SBS in slogan war
Kiwi network TV3 is coming under fire from this side of the Tasman after cloning a slogan used by the SBS network here. The Aussie network is angry over TV3’s use of the slogan “Over Six Billion Stories… and counting” which they say is too similar to their own “Six Billion Stories… and counting”. TV3, however, says it’s a generic phrase based on the population of the world and that it’s not particularly unique to SBS.
Cowell to be honoured
American Idol judge and producer Simon Cowell will be honoured by BAFTA for his contribution to entertainment at next week’s BAFTA Television awards. Cowell, who not only fronts Idol but also Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor in the UK, has been described as “one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time” by BAFTA TV chairman John Willis. The 50-year-old will be presented a special award at the June 6 ceremony.
Homer named the greatest
Homer Simpson has been named the greatest character created for TV and film in the past 20 years. Homer narrowly edged Harry Potter to take the title in the survey for Entertainment Weekly which asked readers to choose who they believed to be the greatest screen characters from the past couple of decades. Heath Ledger’s Joker, James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel took the runner-up positions.
MTV to remake another UK series
MTV is set to continue building on their remake tally with news the network is to remake UK series The Inbetweeners in the US. After confirming their remakes of Teen Wolf and UK teen series Skins, MTV is now planning on Americanising The Inbetweeners, a comedy centring around a group of four young Brits in a London high school.
UK Eurovision fail
The recent Eurovision Song Contest has drawn it lowest ever audience in the UK. As it turns out, the Brits weren’t missing much with their entrant Josh Dubovie failing miserably, scoring only ten points compared to the winner’s 246.