October 2009 archive

Oct 31 2009

7TWO starts tomorrow

The Seven Network’s new digital channel 7TWO launches tomorrow afternoon  (Sunday) in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from 12.00pm. After an introduction to the channel, the first program will be Michael Jackson’s last ever televised concert, with the pop icon reunited with his brothers onstage as the Jackson Five for the first time in …

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Oct 26 2009

7TWO to go to Tasmania

The Seven Network’s new digital channel 7TWO will be broadcast into Tasmania from December. The island state’s Seven Network affiliate, Southern Cross Television, has announced that it will be carrying 7TWO from 1 December, one month after the channel’s launch on the mainland next Sunday. Tasmania has one of the highest conversion rates to digital …

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Oct 25 2009

1979: October 27-November 2

TV’s reluctant Romeo Since John Waters first hit screens as Sgt McKellar in ABC’s Rush in 1974, he has carried the reputation of being the handsome romantic, though his roles following Rush have been very different.  “I’ve got nothing against those leading man roles, but I certainly don’t want to spend the rest of my …

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Oct 24 2009

ABC is ready for 3

National broadcaster ABC has announced that its new children’s-only channel, ABC3, will launch on Friday 4 December. The new channel will broadcast daily between 6.00am and 9.00pm. Heading the channel’s line-up during weekdays will be programming blocks Studio 3 (mornings) and Rollercoaster (afternoons) featuring a mix of factual and adventure series, wildlife and documentaries, game …

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Oct 24 2009

Seven catches up with 7TWO

Finally, the Seven Network has made a definite announcement about it’s long-long-awaited second channel. Eight months after chief David Leckie said that an announcement of Seven’s digital plan was “imminent”, the network has told the public about their new channel to begin on Sunday 1 November at 12.00pm. “It’s Time”, shouts the promos, for 7TWO …

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Oct 22 2009

Don Lane

American-born entertainer and one of the greats of Australian TV variety, Don Lane has died after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 75. Born Morton Donald Isaacson in 1933, Lane grew up in the Bronx district of New York. A nightclub performer in the US, he first came to Australia in the mid-1960s when …

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Oct 18 2009

Number 96 on DVD again in 2010

TV critic and self-confessed Number 96 tragic Andrew Mercado has announced that the third boxed set DVD of the famous Aussie soap Number 96 will be released by Umbrella Entertainment in 2010. ‘Aftermath of Murder’ picks up where the last DVD release (‘the Pantyhose Murderer’) left off and new characters in the series this time …

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Oct 18 2009

1979: October 20-26

Tom’s accent is on variety Canadian-born Tom Burlinson has tackled Irish, English and American accents in various roles since leaving the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1976, but has found that playing Mickey Pratt in the 0-10 Network’s The Restless Years has presented the biggest challenge.  “Mickey’s Australian accent is one of the …

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Oct 13 2009

50 Years of TVW7 Perth

Perth’s first TV station TVW7 celebrates its 50th birthday with a two-hour special this Friday night. Hosted by Yvette Mooney and Simon Reeve, both familiar TVW names dating back over 20 years, the program will look back at the life of the channel that has dominated Perth television for most of the last half century. …

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Oct 12 2009

Gordon Boyd

Gordon Boyd, TV host of the 1960s and 1970s, has died in Sydney at the age of 86. A familiar name in the United Kingdom, Boyd first came to Australia in the 1960s to star in a stage musical, Wildcat, that folded after eight weeks but by then Boyd and his wife Joan had already …

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