Networking: Summer better for Seven

CHANNEL Seven's long-running lifestyle show Better Homes and Gardens will take Home and Away's prime weekday 7pm slot over summer. Half-hour episodes, hosted by Johanna Griggs and featuring a mix of new and old material, will air Mondays to Thursdays, with a 90-minute episode on Fridays. It is the first time the show has aired new material over summer.

Producing winners

THE Screen Producers Association of Australia held its annual awards in Melbourne last week. The independent producer of the year went to Essential Media and Entertainment, the company behind Rake and Jack Irish. The television drama award went to Southern Star for Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, the children's television award went to Werner Film Productions for series two of Dance Academy, and the light-entertainment award went to FremantleMedia Australia for The X Factor.

Hitch told me

Green Guide can reveal today that Peter Hitchener, the Nine Network's veteran 6pm weekday newsreader, will this week re-sign with the network. Hitch has helped the network to a handy win in Melbourne this year over its arch-rival Seven at 6pm. To add to the celebrations, the veteran will mark his 40th year in television in 2013.

Cop drama finds a home

FOXTEL has acquired the new HBO police drama True Detectives as part of its exclusive output deal with the premium cable company.

The eight-part drama stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as detectives involved in a 17-year hunt for a serial killer. It airs next year.

Breaking the myths

MYTHBUSTERS has finished shooting a special episode devoted to the US drama Breaking Bad. MythBusters hosts will test the scientific veracity of scenes from the series. Breaking Bad's creator, Vince Gilligan, will appear.

ARIAs are ready to GO!

NINE's digital channel GO! will broadcast the ARIA Awards next Thursday. Presenters on the night include Taylor Swift, Joel and Benji Madden, Nicki Minaj, the Temper Trap, the Jezabels and the Melbourne rapper 360.

Cancel that order

The American series Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue were axed this week. Last Resort is an action drama starring three Aussies: Daisy Betts, Daniel Lissing and Dichen Lachman. Seven had high hopes for its prospects here in 2013. 666 starred Australian actress Rachael Taylor and screens on Foxtel.

The story Networking: Summer better for Seven first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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