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Holden far from idle

AS IAN ‘‘Dicko’’ Dick­son, Mar­cia Hines and Kyle Sandi­lands gear for an­other sea­son of Aus­tralian Idol, Mark Holden is spend­ing time with his fam­ily and re­turn­ing to his le­gal stud­ies. Sandi­lands says he and Hines had a ‘‘sneaky din­ner’’ with Holden (left) when they were in Melbourne for the Idol au­di­tions. He says Holden told them of his plans to see out his days in the in­dus­try as a mu­sic lawyer. ‘‘There’s more to Mark than what comes across on television,’’ Sandi­lands says. ‘‘He’s a bril­liant op­er­a­tor. Peo­ple just see him as the ‘Goonie goo-goo’ guy, but he’s a great pro­ducer— you can­not get bet­ter than him.’’ Sandi­lands says Holden would have to lose the ‘‘Ker­mit suits’’ for court.

Heel­ers to hook­ers

BLUE Heel­ers star Sa­man­tha Tolj (right) re­turns to the small screen in se­ries two of Sat­is­fac­tion, which started shoot­ing in Melbourne this week. Tolj sheds her uni­form to play a po­ten­tial love in­ter­est to Peta Sergeant’s sex worker, Heather. Rod Mul­li­nar, Tony Poli and Paul Denny also join the cast in re­cur­ring roles.

Wipe­out com­ing

THE Nine Net­work has picked up Wipe­out, a for­mat per­haps best de­scribed as a cross be­tween Gla­di­a­tors (with­out the gla­di­a­tors) and Fear Fac­tor (with­out the nasty bits) in which in­di­vid­u­als com­plete phys­i­cal chal­lenges on the world’s largest ob­sta­cle course. Aus­tralia’s South­ern Star En­de­mol will pro­duce the eight-episode se­ries, to be filmed late this year on lo­ca­tion at the world’s largest ob­sta­cle course— a cus­tom-built set in Ar­gentina. Nine also has the US ver­sion and will be watch­ing closely when it pre­mieres in the US next week. The for­mat has been sold to broad­cast­ers in Ger­many, Bel­gium, Greece, Swe­den, Nor­way and Den­mark, with more deals pend­ing.

Hop­per crashes in

HOL­LY­WOOD vet­eran Den­nis Hop­per will star in a 13-part television adap­ta­tion of the 2005 Academy Award win­ner Crash, about racial ten­sions in Los An­ge­les. Paul Hag­gis, who di­rected and co-wrote the film, is ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the se­ries for Starz cable chan­nel, with orig­i­nal cast mem­ber Don Chea­dle join­ing him as a pro­ducer. Chea­dle and other cast mem­bers are ex­pected to reprise their roles.

More hot chicks in the city

DAR­REN Star’s Cash­mere Mafia failed to find the suc­cess of his pre­vi­ous hit as a pro­ducer, Sex and the City, for Chan­nel 9 and has now been can­celled in the US. Chan­nel 7 is hav­ing its shot at an­other three-hot­pow­er­ful-wom­en­con­quer­ing-New-York drama with Lip­stick Jun­gle, from Sex and the City au­thor Can­dace Bush­nell. Lip­stick Jun­gle stars Brooke Shields (left) as movie ex­ec­u­tive Wendy Healy, who is jug­gling a high-pow­ered ca­reer with her fam­ily and equally glam­orous friends, played by Kim Raver and Lind­say Price. It pre­mieres on June 29 at 9.30pm, af­ter Private Prac­tice, the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off cen­tred on Kate Walsh’s char­ac­ter, Dr Ad­di­son Mont­gomery. PRO­DUC­TION has be­gun on Seven’s new Jen­nifer Hawkins- hosted se­ries Make Me a Su­per­model, with au­di­tions be­ing held at the Novo­tel in Melbourne on July 5 and Frankston Arts Cen­tre on July 6. About 8000 po­ten­tial mod­els— male and fe­male— have down­loaded ap­pli­ca­tion forms to com­pete in the high-end for­mat, which dif­fers from Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model by al­low­ing view­ers to vote.

Su­per­mod­els sought

Dutch show given Aussie touch

SYD­NEY pro­ducer Greg Quail will make an Aus­tralian ver­sion of Game Plan­ets, a Dutch ‘‘vir­tual’’ game show for chil­dren aged eight to 12. Con­tes­tants have an oxy­gen tank that they fill by an­swer­ing ques­tions cor­rectly, al­low­ing them to fly cap­sules through space, land­ing on plan­ets where they play a variety of games. Quail’s cred­its in­clude Sav­ing Kids and Sav­ing Ba­bies for Chan­nel 10 and Real Top Guns for SBS. He is now work­ing on a se­ries Find My Fam­ily for Chan­nel 7.

Dirt wiped, but Cox still busy

COURTENEY Cox is de­vel­op­ing new projects with hus­band David Ar­quette af­ter the can­cel­la­tion of their off­beat com­edy se­ries Dirt. The com­edy, which starred Cox as a feisty mag­a­zine ed­i­tor, was axed af­ter two se­ries.

SBS’s Tour de force

SBS Television prom­ises more live cov­er­age than ever of the Tour de France (above) this year, which kicks off at 10pm on Satur­day July 5 and con­tin­ues through­out the month. Com­men­ta­tors Phil Liggett and Paul Sher­wen will be joined by for­mer pro­fes­sional cy­clist David McKen­zie, who will of­fer ex­pert cy­cling anal­y­sis, and Michael To­ma­laris as host. SBS will screen up­dates and high­lights pack­ages daily at 7.15am and 6pm.

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