October 2012 archive

Oct 31 2012

1992: November 1-7

Lights, camera… Kieren! Swimming champion Kieren Perkins (pictured far right) has signed a two-year deal with Network Ten as a station personality and star of its Commonwealth Games coverage in 1994.  The 19-year-old who laughs at his perceived public image of “the boy next door… superhero” says there is little chance of getting too confident of …

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Oct 24 2012

1992: October 25-31

Ballroom blitz! Paul Mercurio, star of the box office hit Strictly Ballroom, is currently on a whirlwind tour of the United States and United Kingdom to promote the film.  He laughs at the comparisons made from American journalists that liken him to other actors that have starred in dance-themed movies, such as Patrick Swayze and …

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Oct 20 2012

Homicide coming soon to DVD

It was on this day — 20 October — in 1964 that Homicide made its debut. Homicide was not the first Australian-made drama on television, but it was significant in that it popularised Australian TV drama at a time when our television stations were more prone to purchasing cheap overseas content for prime time. With …

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Oct 19 2012

Financial results open a can of worms for Ten

While the Nine Network has had some good news, their rivals at Ten are having a less cheerful time. Although Ten will still likely finish the year as the traditional third most-watched network, its post-Olympic relaunch has seen its ratings fall to fourth place behind the ABC for the first time in memory.  New Australian …

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Oct 18 2012

Nine dodges receivers’ bullet

A little over 56 years ago Bruce Gyngell announced “Good evening, and welcome to television” on Sydney’s — and Australia’s — first television station, TCN9. For the past few days, his son David Gyngell, as CEO of Nine’s parent company Nine Entertainment Co., was at the forefront of the company’s bid to stay out of receivership despite it …

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Oct 17 2012

1992: October 18-24

Freaked out by the fans! A Country Practice star Kym Wilson (pictured) laughs at the irony of being feted as one of Australia’s brightest rising stars — given it was eight years ago that she made her TV acting debut (alongside Justine Clarke and Rebekah Elmaloglou) in the children’s series Professor Poopsnaggle.  “Even though I’ve been …

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Oct 11 2012

1992: October 11-17

‘She’s no sleaze!’ Former A Country Practice star Georgie Parker (pictured) has defended her Acropolis Now character, flight attendant Despina Hatzipapadopoulos who is something of a perpetual ‘good-time’ girl.  “She is the one who’s saying, ‘I go out with other people but you’re the one I love’,” Parker told TV Week.  “It’s the kind of line …

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Oct 04 2012

Wentworth reinvents Prisoner

Foxtel has announced the cast for its upcoming production Wentworth, a modern rewrite of the classic series Prisoner. The 10-episode series, which begins production in Melbourne next week, will star New Zealand-born actress Danielle Cormack (East West 101, Rake, Underbelly: Razor) in the key role of Bea Smith, the character initially made famous by Val …

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Oct 03 2012

1992: October 4-10

Exclusively Elle! Since model Elle Macpherson‘s recent TV special earned huge ratings for Nine — winning its timeslot in every city and in Sydney was only a whisker below the ratings for the Olympic Games closing ceremony — all three networks had been vying for her attention in the lead up to her Australian promotional …

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