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Game of Thrones series finale shatters records for Foxtel

Media Release: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Game of Thrones series finale shatters records for Foxtel

The final episode of season eight of Game of Thrones made ratings history yesterday as a massive audience in Australia joined the rest of the world to watch the series finale in a global television simulcast, which brought to a close the most watched TV drama of all time.

The final episode, dubbed ‘The Iron Throne’, streamed exclusively on Foxtel Now and aired on FOX SHOWCASE yesterday, marking the conclusion of an incredible eight season Game of Thrones journey that has captivated audiences around the world for nearly a decade.

The final episode delivered an overnight linear audience across all airings of 1.076 million viewers, the largest overnight audience in subscription TV history. This also marks an increase of 21 percent on the season seven finale in 2017 and a 6 percent increase on the previous record holder, season 8 episode 3, ‘The Long Night’, which held the record of 1.011 million. Foxtel expects the finale episode to continue breaking records once the consolidated data becomes available. The Game of Thrones season 8 audience has been the most engaged ever, with the show pulling in a cumulative linear average audience of 1.413 million viewers per episode across episodes 1-4.

Game of Thrones’ series finale also brought a total premiere day audience of 471,000 viewers who streamed it live or On Demand across Foxtel Now and Foxtel GO. The On Demand VPM of 432,000 is the largest single day On Demand VPM rating in Australian TV history.

Over the past eight seasons, Game of Thrones has become a cultural phenomenon, attracting record viewers and critical acclaim worldwide. The show also stands as the most Emmy Award-winning primetime scripted series ever, with a record 47 awards.

The Game of Thrones finale has set the stage for an incredible season of drama set to continue on Foxtel, which has revealed a huge slate of new and returning programs from Australia and around the world including the FX biographical series Fosse/Verdon; the gritty, action-packed crime drama Warrior; HBO’s star-powered teen drama Euphoria; anthology series The Act; and the latest Foxtel Original drama, Lambs of God.

Returning favourites streaming soon include the highly anticipated second seasons of Big Little Lies and Ryan Murphy’s ground-breaking drama Pose; and an explosive seventh season of the critically-acclaimed fan favourite, Wentworth, which returns May 28.

-Brad

Nicole Kidman talks Big Little Lies: “It’s slightly magical” What’s inside the June issue of Foxtel magazine?


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Nicole Kidman talks Big Little Lies: “It’s slightly magical”

What’s inside the June issue of Foxtel magazine?

Ahead of the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s breakout hit Big Little Lies, we sat down with the all-star cast – led by Foxtel magazine’s cover star Nicole Kidman – as they reflect on the success of the little series with big ambition.

On a brisk morning in downtown New York, Kidman looks surprisingly animated, despite filming nights on upcoming HBO miniseries The Undoing, with Hugh Grant. Before rushing back to Nashville for her
daughter’s solo violin performance, Kidman insists on making time to talk about the show that has rewritten the rulebook for women on television. “We are the recipients of an enormous amount of opportunity in terms of being able to change the landscape with something like Big Little Lies, but at the time when we started four years ago, it was totally unusual,” Kidman tells us. “People thought it was just going to be a small drama about some mothers that have kids in kindergarten and they were like, ‘Well, that will find its way in its own little niche world, but it won’t break out into something that men want to watch.’ And then it did.”

Overwhelmed by the demand for more, the all-star cast, including Reese Witherspoon, agreed to a second season, with bestselling Australian author Liane Moriarty writing a sequel novella introducing a new character: Mary Louise Wright. She comes to Monterey to help her widowed daughter-in-law, Celeste (Kidman), take care of her young boys… but also to find out what really happened to her late son, Perry. “We didn’t know Mary Louise was Meryl’s real name, but Liane knew and she wrote it and then said, ‘I want Meryl Streep,’” Kidman recalls. “Reese [Witherspoon] and I said, ‘We can’t get you Meryl!’ but then I sent Meryl a text and, when she responded… Reese and I were literally screaming on the phone with each other!”

On the eve of his performance on Studio MAX – celebrating the release of his new album My Criminal Record on May 31 – legendary rocker Jimmy Barnes sat down with Foxtel magazine to discuss his most personal album to date. “It’s been nearly 10 years since the last studio rock record and over those years I’ve been re-finding where I fit as a human being and as a singer,” he tells us exclusively.

June is a mega month for elite horsepower on Foxtel, with three iconic, action-packed Formula 1 Grands Prix taking place on back-to-back weekends in Canada, France and Austria. Behind the scenes, it is a
supreme logistical test. Renault F1 Team sporting director Alan Permane talks Foxtel magazine through the planning that goes into the events.

Foxtel Magazine June Issue hits Australian subscriber homes this week,

-Brad

Magnum P.I. A reboot of the hit 80s series Stream new episodes from Sunday May 26

Media Release: Friday May 10, 2019

Magnum P.I.

A reboot of the hit 80s series

Stream new episodes from Sunday May 26

Magnum P.I. a modern take on the classic series, will be available to stream from Sunday May 26 on Foxtel and watch at 8:30pm AEST on FOX8.

Centring on Thomas Magnum, played by Jay Hernandez, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. The ‘majordomo’ of the property is Juliet Higgins (Perdita Weeks), a beautiful and commanding disavowed MI:6 agent whose second job is to keep Magnum in line, with the help of her two Dobermans. When Magnum needs back-up on a job, he turns to his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors, Theodore “TC” Calvin (Stephen Hill), a former Marine chopper pilot who runs Island Hoppers, a helicopter tour business, and Orville “Rick” Wright (Zachary Knighton), a former Marine door-gunner-turned-impresario of Oahu’s coolest nightclub and the most connected man on the island. Suspicious of Magnum’s casual attitude and presence at his crime scenes, Detective Gordon Katsumoto (Tim Kang) finds that he and Magnum are more alike than either of them care to admit. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is on the case.

-Brad

Dance Moms: Resurrection Abby Lee Miller is back with a new generation of dancers and mums set for the stage and wanting the spotlight Starts Sunday June 9

Media Release: Tuesday May 7, 2019

Dance Moms: Resurrection

Abby Lee Miller is back with a new generation of dancers and mums set for the stage and wanting the spotlight

Starts Sunday June 9

After a rocky few years, the famously outspoken Abby Lee Miller returns to the world of dance and doing what she does best! Dance Moms: Resurrection will be available to stream from Sunday June 9 on Foxtel.

The popular and polarising reality series will also screen Sundays at 7:30pm from June 9 on Arena.

The road has not been easy for Dance Mom’s star Abby Lee Miller. After completing her prison sentence last year, the famed dance instructor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But if anything, Abby has proven she is a fighter and is not ready to hang up the dance shoes.

Dance Moms: Resurrection will follow Abby as she rebuilds her dance company while battling the after effects of a cancer that has left her confined to a wheelchair. Abby is ready to get back to her life and do what she loves most…teaching students to dance! With the goal of putting her life, health and dance studio back together, Abby returns to where it all began – the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh.

Season 8 kicks off with a one hour special on Sunday June 9 at 6:30pm providing an inside look at Abby’s physical and emotional struggles while undergoing chemotherapy and learning to regain the use of her legs, all the while pushing forward to keep her dream of a new competitive dance team for the Abby Lee Dance Company alive.

Immediately following at 7:30pm, the first episode of Dance Moms: Resurrection will showcase the newest kids of the ALDC as they fight to become the best dancers they can be and earn a spot on Abby’s Elite Team – while their mothers fight battles of their own.

Meet the new dancers and their mums!

Mum: Ann
Daughter: Hannah (13)
As a former choreographer and pageant director, Ann expects only the best from Hannah – which means even if there’s no dance class Hannah is in the studio.

Mum: Adriana
Daughter: Kamryn (7)
An athlete since childhood, Adriana views Kamryn’s dance as a sport. Kamryn has been dancing she she was 2 years old and has placed first in many competitions.

Mum: Erin
Daughter: Savannah (11)
Former first grade teacher, Erin, quit her job to be a full time dance mum to Savannah. Erin will often film Savannah’s routines and play them back to show her what she did wrong.

Mum: Michelle
Daughter: Sarah (11)
Full time dance mum Michelle is a Pittsburgh native who has many friends in common with Abby. She has yet to find the perfect studio for Sarah and is hoping the ALDC will be it.

Mum: Ashley
Daughter: Pressley (11)
Ashley is a dance studio owner and former professional dancer. Pressley is following in her mum’s footsteps and has danced with Justin Beiber!

Mum: Joanne
Daughter: GiaNina (13)
Dance teacher Joanne has taught her daughter, GiaNina, everything she knows. GiaNina has already danced on Broadway, been in a movie and recently toured with Mariah Carey.

Mum: Tricia
Son: Brady (13)
Tricia is her son Brady’s biggest fan. Brady is the first dancer in his family and will do whatever it takes to make Abby’s Elite team.

Mum: Stacey
Daughter: Lilliana (10)
Stacey and her daughter Lilliana are back at the ALDC! Having left her job, Stacey is now committed to being a full time dance mum. She feels that she and Liliana have the upper hand being the only returning team members this season.

-Brad

Mum’s the Word Streaming on FoxFlicks Stream now on Foxtel, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now

Media Release: Thursday May 2, 2019

Mum’s the Word
Streaming on FoxFlicks
Stream now on Foxtel, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now

Mum’s the Word this Mother’s Day on Foxtel, with a unique collection of mother loving movies streaming on FoxFlicks, bringing together all the ingredients for a good laugh, cry and scream in honour of our beloved Mums.

To celebrate Mother’s Day in Australia on May 12, Foxtel Movies has your fix of female stories and leading ladies with Mama Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Meryl Streep, Cher, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski) Bad Mom’s 2 (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate), Monster in Law (Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez) I Don’t Know How She Does it (Sarah Jessica Parker), Home Again (Reese Witherspoon, Candace Bergen) and Stepmom (Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon).

And for something a little different this Mother’s Day on FoxFlicks, turn on the waterworks and get the fear factor with Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf), Tully (Charlize Theron) Mother! (Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer), Not Without My Daughter (Sally Field), Mommie Dearest, Grey Gardens (Jessica Lange, Drew Barrymore) and Psycho (Janet Leigh).

Foxtel’s Mum’s The Word specially curated movies collection is available to stream from 9 – 22 May on FoxFlicks, plus across Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now. Titles include:

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now she just has to find out who he is. Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried & Pierce Brosnan.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Five years after the events of Mamma Mia!, Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past. Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried & Cher.

Bad Moms 2 (2017)
In addition to hosting their own mothers, our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski & Cheryl Hines.

I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011)
Kate’s life is hectic, but is also great, however she can’t remember the last time she had a good night’s sleep.
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan & Kelsey Grammer.

Monster In Law (2005)
Charlotte finally finds the man of her dreams only to discover that his mother, is the woman of her nightmares.
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda & Michael Vartan.

Home Again (2017)
Alice is a single mum whose new life takes an unexpected turn when she welcomes in three young guys to her family. Things are looking good until her ex-husband shows up. Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen & Candice Bergen.

Fun Mom Dinner (2017)
Four moms, whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class get together for a dinner. The night begins as a disaster, but they have more in common than they thought. Starring: Toni Collette, Molly Shannon & Bridget Everett.

Life Of The Party (2018)
When her husband dumps her, dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in the same class and school as her daughter. Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs & Maya Rudolph.

Stepmom (1998)
When tragedy strikes, two strong-willed and independent women must put aside their differences and resentments to unite a family in crisis. Starring: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon & Ed Harris.

Lady Bird (2017)
“Lady Bird” tells the story of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a strong-willed teenager from the wrong side of the tracks, who clashes with her combative, yet loving mother as she dreams of leaving her mundane hometown behind to attend college in New York. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf & Tracy Letts.

Baby Mama (2008)
Kate is a successful career woman who wants something more, a baby. But she gets more than she bargained for when she hires Angie, a free spirit, to be her surrogate in a hysterical mama match-up. Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler & Sigourney Weaver.

Tully (2018)
A mother of three, including a new newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. While at first hesitant to accept the help, she forms a bond with the young nanny. Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis & Ron Livingston.

Freaky Friday (2003)
Things get freaky one Friday when a mother and daughter who can’t agree on clothes, hair, music or men find themselves inside each other’s body. The two have to find a way to switch back … and fast. Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan & Mark Harmon.

Big Momma’s House (2000)
An FBI agent disguises himself as the outsized mother of an escaped convict’s ex-girlfriend to make an arrest. But convincing everyone he’s the real deal is a real drag. Starring: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long & Paul Giamatti.

Mr. Mom (1983)
As a wife is climbing the ladder of success at work, her husband puts great effort into becoming a hopelessly inept househusband. Starring: Michael Keaton, Teri Garr & Frederick Koehler.

Not Without My Daughter (1991)
Based on the true story of an American woman who travels with her Iranian husband to his homeland. When he will not allow her to return home, she must find a way to flee the country with her daughter. Starring: Sally Field, Alfred Molina & Sheila Rosenthal.

Mother! (2017)
In this visually arresting psychological thriller a couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests turn up at their home.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem & Ed Harris.

Grey Gardens (1975)
In 1973, filmmakers Albert and David Maysles entered the strange world of “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale, two charming eccentrics who were relatives of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange & Jeanne Tripplehorn.

Mommie Dearest (1981)
Loosely based on the best-selling memoir by Christina Crawford, this is the story of legendary star Joan Crawford as she struggles for her career and battles her inner demons. Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid & Steve Forrest.

Psycho (1998)
Leaving her old life behind, Marion steals a large amount of money and takes to the road. As night falls regret causes her to stop at the Bates motel. Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche & Julianne Moore.

Content is available to stream for Foxtel Movies and Platinum subscribers in HD with all titles available On Demand via internet connected iQ3 and iQ4 boxes, on devices with Foxtel Go, and via Foxtel Now.

The iQ4 is Foxtel’s most advanced streaming set top box, designed with smarter features to make finding and streaming your Foxtel favourites easier than ever, while also delivering Foxtel’s dedicated 4K channel to subscribers with a compatible 4K TV.

-Brad

Deborah Hutton returns to Lifestyle with new local commission Find Me a Beach House

MEDIA RELEASE: Monday April 29, 2019

Deborah Hutton returns to Lifestyle with new local commission

Find Me a Beach House

Foxtel today announced that Deborah Hutton will make her return to Lifestyle television as host of the brand new locally commissioned property series Find Me a Beach House.

As one of Australia’s most trusted media personalities, Deborah has worked in the television industry for over twenty years and has hosted a variety of successful Lifestyle programs such as Nine’s Location Location, Looking Good, Amazing Homes, Celebrity Overhaul, BIG, Fresh Food and Getaway. She is also no stranger to Foxtel, having hosted The Foxtel Movie Show, Stage & Screen, and most recently, Imagine This.

Premiering on Lifestyle later this year, Find Me a Beach House follows Deborah Hutton as she helps buyers across Australia discover the perfect beach-side retreat. From Sydney’s iconic Northern beaches to the cliffs and coastlines of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, each episode takes viewers to a new location where buyers with a variety of budgets are introduced to three different properties that combine all they are looking for in one tailored package.

Deborah Hutton said: “I’m thrilled to be joining such a stellar line up of Lifestyle talent on Foxtel. The Australian coastline boasts some sensational beach houses, and I’m looking forward to exploring what’s out there for potential buyers. After having bought and rebuilt my own beach house last year, I feel I can offer some good insights into the pros and cons of coastal living.”

Find Me a Beach House joins a strong line-up of top rating local productions on Lifestyle, including Selling Houses Australia, Love It Or List It Australia, Gogglebox Australia, Grand Designs Australia and The Great Australian Bake Off.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director Television said: “Deborah Hutton is one of our signature talent at Foxtel, and I am delighted to see her returning to Lifestyle television as host of Find Me a Beach House – one of our growing number of new local commissions. This new series highlights Foxtel’s commitment to investing in Australian lifestyle local content, and comes about as part of a major overhaul of the Lifestyle brand.”

Find Me a Beach House is the first of several Lifestyle commissions that will be announced in the coming months and is produced exclusively for Foxtel by Abode Entertainment.

-Brad

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