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And so as Big Brother closes the Diary Room door one last time, turns off the lights, escorts the last frenzied fan from the eviction stage and hangs up the SMS voting line, what have we learned?
Jul 16, 2008
Time to Go, Big Brother
David Knox

The social experiment that began with 12 ordinary young Australians entering a compound in 2001 is now a shadow of its former self. When it first launched in Australia nobody knew what to expect--contestants, viewers, network or producers. And therein lay the charm. Big Brother series one housemate Sara-Marie Fedele" link="/p...

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Jun 03, 2010
'Stephanie Scully' to exit Neighbours

After 11 years playing the beloved Stephanie Scully, actress Carla Bonner is leaving Neighbours.

The 51st Logies won't be with us until May, but already the rumour mill is moving into overdrive.
Feb 26, 2009
2009 Logie Awards: let the rumours begin!

One newspaper report this week tips Gretel Killeen could be named as host.

By the early 2000s, Australian reality shows became commonplace on the small screen. From Aussie originals to localised versions of international programs, these shows were accompanied by some defining moments, both serious and hilarious, that forever changed the dynamics of Australian television.
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Here's our list of the clumsy moments live TV should shoot again if they had the chance.
Nov 02, 2010
Live TV: Oops! Can we have another take, please?

There are moments in live television when something seems like a good idea at the time, but in hindsight could have been handled a little better if given half the chance.

If you want to make it past the casting directors and onto a reality television show, the key is to "be yourself".
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Kirsty DeVallance is arguably Australia's number one casting director for reality and "fly on the wall" TV. Her company A Cast of Thousands has put together contestants for The Biggest Loser, Project Runway Australia, The Mole, The One and TEN's upcoming Masterchef Australia.

MasterChef Australia is TEN's big hope for 2009.
Nov 11, 2008
TEN cooks up Big Brother replacement

Network TEN this week announced its key programmes for 2009 with MasterChef Australia to replace Big Brother from May. The local version of the British show will look to elevate an amateur cook to become Australia's "Master Chef."

In replacing Big Brother, the series will air in the 7pm timeslot six nights a week.

Another major 7pm show is yet to be announced to follow MasterChef later in the year.

TEN has also given Rush a second series, set to begin filming in February for a mid-year return with a full 22-week run.

There are several new factual series including Recruits, which looks at police trainees in NSW, Undercover Boss sees a head office executive pass themselves as a new employee in the lower rungs of their company, and Bondi Vet sees veterinarian Chris Brown saving pets against an eye-catching beach backdrop.

There's also Guerrilla Gardeners which TEN ...

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Gretel Killeen hosted the first seven series of Australia's version of Big Brother between 2001 and 2007, for series eight in 2008, radio hosts Jackie O and Kyle Sandilands took over hosting duties. When broadcast in New Zealand on channel TV 2 and Prime for the first series and the special episodes broadcast in series 2, Mark Ferguson hosted links between Gretel and the house. The Australian house is located in the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. Although never credited the role of Big Brother is normally held by one member of the production team (sometimes others fill in). Throughout Series 1-3, Peter Abbott had the job. Through Series 4-7, Kris Noble and in the shows final series, series 8, Up Late Editor, Leon Murray took on the role. Since the original series of Big Brother in 1999 in the Netherlands, over 40 different countries have adapted the series with varying rules, all over the globe. The concept of the Australian series is similiar to the original series, as a group of people who've never met before are locked into a house, sealed off from the outside world and are recorded by dozens of cameras all day long. These Housemates are controlled by "Big Brother", an all-seeing entity whom we never see but frequently hear. Each week, after the other housemates nominate the people they want out of the house and the public decide who they want out, a nominee is evicted. In series eight the nomination system was tampered with for the first five weeks, were the public decided who the other housemates have to evict, with the three housemates who got the highest percentage of callers then having to be nominated to leave by their fellow housemates. After approximately three months, the public then vote for the winner, who wins a cash prize. In the first three years of the show, the winner of Big Brother pocketed $250,000. However in 2004, those winnings were increased to $1 million! Not only that, but this fact was hidden from the Housemates until halfway through the series. A further twist was added in 2005, with breaches of the rules resulting in fines that were deducted from the prize money. Although Housemate's were given a couple of chances to reclaim their losses, co-winners (and twins) Greg and David "only" went home with $836,000. In 2006 the fines were a little more harsh and in the end winner Jamie was handed a cheque for $426,000. In 2007 their was no prize money originally and the housemates would gather the money by completing tasks, meaning winner Aleisha went home with $450,000. In 2008, the prize money amount wasn't revealed until late in the series, each remaining housemate was given $25,000 and upon eviction had to choose a remaining housemate to give it to, meaning that the winner Terri went away with $250,000.Other evictees along the way win smaller prizes, through the shows sponsors. The daily show which was present from the first series showcases highlights from the previous day in a half hour show. Mike Goldman narrated for the whole eight series. Although the title of Daily Show was only carried in the credits sequence throughout the last series. The show has never broadcast on a Saturday night, so the Sunday editions cover the highlights from the previous Friday and Saturday. In Series 8, the Daily show on Mondays aired for an additional half an hour, and eventually when the nomination system went back to normal led into the nominations show, which had been present in the 7.30-8.30 slot on Monday nights in the previous seven series. Eviction shows have aired on Sunday nights since the show began, straight after the Daily Show, in a auditorium within the Dreamworld complex, the shows were broadcast as live, although they actually weren't because the delay between the housemate leaving the house to getting to the studio would be too long in a live show. The show often was visited by housemates friends and family, or in the event of a upcoming twist special guests may have also make an appearance. Once the announcement was made to the house, the housemate had to leave immediately and was then questioned on the main stage about their time in the house. The Finale show has gone on for up to four hours previously and was broadcast live, it featured highlights of the last day and the ex-evictees from that series. Episodes were broadcast throughout the first series for seven consecutive days, on Saturdays Gretel would be joined by Sami Lukis for a show entitled Big Brother Saturday, which featured updates on the housemates time since leaving the house. For Series four of the show, we also saw the introduction of the Games Arena, in which Housemates would compete against each other every Friday night for several prizes, including the chance to spend the weekend in a luxurious "Rewards Room" up until series 7, which changed to the "Strategy Room" in seires 8. This extra show which broadcast directly after the daily show was known as Friday Night Live and was hosted by narrator Mike Goldman for two hours. Throughout series 5-8, two series four housemates Bree Amer and Ryan Fitzgerald co-hosted. FNL powers given to housemates often effected the nominations for the following week. The show had a theme each week, with uncredited, 'Ninjas' (wearing black suits, so we can't see any of their features) setting up the props and helping the housemates out in their tasks. This part of the show ended after 54 episodes on 18th July 2008. The show Big Brother Uncut broadcast for the first six series of the show, originally on Thursday nights, but switching later onto a Monday night slot, the show hosted by Gretel Killeen featured footage for more mature viewers. After been renamed Big Brother: Adults Only in 2006, politicians statements about the show, meant it ending prematurely and not returning since. The new hosts and many other concept changes, with the series tagline of I Don't Think So promised to reinvigorate a concept which was quickly becoming boring with the viewing public. However on 13th July 2008, a official site announcement was made confirming that the show won't be returning at least to Channel 10 in 2009. Since then rumours have been rife that a possible move to Channel Seven or Nine may occur. The show in Australia did make it to eight series and a celebrity series, before it's cancellation and even had three spin-off shows, although not always successful as Big Brother: The Insider proved in 2003 and UK spin-off, spin-off Big Brother's Big Mouth proved in 2008. However Big Brother - Up Late ran successfully for four years, before entering hiatus in the 2008 series, due to cricket coverage. Throughout it's run the Australian Big Brother has had some notable achievements - in 2002, it became the first BB to have a double-eviction. In 2003, it was the first BB series to have two separate houses (which were later combined into one large house) and, in 2005, it was the first to be won by twins.

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