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The latest television news from Kylie Miller and Darren Devlyn
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.