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THE SOUP has been canned after a 22-year run. The weekly series skewering pop culture was cancelled by E!, and wraps up on December 18. It began in 1991 as Talk Soup, with original host Greg Kinnear hosting until 1995. It relaunched as The Soup in early 2004 under current host Joel McHale (pictured). The series earned a 2014 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program.
AMONG the hidden gems at the recent SBS upfronts was news that dark comedy/ drama series UnREAL will screen on SBS2 next year – its first outing on free-to-air TV in Australia. The series parodies the reality TV genre. Set against the backdrop of a dating competition show, its characters include a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate contestants to get outrageous footage.
MEANWHILE, beacon of reality television The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kicks off its sixth season on Arena on Wednesday at 8.30pm. The series returns with housewives Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster, Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson, joined by new housewives Erika Girardi and Kathryn Edwards. And there’s the delightfully acerbic Lisa Vanderpump (pictured), who is doing double-duty with the latest series of Vanderpump Rules, set in her Los Angeles restaurants, also airing on Arena..