55 episodes

After 25 years working in the TV industry, Rob McKnight is a washed up producer with nothing to lose.

Now he's spilling the inside secrets in a podcast that anyone interested in media will absolutely love. Expect news, reviews and a little dash of gossip as Rob is joined by: an Aussie sitcom actress; an Aussie TV Drama insider; and an enthusiastic media commentator who knows what questions to ask.

Also on this podcast feed you'll get the McKnight Tonight podcast, an interview series where Rob McKnight talks to people in the industry as they share their personal stories and hilarious anecdotes.

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    • 4.3 • 266 Ratings

After 25 years working in the TV industry, Rob McKnight is a washed up producer with nothing to lose.

Now he's spilling the inside secrets in a podcast that anyone interested in media will absolutely love. Expect news, reviews and a little dash of gossip as Rob is joined by: an Aussie sitcom actress; an Aussie TV Drama insider; and an enthusiastic media commentator who knows what questions to ask.

Also on this podcast feed you'll get the McKnight Tonight podcast, an interview series where Rob McKnight talks to people in the industry as they share their personal stories and hilarious anecdotes.

    S04E33 | 2021's biggest showdown

    S04E33 | 2021's biggest showdown

    Talk about surprising!


    It was a week where Channel 10 revealed its plans for 2021, a reality TV show had to be evacuated and our national broadcaster revealed plans to mine our data. We bring you up-to-speed with all the headlines and some juicy goss as well... and we talk to the creator of ENTOURAGE!


    Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


    In this episode:


    - 1.50 - 10 Upfronts
    - 15.29 - Holey Moley v Married At First Sight
    - 20.38 - The ABC wants your money... and your data
    - 28.36 - Week 42 ratings
    - 31.21 - Big Brother evacuated
    - 33.55 - Channel 7 forces a star to give up a big gig
    - 37.20 - Hatches & Dispatches
    - 39.42 - INTERVIEW: Doug Ellin - The creator of ENTOURAGE
    - 48.48 - TV Blackvault


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    @shrimptank
    @BenjaminJNorris
    @SteveMolk


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    SO4E32 | HOLEY MOLEY CHICKEN DANCE

    SO4E32 | HOLEY MOLEY CHICKEN DANCE

    Let's all relax into this one. ;)


    Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


    In this episode:
     
    ·     2.31 – I’m A Celebrity moves to the Aussie bush
    ·     11.14 – Denise Drysdale takes a nasty fall… just how did it happen
    ·     16.00 – Casting details for Nine’s Celebrity Apprentice
    ·     26.06 – Exclusive information on two of the judges for THE VOICE on Seven
    ·     29.53 – We dissect Week 41 ratings
    ·     36.21 – Hatches & Dispatches
    ·     39.09 – The Big Issue: Was it ok for ACA to pay for Pauline Hanson to go to Uluru?
    ·     44.32 – The TV Blackvault


    Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:
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    @shrimptank
    @viscountbrooky
    @BenjaminJNorris
    @SteveMolk


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    • 47 min
    S04E31 | LOYALTY!

    S04E31 | LOYALTY!

    Does loyalty exist in the TV industry any more?


    It's a topic that will divide our team as we look at the changing landscape of the industry.


    Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


    Plus there are plenty of other topics for as to fire up over:


    ·     2.20 – SBS refuses to help the ABC
    ·     9.27 – Hot Seat gaffe gives contestants a second chance at a million dollars
    ·     13.38 – 10 Shake gets off to a… well, shaky start
    ·     17.50 – Wk 40 ratings wrap
    ·     27.34 – AACTA awards go lowbrow
    ·     29.38 – Check the tape or let an F bomb go to air!
    ·     32.58 – Hatches & Dispatches
    ·     35.06 – BIG ISSUE: Does loyalty exist in the TV industry any more?
    ·     52.26 – TV Blackvault (with no silly sounds)


    Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:
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    @shrimptank
    @viscountbrooky
    @BenjaminJNorris
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    • 57 min
    S04E30 | Controversy v innocence - Do TV Presenters deserve the right to a fair trial?

    S04E30 | Controversy v innocence - Do TV Presenters deserve the right to a fair trial?

    Controversy can be a killer for any TV career, even if you're innocent.


    Ryan Phelan was pulled off air by Channel 7 when domestic violence allegations were made against him. Since then all charges have been dropped, which begs the question on whether TV presenters should be given their day in court before being removed from their jobs.


    Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


    In this episode:


    - 2.30 - Budget cuts bite at channel 10 as ratings fall
    - 9.25 - Sam and Kochie save Sunrise and thrash TODAY
    - 13.35 - Has Australia fallen out of love with The Bachelor?
    - 17.35 - All charges dropped against Channel 7 presenter Ryan Phelan
    - 30.18 - Tony Jones storms off set after that video of him trying to kiss Bec Judd is played - again
    - 33.01 - Our reaction to reports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are filming a reality series (they have since denied the report)
    - 37.19 - Hatches & Dispatches
    - 39.46 - The Big Issue
    - 47.46 - TV Blackvault


    Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:
    @rob_mcknight
    @shrimptank
    @BenjaminJNorris
    @SteveMolk


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    • 50 min
    S04E29 | Rob's in trouble (again), Networks being sued (again), and Nine is still the one (again)

    S04E29 | Rob's in trouble (again), Networks being sued (again), and Nine is still the one (again)

    Well, it's fair to say our little podcast made a fair bit of news last week!


    So, in true McKnight style, Rob tackles the criticism head on and the team have a big discussion on truth, commentary and remorse. But fret not, there's plenty of laughs along the way too!


    Each week the TV Blackbox team take you behind the scenes, wade through the PR spin and launch into the reality that is the Australian television business.


    In this episode:


    - 1.57 - The fallout from Rob's comments about Studio 10 last week
    - 10.21 - Ex-presenters and staff suing multiple networks over lack of entitlements
    - 14.46 - Sunrise pulls out the big guns in order to fend of a resurgent TODAY show
    - 19.13 - What did everyone think of the Virtual EMMYS?
    - 24.11 - Should Pete Evans be banned from television?
    - 33.36 - Hatches & Dispatches with Sarah
    - 36.30 - Nine Upfront
    - 42.43 - Hamish Turner
    - 1.01.10 - TV Blackvault


    Follow the @TVBB_podcast crew:
    @rob_mcknight
    @shrimptank
    @viscountbrooky
    @BenjaminJNorris
    @SteveMolk


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    Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/TVBlackbox/
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Adam Shand -- Australian Crime Stories

    Adam Shand -- Australian Crime Stories

    Adam Shane -- Australian Crime Stories
     
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
266 Ratings

266 Ratings

Fernman07 ,

It’s exciting

I’ve come full circle — I’m a fan! Molk is my fave.

Anime_Quality ,

I’m one of those oldies!

I like watching telly, but there is nothing on at all at the moment, with Covid, the shows that had audiences fall flat, the new Voice might seem like a “home brand” show, nothing against the talent.
I don’t want to watch kids cooking, bring back some Aussie drama. I enjoy listening to Black Box, love Ben.

TV_nut ,

Average but used to be excellent

To not bring Brooky back for a farewell is disappointing. Bring him back, his knowledge and class are missed.

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