Network TEN is struggling in the ratings but before they sit around the board room table wondering which shows to ditch or commission they should move their weeknight reality shows to 7pm.
When TEN did this with Masterchef they scored big, when NINE did it with The Block they reaped huge rewards. The TEN network may not get over the million mark but they would get more then they are currently getting going against the big show like My Kitchen Rules and The Block.
The 7pm starts means they have a chance of enthralling the viewer with the show so they don’t want to grab the remote at 7.30pm. The Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance and the upcoming Masterchef Australia are all good well made shows they deserve an audience.
Also the 7pm timeslot is attractive to parents as means it finishes at 8pm and they can get their kids to bed at a reasonable hour.
The Project is currently running for an hour, as I never watch it I can’t discuss the merits of the show but seems lengthy for a panel show and it is not giving TEN a great lead in for the rest of their evening. Hopefully TEN will do this after the Olympics and see if they can reap some rewards from this.
What do you think?
February 12, 2014 23 Comments
The bad news for Chris Bandenoch and Julia Jenkin fans is their restaurant and beerhouse, Josie Bones is closing.
It has been a tough tweleve months as they have a $125,ooo tax debt, but the good news is they are going to open up a microbrewery in the Inner North Melbourne.
Chris talks to Good Food:
“It’s no secret that it’s been a tough 12 months for us,” says Badenoch, adding that the pair will be “sad to close the doors here but we’re really excited at the same time; it’s enabled us to evolve the brewing side of things”. With a range of specialty beers, a big outdoor beer garden and a couple of American-style offset smoker BBQs, the casual space in an inner-north warehouse – the exact location is yet to be divulged - will focus on “a simple food and beer offering, with lots of events”. The pair is hopeful for an April opening.
January 17, 2014 2 Comments
Don’t panic Gary Mehigan is not dumping his wife and running off with his mistress like Rick Stein did but what Gary is doing is filming a cooking show with the first being filmed in India. Rick Stein’s India has proven popular on ABC TV. The show called Gary Mehigan’s Far Flung and will see Gary filming in 13 countries and travelling around on his motorbike. Rick Stein in his early series around the UK used to drive around in a battered Rover with his beloved Chalkie by his side.
In India Gary is visiting the cities of Jodphur, Chennai and Mumbai.
At this stage it appears to not be picked up by a TV network so could screen on Foxtel or free-to-air tv. However quite rightly Gary who is a judge/host on Masterchef Australia, is expecting overseas sales considering the popularity of Masterchef in many overseas countries including India, South Africa, UK and The Netherlands.
A short sizzle reel is above and if you want to keep in the loop with Gary and the show connect on his Facebook page here.
January 6, 2014 11 Comments
The winner of Big Brother Tim Dormer surprises Ben about his trip to Graceland. It appears it could be their own YouTube reality TV show as they are taking the camera men with them.
The Callum Haan and Matthew Caldicott bromance from Masterchef Australia continues with them meeting up in Barcelona. They are having beers. The question is why is it the ubiquitious Heinekin when they could be knocking back some nice Spanish brews. (Source: Matthew’s Instagram)
Nigella Lawson is on the promotion trail for The Taste Season 2 has come out and said she was mortified at having her private life on display at the Grillo trial. It is believed she has hired a PR team to maintain her brand. (Source: SMH)
American Idol runner up and Celebrity Apprentice Clay Aiken is thinking of running for congress. It is for the Democrats, Donald Trump won’t be pleased. (Source: The Wrap)
Farrah Abraham’s boyfriend has pulled out of reality show Couples Therapy as he says their relationship is fake. This is not the first time she has faked something, she “faked” a sex tape when it was actually a planned porn filming. (Source: Daily Mail)
Best Christmas ever for Jennifer Hudson’s assistant as she bought him a house as a present. (Source: Daily Mail)
Real Housewife of New Jersey Teresa Giudice’s woes continue with her husband being spotted dining with another woman. They are both up on fraud charges and out on $500,000 bail. Interestingly if found guilty Joe might be deported to Italy as he is not a US citizen despite living here from the age of two. (Source: Daily Mail)
American Idol winner Fantasia hits back at rumours she is suicidal. Should hope not as she has been nominated for two Grammy awards. (Source: Daily Mail)
Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn continues to expand his business empire to Chicago. (Source: In The Capital)
In other Top Chef news one of my favourites Gail Simmons has had a baby girl she has named it Dahlia. (Source: Reality TV World)
January 4, 2014 20 Comments
Even though Masterchef Australia 2013 was not as huge as the previous years the contestants from the show still creating careers in food after their time on the show.
Here is what they are up to:
The winner of the latest season of Masterchef already has her winners cookbook out. It is called A Home Grown Table. It is interesting that it was rushed out for Christmas. Julie Goodwin and Adam Liaw were given time to do theirs and were released the following year. She is also opening a restaurant in Melbourne with her partner who is a professional chef.
Lucy Wallrock – has a cookbook coming out in May and it appears to be all about baking.
Dan Churchill - Dan looks like a savvy marketer with his own website which urges you to sign up for secret recipes and like his YouTube page. He has a new cookbook out called The Healthy Cook and also his first cookbook Dude Food is also for sale. He has been seen on TEN’s new breakfast show WAKE UP.
Lynton Tapp – He is working at Pei Modern an upmarket restaurant in Melbourne.
Rishi Desai – He did some pop up restaurants in 2013 and he will be publishing a cookbook early next year. He is also doing cooking demonstrations, but is currently still working in the public service full time.
Andrew Prior – Has started up Queenies Tours which are food tours in Melbourne. It is a good idea.
Pip Sumbak – Is doing private catering if interested email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samira El Khafir – Is on a health kick and is writing for the Good Life Health Clubs. She will be opening a cafe in the Islamic Museum of Australia in February.
Vern Fitzgerald – Appears to have gotten the Umami Project off the ground with a dinner sponsored by the Wine Society in Sydney. He cooked alongside Dan and Nicky. See pics here.
Jules Allen – Is doing the Food Revolution Project to highlight food poverty in Australia and show people how to cook healthy on a budget. She is crowd sourcing to get it on the road and looks like she is a quite a bit short.
January 3, 2014 17 Comments