This June on Foxtel’s showcase, the smash-hit HBO series, True Blood, returns to Australian screens within 2 hours of the original U.S. broadcast. Viewers will be able to follow fan-favourite Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her Bon Temp allies, as they face a variety of threats, both new and familiar. Continue reading »
More and more fantastic Foxtel shows are now delivered Express from the US with a host of new hit shows and returning favourites being fast-tracked to Aussie audiences by Foxtel.
Foxtel’s Express from the US strategy is a major initiative to supply the hottest series to Foxtel customers following the episode screening in the US or the UK and in many cases this is coming down to a matter of hours.
Over the next few months more than 40 series will screen Express from the US on Foxtel. Continue reading »
She just couldn’t keep away! Our beloved Denise Drysdale makes a welcome (albeit temporary) return to the couch next Monday, July 30, to catch up with her Circle sisters.
Also next week, Missy Higgins performs and speaks about the inspiration for her new album; Jessica Mauboy and Debra Mailman, fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, talk about their new Aussie film The Sapphires; and author of the Sookie Stackhouse vampire books that gave birth to cult television-hit True Blood, Charlaine Harris, visits The Circle. Plus, Rob Mills, Tim Rogers and Rhonda Burchmore!
TRUE BLOOD, SHOWCASE – Season 5
Desperate they may lose her forever, Sookie and Lafayette struggle with what to do about Tara, while also cleaning up after Debbie Pelt. Meanwhile, Bill and Eric, cleaning up a mess of their own, are visited by the Vampire Authority, one of whom is Nora, a woman from Eric’s past. Continue reading »
Wednesday June 27 at 8.30pm on FOX8
Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this hit drama series tells the ongoing tale of Sookie (Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin), a waitress with telepathic gifts – and an irresistible attraction to 173- year old vampire Bill Compton who went missing at the end of season two. As season three opens, Sookie desperately tries to locate her fiance, ending up in a netherworld of human and undead interlopers, among them the Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington and his followers, a pack of vicious werewolves who feed on vampire blood.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”
Betty White, “Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine”
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce.”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail”
Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys”
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce”
James Woods, “Too Big to Fail.”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
”Game of Thrones”
”The Good Wife”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer.”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, “Suits”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter.”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
”The Big Bang Theory”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland.”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family.”
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
”Game of Thrones”
”Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
”Midnight in Paris.”
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“The Adjustment Bureau”
”Cowboys & Aliens”
”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″
”Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
”X-Men: First Class”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn.”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
Smash (W): There’s nothing more exciting than the opening night of a hit Broadway musical, except maybe what happens getting there. Smash celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of Broadway as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers, trying to create a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, all of whom have one common desire – to be a SMASH. Stars Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport with guest stars including Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters and Nick Jonas. The series stems from an idea of Executive Producer, Steven Spielberg.
Grimm (FOX8): Grimm is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as ‘Grimms’, charged with keeping peace between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, and his partner, he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.
The Walking Dead (FX): Zombie smash hit series, The Walking Dead will make its Australian debut on FX with ad-free, back-to-back screenings of the first and second seasons. Never before seen in Australia, the series about people trying to hold onto their humanity in the midst of a zombie apocalypse broke ratings records around the world on its premiere.
Conspiracy 365 (FMC): Conspiracy 365 is the story of a year in the life of teenager Cal Ormond, who is forced to go on the run and become a fugitive as he searches for the truth behind a deadly family secret. Adapted from the best-selling novels by Australian author Gabrielle Lord, Conspiracy 365 will broadcast on FMC – Family Movie Channel, with a unique multiplatform broadcasting strategy mirroring the release of the original novels: monthly instalments, commencing in January 2012. Movie Network Channels have invested $13 million dollars in the production of the new Australian series which has been filmed entirely on location in Melbourne and countryside Victoria.
Dripping in Chocolate (UKTV, Local Production): A delicious mix of love and mystery, Dripping in Chocolate is a contemporary crime drama set in the laneways of inner city Sydney starring David Wenham, Louise Lombard and Geoff Morrell. When Detective Bennett O’Mara finds a chocolate wrapper on a strangled girl, it leads him to enigmatic chocolatier Juliana Lovece. Just as this perceptive woman gets under his hardened skin, he suspects she may be at the centre of an increasing murder count.
Luck (showcase): Luck is a provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. This one-hour drama centres on an intuitive tough guy named Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), who has always been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations. Recently released from prison after three years, he teams with Gus Economou (Dennis Farina), his long time chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita Racetrack in California. As they plot out Ace’s strategy, the pair recruits Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation. In the meantime, an old trainer (Nick Nolte) nurtures a possible breakthrough thoroughbred, while a ragtag group of four racetrack groupies band together to try to catch lightning in a bottle – as winners of an elusive Pick Six bet.
Returning series include: True Blood (Season 5, showcase); Game Of Thrones (Season 2, showcase); Breaking Bad (Season 5, showcase); Boardwalk Empire (Season 3, showcase); Dexter (Season 6, showcase); Tangle (Season 3, showcase, Local Production); Mad Men (Season 5, Movie Extra); The Borgias (Season 2 for W); and Upstairs Downstairs (Season 2, UKTV).
Outsourced: Pilot, 10.30pm, Seven
When manager Todd Dempsy returns to work, he learns that his department has been outsourced to India./ When Todd reluctantly begins employee evaluations, the staff becomes nervous about their job security.
Recruits Paramedics, 7.30pm, TEN
Graduation day and 50 trainee paramedics celebrate making it through eight tough weeks of theory assessment at college. They’ve earned the right to hit the road.
True Blood, 8.30pm, showcase
After her latest near-death trauma, Sookie envisions a world where there’s room for both Bill and Eric. Jesus tries to purge the restless spirit out of Lafayette and Marcus enlists Alcide to help him deal with the Sam situation.
Crownies, 9.33pm, ABC1
Ben and Tony work together to try to sort out the legal complexities of an exorcism case; while Erin agrees to a blind date with Conrad’s carpenter friend from the gym.
The Hangover, 9.30pm, GO!
Celebrating his impending marriage to Tracy, Doug and his friends, travel to Vegas – the city of sin – for a bachelor party they’ll never forget!
Tuesday September 13 at 9.30pm on FOX8
Season 2 of True Blood finds telepath Sookie Stackhouse and Bill, her vampire boyfriend, recruited by Eric to find his maker who has gone missing, possibly at the hands of Fellowship of the Sun, an anti-vampire church that Jason Stackhouse Stackhouse has recently joined. With Maryann, a powerfu has recently joined. With Maryann, a powerfull supernatural creature, slo supernatural creature, slowly wly gaining control over the gaining control over the residents of Bon Temps, this season will see spilt blood and bared fangs in this cult-classic drama.
Cinema Verite, showcase, 6.55pm
Emmy nominated, Cinema Verite tells the behind-the-scenes story of the ground breaking documentary An American Family, which chronicled the lives of a Santa Barbara family, the Louds, in the early 1970s, catapulting them to notoriety while creating a new television genre: reality TV. The story dramatises the genesis of the original PBS series when Pat and Bill Loud (Diane Lane and Tim Robbins) are approached to participate in the project by film maker Craig Gilbert (James Gandolfini), and agree to have cameras follow their family in and around Santa Barbara, CA for several months.
True Blood, showcase, 8.30pm
Sookie adjusts to Bon Temp’s new realities and Bill reveals pieces of his past. Eric crashes a witch’s meeting whilst Jason gets his wounds licked and Andy struggles with his addiction. Sam learns of Luna’s special talents and Jessica satisfies her blood cravings. Arlene witnesses strange behaviour from her family.
The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World, SBS ONE, 8pm
With an official plaque to prove it, The West Lake Restaurant in Changsha, China, holds the title of the world’s largest restaurant. With a staff of nearly 1000 – including 300 chefs and 5000 seats – West Lake is a combination mini-theme park and eatery, featuring live entertainment and landscaped pools and pavilions. Overseeing the enterprise is its savvy and energetic owner, Qin Linzi, who uses military efficiency and martial songs to motivate her employees.
The Proposal, Seven, 8.30pm
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star in this rom-com. When high-powered book editor Margaret faces deportation back to Canada, she declares that she’s actually engaged to her put-upon assistant Andrew, who she’s tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but on the condition that they head to Alaska to meet his quirky family. Margaret finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of- water situation after another as she and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.
Brothers, Movie One, 8.30pm
In my opinion – this isone of the BEST FILMS EVER MADE. When his younger brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) returns to his family after a stint in prison, Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a US Marine captain, welcomes him before he himself leaves the family fold for a tour of Afghanistan. Tommy slowly starts to fit back into the family, which includes his parents (Mare Winningham and Sam Shepherd), his sister-in-law Grace (Natalie Portman) and his two nieces (Bailee Madison and Taylor Geare). Meanwhile, Sam’s helicopter is shot down and he becomes a prisoner of war. The family are devastated by the news that Sam is missing, presumed dead, and Tommy becomes Grace’s support in her grief. An attraction overwhelms them, but Grace retreats, unable to betray her husband’s memory despite her loneliness and confusion. Sam is eventually liberated and returns home a broken and haunted man, unable to connect with his wife and children, with his impaired thought processes a threat to his sanity, his marriage and his family relationships.