Saturday, November 27, 2010

AUS Television: Rake, Episode 1.4 "R vs. Lorton"

Season One, Episode Four, R vs. Lorton
Original Air Date:  November 25, 2010

A young male prostitute is found murdered in a lane.  The man who is accused of the crime has a surprising past and might just be Cleaver's one truly innocent client.  Meanwhile, David and Missy are thrust into new territory when Joe Sandilands asks David to run for state Parliament.  Wendy and Cleaver Greene meet Fuzz's new girlfriend.  Barney makes a shocking discovery about his good friend, Cleaver Greene.

A young man is found bound and murdered in a lane.  There was one witness, Stanley Shrimpton, who said he saw a man stab the boy, run out of the lane, saw the man holding the knife and saw him dump the knife in a bin.  The man who did the killing, according to the witness, calls himself "Peaker". 

Friday, November 26, 2010

AUS Television: City Homicide, Episodes 4.22 "Empowerment"

City Homicide
Season Four, Episode Twenty-Two, Empowerment
Original Air Date:  November 24, 2010

Note:  Episodes 21 & 22 were aired together but I am presenting them here as two separate episodes.

An extremely successful porn producer is murdered and video of his murder is uploaded into the members only section of his web site.  The list of suspects range from his girlfriend, to his business manager to a talk-back radio host who had been crusading against the porn industry.  Meanwhile, Allie and Rhys' relationship continues and Bernice finds out.  One of the team leaves Homicide for good.

After watching a computer video, a woman calls 000 saying that she thinks her boss has just been killed.  Duncan and Jennifer arrive at the scene to find that Blake Johnson, the most successful porn producer in Australia has been murdered.  A video of the murder was uploaded onto Johnson's web site at 2 a.m. into the members only section.  They find drugs at the scene. 

Myra Rawlings, Blake's business manager, called in his death.  She usually checks the site first thing in the morning to make sure nothing inappropriate was uploaded during the night and found the video of Blake.  Their relationship was strictly business.  Rawlings was an adult actress in Los Angeles before she started working with Blake.  Upon returning to Australia, he contacted her wanting to do something different.  Alice Flowers, their site, was an "ethically run empowering site" using female directors and all female crew and is the most popular subscriber site in the country. 

AUS Television: City Homicide, Episodes 4.21 "The Price of Love"

City Homicide
Season Four, Episode Twenty-One, The Price of Love
Original Air Date:  November 24, 2010

Note:  Episodes 21 & 22 were aired together but I am presenting them here as two separate episodes.

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned home and the trail leads a local widower.  He claims he loved the woman and wanted to start a life with her and would never hurt her.  The case becomes more complicated when the team learns the woman was a prostitute.  Was it the man who loved her that killed her, one of his children, one of her clients or her neighbour.  Meanwhile, Jennifer and Nick have a discussion about their future.  It's performance review time for Matt Ryan.

A realtor and her clients find the body of a woman in an empty house.  The team arrive to begin the investigation (after a curt conversation between Matt and Rhys).  Matt and Nick take the lead on the case.  They find no I.D. on the woman and it appears the killer brought or lured her to the house to brutally kill her. 

Matt receives a phone call from Superintendent Jarvis while at the scene calling him back to the office.  After having Matt hold a pitcher of water so he could remove a fish from Bernice's tank, Jarvis tells Matt is it performance review time.  He hands Matt the paper and tells him to fill it out with his strengths and weaknesses and he will sign it and Matt will get his increment and everyone will be happy. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe: I AM Harry

We've all suspected it for a while now, haven't we?  Every time we've watched one of the Harry Potter movies we've known that Daniel Radcliffe was just too good in the role to be just an ordinary actor.

I guess the X-Files really were right.  The truth IS out there.  Now we finally have the truth about Radcliffe and Harry Potter.  Radcliffe finally admits on camera that he IS Harry Potter.  That he is, in fact, a wizard playing an actor.

The best line:  "And I talk to women.  Tell them that I'm Harry.  And see where that gets me."  And when Radcliffe shows (off-camera, of course) Apatow the "broom burn" he has from playing Quidditch.  That's laugh out loud funny right there.

The web site Funny or Die has tons and tons of parody and comedy videos made by some of the best actors and comedians out there.  This particular video was made by Daniel Radcliffe and Judd Apatow.  It's an informal and "uncensored interview with Daniel Radcliffe" where the 'actor' discusses the role that made him a household name. 

I hope you get a great laugh out of it like I did.

While you are there, check out some of the other hilarious parody videos that Funny or Die has to offer. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

AUS Television: Offspring Coming Back for Season Two in 2011

The Ten Network has announced their plans for 2011 and my and your favorite Australian drama/comedy series Offspring will be returning next year for a second season!  This is fantastic news as we will get to see just what will happen with Chris Havel and Nina Proudman in front of that lift.  Will they get in it, ride down to the ground floor then go their separate ways, she to Baltimore and he to a life with Alice and Lucy?  Will things finally work out like one of Nina's fantasies and they will retire to a balloon-filled room?

To read the entire run-down of Ten's 2011 plans:

Update, 8th May, 2011:  Offspring will be returning on 16th May, 2011.

AUS Television: Offspring, Episodes 1.12 & 1.13

Series One, Episodes Twelve & Thirteen, Season Finale
Original Air Date:  November 21, 2010

In this two-part season finale, the entire Proudman family, Cherie, Mick, and Chris Havel are all dealing with the fall-out of Mick and Nina having spent one night together and revealing that secret to Billie.  That one secret has torn everyone apart.  Nina has a chance at a new life in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States.  It will be a fresh start for a whole new Nina.  Will she take the job and say goodbye to everyone and everything she's ever known and loved?

Part I:
Nina has been leaving messages for Billie but they have all gone unanswered.  At work, Dr. Clegg is critiquing Kim for the way she answers the phone.  Apparently, her voice isn't as friendly and sing-songy as Zara's.  Nina is given a case of a woman carrying a child for her sister and is 33 weeks along into her pregnancy.  She has presented with acute bleeding.  Her sister is there with her.  The woman will have to have an emergency Cesarean because the baby is in distress.  As Nina watches the two sisters comforting one another, she imagines her and Billie in a similar situation:  Nina carrying a baby for Billie.

Cherie tells Darcy she has a man coming over that night and she wants Sam to meet Darcy and Ray.  Nina talks with Mick about Billie.  He has been staking out Geraldine's place as Billie is avoiding him as well.  When Mick arrives home, Jimmy questions him about what is wrong.  Mick wants to drop the issue but Jimmy persists and Mick eventually tells him about his night with Nina.  Jimmy goes to Geraldine's to see Billie and ends up letting things slip to Geraldine about Mick and Nina, something she didn't know about.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

2011 People's Choice Awards: Cast Your Vote!

It's that time of year:  time to cast your vote for the 2011 People's Choice Awards!

This year, two categories in particular are of great interest to this blog.  The awesome Ian Somerhalder is nominated for "Favorite TV Drama Actor" and Mr. Somerhalder's equally awesome show The Vampire Diaries is nominated in the "Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show" category.  Another of my very, very, very favorite shows, Supernatural, is nominated in the "Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show" category as well so you can only imagine my voting dilemma!

You can vote either as a member or as a guest and you can vote as many times as you like.  So, head on over to the People's Choice Awards and cast a vote for Ian and all of your other favorites in all the categories!

The awards will be broadcast on CBS Television on January 5, 2011.

AUS Television: Rake, Episode 1.3 "R vs. Dana"

Season One, Episode Three, R vs. Dana
Original Air Date:  November 18, 2010

Famous chef George Dana is arrested for having not one but two wives and families:  one for each of his restaurants.  Things go from bad to worse for Dana when it is learned that he has not just two but three wives.  Cleaver has an affair with Scarlett.  Barney pays a visit to Cleave's office asking about a private investigator and Cleave talks him out of it suggesting instead that he (Barney) talk to her himself.  David asks Missy to move in with him.  She agrees, but only until he recovers from his injuries and she will make him no promises.  Cleaver comes through in a big way to help Missy.

Successful and famous chef George Dana (Lech Mackiewicz) returns home to find Detectives Turner and Bradbury (Johann Walraven) waiting for him.  Taylor showers him with compliments and praise for his recipies and cooking while Bradbury gets more to the point about an issue in the Blue Mountains where one of the two restaurants Dana owns is located, with a third to soon be opening in Newcastle.  Dana begs the detectives for a moment to freshen up after his long drive which they grant.  Dana tries to flee and trips over his sons bicycle on the front walk.  The detectives rush out and place him under arrest.  Dana assures his wife that, no matter what happens, he loves her. 

Cleaver awakens with a woman's hand wrapped around his bits and rolls over to see it's none other than Scarlett sleeping behind him.  He replays the previous night over in his head while bashing his forehead against the bathroom mirror.  Scarlett walks into the bathroom and asks him "what will become of us all, Mr. Wizard?".  His mistake with Scarlett dominates his thoughts all day and his day just gets worse when Nicole shows him the paper with headlines about David Potter's heroism on the front page.  He can't help but wonder how the shooter could miss David at point blank range.  The news gets better when she reads him the small article about his disgrace on page five. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Play Chess on a NYC Playground & You'll Get Your Day In Court

We all love New York, right?  All the lights, colorful people, good food, entertainment, television shows that are set there, Central Park.  What isn't there to love about New York?  It's the big city at it's best!

However, if you are a resident of New York and live in the district of the 34th Precinct you better not let the police catch you playing chess on the Inwood Hill playground!  That's right, you better not play chess on the playground or you'll get a ticket, buddy, because we all know that it's purely criminal to check or mate in public!

A group of men were playing chess at tables on the Inwood Hill playground last month and were ticketed by a swarm of bullet-proof vest clad police officers.  It should be stated that it is against the law to be in the park if you are not accompanied by a child even if there is no one else in the park.

Laws are laws and should be followed and it's good that the police uphold all laws.  But, (and there is always a 'but', isn't there?) is playing chess really the worst thing that could happen in that park?  I seriously doubt that the truly hardened criminals that lurk in the Big Apple would be on Inwood Hill trying to grab a knight with the bishop.  And even if there were kids in the park at the time, would it truly be so bad that they be exposed to a chess game?  Granted, I'm no Bobby Fischer or Boris Spasskey, but a good game of chess isn't a bad thing every now and then.

Regardless, the group of baddies are due in court on December 28, 2010.  Let's just hope the judge doesn't lock them up and throw away the key without at least letting them take their chess boards and pieces into the joint with them.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

140 LB. Newfoundland Dog Saves 95 Year-Old Neighbor

It's been a while since I've done one of my regular sort of posts as I've been focusing on a lot of television lately.  I haven't forgotten about the sort of posts I usually do and will be doing my best to get more of them back on the blog, especially once the holidays are over and I've got a bit more time on my hands.

Anyway, I've got an awesome story for you today.

Murphy, a 140 pound full-blooded Newfoundland dog is a true hero tonight after helping to save his 95 year-old neighbor.  The neighbor had apparently fallen in her garage and was in need of help.  Murphy knew something was wrong even though his owners did not.  He barked and caused a ruckus so that his owner, Stephanie Goese of Roseville, Minnesota took a look to see what was the matter.  Stephanie was able to get her neighbor indoors and make sure she was OK (Stephanie is a nurse).

News stories like this just have a way of making you smile, don't they?  And isn't Murphy the most adorable big guy you've ever seen?

You can watch a video of the news story courtesy of the video player here:

AUS Television: City Homicide, Episode 4.20 "Atonement"

City Homicide
Season Four, Episode Twenty, Atonement
Original Air Date:  November 17, 2010

Andrew Hope is found dead in a small, sparsely furnished house behind a church.  Andrew was a good Samaritan that helped those in need and was loved by everyone he came in contact with.  The case takes a twist when they learn that Andrew Hope isn't the good man everyone thought he was.  Meanwhile, Stanley Wolfe has trouble of his own when his daughter hits a parked car, doesn't leave a note then tries to cover the accident up.

Hope was taped to a chair and shot four times some twenty-four hours previous.  He was looking at his killer when the fatal shot to his forehead was fired as powder burns were found in his eyes.  Allie and Rhys are on scene and find no personal information for Hope on scene just one change of clothes and his Bible.  Matt arrives and is briefed on the case and is going to have forensics run his prints for a positive identification while Allie and Rhys consult missing persons.

Monday, November 15, 2010

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 1.11

OffspringSeries One, Episode Eleven
Original Air Date:  November 14, 2010

Nina and Alice Havel have their meeting.  Nina and Mick lament over telling Billie about the one night they spent together.  Cherie finally comes clean about Ray to Sam but he has a surprise for her of his own.  Billie learns the truth about Nina and Mick.

Nina is working herself up to calling Alice Havel and she's imagining all the different ways the conversation could happen.  She's even got her own cheering section in her mind giving her the courage to pick up the phone.  The first time Nina calls in her head, Alice calls the meeting off, the second time, she calls her spineless.  When Nina really calls, Alice is pleasant and gives Nina a date and place where she thinks they could meet and tells her she hasn't told Chris about them meeting because he's had a lot on his mind.  Nina wants to call the meeting off but she can't seem to get the words in to do so thus causing the cheering section to express their displeasure with her handling of the matter.

Billie is still upset over everything that happened with Stacy and the baby.  She spends time at work thinking about it and is short with callers to the agency.  She viciously cleans the office windows while Cherie, who has dropped by with Ray, informs her she's feeling terrible because she still hasn't told Fireman Sam about Ray.  After listening to Cherie for a few seconds, Billie spits out "Cherie, life IS pain.  Deal with it!" and goes back inside, throws a few things into her purse and leaves. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

US Television: Outlaw, Episode 1.8, "In Re: Tony Mejia"

Season One, Episode Eight, In Re: Tony Mejia
Original Air Date:  November 12, 2010 (Canada), November 13, 2010 (US)

Cyrus is unhappy with a candidate for the Supreme Court seat he vacated.  The team must go to Mexico to ask for the extradition of a man who murdered a young woman in Los Angeles.  The extradition is denied but the man is found guilty and ordered to prison in Mexico.  However, when he is released unexpectedly, the father of the young woman shoots and kills his daughters killer and must stand trial in Mexico for his crime.  Mereta is in some legal trouble of her own and it is up to Al to get her out of it.

Cyrus feels the candidate for his replacement, Sean Ryan, isn't the right candidate.  Cyrus was a prosecutor in Cook County when Ryan was a judge and everyone knew Ryan was on the take.  Cyrus can't give his friend Sherry Lemko proof that Ryan's decisions were for sale but he gives her the name of Fred Shervin who does.  She will check it out in exchange for a favor.  Mexico is refusing to extradite a man who murdered a kindergarten teacher, Lisa Mejia, in Los Angeles.  He needs to go to Mexico and convince them to send the man back to the United States.

Cyrus asks Eddie to get him all motions filed by the U.S. Government to extradite the murderer back to California as well as the Mexican response.  Mereta gets a call from someone named "Tim" at work and there is apparently a problem she doesn't want to talk about.  Lucinda and Eddie place bets if "Tim" is really her brother as she claims or her lover.

Al and Cyrus speak with Lisa's father, Tony Mejia, and he tells them about the new boyfriend in her life, Julio Trujilo.  She had wanted to break up but he didn't.  Her father tells them the LAPD found DNA evidence that he was responsible for her death but he was gone when they went to arrest him.  He is in custody in Mexico but, without pressure from the U.S. government, he will be let go.  He begs them to bring him back.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

AUS Television: Rake, Episode 1.2 "R vs. Marx"

Season One, Episode Two, R vs. Marx
Original Air Date:  November 11, 2010

Cleave's problems just never end.  Mick and Vanessa make him a deal to pay what he owes them.  His nemesis, David Potter, becomes a hero after wrestling with a gunman after having been shot by him.  His son, Fuzz, wants to use his flat as a meeting place with his girlfriend after school so his mother won't know about their relationship.  He learns that Missy has been seeing David Potter.  Cleave and Barney take the case of Lucy Marx, a woman who believes her daughter was innocent of the murder she was convicted of.  Lucy is charged with tampering with a juror after the trial and she actually wants to go to jail.  But, will the affair she starts up with Cleave cause problems for them both?

Mick and Vanessa (Haiha Le), two people Cleave owe a great deal of gambling money to, have a sit down with him to discuss payment arrangements.  They have rolled their two debts into one for him to make things easier.  They have agreed on an interest rate of 29% compounded weekly that is an exclusive just for him.  However, that stellar rate comes with a confidentiality clause.  If he tells anyone, that beautiful rate will "literally become crippling interest". 

After leaving the meeting with Mick and Vanessa, Cleave runs across Scarlett.  They go back to his place where they talk for a little while before he tells her to bugger off back to her husband and kids.  Scarlett has pretty much decided she wants to end her marriage which doesn't please Cleave too much.  Barney arrives at Cleave's flat leading Scarlett to hide out in the bathroom so he won't know she was there (as she was supposed to be at her sisters).  Barney confides in Cleave that he feels something is wrong with Scarlett.  He even checked on her at her sisters but was told she'd already left but he suspected she'd never been there.  Barney worries his wife has found another man and acknowledges the marriage has been in a rut.  Scarlett hears every word he says from where she is hiding. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.9 "Katerina"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode 2.9, Katerina
Original Air Date:  November 11, 2010

Katherine's past becomes clear when she tells Elena the story of how she became a vampire and why.  The involvement Trevor had with Katherine is revealed.  Rose and Damon travel to Richmond to meet the man who contacted Elijah for Rose.  Elijah is back and causing trouble again.  Two new faces show up in Mystic Falls.

In Bulgaria in 1490 a child is being born.  Katerina is the mother and the child is taken from her by her father moments after it is born, before she can even hold it just once.

After receiving a call from Stefan, Elena arrives at the Salvatore home.  Damon leads her in to where Stefan is waiting with Rose.  She tells them about Klaus, who is known to be the oldest of the vampires.  They believe Elijah to be dead.  Stefan suggests Klaus may not even be real but Rose is convinced he is.  Elena gets up to leave for school and, when Stefan tells her to wait while he grabs his stuff she tells him it's OK because she knows where school is.

Jeremy asks Bonnie to hang out at the Mystic Grill later and play a game of pool.  When she asks why because he's never asked her to play pool before he says he thought it would be fun.  Bonnie agrees to go but she feels a little strange because he is Elena's brother.  While they are talking, a new student named Luka (Bryton James) asks Jeremy for directions to the office.  Bonnie and Luka share a look with one another that Jeremy doesn't miss and he suggests Luka follow him since he's headed toward the office.

AUS Television: City Homicide, Episode 4.19 "Ties that Bind"

City Homicide
Season Four, Episode Nineteen, Ties That Bind
Original Air Date:  November 10, 2010

Liam Phillips (Karl Burnett) is shot in the Magistrates office while waiting for his solicitor to finish brokering a deal.  Did the union kill Phillips or was it a security guard at the court?  The case becomes intensely personal for Duncan, but not for the reasons everyone assumes.

Nick and Duncan speak with Tom Engleton, the guard who responded after the shots were heard at the Magistrates Office.  While going downstairs to speak with him, they pass Liam's solicitor, Grace Barlow, who is talking with with Rhys.  She and Duncan catch one anothers eye as they pass.  Engleton is certain that it is impossible for someone to get a gun into the building because of the strict security they have.  All of the "unsecure" areas are controlled by numeric keypads.  The codes are randomly generated by computer every couple of weeks.  Only Engleton and his staff have access to the codes.  While they are looking at the codes in Engleton's office, Rhys enters and tells them Barlow feels she knows who killed him.

Nick and Duncan speak with Barlow back at the office and she tells them why Liam was in trouble.  He was charged with the invasion of Parnell Construction Company and he and an unknown associate trashed the office using a baseball bat and iron bar.  One of the female staff was bashed during the invasion leaving her with permanent brain damage.  While Liam didn't give her the name of his associate, she gives Nick and Duncan the name Dennis Monk.  He sees himself as the union enforcer and is a thug. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

AUS Television: Rake, Episode 1.1 "R vs. Murray"

Season One, Episode One, R vs. Murray
Original Air Date:  November 4, 2010

Cleaver Greene is upset when his favorite call girl, Missy, inexplicably leaves the brothel where she works without telling him.  His best friend's wife drops a bombshell on him that she wants to leave her husband.  He has tax problems that are constantly dogging him.  To top it all off, he takes a new case, one that everyone (well, everyone except Cleve) finds strange and rather disgusting:  defending a key government economic advisor Professor Graham Murray who just so happened to eat someone over the course of three days after finding him on the Internet.

Rake is a new comedy/drama on the Australian ABC1.  The first season of the series will be delivered in eight, one-hour episodes.  It follows the escapades of Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh).  Greene is an attorney who doesn't exactly live the typical attorney lifestyle.  He has a passion for beautiful women, drinking, wild behavior and generally living life to the fullest.  His ex-wife, Wendy (Caroline Brazier) is a psychiatrist who Cleave often goes to when he's having problems to get a "freebie analysis".  Cleave and Wendy have a teenage son, Fuzz (Keegan Joyce), who, in many ways, appears to be following in his fathers footsteps.  Cleave has a favorite call girl that he likes to patronize, Missy (Adrienne Pickering).  She isn't only his favorite method of distraction but is also a friend and confidant.  David Potter (Matt Day), who Cleave has a penchant for calling "Harry" (which David doesn't like), is going after Cleave for tax problems that he keeps ducking.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

US Television: Outlaw, Episode 1.7, "In RE: Kelvin Jones"

Season One, Episode Seven, In RE:  Kelvin Jones
Original Air Date:  November 5, 2010 (Canada), November 6, 2010 (U.S.)

A young, black honor student is killed by a gunman at the Cyrus Garza School in Alabama.  The school is located in a district where predominately black schools do not receive the funding that white schools do.  Cyrus, wanting the school that bears his name, to protect each and every student attending it, files a wrongful death suit against the district and the school.  When that fails to achieve what he wants, Cyrus amends the action to include a class-action suit against the county.  Meanwhile, the police ask Cyrus and his team what they might know about the death of Ben Kershaw while Eddie questions Lucinda about any involvement she might have had in Kershaw's death.  Lucinda becomes a suspect when the death is changed from suicide to homicide.

An armed man enters the Alabama campus of Cyrus Garza School and fires upon three young men standing in front of a drink machine.  Two of them young men run but the third, an honor student, Kelvin Jones, is killed.  Eddie gets into work after having tried to call Lucinda all night.  He wants to know if she killed Kershaw.  Al and Cyrus interrupt their conversation as they enter the kitchen talking about the shooting at the school.

A police detective calls at the house showing a photograph of Ben Kershaw.  Mereta can't make a positive identification of Kershaw as the man who attacked her in the car.  When the detective leaves, Cyrus asks everyone to give him a minute.  Everyone, that is, except Lucinda.  Cyrus questions her about Kershaw but Lucinda wants to "plead the fifth".  He lets her off the hook only because he needs to leave for Alabama but assures her they will talk about it once he gets home.

Friday, November 5, 2010

US Television: Vampire Diaries, Episode 2.8 "Rose"

Vampire Diaries
Season Two, Episode 2.8, Rose
Original Air Date:  November 4, 2010

Elena was kidnapped by two vampires wanting to exchange her to a more powerful vampire for their freedom.  Damon and Stefan team up to save Elena.  Jeremy and Bonnie stay in Mystic Falls where Bonnie witches a message to Elena that help is on the way.  Caroline and Tyler have a discussion about what they are.  A battle begins between the Salvatore brothers and vampires more powerful than they could have ever imagined.

A clandestine meeting between two men in dark vehicles, a car and an SUV, in a desolate field leads to Elena being moved from the trunk of the car to the back of the SUV.  When the driver of the car is finished, the mysterious driver of the SUV asks him to come closer then kills him and drives away.  He is a vampire!

Jeremy finds that Elena did not sleep in her bed the night before.  Caroline has put two and two together and figured out that Katherine was behind Matt and Sarah's actions and she realizes that Tyler being blamed for Sarah's death will open questions Tyler won't know how to deal with.  Damon, who is at her house listening to her talk about Tyler, urges her not to get too close to him and trust him since a werewolf can kill a vampire.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

AUS Television: City Homicide Possibly in Final Full Season

The future of City Homicide is extremely unclear tonight.  Production will cease on the Australian crime drama, which is in its fourth season, a little later this month.  Tom Worner, director of programming for the Seven Network confirmed the cessation of production in October.

The show isn't completely dead as a decision on the final fate of the series has been delayed until 2011.  However, production being ceased certainly doesn't look good.

The series will continue to air throughout 2010 and in 2011 a six-part mini-series, City Homicide:  No Greater Honour will air.  After that airing, Seven will make a final decision on the fate of the entire series. 

No Greater Honour is a spin-off of the series and will guest star Claire Van Der Boom, Marcus Graham, John Howard and Graeme Blundell.  The mini-series was written by John Hugginson and John Banas, the driving forces behind City Homicide.

Struggling ratings in the multi-channel environment is being blamed for the move to end City Homicide.

Update:  After reading several different articles, I guess what the mini-series airing next year will be is the final 6 episodes from season four.  The actors listed above are the guest stars and our favorites will be there.   (Regardless, I'm still upset that City Homicide is ending.)

For more information:  Sydney Morning Herald and Daily Telegraph.

AUS Television: City Homicide, Episode 4.18 "Killer Moves"

City Homicide
Season Four, Episode Eighteen, Killer Moves
Original Air Date:  November 3, 2010

Homicide is called in to investigate what appears to be a tragic traffic accident where a young woman is killed when she is struck by a vehicle while she is jogging.  The case becomes complicated when Ronnie (Genevieve Morris) reveals that the man in the car, Lachlan Fraser, was dead, very dead, hours before the accident.  Rhys helps Allie try and get in touch with her past.

Allie and Duncan are called in to investigate the case but Matt re-assigns it to Nick and Jennifer.  When Allie and Duncan both protest, Matt relents and allows them to speak to the dead man's wife and sends Nick and Jennifer to help with the street canvass.  Allie questions him about the missing I.D. of the young woman and Matt orders one of them to get on that.

At the morgue, Fraser's wife, Danielle, identifies his body.  While they are giving his wife some privacy to say goodbye to her husband, Ronnie states the man had a stroke and there was major lividity in his back and in the backs of his legs indicating he was on his back for a while before he was put into the car.  Time of death was approximately 10 p.m. the night before.  There was also a bone spur found in his neck leading them to believe he was murdered and didn't die of natural causes.

Monday, November 1, 2010

AUS Television: Offspring, Episode 1.10

Series One, Episode Ten
Original Air Date:  October 31, 2010

Stacy is back and, this time, she's in the hospital because her blood pressure is high and she's ready to give birth.  She wants Billie to be her support person.  Cherie and her fireman friend meet and have a date.  Nina focuses on why Chris hasn't told Alice about her.  Jimmy goes in for his drug trial and gets more than he bargained for, both good and bad.  Chris finally tells Alice about Nina but how will Alice take the news?

Nina has a small fender bender while trying to parallel park (she hits the rather old and run down car behind her).  She leaves a note in true Nina style, fantasizing the entire time and noting that she's leaving the note because she's a good person.  As she is walking away, she has to stop and think if she really IS a good person because, after all, she IS obsessed with a married man.

Kim and Zara watch Nina (and talk about her, of course) as she is having trouble deciding which way to go at work.  Kim takes Nina into a room and talks to her about her relationship with Chris.  Kim makes a "pro's" and "con's" table on a whiteboard (which is very funny) to help Nina in her decision making.  Dr. Clegg comes into the room to take part in the "whiteboard analysis" as he calls it, but Nina erases the table and leaves the room before he can add his two cents worth in.

She and Chris meet in the hall and go to talk.  She tells him she cannot be the "other woman".  Chris insists she could never be the "other woman" because he is a separated man and not a married man.  She gets the impression that he hasn't even told Alice anything about her.