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The latest television news from Kylie Miller and Darren Devlyn
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.
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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.
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.