Headlines:

The slow death of Australian children's TV drama

kids' TV in this country is in a dire state... Free-to-air TV networks have to commission certain amounts of children's programs each year. But in recent years there's been a dismaying lack of new live action shows, or recognisably Australian content. Instead, local children's TV has become dominated by animation with little sense of place.
april 26 | theconversation.com

#SaveKidsTV campaign pushes back against networks

A #savekidsTV campaign has been launched in response to TV networks wanting to ditch their commitment to Children's Television... Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young launched the campaign today on behalf of the Australian Children's Television Foundation and Screen Producers Australia
april 27 | www.tvtonight.com.au

Hugo Weaving: Australia's cultural cringe is 'pathetically immature'

Actor Hugo Weaving speaks to Ben Neutze about returning to TV for ABC's Seven Types of Ambiguity and why it gives him 'the shits' that Australians look down their noses at our own own arts and culture.
april 18 | indaily.com.au

Ballarat keeps Doctor Blake alive as ABC kills off crime series

Although filming has ceased, the show is not over for Ballarat. The city's Sovereign Hill theme park is holding an exhibition for the next few months, looking behind the camera at the show's sets and costumes.
april 19 | www.abc.net.au

Cult Leftovers warming up Down Under

Cult US sci-fi series The Leftovers will relocate to Australia for its third and final season but where the plot takes us is anyone's guess.
april 19 | thewest.com.au

See Saw and Jump team on 'The Legend of Monkey' for ABC, TVNZ and Netflix

See Saw Films and Jump Film & TV have kicked off production on The Legend of Monkey for ABC, TVNZ and Netflix. To be shot on location around Auckland, the 10x30' children's series is an adaptation of the 16th century Chinese fable Journey to the West. It follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a journey to bring an end to a demonic reign.
april 20 | if.com.au

Screening of the fifth season of The Doctor Blake Mysteries has been delayed by the ABC

Fans of The Doctor Blake Mysteries have been hit with more bad news with the ABC confirming the screening of the fifth season has been delayed until the second half of 2017.
april 11 | www.couriermail.com.au

New ABC crime drama, Harrow, jointly funded by US studio

A new Queensland-based crime drama, Harrow has been announced by ABC, which has the backing of the powerful ABC Studios in the US.
april 11 | www.tvtonight.com.au

Renowned satirist John Clarke dead at 68

One of Australia's best-known satirists, John Clarke, has died at the age of 68. An ABC spokesman has confirmed John Clarke died on Sunday while hiking in the Grampians National Park in Victoria. He died from natural causes.
april 10 | www.theage.com.au

ABC debut for Kimberley teen

The 18-year-old from the remote community of Warmun has been plucked from obscurity to star as Maki, one of three Aussie Rules rookies selected to play for the worst team in the league in the new ABC comedic drama.
april 09 | thewest.com.au

Playing against type

The 18-year-old from the remote community of Warmun has been plucked from obscurity to star as Maki, one of three Aussie Rules rookies selected to play for the worst team in the league in the new ABC comedic drama.
april 08 | thewest.com.au

Hugo Weaving leads brilliant cast in new ABC drama

More than a few parallels can be drawn between the ABC's upcoming drama Seven Types of Ambiguity and its 2011 hit The Slap... But the most striking similarity is a structural one: just like The Slap, each of the six episodes of Seven Types of Ambiguity is told from the perspective of a different character.
april 06 | indaily.com.au

'Dance Academy' Is A Must-Watch Movie (Even If You're Not Into Dance-Based Teen Drama)

If you take nothing else from this movie, take this: if you're going to reboot a teen drama after all its stars have grown up, moved overseas and gotten famous, make a movie about the characters growing up, moving overseas and getting famous.
april 06 | junkee.com

Updates:

April 25...
Janet King series 3 guide started
Love Child series 4 guide started
Wentworth episode guide updated
Blue Heelers series 11 guide and gallery upgrade completed
2017 Logie Award winners added
Blue Heelers series 12 upgrade started
April 18 - 24
House Husbands series 5 guide completed
Wentworth series 5 guide updated
Blue Heelers series 11 guide and gallery upgrade started
Seven Types of Ambiguity episode guide updated
The Warriors episode guide updated

previous updates

airdates:

May
02 - Love Child: series 4 (Nine)
02 - Survivor NZ (TV2)
25 - Janet King: series 3 (ABC)

birthdays:

April
1 - Lachy Hulme (1971)
1 - Kym Wilson (1973)
1 - Fletcher Humphrys (1976)
2 - Toni Scanlan (1956)
3 - Shane Connor (1959)
3 - Ben Mendelsohn (1969)
4 - Hugo Weaving (1960)
6 - Hal McElroy (1946)
6 - Jim McElroy (1946)
7 - Russell Crowe (1964)
8 - Cindy Waddingham (1980)
9 - Ron Haddrick (1929)
9 - Peta Toppano (1952)
9 - Karen Davitt (1960)
12 - Magda Szubanski (1961)
13 - Jessica Napier (1979)
15 - Kim Gyngell (1952)
16 - David Lyons (1976)
19 - Gillian Jones (1947)
20 - Elspeth Ballantyne (1939)
22 - John Waters (1948)
22 - Salvator Coco (1975)
23 - Elaine Smith (1962)
23 - Judy Davis (1955)
24 - Rian McLean (1984)
25 - Daniel MacPherson (1980)
26 - Michael Dorman (1981)
27 - Erik Thomson (1967)
29 - Firass Dirani (1984)
29 - Max Cullen (1940)
30 - Pamela Rabe (1959)
30 - Blair McDonough (1981)