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Bitter end

When binge TV turns bad: the shows you can't stop watching even when you should

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MICHAEL LALLO 1:00am Halfway into a TV binge-a-thon, you realise you don't love show. So why do you keep watching?

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NRL Grand Final 2015: Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes and Jessica Mauboy shame the AFL

Jimmy Barnes rocking the NRL grand final in Sydney.

JENNA CLARKE 9:11pm The NRL's grand final pre-game entertainment starring Cold Chisel and Jessica Mauboy trumped the efforts by the AFL on Saturday.

Deaths after 'medicane' storm hits Cannes ahead of Mipcom TV event

Rain pours in Nice as the French League One soccer match between Nice and Nantes is stopped on Saturday.

MICHAEL IDATO 3:30am Flash floods on the French Riviera killed 16 people and five others were reported missing on Sunday, prompting the government to declare a natural disaster in the southeastern tourist region.

What's on TV Monday: Australian Story

Norman Gunston (Garry McDonald) and Gough Whitlam after the Dismissal in 1975.

BEN POBJIE 2:14pm Garry McDonald's battle is the focus of Monday's Australian Story part of the ABC's "Mental As" week of mental health awareness programming.

There was no restraint in Judy Garland's life, says Sigrid Thornton

Sigrid Thornton, here with Joel Jackson as Peter Allen, says she is fortunate that fame hasn't hounded her as it did her character Judy Garland in <i>Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door</i>.

David Dale Sigrid Thornton says Judy Garland had a lucky life but was repeatedly attracted to gay men, like Peter Allen.

Telly troubadours

Five TV actors who turned to music

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NICK GALVIN Actors who have transitioned from the small screen to become musicians – or vice versa – are surprisingly thin on the ground. Here's our line-up of some of the better-known TV actor/musos among a rare breed. Whether they should even have given up their day jobs is up to you to decide.

Rahel Romahn gets emotional for The Principal

Rahel Romahn plays a troubled refugee from Syria in <i>The Principal</i>.

David Dale  Rahel Romahn relishes his opportunities in new murder-mystery The Principal.

How We Watch: Game shows alone do not anchor news viewers

Eddie McGuire (centre) on the TV show Millionaire Hot Seat.

Channel Seven axed its game show Deal or No Deal last month because it had fallen behind Nine's Hot Seat and was passing very few viewers on to the 6pm news.

Other game shows 'too slow' for The Chase's Supernerd

At first, Issa Schultz was hesitant about being labelled the Supernerd, but says now he's come to embrace it.

David Dale Brainiac Issa Schultz says he doesn't want to be kept waiting for the answers in TV quiz games.

AFL Grand Final 2015: Kate Ceberano forgets national anthem lyrics

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JENNA CLARKE Bad acoustics, brain fade and glitchy technology are becoming more common at the grand final pre-game show than meat pies.

What's on

Melinda Houston's TV sides

Heroes Reborn has gained some momentum, but it still lacks super-strength.

MELINDA HOUSTON Frankness and beautiful characters make Changing Minds' study of mental illness in young people completely engaging.

Hugh Bonneville-narrated Lego documentary a cracking look at the iconic 'brick'

Well put together: The Secret World of Lego examines the international sensation.

MELINDA HOUSTON The Secret World of Lego is a wry, interesting look at the almost cult-like enterprise that is Lego.

Melinda Houston's TV picks for Sunday 4 October

Sophie Stone, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi in Dr Who, episode three.

MELINDA HOUSTON Scorpion has a nuclear sting, The X Factor maintains some of its charms and Dr Who looks set to continue a great season so far.

Pick of the TV crop: Broadmoor, 800 Words and Stephen Colbert

800 Words features refreshingly believable dialogue.

MELINDA HOUSTON Top viewing on Tuesday, October 6: Broadmoor, 800 Words and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Melinda Houston's TV Picks

Fascinating: Great Continental Railway Journeys, 7.30pm Wednesday on SBS2.

MELINDA HOUSTON Melinda Houston's TV picks.

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