The high concept fun of Mr and Mrs Murder

The high concept fun of Mr and Mrs Murder
You don’t see much originality on Australian TV. Even when it’s good, it’s usually pretty familiar. That’s one of the first things that makes Mr and Mrs Murder so much fun. It’s high concept — something rarely seen from Australian TV makers. Sure it’s a mystery show at its heart, but the combination of the ...

Watch Food Safari

Watch Food Safari
There’s a lot of really bad cooking shows on commercial television. And on SBS, as a complete opposite, there’s Food Safari. Earlier tonight they looked at Laotian food. Next week they look at Polish food. They’ve done every country you can think of, but no doubt there will be more. And when I say Laotian ...

New things, returning things and ending things

Only a brief today since I’ve spent most of it driving to Sydney. But the biggest news today was I guess the new Pope, Francis, from Argentina, who I thought would be the first non-European Pope ever, but instead is actually the first in 1200 years. The things you learn… Most exciting news for me ...

#QandA and political theatre

So another Monday night and another Q & A torrent of chatter on Twitter. I have watched it from time to time but usually I just don’t both — it’s televised political theatre, it’s the Crossfire debacle that Jon Stewart complained about years ago, the competition where everyone yells the loudest, even on Twitter. But ...

Boardwalk Empire season three finale

Boardwalk Empire season three finale
A few weeks behind on this one, but been catching up on things we couldn’t watch while away in Sydney all through November until mid-December. But what a finale it was! Boardwalk Empire this season had been interesting, but in a slowly paced, occasionally meandering kind of way. Character drama and one or two moments of ...

Disingenuous Dick Smith?

Disingenuous Dick Smith?
Seeing a lot of ads for Dick Smith’s new all-round “Aussie foods” venture. And while I freely admit that his motives may be pure and wonderful, the whole thing strikes me as odd as highly disingenuous. This may be just me, but I think many would feel the same way. I’ve basically taught myself to ...

Carl Williams dead — Underbelly back in the headliness

Carl Williams dead -- Underbelly back in the headliness
Well, this seems oddly appropriate, and well-timed if you’re Channel Nine, that’s for sure. Not so much if you’re Carl Williams… Carl Williams murdered in prison Notorious underworld identity Carl Williams is dead after an attack by two inmates, one wielding part of an exercise bike, in Barwon Prison’s maximum-security Acacia unit… So this might ...

Now this is cool: Netflix on Wii

Now this is cool: Netflix on Wii
Not in Australia (yet), but I’m really hoping it’s only a matter of time before Netflix gets in on the act locally: Wii becomes third console to stream Netflix It’s a triple crown for Netflix. Beginning in the spring, the Wii will become the last of the three current video game consoles to get instant ...

Now this is the Playboy cover I never expected

Now this is the Playboy cover I never expected
Now I mean, obviously it’s a bit of PR both for Playboy and The Simpsons… but damn, it’s an amusing piece 🙂 And the question is,will it turn you on at all? 🙂 Apparently there’s three more pages of pictures inside, so who knows?! Which other cartoon characters should be in Playboy… I wonder…? Share ...

The defense is way worse than the act now

The defense is way worse than the act now
More on this Hey Hey It’s Saturday sketch… I’m over the sketch, it’s so clear that no one meant to be racist, even if it clearly was, and I believe the people who did it (even channel nine), were ignorant and dumb at the worst, not racist. But the defense of this situation… even after ...
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