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Byron Bache

Wires and Lights blogger and Curtain Call Melbourne critic

Perfect storytelling: <em>Redfern Now</em>'s second season soars

Perfect storytelling: Redfern Now's second season soars

The critically acclaimed Redfern Now begins its second season this week on ABC1. Byron Bache takes a look at why it's a watershed moment for Australian television writing.

<em>Orange is the New Black</em>, <em>Wentworth</em> is the new beige: what's wrong with Australian TV?

Orange is the New Black, Wentworth is the new beige: what's wrong with Australian TV?

It's the perfect case study. Two shows with the same premise: a women's prison, a terrified new inmate finding her place in the pecking order, and a pick-and-mix supporting cast of misfits whose stories are told in flashback. Wentworth premiered earlier this year on Foxtel's SoHo. Orange is the New Black debuts this week on Foxtel's Showcase. When it comes to scripted television, the divide between Australia and the rest of the world has never been easier to chart.

Off with its head: Ten's <em>Wonderland</em> is predictable Australian drama

Off with its head: Ten's Wonderland is predictable Australian drama

Ten's new Wednesday night drama Wonderland makes a play for Offspring's audience with its The Secret Life of Us-in-Sydney vibe, but terrible writing and a flimsy premise leave it dead in the water.

<em>Reef Doctors</em>: dead on arrival

Reef Doctors: dead on arrival

Lisa McCune makes a bizarre return to television in Reef Doctors, Channel Ten's latest attempt to turn viewers off Australian drama once and for all.

Best of the rest: HBO's <em>Republican Wives</em>, Mary Tyler Moore not so funny, and more virgins than you can poke a stick at

Best of the rest: HBO's Republican Wives, Mary Tyler Moore not so funny, and more virgins than you can poke a stick at

From an imaginary HBO drama starring Hollywood's most glamorous Republicans to the rise of the adult male virgin on cable dramas, it's the best TV writing elsewhere, handpicked for your reading pleasure.

The emperor’s new clothes: <em>Smash</em>, <em>The Voice</em> and the rise of the Imaginary Talent

The emperor’s new clothes: Smash, The Voice and the rise of the Imaginary Talent

There was a time when nobody looked a terrible singer in the eye and told them they were going to be a star. When nobody clapped mid-song. And when we let an audience figure out for themselves how worthy someone was of admiration.

Logies 2013: the night for the night of nights is tonight

Logies 2013: the night for the night of nights is tonight

It's #Logies night. So bring the bitch. Join the Wires and Lights team as they Stefanovic their way through the immeasurable glitz and vainglorious vagaries of television's night of nights.

Best of the rest: <em>Seinfeld</em> still raking it in and <em>The Americans</em> gettin' wiggy with it

Best of the rest: Seinfeld still raking it in and The Americans gettin' wiggy with it

The best TV coverage elsewhere: Seinfeld's still in the money, The Americans wear a whole lot of wigs and Bart Simpson plays My Dinner With Andre: The Video Game.

Channeling <em>Twin Peaks</em>: Jane Campion's <em>Top of the Lake</em>

Channeling Twin Peaks: Jane Campion's Top of the Lake

Created by Jane Campion and her occasional collaborator Gerard Lee, six-part miniseries Top of the Lake is built on a familiar foundation. It's concise, careful and considered drama.