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Bert punts on sports com­edy

FOR­MER Blue Heeler Char­lie Clausen has signed on for an ex­tended guest role in Neigh­bours. Clausen, who has been film­ing at Nu­nawad­ing for a cou­ple of weeks, also stars in the com­ing Nine Net­work drama Canal Road, pro­duced by new Neigh­bours ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Susan Bower. Also join­ing Neigh­bours are for­mer Miss Aus­tralia Erin McNaught and Syd­ney star­let Imo­gen Bai­ley (right), who will be seen from May. BERT New­ton may soon be back with a new show. Film­ing takes place next week at Nine’s Melbourne stu­dios on a sports com­edy pilot star­ring the TV vet­eran, along with Kath & Kim’s Peter Row­sthorn (left), co­me­di­ans Dave Thorn­ton, Damian Cal­li­nan and Matthew Hardy and sports star Tam­syn Lewis. The panel-style show also is ex­pected to in­clude ap­pear­ances by footy stars.

Ram­say St res­i­dency

Watch this Spaced

AUS­TRALIAN ac­tor Josh Law­son (left) has landed the lead role in an Amer­i­can re­make of the cult Bri­tish com­edy se­ries Spaced, about two peo­ple who pose as a mar­ried cou­ple to rent an apart­ment. Law­son re­cently starred in Sea Pa­trol and The Li­brar­i­ans and is a reg­u­lar on the com­edy Thank God You’re Here.

Be­hind the Olympics

THE cre­ator of ac­claimed Amer­i­can sit­com Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment, Mitch Hur­witz, is de­vel­op­ing an an­i­mated ver­sion of Chan­nel 10’s short-lived live-ac­tion com­edy Sit Down, Shut Up for Fox in the US. The se­ries, star­ring Marg Downey and Stephen Curry, is about seven teach­ers at a dys­func­tional high school whose egos and per­sonal agen­das trump the stu­dents’ needs. It had dis­ap­point­ing rat­ings when it screened in 2001. JO­HANNA Griggs and Neil Kear­ney will co-host a new Chan­nel 7 se­ries be­ing screened in the lead-up to the Bei­jing Olympics. The 10-part se­ries, which goes into pro­duc­tion in a few months, will fea­ture be­hind-the-scenes sto­ries about the Games.

When Crafts col­lide

TV PRE­SEN­TER Shelley Craft is likely to be com­pet­ing with her­self as Chan­nel 7 re­turns her for­mer show The Great Out­doors to 6.30pm on Satur­days, against her new show, Aus­tralia’s Fun­ni­est Home Videos on Nine. Craft filmed a hand­ful of sto­ries for The Great Out­doors be­fore de­fect­ing to Nine last Novem­ber. The se­ries is ex­pected to re­turn to Seven af­ter Easter.

Ar­rested de­vel­op­ing

Farm­ers’ mar­ket

THE muster is com­plete and 12 fresh farm­ers have been rounded up. Now all they need are mates. Cast­ing is un­der way for would-be brides to take part in a sec­ond se­ries of Chan­nel 9’s re­al­ity se­ries The Farmer Wants a Wife, film­ing around Aus­tralia from next month. To see the farm­ers, visit www.thefarmerwantsawife.com.au Ap­pli­ca­tions must be re­ceived by Satur­day at noon.

Funny to be back on stage

IT IS Melbourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val time again and co­me­di­ans of the TV screen and the air­waves are back to tread the boards. Look out for shows by Dave Hughes, Corinne Grant (left), Rove McManus, Anh Do, Claire Hooper, Char­lie Pickering, Damian Cal­li­nan, Fat Pizza’s Tahir Bil­gic and Rob She­hadie, Wil An­der­son, Jo Stan­ley and the Spicks and Specks stars with a fes­ti­val ‘‘remix’’ of their Spicks and Speck­tac­u­lar live show. See www.com­e­dyfes­ti­val.com.au for de­tails.

Euro vi­sion pays for Glynn

ST KILDA co­me­dian Glynn Ni­cholas (left) has ap­par­ently se­cured a sea­son in Lon­don’s West End for his ac­claimed Euro­vi­sion song con­test spoof, Eurobeat— Al­most Euro­vi­sion (Sara­jevo). The show pre­miered at last year’s Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val at which it went on to be the top-sell­ing show. Eurobeat starts tour­ing re­gional UK cen­tres next month be­fore open­ing in the West End in Septem­ber.

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