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Star Wars offshoot Rogue One was originally intended to be darker – but it looks like it might be rather vanilla.
Waleed Aly’s 2016 Gold Logie win tells us that the audience has been more appreciative of Australian television’s diversity than the industry.
The Logies are fantastically daggy, but they let us compare audience and industry definitions of achievement. Looking back, it's clear the public celebrates new, diverse and varied television.
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Trump must now find a way to mitigate national anxieties in the wake of millions of dollars of TV and radio ads that played on voters' fear and anger.
Netflix’s most ambitious and expensive original drama is historical fiction at its most lavish.
Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House in a promotional video ahead of Matt Groening’s visit to Australia this week.
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The subtlety laced with satire that graced earlier shows has been replaced by a brash, carelessness. And Homer, while always loud-mouthed, is now positively abusive. After 28 seasons, is it time for The Simpsons' creators to call it a day?
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The Fall writer Alan Cubitt is 'hurt and upset' at being accused of misogyny. But maybe misogyny isn’t the point.
BBC’s The Fall has been accused of being misogynistic.
On screen violence against women is increasingly detailed, intimate and frighteningly authentic – but there's often just no need.
Jack Bauer is now Tom Kirkman, designated survivor.
Trump is a Hollywood comedy blundering around in the 'real world' of American politics. Hollywood drama can show us what is needed instead.
Anarchists old and new are populating film and TV a lot at the moment – reflecting the profound anxiety of the times.
Great British sign off.
The programme's move to a different channel has cooked up a storm. But that's the reality of reality television.
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Women’s privates have moved to the front and centre of popular entertainment. And they're not always pretty.
Women in South African cultural industries feature prominently on stages and in studios, but not in its boardrooms.
South African creative and cultural industries have taken some early steps to elevate women to leadership positions, but there is still some way to go.
Same same but different.
The Starship Enterprise, the famed setting of the original ‘Star Trek’ series, was almost lost to the graveyard of failed pilots.
With a pilot that was deemed too complex and cerebral, 'Star Trek' looked dead in the water. Fifty years later, we look back at the show's rocky beginnings.
Medical experts are rarely quoted in TV news stories about contraception.
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TV news stories often frame contraception as a political or social issue, rather than a medical issue, depriving the public of vital health information.
Baking offers some interesting insights into the state of the modern world.
Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray in Jack Irish. In 1999, Pederson was one of two Indigenous actors on Australian TV.
Indigenous representation in TV dramas has surged, but other culturally diverse groups are still under-represented on screen.
The high street chains cop the heat, but shouldn't you be doing your bit too?
Bold claims from adland have left us inured to deception.
Advertising complaints hit 37,000 in the UK last year, but companies keep chancing their arm.
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The popular TV series encourages us to question how we understand identity and community in light of religion.