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2016 Logies Waleed Aly wins gold. 2016 Logies Waleed Aly wins gold.


Waleed Aly takes out Gold Logie and full 2016 Logies results



One year on our screens is all it took for The Project’s WALEED ALY to win over Australian audiences and take out the prestigious TV WEEK Gold Logie at the 2016 Logies.

Tonight, the presenter beat his fellow Project co-host and last year’s Gold Logie winner CARRIE BICKMORE, as well as SCOTT CAM, ESSIE DAVIS, GRANT DENYER and social media favourite LEE LIN CHIN.

“It’s very humbling,” Waleed told TV WEEK. “There is a statement being made by the audience when that happens, and that’s incredibly flattering. Because I never honestly thought of myself as really ever being in the conversation.”

“It’s a real surprise, because I’ve always kind of assumed Logies were for other people,” Waleed says after also taking out the award for Best Presenter.

There will be excitement for THE PROJECT desk tomorrow night with two Gold Logie winners hosting the show. The team also took out Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program.

“It’s an extraordinary sense of validation that you get,” Waleed says. “Because when you walk into a job like this, there is so much scope for doing badly and there is so much scope for being rejected by an audience that has grown attached to what the show was before you got there.”

Channel Ten’s THE LIVING ROOM couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces after going back-to-back for Best Lifestyle Program.

“We always hope to win, but we never expect it and we’re always very grateful,” Dr Chris Brown says.

JESSICA MARAIS took out Best Actress for her role as Dr Joan Miller on the Nine Network’s Love Child. ERIK THOMSON nabbed the Best Actor award for his time on Channel Seven drama 800 Words.

It wasn’t just the Gold Logie that had the highest honour of the night. The crowd roared when A Place To Call Home actress and TV legend NONI HAZLEHURST was inducted into the TV WEEK Logies Hall of Fame.

“I’m really proud to be recognised,” said Noni. “But, there are many equally deserving women who should have been acknowledged before this. Hopefully, the glacier will keep moving forward.”

HOME AND AWAY took out the award for Best Drama Program, beating out newcomer 800 Words as well as Love Child and A Place To Call Home.

When it came to the industry voted Outstanding Awards, the big winners were DEBORAH MAILMAN who took Most Outstanding Actress for Redfern Now: Promise Me. Wentworth star CELIA IRELAND grabbed Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on the Australian prison drama.

As for the newcomer awards, the three winners, JOEL JACKSON (Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor) MELINA VIDLER (Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress) and KY BALDWIN (The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star of Tomorrow Award) will each receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles flying with Virgin Australia.

As well as a one-year scholarship at Stella Adler Academy Of Acting And Theatre in LA, thanks to LA-based non-profit organisation Australians In Film and their exclusive partners. They’ll also receive a one-year management contract in LA with Australian Artists Management, as well as a TV WEEK photo shoot.

2016 Logies. And the winners are…

Best Personality on Australian Television
(Waleed Aly, The Project)

Best Presenter
(Waleed Aly, The Project)

Best Actor
(Erik Thomson, 800 Words)

Best Actress
(Jess Marais, Love Child)

Best New Talent
(Adam Dovile, Better Homes And Gardens)

Best Lifestyle Program
(The Living Room)

Best Sports Program
(The NRL Footy Show)

Best Entertainment Program
(Family Feud)

Best Reality Program
(The Block)

Best Drama Program
(Home And Away)

Best Factual Program

Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program
(The Project)

Most Outstanding Actor
(Alex Dimitriades)

Most Outstanding Actress
(Deborah Mailman)

Most Outstanding Drama Series

Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
(The Secret River)

Most Outstanding Supporting Actor
(Tim Minchin)

Most Outstanding Supporting Actress
(Celia Ireland)

Most Outstanding Children’s Program
(Ready For This)

Most Outstanding Entertainment Program

Most Outstanding News Coverage
(Parramatta Shooting)

Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report
(The Killing Season)

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
(KFC T20 Big Bash League)

Most Outstanding Comedy Program
(Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell)

Hall of Fame
(Noni Hazlehurst)

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor
(Joel Jackson)

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress
(Melina Vidler)

The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star Of Tomorrow Award
(Ky Baldwin)

Also check out the moment Julia Morris played true to form with a “fall” whilst presenting an award.




ITV, Kate Beckinsale to star in The Widow, a Harry and Jack Williams series




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ITV have announced that Kate Beckinsale will take the leading role in ITV and Amazon Prime Video Drama, The Widow, from acclaimed writers Harry and Jack Williams. The series will be produced in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video.

In The Widow Kate will play Georgia Wells who has her life turned upside-down with a phone-call in the middle of the night. Her husband of over 10 years, Will, has been reported dead after a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

Three years later, with her old life now a thing of the past, Georgia learns something shocking. Something that will take her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, looking to uncover the truth about his disappearance.

Still haunted by the past, Georgia is grieving for the man she loved and the life they’ve lost, but she hasn’t given up hope.

The Widow has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who said: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow. She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams. We’re very pleased to have secured the series which is an ITV original commission and co-production with Amazon Prime.”

On behalf of Amazon Prime Video, Brad Beale, Vice President, Worldwide TV Content Acquisition said: “We are thrilled to continue our existing relationship with Kate Beckinsale on the heels of her incredible performances in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed films.”

“Harry and Jack Williams have created a powerful story, which will be brought to life by one of the world’s most talented actresses, and we are excited to bring this thrilling series to Prime members around the world,” he added.

Commented Harry and Jack Williams: “Kate Beckinsale is a brilliantly talented actress and we’re thrilled she’s joining us on this journey – we couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role. The Widow is our most ambitious and cinematic piece to date and we can’t wait to bring the dark heart of the Congolese jungle to the screen.”

The Widow will be produced by Eliza Mellor (Liar, The Living and the Dead, Poldark, Death Comes to Pemberley) and will be directed by lead director Sam Donovan (Humans, Liar, Utopia) and Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch, Glue) who is also directing four episodes of the series. Jack and Harry Williams will executive produce the drama.

The series will go into production in January 2018 in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam.

The Widow will premiere on ITV before airing as an Amazon Prime Original in the US. The series will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories for members to watch via the Prime Video app for popular smart TVs, Fire TV, Fire Tablets and Android and iOS phones and tablets.

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Channel 9, Married At First Sight 2018 New Series Premieres 29 Jan




What started as something of a social experiment but is now more or less straight reality (but still calling itself a social experiment), Married At First Sight will premiere it’s new series on Channel 9 on Monday January 29 at 7.30pm.

Once again the team – relationship expert John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Dr Trisha Stratford, and dating and relationship expert Mel Schilling – aim to put relationships to the test in a unique experiment designed to determine if science can predict true love in couples who will get married at first sight.

The experts will undertake the mammoth task of pairing 20 brave singles to create their perfect match as 10 brides and 10 grooms undergo the most intense experiment yet.

The experts will match all our couples on the basis of extensive psychological and neurological testing and profiling.

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Each couple meet for the first time on their wedding day, and from the moment they exchange vows their relationships are thrust under a microscope as they experience the highs and lows of marriage at full speed – alongside other couples riding the same rollercoaster.

Once again, the couples will reside under the same roof as relationships are tested like never before.

They’ll get the chance to compare their experiences at often explosive dinner parties – and put their relationships to the test at the most confronting commitment ceremonies we’ve ever seen.

But while some couples will struggle with all the complexities an intense relationship experiment brings, others will find true joy as their fairytale blossoms from first glance.

10 brides. 10 grooms. 10 weddings. Who will find true lasting love?

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Netflix, German Supernatural drama Dark given Second Season




Dark Netflix

Netflix has renewed its first German original production, DARK, for a second season. The acclaimed drama created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. DARK, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.

Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: “When we first heard about DARK, we realized very early on that we hadn’t seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. DARK is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We’re excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds.”

Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese about the audience reception and the renewal of season two added: “We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK.”

Producer Quirin Berg concludes: “Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!”

DARK is now streaming on Netflix, it is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986.

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