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Love’s new Tan­gle

A NEW 10-part drama from the Love My Way team starts shoot­ing in Melbourne in Septem­ber. Tan­gle fol­lows the com­pli­cated lives of a group of 40-some­thing adults and their teenage chil­dren and will screen on Show­case on Fox­tel and Aus­tar next year. ‘‘It’s about what hap­pens when you mix pol­i­tics, re­li­gion, mar­riage and all of the things that you are not sup­posed to tackle in po­lite com­pany,’’ Show­time drama chief Kim Ve­cera says. ‘‘Th­ese are good themes for so­phis­ti­cated, adult Aus­tralian drama and it is very re­lat­able ma­te­rial for our writ­ers and direc­tors.’’ Tan­gle was cre­ated by John Ed­wards, Imo­gen Banks and Fiona Seres, and writ­ten by Seres and Tony McNa­mara. Jes­sica Hobbs, Matthew Sav­ille and Stu­art McDon­ald are di­rect­ing. ‘‘ The Se­cret Life of Us was about non- John Howard morals, Love My Way was about non-John Howard fam­i­lies and now we don’t have John Howard as prime min­is­ter,’’ Ed­wards jokes. ‘‘This is new ter­rain for us.’’

Wood Cuts a sport­ing fig­ure

McLEOD’S Daugh­ters star Matt Pass­more joins John Wood (above right) in the cast of a new six-part drama se­ries for ABC-TV, which started shoot­ing on lo­ca­tion in Syd­ney this week. Writ­ten by John Misto, The Cut prom­ises ‘‘a mor­dant look at pro­fes­sional sports man­age­ment— the play­ers, their agents, the mid­dle­men and the me­dia hype and re­al­ity’’. Wood plays rogue sports agent Bill Telford, whose dodgy deals start to un­ravel when he is in­jured in a ter­ror­ist at­tack over­seas. Pass­more is Bill’s hap­less son and Julieanne New­bould plays his wife. Ben Ox­en­bould is also in the cast. Tom Blacket is pro­duc­ing The Cut; Mandy Smith and Karl Zwicky are di­rect­ing.

Bo­gans in Wedge spin-off

THE role of sports stars and their agents also comes to the fore on Chan­nel 10, where Ja­son Gann’s ego­tis­ti­cal and de­luded bad boy Mark Wary stars in his own ‘‘re­al­ity’’ se­ries spun from The Wedge. Shot on lo­ca­tion in Gee­long in May, the six-part com­edy Mark Loves Sharon gives view­ers a warts-and-all view of Wary’s self-cen­tred life, in­clud­ing the sex and drug scan­dals and his up-and-down re­la­tion­ships with feisty night­club dancer Sharon Met­calf (Abby Meates), long­suf­fer­ing man­ager Jerry Da­bel­stein (Dailan Evans) and freeload­ing mates Sledge and Tomo. The se­ries was co-writ­ten with Gann by The Wedge’s Des Dowl­ing, who also di­rects. It pre­mieres on Mon­day night. It’s been a busy year for Gann, who is co-writ­ing a sec­ond se­ries of Wil­fred with Adam Zwar and de­vel­op­ing a sit­com for the Com­edy Chan­nel.

Still in the Nest

A SIX-PART doc­u­men­tary se­ries fol­low­ing the lives of fam­i­lies whose grown-up chil­dren still live at home— a phe­nom­e­non dubbed ‘‘Peter Pan-de­mo­nium’’— pre­mieres on SBS on Satur­day night. Us­ing three very dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies, The Nest fol­lows a so­cial ex­per­i­ment that at­tempts to dis­cover how pre­pared each is for a sus­tain­able, in­de­pen­dent fu­ture. Their progress is mon­i­tored by de­mog­ra­pher Bernard Salt, fi­nan­cial ex­pert Scott Pape and so­cial psy­chol­o­gist Dina McMil­lan. The THE sports-trivia com­edy pilot shot by Chan­nel 9 in Melbourne in March ap­pears un­likely to go ahead. The pilot, dubbed Eye of the Tiger, was hosted by Peter Row­sthorn and fea­tured Bert New­ton and a panel of comics. AUS­TRALIANS have missed out on all the sup­port­ing roles in the first full sea­son of The Starter Wife, shoot­ing in Los An­ge­les with only Judy Davis re­turn­ing to reprise her Emmy-win­ning turn as the brit­tle Joan McAl­lis­ter. The ini­tial six-part mini-se­ries, screened here on Chan­nel 10, was filmed on the Gold Coast and fea­tured sev­eral Aus­tralian ac­tors in­clud­ing Mi­randa Otto, Kate Ken­dall, Jane Hall, Aden Young and Roger Corser. De­bra Mess­ing re­mains as the star. orig­i­nal for­mat was pro­duced by Paul Rudd and Peter Ab­bot for Free­hand Pro­duc­tions.

Eye now off the Tiger

Aussies don’t make start

Food for thought

PETER Wynne, who has an im­pres­sive list of cred­its as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of ma­jor events, has di­rected for Chan­nel 7 a spe­cial fo­cus­ing on Melbourne’s unique food and restau­rant cul­ture. Ab­so­lutely Melbourne — All You Can Eat, screens on Satur­day at 7.30pm and il­lus­trates the ex­tra­or­di­nary range of din­ing our city has to of­fer. The spe­cial fea­tures in­ter­views with ma­jor restau­rant iden­ti­ties in­clud­ing Guy Grossi (above left), Shan­non Ben­nett, Frank Co­morra and Ge­orge Calom­baris and fea­tures Kate Ce­ber­ano in­ter­view­ing Vanessa Amorosi. Shel­don Wynne pro­duced the spe­cial.

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