Fans Rally to Save Witches of EastEnd

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Witches of East End. Photo by James Dittiger Copyright 2014
Jenna Dewan Tatum in Witches of East End. Photo by James Dittiger  Copyright 2014

We’ve all been there and we’ve all suffered the loss of a beloved television show, cancelled before it’s time.  More times that not, campaigns to save our shows fall on deaf ears and other times, it feels as though the gods have heard us and our cries have been heard.

Right now, Lifetime’s The Witches of East End has fans crying out, wanting to be heard after the network announced they were cancelling the bewitching show.

Writer Fiona Bentfield, who recently wrote about her love of The Witches of East End is back and writing about why this show should be renewed.

When news broke at the beginning of November that Lifetime had cancelled Witches of East End, I was crushed. I love this show. I’ve written about why I love this show as much as I do.And I’ll repeat myself and say, yet again, Witches of East End is a basic-cable show where the action is entirely led by four women who don’t bicker but support each other, who all have flaws which enrich their fictional characters. This is why this show matters. This is why this show should be central to Lifetime Television’s brand identity.This is why this show deserves a further season. There are so many more positive, female-driven stories left to tell, so much more bad CGI to put into the frame. Witches of East End manages to be simultaneously positive, bleak, eloquent and camp. It has all the potential to become a cult show, the one people binge-watch while down a Netflix rabbit hole on a rainy Sunday, the one somebody gives to a friend and says, “Watch this. It always makes me feel better.”

There are equally many reasons why I want to see Mädchen Amick, Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan Tatum back on my TV come next year. These four together, when the family unites, they are my jam. The scenes between Joanna and Wendy are perfection.

I want the #RenewWitchesofEastEnd campaign to succeed, not purely so we can all enjoy further episodes of our beloved TV series and that it at least receives the ending it deserves, but because there is something utterly remarkable about so many strangers rallying behind this little show. At present count, over 80,000 people from around the world have put their name on a petition saying that it deserves a second chance. But then, perhaps, it shouldn’t be all that surprising. Witches of East End is about four women who have each other’s backs no matter what, after all…

So, dear WitchEEs, as you continue to make me proud to say I am a fan of this trashy little show about witches… “May you be protected on your journey and find the one you seek.”

This essay was written by 'Fiona Bentfield' and originally posted at Another Electric Picture Hall. Original post can be found here. Many thanks to Fiona for allowing me to re-post.

Nine Promises Big Big Brother Finale

Ryan, Travis and Skye the final three Big Brother housemates . Picture: Supplied
Ryan, Travis and Skye the final three Big Brother housemates . Picture: Supplied

Six housemates were whittled down to the final three last night as Big Brother Australia moves into a grand finale spectacular that is set to see former series’ favorites return for the finale festivities and the crowning of the 2014 series winner.

I must say, when we were first introduced to this years batch of housemates, I honestly did not expect to see Ryan, Travis and Skye fighting it out to take the top prize (I thought maybe David, Sandra or Katie would be in the final three).

Last night’s triple eviction saw original housemate Priya Malik evicted along with the two remaining intruders Lina and Penny.

News Corp Australia revealed that former housemates and fan favorites Reggie Bird, Chrissie Swan and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald will play a special part in tonight’s finale that will be a reunion of former Big Brother stars.

Recent past winners Benjamin Norris and Tim Dormer will also make an appearance.

Who is your tip to take out the prize tonight?  Travis, Ryan or Skye?  Sound off in the comments below!

The Big Brother 2014 series winner airs tonight, Channel 9 at 8:40pm

They’re Back! Dee and Darren Return for More The Block

The Block's Dee and Darren Jolly are set to return for more!
The Block’s Dee and Darren Jolly are set to return for more!

The Block’s most beloved couple, Deanne and Darren Jolly, are set to return to the show that made them household names and fan favorites.  Ok, well, only some of that is true.  Pretty easy to work out which parts were made up right?

The couple who garnered a love/hate relationship with the Australian public (minus the love) during last seasons The Block: Glasshouse and who only walked away with $10,000 for their efforts have been confirmed to return to the show along with actual favorites Bec and George Douros and Matt Di Costa and Kim Owen from The Block: Sky High.  

The next series titled The Block: Triple Threat will also see six new teams battle it out in a series of challenges all aiming to be the top three teams to join the familiar faces in renovating an apartment block in Melbourne’s South Yarra.

The Block: Triple Threat will air in 2015 along with a second outing later on in the year.

Original Source: The Daily Telegraph 

MTV Moves Scream to Series Order

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After it’s original announcement back in May 2013, MTV has come through (just in time for Halloween) and put in a full season order for it’s “based-off-the-movies-starring-Neve-Campbell-and-Courteney-Cox” series Scream and also announced a premiere date of October 2015.

The 10-episode series follows a group of mis-matched high school students including shy yet popular girl Emma (Willa Fitzgerald), artsy loner Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus), computer geek Noah (John Karna), athlete Will (Connor Weil), bitchy socialite Brooke (Carlson Young), and mysterious new kid Kieran (Amadeus Serafini). Joel Gretsch playing Sheriff Clark Hudson (Kieran’s father) and Tracy Middendorf are also on board for the series.

Still keeping most of the plot under wraps (for now), MTV are still yet to reveal whether or not the franchise’s icon image – Ghostface – will be a part of the series.

A Place to Call Home Finds a New Home

Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazelhurst. Souce: Provided
Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazelhurst. Souce: Provided

Fans wanted it and now fans are getting it.  Axed channel 7 drama A Place to Call Home, which was suddenly cancelled after just one and a half seasons is back, but this time, on PayTV.

Foxtel, in a deal with Channel 7, are resurrecting the popular cancelled drama for at least a further two seasons after hearing the cries from fans annoyed at the shows cancellation.  While the show was a hit for the network, production costs saw Channel 7 make the decision not to continue with the show, much to the dismay of fans.

Foxtel executive director of television, Brian Walsh, said in a statement today: “A Place to Call Home is Australia’s most loved drama series and has captured the hearts of millions of fans across the country. We are proud to partner with the Seven Network on this landmark deal and ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy this beautifully crafted and elegantly produced series for a further two seasons.

“The Seven Network has produced Australian television’s most successful drama series of all time and we are delighted to partner with the highly experienced creative team at Seven, who will now work their magic for Foxtel subscribers.”

Fans will also be happy to hear that series originals Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo and Craig Hall will all returning to the new series!

A Place to Call Home is expected to return to our screens sometime in 2015 on the SoHo Channel via Foxtel.

Gotham Scoop: Morena Baccarin Checks In as Mythic Batman Figure

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The doctor is in, and she’s hot for Detective Gordon!

Homeland‘s Morena Baccarin is joining Gotham in the iconic DC Comics role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, TVLine has learned.

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Thompkins is a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of the late Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane.

In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn to Ben McKenzie’s James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.

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Baccarin’s recurring stint kicks off in early 2015.

Thoughts on the casting? Do you think Baccarin and McKenzie…

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X Factor Australia Finale: Who Will Win?

Finalists (L-R) Dean Ray, Brothers Three and Marlisa.  Source: Provided
Finalists (L-R) Dean Ray, Brothers Three and Marlisa. Source: Provided

Rocker Dean Ray, harmonious crooners Brothers 3 and singing school girl Marlisa are all vying for first prize when X Factor Australia reveals it’s winner tonight.

Who Should Win:  I’ve been right three years running (Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade and Dami Im) and I’m hoping to add Dean Ray to the list.  The guy is total swag on stage, clearly showing he is more adept at working the audience and giving stage presence than both Brothers 3 and Marlisa combined.

Right from the go, Ray’s audition of Kim Carnes ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ made him a standout and one to watch.  Only hitting the bottom two once (I still believe it was a ploy), Dean Ray, his mesmerizing and penetrating eyes and all, deserves to win.

Who Will Win: While still hopeful of a Dean Ray Win, Brothers 3 have remained a steadfast favorite in the series, even while being booted during judges top three announcements.  Being picked by viewers to be the return wild card and placing top spot when the viewer announcements were made are clearly showing these boys have fans.

What about Marlisa: She’s surely a surprise addition to the final three considering Regan was expected to make the final.  Marlisa can sing – no doubting that, but her stage presence lacks any oomph.  Give her a few years of doing Westfield gigs and i’m sure we’d see her pop up as a more mature and stronger performer.

Who do you think will win?  Sound off in the comments below!

X-Factor Australia finale live tonight, channel 7 at 7:30pm.

The Block Glasshouse Finale: Mega Highs and Disastrous Lows

Runners up Chris and Jenna walk away with $300,000.
The Block Glasshouse Runners up Chris and Jenna walk away with $300,000.

Surprises and disappointments as The Block Glasshouse fails to deliver on auction day for all 5 couples.

What’s the general feeling about tonight’s The Block Glasshouse finale?

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Pretty sure we just watched three of the five couples get kicked in the nuts – but that’s reality television isn’t it folks?

After catching up with the contestants, the wedding between Max and Karstan, finally seeing the reserve prices and choosing auction order, we finally got into the nitty gritty of auction time which usually results in gasps of shock and tears of joy and couples revel in new-found money.  This time however, it wasn’t a pretty result.

After a false start ( bidders refused to move off the reserve of $1.5 million) first couple off the ranks, Chris and Jenna eventually managed to sell their apartment for $1.81 million – $310,000 over reserve.  We all at home breathed a sigh of relief as the couple avoided a disaster and walked away with some mega coin in their pocket.

Next up, brothers Simon and Shannon, whose reserve of $1.565 million (that includes the $10,000 off they won) was quickly bypassed as bidding was fast and furious, eventually selling at $1.9 million – $335,000 above profit.

While these figures are no where near what we’ve been treated to the past few seasons of The Block, $300,000+ is nothing to scoff at.

It’s here when things began to go downhill and the grey in host Scott Cam’s hair began to push on through.  Couple three – Max and Karstan had the highest reserve and the other contestants, their estate agents and pretty much all of us at home were expecting big numbers – but what we expect and what actually happened are two very different scenarios.

Max and Karstan’s reserve of $1.67 Million (minus the $30,000 bonus) saw the couple’s auction falter from the very beginning.  An opening bid of $100,000 under reserve and no real interested bidders saw expectant smiles turn to tears as the hammer went down on a final bid of $1.71 million – $40,000 above reserve.

A general “wtf just happened” hit social media as the couple expected to win the season walk away with only $40,000 profit. While it’s not the first time such a poor result has happened on the show (All-Stars Mark and Duncan nabbed $25,000 for their efforts) I don’t think anyone saw this result happening.

Dee and Darren, couple number four, entered the auction a little more hesitant after the poor result for Max and Karstan and rightfully so.  While often judged for poor attitudes, there was no denying the finished apartment offered by the couple was nothing less than perfect.  Unfortunately, none of the bidders saw it like that.  Their reserve (equal lowest with Michael and Carlene at $1.4 million or $1.37 million minus $30,000 bonus) saw bidding halter almost immediately and finally selling for $1.38 million.

$10,000 over reserve.

By this stage, two of the four couples are walking away with over $300,000 while the other two combined make up $50,000.  Pretty safe to say, there were more than a handful of expletives shouted in almost every lounge-room tonight.

Lucky last couple Michael and Carlene (yes, I WANT that lounge/dining room) entered the auction with the lowest of expectations after the previous two results.  Just like Dee and Darren, they started with a reserve of $1.4 million which was taken down to $1.38 million after their bonus was subtracted.  Good thing is was as at one point, the discussion of passing in the apartment was talked about.

While passing in seemed like the best option (a property has not been passed in on The Block since season 4, when three of the four properties failed to sell at auction) a final bid of $1.39 million meant the couple walk away with only $10,000 profit.

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Devastated:  Michael and Carlene walk away with $10,000 in winnings.  (9News)
Devastated: Michael and Carlene walk away with $10,000 in winnings. (9News)

So what caused, as Scott Cam says “the most traumatic and bizarre auction I’ve done“.?  Could it be the reserve prices?  The fact some of the apartments had no windows and the only source on natural light came from the exposed terrace?  How is it that couple Chris and Jenna, who placed the lowest 7 times after judging, walk away with so much money compared to Michael and Carlene who topped the judges board?

There are some reports noting that over the top reserves for the location plus the lack of interested bidders played a massive part.

Sound off in the comments below!

Either way, I can’t imagine this to be great advertising for wannabe Blockheads for the next 2 series (yes, another 2 series is already in the works!) of The Block.

The Glasshouse Auction. The Block Finale

Will Michael and Carlene take out The Block Glasshouse?  Source: Supplied
Will Michael and Carlene take out The Block Glasshouse? Source: Supplied

Spoiler Free!  While the auctions have officially taken place, no word on final standings here until after the official airing tonight!

It’s auction time!  Nine’s reality hit The Block: Glasshouse comes to a close tonight with the couples all heading to auction, hoping to take out the $100,000 top prize.

Tonight’s finale will see each couples original reserve price plus the current reserve price with prizes won over the last two weeks for work on apartment 6 subtracted off the reserve.

Max and Karstan have won $30,000 off their reserve along with Dee and Darren.  Michael and Carlene earned $20,000 off their reserve with Simon and Shannon nabbing $10,000 off while Chris and Jenna remain the underdogs going into auction with their original reserve.

So how have the couples and apartments fared up to now?  Word has it that all apartments are expected to reach around the $1.3m to $1.5m dollar mark with Ray White agent Matt White tipping Max and Karstan’s apartment to win (Matt is Michael and Carlene’s agent)

I’m hopeful of and not expecting another surprise win like last season when Steve and Chantal walked away winners from The Block: Fans Vs Faves – meaning, sorry Chris and Jenna, you guys were entertaining but I don’t see you for the win.  I’d like to see Michael and Carlene take out top prize but then again, I’m completely in love with the bookcase enclosed lounge they delivered – and therefore slightly biased.

My final tip – It’ll be a battle between couples Dee and Darren and Max and Karstan.  Both have produced the most consistent apartments with high quality finishes.  I’m not officially picking a winner – as you know, it never pans out for me!

The Block: Glasshouse auction finale airs tonight, Channel 9 from 6:30pm.

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