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Only three of the original cast members remain, and the character played by one of that trio is on his way to the nursing home. Speculation that Channel Seven’s Packed to the Rafters is on its last legs has been rife for the best part of a year. Last week, Rebecca Gibney, who plays stalwart mum and wife Julie Rafter, said July would be the end of the road for the former flagship drama. The network’s spinners are maintaining that the final, ”open-ended” episode of season six will be the springboard for a potential sequel or spinoff, but anyone who recalls the so-called finale when the network unceremoniously ended season five halfway through its run, or the bright young things who once packed the Rafters home, might have serious doubts about Seven’s intentions to revive the show.

Treading water

Sadly, Channel Ten’s Reef Doctors might not have been missed by many viewers who tuned in last Sunday expecting to see the second episode of the new Lisa McCune drama. Having attracted only 357,000 viewers for its launch on June 9 – understood to be the lowest figure for the debut of a local drama in prime time on a main channel – it has been shunted to Friday at 9.30pm.

Good news for fans of dads and deduction

While it’s highly unlikely Ten will be committing to a return season of Reef Doctors, Channel Nine and the ABC have signed up for new episodes of House Husbands and The Doctor Blake Mysteries, respectively. Craig McLachlan, Nadine Garner, Mattie O’Brien and Joel Tobeck will return for another 10 episodes of the ABC’s Friday-night destination show, whose first season scored an impressive average audience of 1.5 million, including catch-up viewings. The third season of Nine’s Logie-winning comedy-drama will air in 2014.

Have your say on the best of pay

What’s your favourite show on pay TV? Grand Designs Australia, Selling Houses Australia, Tony Robinson’s Time Walks, Rove LA, Abalone Wars or Paul Murray Live? Viewers have until June 27 to cast their votes in five categories of the ASTRA Awards: favourite male and female personality, Australian program, international program and international drama. Votes can be cast on Foxtel channel 333, the ASTRA Awards page on Facebook, by SMS on 1999 8899 and at astraawards杭州夜生活m.

Oh yeah, Lives goes on

Days of Our Lives fans have been thrown a lifeline by online video service crackle杭州夜生活m, a division of Sony Pictures. DoOL began airing on Monday, resuming where Nine left off after ceasing transmission of the daytime soap at the end of April. Crackle is available free and on-demand on connected TVs, mobile devices and game consoles, and will offer 10 episodes in the inaugural week and seven new episodes each Monday.

Not so much the land of the free-to-air

The Americans, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and The Walking Dead are on the shortlist for program of the year at the 2013 Television Critics Association Awards. The association is a collection of more than 200 journalists writing about TV in the US and Canada. The Americans, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men are nominated for outstanding drama, while The Big Bang Theory, Louie, New Girl, Parks and Recreation and Veep are nominated for comedy. Notably, nearly all the nominated shows in all categories are pay TV productions, with the exception of the reality category, where the once-dominant networks are over-represented with The Amazing Race (CBS), The Glee Project (Oxygen), Shark Tank (ABC), Survivor (CBS) and The Voice (NBC).

TV Tweets

Gf having Sunday #GameofThrones marathon. Just asked me in thick northern accent if ”dinner is coming?” Time to give back the iPad honey …Daniel MacPherson (actor, GoT widow) @DanMacPherson

Wow, all the kitchens in @TheBlock9 are AMAZING! Well done to all the couples.Phil and Amity (past Block winners, can’t let go) @PhilandAmity

My partner Patty Brammall @pattybrammall and I are proud to announce the birth of our baby girl Kimye.Lachy Hulme (actor, keeping up with the Kardashian-Wests) @LachyHulme

‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’ based on a to-do list Prince Charles wrote in 1981.Simon Blackwell (TV producer, royal watcher) @simonblackwell

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.