Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

NCIS has been renewed for its ninth season today by CBS.

NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted series for the second consecutive year, has been renewed by the CBS Television Network for the 2011-2012 season, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.

“It’s simply amazing that a show in its eighth season continues to perform at such an elite level,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  ”This is a tribute to the hard work of its talented writers, producers and cast for bringing to life such compelling stories and characters with intrigue and humor.  The quality of the storytelling is also evident by the series’ incredibly devoted fan base who we thank for their passion and commitment to NCIS on CBS, in online communities and around the world.”

“NCIS has become a network phenomenon and a global sensation.  The show continues to hit audience peaks on CBS and is a top performer in territories around the world,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.  “We thank an amazing cast, led by Mark Harmon, which has undeniable chemistry, for bringing to life characters with such amazing universal appeal.  And, we credit Shane (Brennan) and Gary (Glasberg) for the storytelling and production vision that delivers compelling episodes every week and a fresh creative vision every year.”

NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003-2004 as a spin-off of the long-running action/legal drama, JAG.  Since its debut, NCIS’ ratings have steadily climbed, becoming a top 10 program in 2007-2008, the series’ fifth season.  The show’s ratings continued building the following season, finishing 2008-2009 ranked fifth among all primetime programs.  Last season, the show ranked fourth among all programs and became the #1 drama/scripted program on television, with an average audience of 18.89 million viewers.

Currently in its eighth season, NCIS’ ratings are still rising and the series continues to be the #1 drama/scripted series.  This season, the show is averaging 19.60 million viewers.  Last night’s episode delivered a record audience of 22.85 million viewers and the show’s highest adult 18-49 rating since Oct. 2009.


Former ABC host Andy Muirhead, who today pleaded not guilty to two child porn charges.

Former ABC1 presenter Andy Muirhead has today pleaded not guilty in Hobart’s Magistrates Court to two counts of child porn.

Muirhead, former host of The Collectors, was bailed to appear for trial in the Tasmanian Supreme Court on April 4.

Muirhead, 34, was first charged in June with the federal offence of using the internet for child pornography.

He immediately took unpaid leave from The Collectors and his hosting role on ABC Radio in Hobart.

In August, he was charged with the state-based offence of possessing child exploitation material.

The Nine Network won the overnight OzTam ratings.


ABC – 13.7% (%)
Seven – 30.2% (%)
Nine – 31.7% (%)
Ten – 20.2% (%)
SBS – 4.1% (%)


[b]ABC1 – 8.6% (%)[/b]
ABC2 – 1.8% (%)
ABC3 – 0.7% (%)
ABC News 24 – 2.8% (%)
[b]Seven – 23.6% (%)[/b]
7TWO – 3.9% (%)
7mate – 2.7% (%)
[b]Nine – 26.8% (%)[/b]
GO! – 3.0% (%)
GEM – 1.9% (%)
[b]Ten – 16.8% (%)[/b]
One – 0.3% (%)
Eleven – 3.2% (%)
[b]SBS One – 3.3% (%)[/b]
SBS Two – 0.8% (%)


Lauren Phillips will host KidsWB weekday mornings on GO!

Lauren Phillips, the partner of AFL Gold Coast Suns skipper Gary Ablett, has signed on for a weekday role on GO!’s KidsWB with co-host Andrew Faulkner.

The show will mostly film in Melbourne, meaning the pair will need to keep their love alive from long-distance.

“Life was not meant to be easy, but we will work it out. He (Ablett) is busy too.

“I think I would be silly to give up my career ambitions to move up there (permanently) and Gary would never expect that, just as I would never expect him to stay here if he wanted to go up there.

“I will be up there as much as possible when I am not working. It will be a busy year, but I am looking forward to it,” Phillips told the Herald Sun.


The Seven Network was the winner in the overnight OzTam ratings.


ABC – 13.6%
Seven – 32.2%
Nine – 23.2%
Ten – 25%
SBS – 6.1%


ABC1 – 9.9%
ABC2 – 1.6%
ABC3 – 1%
ABC News 24 – 1.1%
Seven – 23.3%
7TWO – 5.1%
7mate – 3.8%
Nine – 17.1%
GO! – 2.4%
GEM – 3.7%
Ten – 20.8%
One – 0.6%
Eleven – 3.6%
SBS One – 4.6%
SBS Two – 1.5%


Ray Hadley has quit SKY News to join the Nine Network's news, current affairs and sports lineup.

2GB Morning host Ray Hadley has quit his subscription television programme Hadley! after only four episodes to join the Nine Network as a news, sports and current affairs contributor.

It’s believed the 2012 London Olympics, of which Nine has the rights, was a big factor in Hadley’s decision, as was SKY News’ operations, which are best described as “shoe-string.”

The Australian’s media blog Diary today claims that plenty of SKY News staff did not want to work with Hadley, because they don’t like him or his opinions, and because they don’t rate him as a TV talent.

The first episode of the show featured a girl in a bikini in boxing gloves. Serious staff at Sky thought it was tacky, and would hurt their brand.

Canberra bureau reporter Ashleigh Gillon point-blank refused to play the role of the “glamorous blonde” from Canberra who popped up on Hadley! with political gossip and, because she’s a serious reporter, was offended to be asked, Caroline Overington claims.


ABC Family has taken three pilots to series pickups today.

The wonderful ABC Family has picked up three series today. Can someone explain why we can’t get this station for our teen girls in Australia?

Here are the summaries from Deadline:

The Great State of Georgia centres on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south, and her science geek best friend Jo (Majandra Delfino) who try to make headway in New York City. The pilot was written by author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes) and Jeff Greenstein (Desperate Housewives). This marks the return to sitcoms for Symone, who made her debut in the genre at age 2 on The Cosby Show. It also brings a companion piece to ABC Family’s hot original sitcom Melissa & Joey.

Nine Lives is based on Alloy’s Nine Lives of Chloe King series of 3 young-adult novels by Celia Thomson. Alloy Entertainment is producing the pilot, about Chloe King (Skyler Samuels), a teenager  with heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing…claws) who discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. Dan Berendsen (Hannah Montana: The Movie) penned the script and is executive producing with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. This marks the second Alloy series on ABC Family along with hit Pretty Little Liars, which was recently renewed for s second season. Alloy had two hourlong pilots in the running, Nine Lives and The Lying Game. I hear that, while not picked up at this time, The Lying Game remains in contention, with ABC Family and Alloy looking at budget and other issues to make a series order possible.

Switched at Birth, written and executive produced by Lizzy Weiss (Blue Crush), is  a one-hour drama about two teen girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and two brothers, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing as a child due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.