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The Footy Show: rebooted but McGuire and Newman quickly revert to type | Jonathan Horn

With Eddie McGuire back alongside professional angry man Sam Newman, any attempt to revitalise the show is an exercise in futility

In 1994, The Footy Show was the right show at the right time. Pay TV had yet to arrive in Australia. The five available channels dished up some truly grim fare. Hey Dad was still on in prime time. Our only taste of reality television had come through Sylvania Waters and its impossibly vile Donaher family. The most popular live variety show was still co-hosted by an ostrich.

Despite its national reach, The Footy Show had a decidedly Melbourne feel. The city, which had been hit particularly hard by the recession, was open for business again. Advertisers were spending money. There was a new casino. There was a premier who pretty much did as he pleased.

Related: David Squires on ... how to revitalise the Footy Show

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Watch Zac Efron Wax a Man's Body, Because Why Not?

Watch Zac Efron Wax a Man's Body, Because Why Not?
Talk about a hairy situation.  Zac Efron (probably) went where no movie star has gone before when he succeeded in giving Australian rugby star Beau Ryan a full body wax. During a recent appearance on The Footy Show, the Baywatch hunk and co-star Alexandra Daddario challenged Beau to strip his skin of any hair in order to land a role in the reboot's possible sequel.   After Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took the first step in inducting the former professional athlete into the Baywatch lifeguard fam by shaving his head, Ryan admitted he was up for the next task. Efron explained, "One of the things we had to do to be initiated into Baywatch, and this was a...
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Zac Efron Gives Full-Body ‘Back, Crack And Zac Wax’ To Aussie Rugby Star

Zac Efron and “Baywatch” co-star Alexandra Daddario dropped Australia’s “The Footy Show” during the Down Under portion of their media blitz for theirnew comedy, and it definitely wasn’t your typical talk show appearance, That’s because Efron and Daddario chipped in to give a full-body waxing to host Beau Ryan, a retired Aussie rugby star, ripping […]
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Docklands' Rod Allan on building relationships in La

Filming on HBO.s 'The Leftovers' in stage 4 at Docklands Studios Melbourne, courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

If speaks to Docklands Studios CEO Rod Allan about strengthening connections in La, working with HBO on Season 3 of 'The Leftovers' and gearing up for 'Winchester'.

How did you go in La for Ausfilm week?

A lot of these productions have long lead times, so it.s very unusual to go over there and meet someone who has a production ready. That doesn.t happen. What happens is the producers usually explore a number of options for Australia. It.s much more a relationship-building exercise. When we went to Ausfilm week last October, The Leftovers was not on the horizon. It wasn.t until March this year that they came out and subsequently we made the booking, and they.ve shot and wrapped since then.

How did you nab them?
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First participants unveiled in Screenability Nsw internship program

Tim Ferguson and the Screenability Nsw interns.

The first eight participants in the Screenability Nsw internship program, each receiving a paid placement across film and television, have been unveiled.

Screenability Nsw, launched by Screen Nsw in September, is a program to create opportunities in the screen industries for people with disabilities. Screen Nsw has partnered with Ai-Media, Aftrs, Carriageworks, Bus Stop Films and Toozly on the initiative.

On top of the internships, the program promises to deliver an annual film festival at Carriageworks, a short film-making initiative and a long-term job placement scheme. .

Yesterday at Aftrs each of the interns met representatives from the companies who will be employing them; they include Matchbox Pictures, Screentime and Animal Logic.

Each intern will be provided with bespoke training through Aftrs, developed in consultation with Bus Stop Films. An online network will be created for all the interns to share their production experiences,
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'Underbelly Files: Chopper' and 'House of Bond' among Nine's 2017 slate

Ben Mingay and Sam Neill star in Nine's new mini-series 'House of Bond'..

Nine has unveiled its programming line-up for the new year, and with it sees the return of Underbelly.—.this time focused on the .untold, uncut. story of Mark .Chopper. Read.

The series, known as Underbelly Files: Chopper, will be once again be produced by Screentime..

Also coming up for the network is the mini-series House of Bond, which tells the rags to riches tale of the controversial business tycoon Alan Bond. Sam Neill, Rachael Taylor and Adrienne Pickering star alongside Hacksaw Ridge.s Ben Mingay as Bond.

Other cast members include Samantha Jade, Gyton Grantley, Marcus Graham, Anne Looby, Johnny Ruffo, Roy Billing, Paul Gleeson and Jack Campbell..House of Bond.was produced by Cjz, with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen Nsw. The mini was written by Sarah Smith and directed by Mark Joffe..

Karl Stefanovic
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Docklands Studios appoints David Hanna as new chair

Docklands Studios.

Docklands Studios has appointed economist and strategy expert David Hanna as its new chair.

Hanna, who is currently director of business strategy at Monash University, will replace Elizabeth Eldridge, who has served as chair since the Victorian Government took ownership of the studios in 2008..

Eldridge steered the studios through a critical transition, helping to raise their domestic and international profile.

The Board of Directors also includes public relations and marketing executive Ann Fletcher-Nicholls and former Melbourne Lord Mayor, and Melbourne International Film Festival Chair, Desmond Clark.

Hanna has more than 30 years. experience in the public sector in Victoria and Canberra..

He has been a longstanding committee member for Film Victoria.s Production Incentive Attraction Fund — which provides government grants to attract productions to Victoria..

He is also a member of the Course Advisory Committee for the Vca.s School of Film and Television.

Prior to his Monash appointment,
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Docklands Studios appoints David Hana as new chair

Docklands Studios.

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Docklands Studios has appointed economist and strategy expert David Hana as its new chair.

Hana, who is currently director of business strategy at Monash University, will replace Elizabeth Eldridge, who has served as chair since the Victorian Government took ownership of the studios in 2008..

Eldridge steered the studios through a critical transition, helping to raise their domestic and international profile.

The Board of Directors also includes public relations and marketing executive Ann Fletcher-Nicholls and former Melbourne Lord Mayor, and Melbourne International Film Festival Chair, Desmond Clark.

Hanna has more than 30 years. experience in the public sector in Victoria and Canberra..

He has been a longstanding committee member for Film Victoria.s Production Incentive Attraction Fund — which provides government grants to attract productions to Victoria..

He is also a member of the Course Advisory Committee for the Vca.s School of Film and Television.

Prior to his Monash appointment,
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Simon Steel joins McAvoy Media as new head of development

Simon Steel.

Former Screentime head of factual Simon Steel has been named as McAvoy Media's new head of development.

Steel, whose list of credits include 89 episodes of Rbt for the Nine Network, Taking On the Chocolate Frog for Foxtel.s Studio, Outback Coroner for Foxtel.s Crime & Investigation Network and Village Vets Australia for Foxtel.s Lifestyle Channel, joins the company in March. .

McAvoy Media produce factual entertainment, reality and observational documentary programming.

It was founded in 2014 by television producer John McAvoy. McAvoy.s credits include Kings Cross ER, Kalgoorlie Cops, The Memorial - Beyond The Anzac Legend, .What Really Happens in Bali as well as both Gold Coast Cops and Territory Cops.

In his new capacity, Steel will both develop new productions and identify existing international formats for the Australian market as well as assist in overseeing current McAvoy Media productions.

Prior to Screentime, Steel was a long time
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Meme: Last Kevin Clash Charges Dismissed, Lauren Conrad Abandons Own Bachelorette Party Due To Homophobia, Texas Gop Chairman Denounces Reparative Therapy

Hot Mugshot Guy nudes leak, Ethan Hawke credits gay media with drop in homophobia, how The Sims accidentally led the way with gay representation in video games

Remember Hot Mugshot Guy Jeremy Meeks? Well, his alleged nude photos have leaked online. Now since the crotch shots are completely separate from the head shots, I don’t know how you can prove they’re him, but if they are, he’s a hot below the waist as he is above the shoulders.

Texas Gop Chairman Steve Munisteri says he’s against the gay reparative therapy endorsed in the state platform, and believes most Texans are too, but the party platform is written by a committee with some strange parliamentary rules. “It’s false to represent that each one of those platform planks necessarily represents the view of the majority view of either the majority of the delegates let alone a majority of Republicans.
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Geri Halliwell comeback song 'Half Of Me' flops

Geri Halliwell comeback song 'Half Of Me' flops
London, November 6: Geri Halliwell's comeback into music has flopped as it sold just 393 copies in Australia.

The 41-year-old English pop singer-songwriter's song 'Half Of Me' ranked 281 on the charts and hasn't had the best of journeys after she sang it live to millions on 'The Footy Show', the Daily Star reported.

Even the video, which featured the former Spice Girl against a white backdrop with a load of shirtless men and dancing teddy bears, failed to excite people as it was branded as the most low-budget video. (Ani)
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The most disliked on-air personalities of 2012

In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the seven most disliked on-air personalities from the last 12 months.

1. Kyle Sandilands

While the public don’t seem to like Kyle Sandilands all that much, his Sydney breakfast radio show remains number one among the FM commercial stations.

2. Matthew Newton

Broadcasters and producers have stayed away from the troubled Matthew Newton who has been diagnosed with a mental illness and is living in the Us. It looks unlikely he will return to our screens any time soon.

3. Sam Newman

Newman is no stranger to public backlash and has been hauled over the coals for sexist and racist on-air comments. In May he angered anti-drug advocates when he pretended to smoke a bong on TV.

4. Ben Cousins

The good-looking Ben Cousins should be perfect talent but he has struggled with drug issues in the media spotlight and, as recently as April this year,
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The Footy Show kicks goals in pre-grand final specials

With the grand final for both Afl and Nrl this weekend, Nine’s The Footy Show was last night’s highest rating program.

The majority of the audience share came from the Afl version of the show, which in Melbourne rated 522,000, in Adelaide 119,000 and in Perth with 97,000, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The Nrl version, which screens in Nsw and Queensland in the same time slot of 8.30pm, rated 242,000 in Sydney and 128,000 in Brisbane.

The two shows were the top programs across the three key demographics of 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

The shows also mark the final episode for the season. The Afl show broadcast live from Rod Laver Arena while the Nrl show had both grand final teams appearing.

Also for Nine, Big Brother’s daily show rated 852,000 while Big Brother Confidential rated 827,000, both figures down slightly on last week’s shows.

Nevertheless, the shows were second and
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Big Brother drops below 900,000

Nine’s Big Brother had one of its lowest outings for this season last night.

The Thursday show rated 863,000 across total individuals according to preliminary ratings from OzTam in sixth spot while Big Brother Confidential that followed rated 830,000 in seventh spot.

The Thursday show results were down on last Thursday which rated 920,000 and was a fall on the previous week of 976,000. However Big Brother Confidential was up slightly on last week’s 828,000.

The show did better in the three key advertising demographics with Big Brother Confidential winning in the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics and second in 25-54 while the Thursday show was right behind in 16-39 and 18-49 and won in 25-54.

Elsewhere, Today beat Sunrise for the third day this week. The Nine show which is celebrating its 30th anniversary all this week, rated 348,000 over Sunrise on 329,000. Ten’s Breakfast rated 44,000.

In the 8.30pm time slot Seven’s Criminal Minds
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Home & Away beats Big Brother, Ten’s most watched show draws 694,000

Home & Away: Thursday's top non-news show

Big Brother was beaten in its time slot by Seven stalwart Home & Away last night, although the Nine reality show dominated the key advertising demographics.

Big Brother, which aired at 7pm, pulled in 920,000 ranking sixth for the night, down from 976,000 last week.

But the show, and later spin-off program Big Brother Confidential, which aired at 8pm, topped the 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

Home & Away rated with 932,000.

The night was won by Seven News, which rated with 1.188m, followed by Nine News, Today Tonight and ABC News – the only shows to pass the million mark.

Ten had another poor Thursday night. Its most watched show was Ten News At Five with 694,000 viewers, ranking 14th for the night.

Only three Ten shows, including The Project and a repeat of Modern Family, made the top 20.

Ten claimed 10.4% channel share for the night, behind ABC1′s 13.8%.

Nine
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Paralympics opening ceremony rates 347,000, Go Back grows audience on another quiet Thursday for TV

Paralympics: rated 215,000 on ABC2

The opening ceremony for the Paralympics drew an audience of just 347,000 for ABC1 last night.

Airing for an hour from 6pm, the ceremony was beaten by The Project on Ten, which rated with 421,000, and Seven News, which won the night with 1.16m.

The Paralymics themselves, which ran on ABC2 from 7pm, rated with 215,000, according to preliminary reports from OzTam.

The third episode of Go Back To Where You Came From rated with 692,000 – up from 652,000 last night, and ranking 11th for the night.

The most watched non-news show was Big Brother on Nine, which was also the only entertainment program to pass 1m viewers on another miserable Thursday for TV viewing.

Big Brother rated with 1.04m, winning in every key advertising demographic.

Ten’s most watched show was Ten News At Five, which pulled in 677,000. The Project was next, with 510,000, followed by Thursday Night Football.

In channel share,
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MasterChef All Stars wins Thursday

Ten’s new series MasterChef Australia All Stars won Thursday night on its debut episode.

The network wasted no time between the final episode of series four on Wednesday night, and the launch of the new three-week series.

The short-run format, which ran from 7pm to 8pm last night, sees the return of four contestants from each of the previous seasons compete in teams.

The cooking show took 1.256m viewers across the five city metro market, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

MasterChef All Stars easily won its time slot, beating Nine’s Olympics warm-up show Let the Game Begin, which rated with just 486,000. It also beat Home & Away and Border Security on Seven, which rated with 943,000 and 461,000, respectively.

MasterChef also won the night in two of the three key advertising demographics, 16-39 and 18-25.

Besides MasterChef, however, no other Ten shows made it into the top ten, which was
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MasterChef wins Thursday, but Hamish & Andy win in younger demos

MasterChef: 1.291 for Ten

The last episode of MasterChef before finals week rated with 1.291m for Ten last night.

The show, on from 7pm till 8pm, won the night, and also the 25-54 demographic.

But Nine’s Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year, which ran from 8pm to 9pm, topped the cooking show in the younger 18-49 and 16-39 demos.

On another miserable Thursday night for television, only four shows passed the 1m mark. Seven News and Nine News were the only other two shows besides MasterChef and Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year to pass 1m, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

Ratings fell away for the Tour De France for Sbs last night, after Aussie cyclist Cadel Evans fell out of contention. On at 10pm until late, the show pulled in a respectable 233,000 viewers, but the audience had tumbled from 301,000 the previous evening.

At breakfast, Seven’s Sunrise pulled
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MasterChef cooks up 1.363m, Desperate Housewives bows out

MasterChef continues to rate strongly in its final few weeks for Ten.

The cooking contest was the top show on Thursday night with 1.363m views, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

It’s the third night in a row the show has taken the top spot with a 1.3m total as the contestants compete in challenges in Italy all week.

Across the key advertising demographics, it remained on top for 18-49 and 25-54, but slipped to second in 16-39 behind Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year, which placed fifth in total viewers on 1.09m, and second across 18-49 and 25-54.

Seven News was second overall on 1.261m followed by its rival Nine News on 1.194m.

The ABC News was the public broadcaster’s highest rating show on 926,000 in seventh place.

The Tour de France on Sbs One was the network’s highest rating program with 372,000 and 31st to see Australian
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The Block makes it five wins in a row

Nine’s The Block has won every night this week as it leads to its grand final on Sunday.

The home renovation competition took Thursday night’s top spot with 1.586m viewers across the five city metro market according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

Nine took the top three spots with Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year averaging 1.411m and Nine News 1.287m.

Hamish & Andy was the top rating show in the 16-39 and 18-49 demographics while The Block stayed on top in 25-54.

Ten’s Masterchef was third across those key demos despite placing seventh across total viewers with 1.044m.

Stephen Fry returned to the ABC with new series Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest Gadgets at 9:30pm. The show took 671,000 in total viewers to place 16th overall and second in its time slot behind Nine’s The Footy Show on 742,000. Fry did worse in the key age demos,
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