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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES - WITH DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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..

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