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<em>Taken Out</em> before its time: the Aussie game show lives on in China

Taken Out before its time: the Aussie game show lives on in China

Wires and LightsNov 7, 2013

FremantleMedia's dating game show Taken Out flopped when it launched in Australia in 2008, but it's had huge success in other countries, writes Ali Winter.

The internet breeds snobbery, says <em>Home & Away</em> writer

The internet breeds snobbery, says Home & Away writer

Wires and LightsNov 4, 2013

Bevan Lee's a Seven executive, and has worked on shows such as Packed to the Rafters and Home and Away. He also thinks the internet is a terrible thing for culture, and writers. Laurence Barber explains why Lee is wrong.

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

Perfect storytelling: Redfern Now's second season soars

Wires and LightsNov 1, 2013

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.

In the game of fantasy, <em>Korra</em> wins and <em>Game of Thrones</em> dies

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

Wires and LightsOct 25, 2013

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.

TV review: <em>Jamie: Private School Girl</em>

TV review: Jamie: Private School Girl

Wires and LightsOct 23, 2013

Chris Lilley promised to humanise his most sociopathic character, but hasn't quite got there, write Laurence Barber and Byron Bache.

TV reviews: <em>Super Fun Night</em>, <em>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</em>, <em>Mom</em>, and <em>Trophy Wife</em>

TV reviews: Super Fun Night, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mom, and Trophy Wife

Wires and LightsOct 17, 2013

Laurence Barber sits through the latest Fall offerings from the states so you don't have to.

Wentworth is the new beige: why Aussie TV can't get it right

Wentworth is the new beige: why Aussie TV can't get it right

Wires and LightsOct 10, 2013

Orange is the New Black and Wentworth: two new dramas set in women's prisons, only one of which is worth watching.

Goodbye <em>Breaking Bad</em> -- a sorry end for a sorry saga

Goodbye Breaking Bad -- a sorry end for a sorry saga

Wires and LightsOct 1, 2013

The final episode of Breaking Bad had viewers gripped all over the world, but as Laurence Barber writes, it was too simplistic for such a complex show.

TV reviews: <em>Scandal</em>, <em>S.H.I.E.L.D.</em>, <em>Homeland</em> and more

TV reviews: Scandal, S.H.I.E.L.D., Homeland and more

Wires and LightsSep 30, 2013

The Fall TV season has kicked off in the US, and there's plenty of new and re-booted TV on offer.

Not-so-<em>Modern Family</em>: are we in a golden age of queer television?

Not-so-Modern Family: are we in a golden age of queer television?

Wires and LightsSep 23, 2013

It's been 16 years since the coming-out episode of Ellen, and queer characters are now commonplace on TV. What now?