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Articles by Daniel Barrett

Daily Proposition: Brisbane SLiDEs back on the silver screen

The novelty of seeing Brisbane on the telly was enough to pique my interest in the new Foxtel youth series SLiDE.

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What could Steve Jobs do to a TV? Apple’s potential revolution

Rumours have been building in recent months that Apple is set to move in a big way into television. The possibilities are revolutionary to home entertainment.

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Daily Proposition: watch Wilfred in LA

The casting of the US remake of Wilfred is great.

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Cloudstreet, a high-quality Aussie story

The new television production of Cloudstreet is a high quality Australian story that will be very well received by many who will tune in to watch it. Of course, that isn’t to say that I enjoyed it.

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Daily Proposition: watch Ita give birth to Cleo

Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo is a well worn, seen-it-all-before, paint by numbers mini-series — that you’ll love to bits. Tune in for revolutionary ideas, bad hair and the birth of an iconic media brand.

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Daily Proposition: celebrate Team Coco’s TV return

Conan is back! After spending 10 months in the wilderness, Conan O’Brien has taken to the TV stage once more. And it’s a welcome return to a goofy, apolitical chat format.

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Pack yer six shooter and play Dead

Defying the notion that the western is not in vogue is the most-excellent video game Red Dead Redemption. Best described as Grand Theft Auto, but set in the wild west, RDR offers the same wonderful amoral gameplay.

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Daily Proposition: watch a DIY sci-fi for the bittorrent generation

Much like the rise of the indie film market in the early to mid-90s, filmmakers wishing to explore serialised storytelling are taking the DIY approach. Pioneer One, says Dan Barrett, is a cliché-laden sci-fi drama that offers a glimpse into the future of TV.

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Election coverage: what the TV networks have planned

Tomorrow, each of the networks has invested heavily in its election coverage, seeing this as a significant branding opportunity.

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Hey, SBS: go niche, life is peaceful there

SBS has reached a new low … reports show that Sunday night saw the channel achieve a new low share of 3.5%, placing the channel as eighth for the night.

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TV screens go blank … some of them forever

Today marks an interesting time in Australian television history. At 9 o’clock this morning in Mildura, the analogue system was shut off, with television screens going dark. Some of them permanently.

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Follow the TV sleuth that can laugh at himself

Chuck certainly won’t be a taxing viewing experience for you, but it’s a great distraction each week, an adventure spy romance series built for the whole family.

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A show that gives The Wire a run for its money

If you’re most familiar with the streets of Baltimore by way of The Wire, then it’s time to get another view of the city with Homicide: Life on The Streets.

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Put in some effort and you’ll get Lost

After six seasons, Lost is winding up. What makes this so important for narrative TV in the US? It’s the first time a show has been able to structure itself to end on its own terms. And that’s been a very good thing.

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Get rid of the men and watch society crumble

With comic books so in vogue these days, you may have been looking for a comic book series to sample. Don’t hesitate in giving Y: The Last Man, a series where all men have died, a go.

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Bieber fever creates chaos, but Sunrise still cashes in

Sunrise dumped its entire format, keeping its focus on the Bieber situation. News bulletins continued as scheduled, but the rest of the show was wall-to-wall Bieber.

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ABC’s Project Bluebird: the mystery is whether anyone will care

The ABC has launched an online “alternate reality” game called Project Bluebird, where participants use services like Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube to track down clues and solve a mystery. But will da yoof actually play? asks Dan Barrett.

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From the man who brought you The Wire: Treme

Get ready for the new show by The Wire creator David Simon. Treme is set three months after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, looking at how people live their lives after the hurricane, writes Dan Barrett.

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Eat breakfast (or dinner) with the staff of the Junior Gazette

Press Gang was intended to be an issues-based teen drama about some high school kids working on a teen-oriented newspaper. 20 years on, the fashion has dated but the storylines haven’t.

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End your night with some ’70s crime (sideburns included)

70s classic action show The Professionals is everything you’d want in a crime drama: gun fights, fast cars, excellent sideburns, British accents, and split screen opening credits.

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