TV Week 2019 Previews

I’m carrying on my annual tradition with this blog post—buying the previews edition of the TV Week and blogging about what shows look good to watch this year (and that I’ll possibly review).

The first article I saw was one on the reboot of the much-loved late-90s Aussie show, Seachange. News of the reboot came out last year although very little details were provided, other than the fact that Sigrid Thornton and John Howard would be reprising their roles (Laura Gibson and Bob Jelly respectively), and that apparently Laura and Max’s daughter is 18 and Miranda (Cassandra Magrath) is in her 30s with a child of her own. The Previews issue didn’t provide any details either, other than reinforcing Sigrid’s return and three classic Seachange moments. I’ve always loved the original series and have the complete series on DVD, so I’m looking forward to seeing reboot and reviewing it.

One new show that looks promising is Black B*tch, which will air on the ABC, and apparently will revolve around “powerful politicians in a tale of betrayal and revenge.” It will star Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths, with Mailman portraying a “strong-minded Indigenous woman (Alex Irving) who finds herself the centre of media attention following a shocking event. She’s lured into federal politics by the PM, but quickly shows she’s nobody’s puppet”, while Griffiths will portray “a calculating prime minister (Rachel Anderson) looking to boost her popularity.” Apparently Rachel appoints Alex to the Senate “hoping for good publicity, but with no intention of giving her any real influence. The move backfires.” I’m also looking forward to seeing and reviewing this new show.

Another new show I’ve been looking forward to seeing and reviewing is Bad Mothers, on the Nine Network. The Previews issue states that Bad Mothers may just be Australia’s version of the U.S. series, Desperate Housewives, and revolves around “a group of ordinary mothers who are rocked by a murder. Suddenly their seemingly normal lives are turned upside down”. The mothers: Bindy Burridge, Sarah Pooley, Charlotte Evans, Maddie Hicks, and Danielle Hicks are portrayed by Shalom Brune-Franklin, Tess Haubrich, Melissa George, Mandy McElhinney and Jessica Tovey respectively.

Bindy is described as a “personal trainer who unexpectedly became a mother after falling pregnant at 16. Bindy relies heavily on the help of her own mum, Jo (Nikki Coghill) who often finds herself parenting Bindy’s young child.” Sarah is described as an “intelligent and attractive GP. In a lot of ways, she’s a high achiever with a very full life. Sarah is a confessed perfectionist who seems to combine being a working mum and a full-on career with ease.” Charlotte is described as coming from a “wealthy background and has two children. On the outside, she’s a flawless charity queen and do-gooder—but is she all she seems?” Maddie is described as a “first-time mum at 42, gay and found the love of her life in Jess McKinnon (Michala Banas). The couple had a baby together—but things didn’t go quite as planned.” Whereas Danielle is described as a “stepmum of two kids who works as a retail assistant in a pharmacy, she’s a gossip, loves a laugh and is popular with the mothers. She’s also a great listener and likes to help others.”

I’m looking forward to reviewing Bad Mothers due its diverse characters and by the looks of things, a season-long story arc in the form of a murder mystery.

Another show on my list is Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, a spinoff of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. The Previews issue described the spinoff’s main character, Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill), as “kinetic and bored at the same time..she can’t hold down a job, but also doesn’t know what she wants to do or who she wants to be, in Melbourne’s St Kilda during the swinging ’60s. But then she suddenly inherits a fortune from an aunt she never knew, and follows her footsteps into The Adventuresses’ Club.”  The article then goes on to compare Peregrine to her predecessor, Phryne. In the comparison, Peregrine is also described as a beginner, “ill-suited to a regular job as a typist or salesgirl in the swinging ’60s she comes into her own when she starts sleuthing.” Apparently she has great chemistry with Detective James Steed (Joel Jackson), this series’ equivalent to Detective Jack Robinson.

Another show that has potential is Five Bedrooms on 10. The Previews issue briefly describes the show in one paragraph: “when a group of strangers meet at a wedding ‘singles table’, they make the spontaneous decision to buy a place and move in together. What could go wrong?” The upcoming drama stars Roy Joseph, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson, Kat Stewart and Stephen Peacocke.

The article on Doctor Doctor in the Previews issue wasn’t so much a preview, rather a recap of the previous season.

The article on the upcoming season of Squinters states that it will follow the change of management at the Kosciuszko distribution company, which will mean new jobs, new staff and new topics to discuss on the morning and afternoon commutes. The new cast members that will be appearing in the upcoming season include: Stephen Peacocke, Justine Clarke, Claudia O’Doherty and Ernie Dingo.

I’m looking forwarding to reviewing all of these shows (and hopefully more) this year.

TV Week 2018 Previews

As this blog has grown so much over the last twelve months through hits and readership, I wanted to do the same thing I did last year and buy TV Week‘s issue containing previews of 2018 TV shows.

I was especially eager to read previews on the shows I’ve been reviewing on here for the last two years: Doctor Doctor, Here Come the Habibs, House Husbands, Hyde & Seek, Love Child, Sisters, Speechless, The Secret Daughter, and The Wrong Girl.

However I knew when I bought the issue that there wouldn’t be previews of all of these shows. Sadly, Here Come the Habibs, House Husbands, Love Child and The Secret Daughter have been axed. Hyde & Seek wasn’t renewed for a second season, something I touched upon in last year’s blog post. The Wrong Girl most likely won’t be renewed as Christie Whelan-Browne (Nikkii) came forward with sexual harassment allegations against co-star Craig McLachlan (Eric) earlier this year, that being said its future was already in doubt prior to Browne’s allegations coming out.

One of the shows that I review that I know will be returning this year is Doctor Doctor, for its third season. Unfortunately the ” preview” wasn’t a preview, rather a highlight reel of the previous two seasons. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to its return.

I haven’t come across any news on the future of Sisters, but I’m hoping its renewed, there was no mention of U.S. show, Speechless, most likely because Channel 10 haven’t aired it in months.

Despite the cancellation of the majority of the shows I review, this year shows promise for a variety of new (non-reality) shows.

Street Smart, a new show by Here Come the Habibs co-creators, Tahir Bilgic and Rob Shehadie is a “hilarious and entertaining look at a team of bumbling crims who dream of fast cars, attractive women and getting rich quick”. Bilgic will be portraying Steve a “hopeless goon who likens himself to George Clooney’s character in Ocean’s Eleven“, while Shehadie will be portraying Joe, a “ruthless parking officer”. It will be interesting to see if there will be any comedic similarities to Here Come the Habibs, however I won’t be thinking about it too much as I keep an open mind when reviewing. Street Smart will be airing on Channel 10.

Another Channel 10 show that I’m looking forward to reviewing will be Playing for Keeps, focusing on the off-the-field lives of Australian football wives and girlfriends (WAGs). How to Stay Married, starring Peter Helliar and Lisa McCune, is also another Channel 10 show with potential.

TV Week also provided short blurbs of Squinters and Riot, both of which will be airing on the ABC. Squinters is a six-part series that will revolve around five carloads of workers on their journey to work and then home. I’m looking forward to checking out this show both to see how its intriguing premise is played out and to see the star-studded cast, which include: Tim Minchin, Jacki Weaver, Miranda Tapsell and Mandy McElhinney, in action. While Riot is a telemovie that will focus on the origins of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Another ABC show that looks promising is crime drama, Harrow, starring Ioan Gruffudd as forensic pathologist, Dr Daniel Harrow, who is determined to find out what happened to his victims while keeping a dark secret of his own.

TV Week also provided a short blurb on Bite Club, which will be airing on the Nine Network. Bite Club will revolve around two detectives who fall victim to a shark attack, they survive but have to deal with massive psychological repercussions, and later work together to hunt down a serial killer.

On the biography front, the headliner is Hopelessly Devoted to You, with Delta Goodrem portraying Olivia Newton-John. It will be interesting to see how this biography will be received by viewers as last year’s Hoges and Brock weren’t as well received as biographies of previous years. Channel Seven will also be airing Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy, a documentary based on Barnes’ 2016 memoir of the same name.

There are also plenty of overseas shows making their debut with SEAL Team, Instinct and 9JKL airing on Channel 10, and Life Sentence and Hard Sun airing on Channel Seven.

While I’m sad at the axing of many of the shows that I have reviewed over the last two years, I am looking forward to reviewing the new shows on offer.

TV Week Extra 2017 Preview

I was eagerly looking forward to buying TV Week’s Extra magazine as it was a special edition of previews of 2017 TV shows. I was especially eager to read previews on the shows I’ve been reviewing on this site: Doctor Doctor, Here Come the Habibs, House Husbands, Hyde & Seek, Love Child, The Secret Daughter, and The Wrong Girl.

In all honesty, I was quite disappointed overall.

A feature article on Jessica Marais provided “previews” on The Wrong Girl and Love Child. Preview is a term I use loosely as the Love Child preview was basically a four paragraph compilation of a summary of the season three finale, a summary of why Love Child has been successful, and two questions that could be seen as previews/spoilers. The questions were whether we have really seen the last of Joan and Jim and whether it’s the right time for McNaughton to have Joan? In all honesty I thought Jim may have been gone for good and that any hopes of a McNaughton-Joan relationship were dashed, but I take no issue with being proven wrong. The Wrong Girl preview was similar, with one small paragraph telling viewers to expect “plenty more love dilemmas, outrageous work antics and family disasters when the series returns”. One thing I’m interested in seeing is what outrageous work antics Lily will get into as she quit her job in the finale.

The House Husbands preview focused more on the fact that Hugh Sheridan and Delta Goodrem have joined the cast and what their characters will bring to the show. Apparently Sheridan’s character, Nick, is a flawed music teacher who becomes Lewis’ enemy. Whereas Delta’s character, Izzy, is a motorbike riding tomboy who simultaneously excites and frightens everyone in the House Husbands world.

The preview of The Secret Daughter was basically just a summary of what happened in the first season, quotes from an interview with Bonnie Sveen and a question of a possible and obvious plot–“has Billie (Jessica Mauboy) really turned her back on the Nortons and her bestie, Layla (Sveen)–not to mention a promising singing career?”

The preview of Here Come the Habibs was not a preview, it was an interview with three of the cast members on their characters. This was disappointing as it would have been good to at least been given a hint on what’s to come, especially for the second season of a show that managed to be controversial before it even aired.

The preview of Doctor Doctor was basically an interview with lead actor, Rodger Corser, who is looking forward to shooting season two, as well as the question of whether Penny (Hayley McElhinney) will return.

No mention of Hyde & Seek was made, which doesn’t surprise me, I think that story has been told.

TV Week did a good job with it’s previews special magazine, however I was disappointed by the small amount of previews and the fact that the previews weren’t really previews, just summaries of what had already happened and maybe a hint of more to come. I was expecting in-depth previews, nevertheless I’m still looking forward to watching and reviewing all of these shows again, with House Husbands kicking off on Monday night.

TV Week’s mini previews of 2017 Aussie shows

TV Week‘s current issue provides what I call “mini” previews of the Aussie shows–new, young and old–that will be airing this year. The majority of the shows I review on here, which I also love, were featured in this issue. I feel that writing about my verdict on these previews is a fitting first post for 2017 on this site.

Doctor Doctor was the first mini preview I came across, although it wasn’t so much of a preview but more the TV Week writers’ desires as to what they want to see happen in the second season.

A dedicated mini preview was provided for House Husbands and rightly so as it hasn’t aired in over a year and the season 4 finale was ambiguous.

The House Husbands writers are continuing with their tradition of having the story move forward a year at the season premiere and Gyton Grantley (Kane) is no longer part of the cast. The reveal of Grantley not being part of the show anymore didn’t surprise me as he wasn’t featured in the promotions, however it makes me wonder what this means for the upcoming season, especially as the previous season focused heavily on Kane. I’m both looking forward and concerned about how his and his family’s (including the then-unborn child of his being carried by Gemma) disappearance will be explained. I’m hoping that they don’t do what they did with Lucy’s (Anna McGahan) absence and not bother explaining it, as I feel it’s disrespectful to the actor. I also wonder whether it means that his family is being written out completely or if it’s just him, however I think that they will be written out as it doesn’t make sense to get rid of him and not the whole family. That being said, Kane went out on a high with his wedding.

The House Husbands preview also stated that Justin’s younger brother will cause chaos, that Gemma is on the cusp of becoming a doctor and that one of the Husbands will try a new career. It also mentions the biggest changes this year with the addition of Hugh Sheridan and Delta Goodrem to the cast as a music teacher, Nick, and reading recovery teacher, Izzy, respectively. I’m looking forward to seeing how much these two characters will add to and influence the show and how they will fit in with the rest of the cast and their characters, especially with their age and generation gaps. I’m also looking forward to the obvious romance subplot between them. I have a feeling that they’ll bring a much needed breath of fresh air as the show has been nothing but melodramatic for the last two seasons. I’m looking forward to reviewing the show again.

Similar to the Doctor Doctor mini preview, the Here Come the Habibs mini preview was really a summary of what happened in the first season, with no real insight into what will happen in the impending second season, which was disappointing. The Secret Daughter mini preview was equally disappointing and lacking in insight.

Both Love Child and The Wrong Girl were mentioned but no detailed mini previews were provided, only that both shows would be returning this year. I breathed a sigh of relief and excitement with the revelation of Love Child returning as it was unknown if it would last year, and the season 3 finale was clearly written to simultaneously include enough plot possibilities for a fourth season and enough loose ends being tied up in case the show didn’t return to the air.

Hyde & Seek wasn’t featured, it was a great show however I felt that its story was told and couldn’t really go into a second season. I’d love for it to be renewed but I won’t be surprised if it isn’t.

There are two new TV shows featured in the mini previews that intrigue me, Newton’s Law and Sisters. Sisters will be about three women fathered by the same fertility specialist and Newton’s Law is about a solicitor returning to her job after her marriage breaks down and her office burns down. I’ll be reviewing these shows as well and I thoroughly welcome these new shows as they would be much better quality than all of the “reality” shows also returning to our screens.

Overall I’m looking forward to both reading TV Week‘s detailed review issue next week, and to watching and reviewing these shows for myself throughout the year.