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Michael Lallo

Michael Lallo is an entertainment reporter for The Age. Michael joined The Age in 2006 as a feature writer. He has also been a news reporter for The Sunday Age, a deputy editor of Green Guide and a columnist and critic.

The Bachelor analysis

The Bachelor happily wallows where MasterChef nearly drowned

Michael Lallo Viewers punished Channel Ten when they tainted MasterChef with conflict and game-playing. But when it comes to The Bachelor, they can't get enough - and Ten is happy to keep dishing it up.

Ratings

The X Factor grand final, won by Marlisa Punzalan, sheds 1 million viewers

<i>The X Factor</i> winner Marlisa Punzalan.

Michael Lallo Channel Seven's The X Factor appears to be losing its edge, with a slump in viewers for this year's winner announcement.

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Shock jock Kyle loses again to Jonesy and Amanda

Kyle and Jackie O

Michael Lallo Sydney breakfast show hosts Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones have pipped Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O again, adding the best on-air FM team award to having the top FM ratings.

Brekky Central juice

Adam Boland's memoir reveals plot to remove Sunrise's 'passive' Melissa Doyle

Melissa Doyle.

Michael Lallo A behind-the-scenes attempt in 2010 to break up Sunrise's top-rating breakfast team, Melissa Doyle and David Koch, helped convince Adam Boland to quit his role as executive producer.

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Secret launch

Adam Boland's TV memoir rushed out despite Seven's legal moves

Stepping away from the cameras:  Adam Boland.

Michael Lallo A revealing memoir by former Sunrise producer Adam Boland has been secretly "rush released" this afternoon – in defiance of legal action against Boland by the Seven network.

Comment

The Project: Bachelor Blake Garvey's 'broken heart' had us gagging

'I've had my heart broken' ... Blake Garvey on <i>The Project</i>.

Michael Lallo One thing became clear on The Project: Blake Garvey has no shortage of empathy- for himself.

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The Bachelor winner Sam Frost feels played by Blake Garvey

blake

Michael Lallo The Bachelor's Blake Garvey has been labelled a "jackass" by his former fiance Sam Frost.

Hidden camera expose

Watchdog slaps wrist of A Current Affair for hidden camera expose

Still from A Current Affair show about doctors issuing fake medical certificates for sick days. Reporter is Aaron O'Brien.

Michael Lallo Privacy and accuracy standards were breached in a hidden camera expose the broadcasting watchdog says but Channel Nine has refused to tell viewers about it on air.

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Julia Gillard more popular than John Howard and Home and Away

Ray Martin.

Michael Lallo Australian viewers have voted: Julia Gillard is more popular than John Howard and Home and Away - except in her home town of Adelaide.

Comment

Why the ABC must save Lateline

Influence extends beyond the nightly audience: <i>Lateline</i> co-host Emma Alberici.

Michael Lallo The ABC must think twice, though, before hacking into Lateline, 7.30 or certain radio programs. Quality news and current affairs are not simply a cost, easily measured by their ratings.

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The Block Glasshouse: fans gawk at the final product

A fan holds a sign aloft in the long queue of people as The Block contestants offer the public a sneak peak of the luxury apartments.

Michael Lallo Die-hard The Block Glasshouse fans line up to get a first look at the finished apartments.

Price of success

Lunch with Tina Arena

Tina Arena

Michael Lallo Two decades ago, Tina Arena "had it all". But her success brought her nothing but grief.

Listical

The top 10 television friendships

Lynchpin: Jerry and George's antagonistic friendship made Seinfeld what it was.

Michael Lallo Lovers come and go but - on television at least - buddies are forever. Here are 10 of our greatest TV pals.

'Royal hoax'

2Day FM 'royal hoax' dispute reaches High Court

High Court showdown: Michael Christian and Mel Greig.

Michael Lallo The battle between 2Day FM and the broadcasting watchdog over the "royal hoax" scandal has reached the highest court in Australia.

TV

Why Rove McManus' The Project confounds Americans

In the early days of <i>The Project</i> as part of Ten's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Michael Lallo When the man behind its inception and production tried to explain it in the United States, the question usually asked: 'Is it an Aussie version of The Daily Show?'

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Farewell

Robin Williams and comic legends who died before their time

Bill Hicks.

Michael Lallo The tragic and premature death of comic legend Robin Williams shocked the world yesterday. Today, we honour him – and nine other comedic greats – who left us too soon.

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Vale Williams

Actor Robin Williams dead, aged 63

Robin Williams

Michael Lallo A US county sheriff's office has confirmed that the comedic actor Robin Williams has died aged 63 at his California home, just before midday local time.

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60 Minutes

Viewers laud 60 Minutes interview with Gammy's Australian parents

Tara Brown

Michael Lallo "Brilliant", "powerful journalism", "deserves a Walkley": 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown has drawn widespread praise for her interview with baby Gammy's biological parents.

Insight

60 Minutes v Sunday Night: inside the battle for current affairs supremacy

Chris Bath and Liz Hayes

Michael Lallo Each week television crews race to find the juicy story that will boost ratings and trump their competitors.