Aussie News Briefs

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We take a brief look at this week's Australian TV news.

Ten

Being Lara Bingle

Brace yourselves; Aussie model Lara Bingle will be on your screens in her own reality show all too soon.

Airs: all too soon

The Biggest Loser

So, contestant Luke Stephens was kicked off The Biggest Loser this week because he smuggled alcohol in and got drunk. He sounds like the biggest loser to us!

Airs: weekdays, 7pm AEDST

NCIS

NCIS added 122,000 viewers to its ratings over the course of the week due to time shifting (ie, people who wanted to fast-forward through the ad breaks). Maybe this will convince Ten to finally get rid of advertisements? Or not.

Airs: Tuesdays, 8.30pm AEDST

The Living Room

Amanda Keller will be hosting this new lifestyle show, along with lesser co-hosts Chris Brown, celebrity chef Miguel Maestre and former The Renovators judge Barry Du Bois. No further details are known yet.

Airs: later this year

Movie Network Channels

Mad Men

MNC teased us this week by releasing the poster art for Mad Men season five, including this amusing "what people think I do" meme featuring Don Draper.

Airs: later this year

ABC

Q&A;: Adelaide Arts Festival Special

Q&A; will next week be broadcasted live from Adelaide, where host Tony Jones will be joined by Geoffrey Rush, Amanda Vanstone, Mark Steyn, Jonathan Pryce and Jianying Zha.

Airs: Monday, 5 March, 9.35pm AEDST

Audio-Description Service

ABC last week announced that it will begin a trial audio-description TV service in the middle of 2012. The trial will run for roughly 14 hours per week during prime-time viewing hours on ABC1. The trial will last for 13 weeks, starting on an as yet unspecified date.

The audio-description service will describe events, actions and characters involved in the scenes of dramas, documentaries and comedies. These descriptions will be broadcasted whenever participants in the TV program aren't speaking.

A compatible TV or set-top box is required to receive the "receiver-mixed" audio stream.

Once the trial is complete, the ABC will report back to the government about all aspects of the trial, including end-user feedback, programming acquisition and technical issues.

Airs: mid-2012

Ratings

Seven continues to win the ratings with My Kitchen Rules every night that it's on. Jeez, people, watch something different for a change!

Airs: Seven, Monday-Thursday, 7.30pm AEDST

Show of the week

Sherlock

You missed the season finale of Sherlock?! Shame on you! Go buy it right now.

Aired: Nine, Wednesday, 19 February, 8.30pm AEDST

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