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The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end: “We are forever grateful to our fans"

<p>After a 12-season run, it has been confirmed comedy hit TV show <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> is coming to an end. With a record-breaking 279 episodes, the final episode will air in May 2019.</p> <p>While there was talk that the sitcom's network, CBS, was renewing the show for a 13th season, executive producer Chuck Lorre has put them to rest and has confirmed that the show has reached the end.</p> <p>“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> during the past 12 seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> to an epic creative close,” WBTV, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement.</p> <p>One of the most popular shows on television, <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> has amassed a huge viewership, with season 11 averaging on 18.9 million viewers.</p> <p>“<em>The Big Bang Theory</em> has been the defining comedy of its generation,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl.</p> <p>“All of us at the Network take exceptional pride in this series that uniquely combines creative genius, commercial ratings success, cultural influence and characters who became so popular, they are easily known by just one name. We’re incredibly grateful for our partnership with Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre Productions and a brilliant cast and crew that has made such a ‘big bang’ and lasting legacy on the television landscape.”</p> <p>The series, which has earned 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins, has garnered a loyal fan base. In 2015, the University of California Los Angeles announced its first-ever scholarship, which was named after the television series.</p> <p><em>The Big Bang Theory</em> Scholarship supports undergraduate students who are in need of financial assistance and are pursuing a career in STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.</p> <p>Will you be sad to see <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> go? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Erik Thomson speaks out after 800 Words cancelled: "It didn't have to end"

<p>Soon to be reaching his 30th year of acting, Erik Thomson’s hugely successful show <em>800 Words</em> has not been approved for a fifth season.</p> <p>The show, which earned Thomson a win in the Best Actor category at the <em>Logies</em>, will end after the fourth season, set to air soon on TVNZ. </p> <p>Thomson’s character George Turner is a newspaper columnist, in the fictional New Zealand seaside town of Weld. And now, due to the show being shelved, season four will be the last time we see George Turner on our television screens.</p> <p>The 51-year-old actor finds the situation “disappointing” as he believes the show still had potential and a great viewership.</p> <p>“<em>800 Words</em> could have run for more seasons,” Thomson told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/erik-thomson-800-words-cancelled-50696" target="_blank">TV WEEK</a></em>.</p> <p>“The plan was to jump ahead a year to see how things panned out, but that’s not going to happen, unfortunately.</p> <p>“Networks these days are interested in the shiny new ball, but not always in ways to keep that ball shiny.”</p> <p>Thomson believes reality television is partly to blame, with television networks strongly relying on reality shows. The actor says that scripted drama is not given the priority it deserves.</p> <p>“In many ways, reality shows have become like drama series,” he says. “They cast all these archetypes. There’s the villain, the smart arse and the underdog. I get it, but hopefully with a bit of luck the pendulum will swing back to more scripted drama that runs for longer than six-to-eight episodes.”</p> <p>But Thomson is still grateful for the opportunities he has been given.</p> <p>“I’ve been fortunate to be in shows people just have to be home for on a Tuesday night, whether it be <em>All Saints</em> or <em>Packed to the Rafters</em>,” he says. “I’ve been lucky.”</p> <p>He added, “This is my 28th year as a professional actor. I’m heading towards that three-zero years in the business. I keep pinching myself!”</p> <p>As for what the future holds, Thomson is looking into darker roles after shooting horror film <em>Awoken</em> in Adelaide, Australia with his fellow<em> 800 Words</em> co-star Benson Jack Anthony, and will soon be starring in Australian film<em> Storm Boy</em>.</p> <p>“The journeys I want to go on now aren’t as family-orientated,” he says when talking about his shift from the “nice guy” roles that he is known for playing. </p> <p>“I’m thinking darker drama or even some edgy, dark comedy projects. I’m working with some writers and there are possibilities floating around.”</p> <p>And one of those ideas may involve a reunion with Thomson’s <em>Packed to the Rafters</em> co-star Rebecca Gibney.</p> <p>“We’ve talked about it,” he says. “But Rebecca has just finished <em>Wanted</em> [the TV3 drama series] and everyone is in different parts of the world. I dare say it could happen.”</p> <p>Are you disappointed that <em>800 Words </em>won’t be returning after its fourth season? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Can you tell who this former Home and Away star is?

<p>One of Australia’s all-time favourite actors has shared a photograph of herself as a cute toddler. Can you tell who this one-time Home and Away star is?</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZaZF-aHkp0/" target="_blank">A little girl at Soldiers Point in 1980.. ☀️⛵️👶🏼 And that same little girl back there this weekend.. ☀️⛵️👩🏻#thirtysevenyearslater #soldierspoint</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by Kate Ritchie (@kateritchieofficial) on Sep 23, 2017 at 10:40pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s Kate Ritchie!</p> <p>The 39-year-old share the photograph of herself as a young child on Instagram this week, showing fans of the two-time Gold Logie winner just how much she had grown.</p> <p>“A little girl at Soldier's Point in 1980... And that same little girl back there this weekend,” Ritchie wrote in the caption.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 40.833333333333336% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZKVTIXHsqu/" target="_blank">Yet another #easy #relaxed and incredibly #productive morning #workingfromhome 😖👧🏼🐒🖥 #tgim</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by Kate Ritchie (@kateritchieofficial) on Sep 17, 2017 at 4:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Could you tell who it was?</p> <p><em>Hero image credit: Instagram / kateritchieofficial</em></p>

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First look at The Crown’s new Queen

<p>Fans of the hit Netflix series rejoice! The official Twitter account for cult show <em>The Crown</em> has unveiled the first look at the new Queen Elizabeth.</p> <p>Replacing the show’s current leading lady, Claire Foy, in the Golden Globe-winning series, Olivia Colman has now stepped in to play the Queen for the next two seasons, which is currently in production.</p> <p>On Monday, Netflix gave the world a sneak peek of Colman in character as the new Queen Elizabeth on the set of <em>The Crown</em>, releasing a first look of the upcoming series on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Patience. <a href="https://t.co/7F2f2aBON3">pic.twitter.com/7F2f2aBON3</a></p> — The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCrownNetflix/status/1018752145192050688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 July 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In April, Colman expressed her excitement over her chance to play the role of Queen Elizabeth in a statement, which was also released on Twitter.</p> <p>"I'm so thrilled to be part of <em>The Crown</em>," the actress exclaimed. </p> <p>"I was utterly gripped watching it. A proper 'just one more' feeling. I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius. She's an incredible hard act to follow. I'm basically going to re-watch every episode and copy her."</p> <p>As the series progresses through the decades of the current monarchy, other cast members that are also set to be replaced are Matt Smith’s character as Prince Philip, who will be played by Tobias Menzies. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter will take over the role of Princess Margaret, which was played by Vanessa Kirby.</p> <p>Bonham Carter told <em>Variety</em> at the <em>Ocean’s 8</em> premiere recently that she had already “started prepping” ahead of filming her new TV role.</p> <p>"It's exciting. We start in a few weeks, and I think we're all – we're completely terrified," Bonham Carter admitted.</p> <p>"I think also because the first two seasons were such a success, we have the onus of inheriting the responsibility of doing justice to all these genuinely famous people, and then on top of it, inheriting them from this previous generation of actors who've done such good jobs."</p> <p>Are you a fan of <em>The Crown</em>? What do you think of these new cast replacements? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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Suits stars reveal: “Our favourite moments at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding”

<p>She was a part of the show for nine seasons playing Rachel Zane, and now Meghan Markle’s former <em>Suits</em> co-stars – who were lucky enough to score an invite to her fairytale wedding to Prince Harry – have shared their magical memories and highlights of the big day.</p> <p>Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey Specter, and Sarah Rafferty, who plays Donna Roberta Paulsen on the hit show, have revealed their favourite moments to <em>Entertainment Tonight</em>.</p> <p><img width="308" height="434" src="/media/7818985/screen-shot-2018-06-06-at-82014-pm.png" alt="Screen Shot 2018-06-06 At 8.20.14 Pm"/></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Sarah Rafferty and her husband Santtu Seppala arriving at the royal wedding. </em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: left;">One of the highlights for Rafferty was seeing her now Duchess friend walk down the aisle in her glorious Givenchy wedding gown. </span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">“It was a wonderful moment to get to see [Meghan] on that day and in that moment,” Rafferty told <em>ET</em>. “It was special.”</p> <p>Rafferty added, “Seeing [Meghan] walk in on her own, in that moment before she met up with Prince Charles to walk the rest of the way, that was amazing.”</p> <p><img width="497" height="260" src="/media/7818984/screen-shot-2018-06-06-at-81809-pm_497x260.jpg" alt="Screen Shot 2018-06-06 At 8.18.09 Pm"/></p> <p>As well as being two of the lucky 600 people invited to witness the royal wedding ceremony at St Georges Chapel, the two guests (along with their spouses) were also part of the smaller and more intimate exclusive wedding reception, which hosted 200 guests at Frogmore House. </p> <p>“It was surprising to see Elton John play <em>I’m Still Standing</em>. He’s still standing, he was incredible and that was an incredible moment,” Macht shared of the lunchtime wedding reception following the ceremony.</p> <p><img width="276" height="435" src="/media/7818986/screen-shot-2018-06-06-at-82101-pm.png" alt="Screen Shot 2018-06-06 At 8.21.01 Pm"/></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Gabriel Macht and his Australian actress wife Jacinda Barrett at the royal wedding.</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">“I think, overall, just to be a part of such an uplifting story, you know? A story of inclusion, love – and there’s so much stuff out there that’s so depressing and dark,” Macht reflected.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">“This was just a remarkable day to go and support her and the royal family and it was an amazing time,” Macht added.</p> <p>What was your favourite moment of the royal wedding when you watched it on TV? Share with us in the comments below.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Good news for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries fans

<p>The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries cast are set to reunite for a <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/2017/01/miss-fishers-murder-mysteries-becomes-movie-trilogy/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">feature film.</span></strong></a></p> <p>Phryne Fisher, played by Essie Davis, will star in <em>Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.</em></p> <p>The movie will see the cast head to Morocco and Melbourne in October this year for filming, although the film is set in London and Palestine.</p> <p>The film will follow Miss Fisher as she rescues a Bedouin woman from prison in British Mandated Palestine. Miss Fisher then promises to help the young woman, Shirin Abbas, find out the truth about the ‘Crypt of Tears’ – an ancient crypt buried beneath the Negev Desert.</p> <p>Original co-stars such as Nathan Page, Miriam Margolyes and Ashleigh Cummings will join forces once again for the murder mystery.</p> <p>The ABC TV series, based on Kerry Greenwood’s novels, ran for three seasons and saw Essie Davis nominated for the 2014 and 2016 Gold Logie Award.</p> <p>The TV-series’ set-up director, Tony Tilse, will direct the film, and creators Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger will co-executive produce.</p> <p>The film received over $730,000 on an online crowd-funding website for the production of the film. Screen Australia also invested just over $8 million for the feature, and Roadshow Films will distribute it in Australia and New Zealand.</p> <p>Sally Caplan, Head of Production at Screen Australia, said: "The Miss Fisher TV series has had extraordinary success with international sales in over 170 territories and is testament that strong female characters resonate with audiences. Every Cloud have smartly leveraged this fan base into crowd-funding for the film, and assembled the same creative team to expertly deliver a big screen chapter of the adventures of Miss Fisher with excellent commercial prospects."</p> <p>The release date has not yet been revealed. </p>

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5 mistakes you missed in M*A*S*H

<p>M*A*S*H aired from 1972-83 and was set in the Korean War which occurred from 1950 to 1953. This series is one of the best pieces of pop culture that showcased the conflict.</p> <p>However, as much as the series tried to remain as periodically accurate as possible there were some errors that slipped through. Here are five mistakes that went over most fans’ heads.</p> <p><strong>1. <em>The Avengers</em> comic</strong></p> <p>In one episode, Radar has fallen asleep with a teddy bear whilst reading an issue of “The Avengers”. However, the comic was not created until 1963 – a decade after the war ended.</p> <p><strong>2. Movie night</strong></p> <p>When the characters gather to watch <em>My Darling Clementine</em> starring Henry Ford there is one mistake that snuck through. Although the movie choice is accurate as it was released in 1946, Radar stands up and does a John Wayne impression, saying: “I’m not gonna hit ya… I’m not gonna hit ya… Like hell I’m not!”. It’s a reference from <em>McLintock!</em> which was only released in 1963.</p> <p><strong>3. Spot-a-Card</strong></p> <p>The Officer’s Club at the 4077th has a lot of fun activities including the pinball game Spot-a-Card. However, this game was first created in August 1960.</p> <p><strong>4. The model helicopter</strong></p> <p>In Henry Blake’s office, there is a model helicopter hanging from the ceiling. This model Bell Huey UH-1 helicopter did not fly until 1956 though.</p> <p><strong>5. The Olympics pistol</strong></p> <p>When it is M*A*S*H Olympics, Potter uses a Smith &amp; Wesson Model 19 snub-nosed pistol to siren the race. This gun was not on the market until the late 1950s.</p>

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7 facts you never knew about Home and Away

<p><em>Home and Away</em> was first broadcasted on January 17, 1988, and since that time, it has established a reputation as one of the most popular Australian soap operas.</p> <p>Here are the lesser known facts about Home and Away.</p> <p><strong>1. It’s (loosely) based on a true story</strong></p> <p><em>H&amp;A</em> started with the story of the Fletcher family, who moved to Summer Bay to run a caravan park. The family had five foster kids, which created the opportunity for plenty of drama. This idea was loosely based on a true story. Seven’s Head of Drama, Alan Bateman, was searching for a new drama to create after <em>Neighbours</em> moved to ten. When he was on a holiday at Kangaroo Point, he started talking with locals who were up in arms about a foster home that was being established. After noticing the impact that wily city kids were having on the community, he came up with the idea of the show.</p> <p><strong>2. Despite its popularity, <em>Home and Away</em> receives plenty of complaints</strong></p> <p>Many Aussie viewers are divided over <em>H&amp;A</em> – some watch it religiously, while others can’t stand it. Despite the shows ratings, in the past many have thought the content was too racy for a 7pm timeslot. In 2005-2006, it was the 8th most complained about show on Australian TV.</p> <p><strong>3. There was an alternate title</strong></p> <p>Originally, the drama was going to be titled <em>Refuge</em> but once the series began production, it was changed to a more friendlier <em>Home and Away.</em></p> <p><strong>4. Where the show is really filmed</strong></p> <p>While many fans know that the stunning scenery of Summer Bay is set on Palm Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches, many don’t know the interior shots are filmed far from the beach. The interiors are shot at Australian Technology Park in Redfern, Sydney.</p> <p><strong>5. The theme song was released as a single</strong></p> <p>In 1989, the theme song of the show was released as a single in the UK. The song hit no. 73 of the UK charts.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qwlxeYA1SQI?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. The filming time for one week of episodes</strong></p> <p>The crew and actors of the show are on a very tight schedule. It only takes two weeks to film one week’s worth of episodes. In one week, the indoor studio scenes are shot and then the following week, the outdoor scenes are shot. There is one group filming the outdoor scenes whilst another group films the indoor scenes, and then they swap.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p><strong>7. It’s not always summer in Summer Bay</strong></p> <p>Although the sunrise shots on the show look idyllic, you may spot some goosebumps if you look closely. These shots are filmed in winter, so actors have to battle cold ocean winds as they act like they are enjoying Summer Bay.</p> <p>Are you a<em> H&amp;A</em> fan? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Can you guess which Packed To The Rafters star has joined Home and Away?

<p>If you loved popular Aussie drama <em>Packed To The Rafters</em>, you’ll be thrilled to know that one of its regular cast members is set to star in <em>Home and Away</em>. </p> <p>Angus McLaren, who became a household name thanks to his portrayal of Nathan Rafter – who he played for six years – in the family-oriented TV series, is set to make his debut on <em>Home and Away</em>.</p> <p>Speaking to <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/packed-to-the-rafters-star-angus-mclaren-joins-home-and-away-reuniting-with-james-stewart/news-story/97315b4e630b33fca1ec9f92e9db3e8d">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>, the actor said starring in <em>Home and Away</em> was “like a bucket list item”.</p> <p>“Meeting Irene (Lynne McGranger) in the diner felt like I was having a dream,” the 29-year-old said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhYDanAFZlY/" target="_blank">A post shared by Angus McLaren (@mrangusmclaren)</a> on Apr 9, 2018 at 9:03pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>McLaren will guest-star on the long-running Aussie soap for six weeks, playing federal police officer Lance, and reuniting with his former <em>Packed To The Rafters</em> co-star James Stewart.</p> <p>“I bumped into Jimmy on the first day on set and it felt like old times,” McLaren told <em>The Daily Telegraph</em>.</p> <p>McLaren and Stewart starred alongside each other on <em>Packed To The Rafters</em> in 2009, with the Channel Seven TV series breaking hearts all over the nation when it ended in 2013.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZP0wM4lK2G/" target="_blank">A post shared by James Stewart (@__jamesstewart__)</a> on Sep 19, 2017 at 8:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Speaking to <em>TV Week</em> late last year, Rebecca Gibney – who played family matriarch Julie Rafter – reminisced about her time on the show, admitting she would definitely be involved if a reunion episode was planned.</p> <p>The Gold Logie winner said “she’d love to work with Erik Thomson again, as he was her ‘best ever on-screen husband’”, while McLaren revealed he “would love to reunite with his old on-screen family”.</p> <p>Would you like to see the <em>Packed To The Rafters</em> family reunited on TV? Tell us in the comments below.</p>

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The unexpected effect of The Crown’s popularity

<p>The Queen has many unique characteristics that the public appreciate about her – her love for her family and country, her fascination with horses, her stylish hat collection and of course her admiration for Corgis.</p> <p>However, despite the breed receiving the affection of Her Royal Highness, the rest of the English population have not reciprocated her feelings.</p> <p>According to <em>The Telegraph</em>, the Queen is even partly responsible for their unpopularity as they have “long been regarded as a breed for the elderly and the genteel upper middle class.”</p> <p>The situation was so dire that in 2009, Corgis were added to the UK Kennel Club’s list of native breeds that were at risk of extinction.</p> <p>Thankfully, the dogs have received an unlikely saving grace – Netflix’s<em> The Crown</em> series.</p> <p>After the second season of the series was released, and the Queen’s inspiring experiences were documented, her beloved breed reaped the benefits.</p> <p>The Kennel Club have seen such a rise in interest for Corgis that the breed has been taken off the endangered list.</p> <p>“<em>The Crown</em> has certainly been important in the resurgence of the corgi breed,” Kennel Club public relations manager David Robson <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/09/corgis-saved-crown-queens-favourite-dog-taken-risk-list-boost/" target="_blank">said</a>. “It has increased interest in the breed. Following the transmission of the second series, searches for the breed puppies on our website went up by 22 percent.”</p> <p>Actress Claire Foy, who portrayed the Queen in the series, admitted that she believes the Corgis steal the spotlight in the show.</p> <p>“When we’re with the corgis, then all the shots are about the corgis and you have to fit your acting around what the corgis are doing,” Foy explained in an interview with Off Set. “Which is absolutely … fine. And is the way it should be quite frankly.”</p> <p>Have you watched <em>The Crown</em>? If so, share your thoughts on it in the comments below. </p>

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5 TV shows with hidden meanings in their names

<p>Sometimes you’ll hear a TV title and think that it sounds cool, but not really pause to think about what it means. Sure, creators could go the more obvious route and call a show what it’s about (some excellent shows with such monikers include <em>Desperate Housewives, CSI, Boston Legal</em>, and <em>Friends</em>), but where’s the fun in that? We like a title that needs a little digging to uncover a new layer of meaning to the show you’re currently binging. Here are some of our favourites.</p> <p><strong>1.<em> Mad Men</em></strong></p> <p>If you weren’t paying attention to <em>Mad Men</em>’s pilot, (and it seems as though many of us weren’t), “Mad Men” are the advertising men working on Madison Avenue. Throw those words together and what do you get? I’ll wait.</p> <p><strong>2. <em>Black Mirror</em></strong></p> <p>If you haven’t yet experienced this eerie anthology series about the myriad potential dark futures humans face because of our obsession with and dependence upon technology, you should add it to your list. In 2014, the show’s creator, Charlie Brooker, explained to the UK’s Channel 4 that “black mirror” refers to how any kind of screen looks once it’s been turned off. Try it now – pick up your phone without pressing any buttons. Can you see your face staring back at you from a dark, reflected world?</p> <p><strong>3. <em>Grey’s Anatomy</em></strong></p> <p>This is one of those punny titles that plays on the lead character’s name, but it works so deliciously that I’m willing to let it slide. Lead character Meredith Grey has her life and inner workings on display for the whole world to see each week, but what you might not realise is that <em>Gray’s Anatomy</em> is a popular medical textbook published over 150 years ago.</p> <p><strong>4. <em>Breaking Bad</em></strong></p> <p>This one is a little obscure, and many people never gave it a second thought – so wrapped up were they in the spectacular downward spiral of Walter White. “Breaking bad” is a <a href="https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Break%20Bad" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>colloquial term</strong></span></a> that means you challenge conventions, skirt the edges of the law, or defy authority. Pretty much sums up all of Walt, right?</p> <p><strong>5. <em>The Wire</em></strong></p> <p>This subversive, subtle classic is so engrossing that it’s easy to skip straight past the simple name without giving it a second thought, so you might not notice that these aren’t the typical police you’re used to seeing on television. These cops use tactical methods to get their work done – usually surveillance and <em>wire taps.</em></p>

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Famous TV actors who auditioned for a different role

<p>By the time a television show arrives on our screens, actors have had time to settle into their role, and after just an episode or two, the world and characters feel lived in and real (in the best shows, sometimes it takes longer than that – if it ever happens). But the roles some of your favourite TV actors are famous for aren’t always the one they had their sights set on when they auditioned. Here are some actors who weren’t the right choice for one role but landed another one anyway.</p> <p><strong>1. <em>Game of Thrones</em></strong></p> <p>The role: Jon Snow</p> <p>The actor: Iwan Rheon</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/game-of-thrones/11499178/10-things-we-learnt-about-Ramsay-Snow-actor-Iwan-Rheon.html" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Rheon himself</span></strong></a>, he auditioned for the role of Jon Snow, even making it to the final two actors in the running for the part. Obviously, Kit Harrington won the part in the end, but producers kept Rheon in mind for the role of Ramsay Bolton, who made his appearance a couple of seasons later.</p> <p><strong>2. <em>The Walking Dead</em></strong></p> <p>The role: Michonne</p> <p>The actor: Sonequa Martin-Green</p> <p>According to <a href="https://twitter.com/SonequaMG/status/661006344179306496" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Martin-Green</span></strong></a>, she originally auditioned for the role of Michonne. But we think she was perfect as Sasha.</p> <p><strong>3. <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em></strong></p> <p>The roles: Buffy and Cordelia</p> <p>The actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter</p> <p>Just as there was only room for one Queen Bee at Sunnydale High, there could only be one actor in the role of Buffy. Famously, Sarah Michelle Gellar originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia Chase – the popular mean girl constantly taunting Buffy and her friends. Charisma Carpenter, meanwhile, read for the lead role. According to <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/buffy-vampire-slayer-turns-20-charisma-carpenter-shows-enduring-legacy-and-566123" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Carpenter</span></strong></a>, “I went in and read for Buffy and [executive producer Gail Berman and creator Joss Whedon] said, ‘Can you prepare Cordelia’s dialogue, go in the hallway and prepare those lines, and come back and read for Cordelia? We think you might be better suited for that.’ So I did.”<a href="http://www.newsweek.com/buffy-vampire-slayer-turns-20-charisma-carpenter-shows-enduring-legacy-and-566123)"><br /></a></p> <p>In a move Cordelia herself would dub “bizarro”, the two actors landed each other’s intended role, each becoming science fiction icons in their own right.</p> <p><strong>4. <em>Supernatural</em></strong></p> <p>The role: Sam Winchester</p> <p>The actor: Jensen Ackles</p> <p>Iconic in his role of the charismatic Dean Winchester, Jensen Ackles surprised many fans when he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eiD55keUkg" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">revealed</span></strong></a> that he originally auditioned for the role of Dean’s brother, Sam. The producers liked Ackles, but preferred Jared Padalecki’s likeability for the role. They describe Sam as the Luke Skywalker of the duo and wanted Ackles to turn on his charm for the more Han Solo-like role of Dean.</p> <p>Which of these role swaps surprised you the most?</p>

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Hidden jokes in your favourite TV shows

<p>Creating a television show has to be one of the most stressful jobs in Hollywood. Not only do you have to come up with compelling characters, plots, and stick them in the perfect setting, you also have to manage things like budgets, actor availability, and notes from networks. But even though the schedule is always tight, and despite the ever-present threat of cancellation, TV writers, designers, and cast members often find ways to insert hidden references and inside jokes for the most eagle-eyed viewers. Colloquially known as “Easter eggs”, these gags are hard to spot unless you know what you’re looking for. So, we’ve assembled a list of some of our favourites so you can keep an eye out next time you’re bingeing.</p> <p><strong>1. <em>The West Wing</em></strong></p> <p>Fans of Aaron Sorkin’s beloved <em>West Wing</em> will no doubt remember the episode when CJ is gifted a goldfish by reporter and admirer Danny. The goldfish bowl (and its inhabitant) became a feature of CJ’s desk throughout the entire series, and would often feature a deep-sea decoration pertaining to the episode’s theme. Christmas trees, Presidential podiums, and ballot boxes all featured as decorations over the years.</p> <p><strong>2.<em> Arrested Development</em></strong></p> <p>Fans of this hysterical family comedy will no doubt remember the fateful episode when Buster Bluth loses his arm to a runaway seal. If you go back and watch the second season again, you’ll notice visual gags aplenty that foreshadow poor Buster’s fate. Perhaps the boldest is when Buster sits on a bench, obscuring the perfect amount of letters so that all viewers can see are the words “arm off”.</p> <p><strong>3. <em>Community</em></strong></p> <p>With a cult following to rival any, <em>Community</em> packed its laughs anywhere they could. The show’s creators played a long game with a gag to summon the titular character from Tim Burton’s 1988<em> Beetlejuice</em>. According to the film’s lore, Beetlejuice can be summoned by saying his name three times. Characters said “Beetlejuice” once in season one, again in season two, and for a third time in season three. When Annie says his name for the third time, Beetlejuice himself can be clearly seen walking in a hallway outside. Gold.</p> <p><strong>4. <em>Battlestar Galactica</em></strong></p> <p>Fans of Joss Whedon’s beloved, <a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/2017/06/short-lived-tv-shows-part-1/" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">short-lived</span></strong></a> space western <em>Firefly</em> will be delighted to know that the space ship featured in the series (a “Firefly” class named Serenity) had a cameo in the 2003 <em>Battlestar Galactica</em> miniseries. Blink and you’ll miss this one. Pause it at the right moment and marvel in the glory. Shiny.</p> <p>What hidden jokes have you noticed in your favourite TV shows?</p>

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10 weird things you never knew about your favourite TV show sets

<p>We’ve watched our favourite TV characters live in these onscreen homes season after season, but a closer look reveals that there is more than what meets the eye.</p> <p><strong>1.<em> The Golden Girls</em> kitchen table</strong></p> <p>Despite four women living in the home, there were only three chairs at the dinner table. This was because the fourth chair made the set look too cluttered and small so if all four women needed to be in the shot, one would sit on a tall stool by the kitchen island.</p> <p><strong>2. <em>The Bewitched</em> house</strong></p> <p>The home’s façade in Bewitched also features in shows like <em>I Dream of Jeannie</em> and <em>Dennis the Menace</em>.</p> <p><strong>3. <em>The Addams Family</em> living room</strong></p> <p>If the home was filmed in colour it might not have had the same spooky effect. The living rooms walls were actually pink!</p> <p><strong>4. The changing apartment numbers in <em>Friends</em></strong></p> <p>In the first few episodes of <em>Friends</em>, Chandler and Joey’s apartment number was 4 and Monica’s was 5. This was later changed to number 19 and 20 to communicate that the characters lived on a higher floor.</p> <p><strong>5. <em>The Full House</em> stairs</strong></p> <p>The architecture in the Tanner family house has caused some confusion among fans. When the family are downstairs there are two staircases in the living room and the kitchen. However, when the characters are upstairs, only one staircase is visible.</p> <p><strong>6. The medicine cabinet in <em>Sex and the City</em></strong></p> <p>Before filming, Sarah Jessica Parker spotted Carrie’s medicine cabinet at a flea market and fell in love with it. She didn’t buy it and then when she went back to purchase it, she had been told it was sold to a TV show. When she appeared on set, the medicine cabinet was there.</p> <p><strong>7. <em>Lost</em>’s secret instruments</strong></p> <p>The plane wreckage props from <em>Lost</em>’s pilot were used throughout the series and they were also used to create instruments that feature in the soundtrack of the show.</p> <p><strong>8. The pier in <em>Dawson’s Creek</em></strong></p> <p>While filming, a hurricane tore down the pier in the show so the crew had to rebuild it from scratch.</p> <p><strong>9. The mansion in <em>The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</em></strong></p> <p>The home that houses the characters and action in the series isn’t located in Bel Air but Brentwood, California.</p> <p><strong>10. The <em>Gilmore Girls</em> couch</strong></p> <p>Melissa McCarthy, who played Sookie the chef, previously revealed in an interview that Lorelai and Rory’s couch was “like sitting on a pile of bricks”.</p>

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