November, 2013

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Supremely Awkward.: why MTV’s teen sitcom is vital television

, Nov 20, 2013

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TV has struggled to make a great show for a new generation of teens, but the call has been answered in the form of MTV sitcom Awkward. Laurence Barber explores how this bright and brassy show came to sit alongside the best comedies on television.
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Seven exec Bevan Lee hopes “the new media does not give rise to an elitist snobbery”, says he doesn’t even watch the kind of TV he writes

, Nov 01, 2013

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Channel Seven network executive and creator of Packed to the Rafters Bevan Lee has stated that TV's increasing engagement with new media makes his "blood run cold" and that writers are no longer "paying their dues". Wires & Lights explores why, in a world of shrinking ratings and more great TV than ever, Lee's perspective is as hypocritical as it is embarrassingly outmoded.
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Perfect storytelling: Redfern Now‘s second season soars

, Oct 31, 2013

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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.
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In the game of fantasy, Korra wins and Game of Thrones dies

, Oct 25, 2013

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Game of Thrones is big business, but is it breaking new ground? Guest blogger Matthew Sini takes a look at the state of fantasy on television, and the divide between the HBO behemoth and Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra.
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Orange is the New Black, Wentworth is the new beige: what’s wrong with Australian TV?

, Oct 09, 2013

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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.
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Not-so-Modern Family: 16 years after Ellen, are we now in a golden age of queer television?

, Sep 23, 2013

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Modern Family has been called ground-breaking by one US TV critic, but within the history of LGBTQ representation on the small screen, where does it really sit? Does it compare to the watershed episode of Ellen that changed television in 1997? Laurence Barber explores the past, present and future of non-normative sexuality on the small screen, and asks the question: are we about to enter a golden age of queer television?
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Diminishing return? Chris Lilley’s upcoming Ja’mie: Private School Girl to revive one of his most popular creations

, Sep 09, 2013

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Chris Lilley's just-announced production for the ABC is a 6-part series based on twice-used bitchy teen Ja'mie King. After the slump of Angry Boys, can Lilley overcome the character's inherent limitations or will it prove to simply be a lunge for renewed commercial success?
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Yes we camp: the revolutionary reality TV that is Rupaul’s Drag Race

, Aug 29, 2013

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This Saturday, RuPaul’s Drag Race airs on free-to-air television for the first time. While LOGO TV starts cutting together the already-filmed footage for season six (in which it is rumoured our own Courtney Act may actually be a contestant), SBS2 brings the first season to our screens. Guest blogger Christopher Welldon thinks it’s a perfect fit.
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Desert island: how Breaking Bad became the next Lost

, Aug 27, 2013

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Game of Thrones is the dominant genre show of the moment. But with more science fiction and fantasy adaptations on the way, guest blogger Jack Reed asks where we turn for the imaginative mystery and unpredictability that The X-Files and Lost once gave us. Surprisingly, it's to a dark drama about a family man cooking crystal meth.
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Cartoon and a comedian: how Adventure Time and Louie are revolutionising TV storytelling for different generations

, Aug 15, 2013

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Adventure Time and Louie are, on the surface, vastly different shows; one's a kaleidoscopic cartoon, the other a Woody Allen-esque sitcom about a middle-aged comedian. So how is it that they have come to be so fundamentally similar in a way that is radically reshaping TV storytelling?
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Pretty die for white guy: Offspring says goodbye to Patrick

, Aug 08, 2013

What will Nina do now her babydaddy's dead and gone? Guest blogger Rebecca Shaw doesn't watch Offspring, but she feels every last little bit of your pain.
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Live and let pie: the political act of being a reality television contestant

, Aug 01, 2013

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Reality TV junkie and The Great Australian Bake Off contestant Sara-Jane Smith writes about what it's like on the other side of the lens.
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People problems: why The Newsroom is crippled by its characters

, Jul 16, 2013

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The second season premiere of The Newsroom scales back its regurgitation of old news to focus on characters who still neither function nor interact like actual human beings. Can Aaron Sorkin's show ever reach its potential?
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Wednesday Night Fever’s premiere was slipshod, witless, and dated

, Jul 04, 2013

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Saturday Night Fever gave us disco, the men's flared jumpsuit, and John Travolta's career. Wednesday Night Fever gave us more of Amanda Bishop's Julia Gillard impersonation, a cardigan with the words "RAT F-CKER" knitted into the back of it, and the unshakeable sensation that somebody's going to get fired this morning.
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Tuning out: what does it mean to ‘give up’ on TV?

, Jun 18, 2013

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In an age where television is more self-curatorial than ever, there's no longer an excuse to complain that there is nothing on. So why are there people turning off for good in favour of books and radio, and how are these attitudes problematic?
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House of Cards indeed: does the ‘Netflix model’ diminish television as art?

, Apr 21, 2013

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Many have claimed that House of Cards will revolutionise TV, but it has all but faded from cultural consciousness before its season would have even ended had it aired in the traditional weekly manner. Is the streaming service creating a television landscape in which the forgettable is supreme and the supreme goes unseen?
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The emperor’s new clothes: Smash, The Voice and the rise of the Imaginary Talent

, Apr 15, 2013

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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.