ABC2's second series of Opening Shot, five one-off documentaries from emerging filmmakers, premieres this week. Guest blogger Esther O'Rourke-deGraaf takes a look at the first installment, Growing Up Gayby.
Taken Out was axed in 2008 after just four weeks, but the format lives on in If You Are the One, the Chinese reimagining of the thimble-deep dating show. Guest blogger Ali Winters takes a look at the show currently working its way to cult status on SBS2.
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.
Chris Lilley's long-awaited new series Ja'mie: Private School Girl airs this week on ABC1. Lilley's back in the wig and the school dress, but without the fish-out-of-water premise of Summer Heights High, is Ja'mie anything more than a monster? Laurence Barber and Byron Bache watched the first episode.
There’s a bounty of new TV on the airwaves lately with the start of the fall season in the US. Wires & Lights is giving you an overview of how this new wave is faring so far. After a few episodes, which shows are becoming cohesive, promising new additions, and which are lagging behind? This week we look at Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night, cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an actually modern family in Trophy Wife, and the Anna Faris-Allison Janney multi-cam Mom.
Tonight marked the end of Breaking Bad, one of the most acclaimed television shows of the last decade. But was "Felina" the series finale of a show which too simplistically forewent broader cultural impact in favour of safer narrative closure?
There's a bounty of new TV on the airwaves lately with the start of the fall season in the US. Over the next week, Wires & Lights will let you know what is and isn't worth a watch in the new crop. First up, we highly recommend the return of Scandal, and look at Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Homeland’s premiere, Masters of Sex, The Blacklist, and Sleepy Hollow.
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.
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.