Jane Fonda talking about how life begins at 80.

The winners will be announced Sunday, June 30.

Idato won’t be able to attend the awards event due to an annual trip back to Australia to attend the TV Week Logie Awards.

Another executive producer leaves job at Seven’s Sunday Night

Hamish Thomson has left his job at Channel 7 as executive producer of current affairs show Sunday Night after being accused of telling an employee she was in need of a “good f**k”, reports News Corp’s Sydney Confidential.

An email was sent to staff on Wednesday evening notifying them of the decision and saying that Thomson was leaving the company.

“After three challenging and successful years Hamish is leaving to explore other opportunities,” the email read.

The move comes after Thomson was accused of telling senior television producer Lisa Ryan that she was in need of a “good f**k”. Thomson has denied the claim.

Confidential earlier this week revealed Ryan, who was a senior producer on the Sunday Night program for a decade, reached an agreement with Seven last Friday.

Thomson has been executive producer of Seven’s flagship current affairs program since 2014 and was suspended by the network following the performance review meeting pending an external investigation by HR consultants.

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Listeners back Chris Smith as 2GB management devises cost cutting

A planned change to 2GB’s line up is set to affect three major cities with cost cutting measures behind management’s unpopular decision, report News Corp’s Matthew Benns and Clarissa Bye.

The Daily Telegraph revealed yesterday that afternoon talkback host Chris Smith is set to be moved into the night-time timeslot in a straight swap with presenter Steve Price who will take over the reigns from 12-3pm.

The change will affect three stations, 2GB Sydney, 3AW Melbourne and 4BC Brisbane, all run by Nine-owned parent company Macquarie Media.

The “networked” afternoon program is currently heard in both Sydney and Brisbane but with Price moving into the hot seat, management is expected to begin beaming the slot into Melbourne so bosses can dump 3AW host Denis Walter in the process.

Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang declined to comment on the shift-swap rumours.

The former Austero boss also dismissed as speculation the change to Melbourne’s afternoon show. “Nothing has even been said about Denis Walter, that’s just speculation so I have no further comment.”

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TV Week Logies Q&A: Nine executive producer on Sunday’s show

TV Week Logie Awards executive producer Brent Williams gives TV Tonight an insight into the planning, manpower behind the scenes.

Everyone had a great time on the Gold Coast last year. Now that you have one under the belt in the new home, what changes are you looking at for this year?

BW: The Gold Coast turned on a great party last year. With a new venue and new event partners it was a pretty intense build up to last year’s Logies but it all went off without a hitch. I think everyone involved will be better for the run and we have managed to iron out a few little kinks for this year so hopefully it will be another great night for everyone attending and watching at home. One of the things we introduced last year was comedy legend Tony Martin doing the live voice overs in the room. I’m very pleased to say Tony will be returning as the voice of the Logies again this year.

Dave Hughes will be sorely missed as the opening act. Having set the bar high, how do you approach a replacement? Any hints on whom?

BW: Dave has been phenomenal on the Logies for a long time. Not just since he’s been opening but for many years before that. He genuinely loves the event and works so incredibly hard on his opening monologues. He will be missed this year but as they say, it gives someone else the opportunity and there has been no shortage of willing candidates, all of whom would do an outstanding job! You’ll notice I avoided the question about ‘any hints on whom?’

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TV Week Logies Hall of Fame to induct more than one from 2020?

A rethink of the TV Week Logie Hall of Fame could be on the cards for 2020, to allow for more than one inductee, reports TV Tonight.

With the awards now in their 61st year, TV Week is increasingly faced with the challenge of inducting one TV name from a long list of candidates including a posthumous award for those who have passed in the last 12 months (a rule currently prevents later induction). That has seen Peter Harvey and Brian Naylor inducted at events following their passing.

Amongst those lost since the last ceremony, Bill Collins, Mike Willesee and Sam Chisholm, each is already a Hall of Famer, but as TV grows older so too will the list of worthy contenders.

TV Tonight, which previously mounted a campaign for more women in the Hall of Fame asked TV Week editor Thomas Woodgate if it was time to consider one man, one woman and one show as annual inductees?

“You raise a very good point,” he replied.

“We are going to find it difficult to really keep up with people who should be included in there. Every year after they finish we sit down and look at what we can do better next year. This year we added an Outstanding Reality Program category.”

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How Russell Crowe channelled Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice

Russell Crowe wants you to know that his process of preparing for a role is not interesting. At all, reports The New York Times.

Everyone always asks him about it. (Don’t ask him about it.)

But let’s suppose you did. Was it not difficult getting inside the head of Roger Ailes, a man who, as the mastermind behind Fox News, was just as reviled as revered? A man accused of legitimizing racist conspiracy theories and sexually harassing multiple women?

“The one thing that I learned about Roger from talking to people that loved him — and lots of people loved him — is how charming he was, how personable he was, how loyal he was,” Crowe said.

Not everyone involved in The Loudest Voice was quite as charitable about Ailes, who two years after his death is as polarizing as ever. Not the showrunner. Not the writer whose reporting inspired the show. So when the series debuts on Sunday, the on-screen image of Ailes will be the product of years of grappling, arguing, writing and rewriting; of death threats and smears and anonymous sources; of clashing interpretations of shadowy truths.

Building seven episodes around a protagonist so divisive was tricky. Finding the right tone and presentation took plenty of negotiation, said Alex Metcalf, the showrunner.

“We honestly fought about it,” he said, referring to his discussions with Crowe. “He’s a guy with a strong point of view, but if you have a diverse opinion that makes sense, he hears it.”

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The Loudest Voice will be screened on Stan in Australia.

Sports Media

Israel Folau: I want Rugby Australia to apologise for sacking me

Embattled rugby union player Israel Folau is hopeful of receiving an apology from Rugby Australia officials today when both sides go to the first Fair Work Commission over his sacking for posting a homophobic passage from the Bible on Instagram, reports The Australian’s Elias Vistonay.


Appearing on Sky News’s Jones & Co last night, in what was his first TV interview since being sacked, Folau also opened up on the “unexpected” toll that recent sponsor threats had had on his wife, Maria, a top netball player.

“I’m hopeful for an apology from them and an admission that they were wrong,” Folau said. “That will be something that I’d like to get.”

Asked if he was hoping for a legal result that allowed him to play rugby again, Folau said: “I’m extremely proud to have represented my country. It’s truly an honour. But … tomorrow is the first step in terms of legal stuff.”

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