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The latest television news from Kylie Miller and Darren Devlyn
We’re heading east again
THE cameras are set to roll on a second series of the ABC coastal drama East of Everything. The top-notch cast from series one, including Richard Roxburgh, Tom Long, Gia Carides (right) and Susie Porter, will be back in front of the cameras in Byron Bay next Monday. Joining them in this series will be Nick Tate, who will play Gerry, the father of Art (Roxburgh) and Vance (Long). Tracy Mann and New Zealand actor Craig Hall (King Kong) are also in the cast. Series two has been written by Deb Cox and Roger Monk. The directors are Stuart MacDonald (East of Everything series one, Summer Heights High, The Secret Life of Us); Tony Tilse (Underbelly, City Homicide, CrashBurn); and Ian Watson (Love My Way, The Cooks). Executive producers are Miranda Dear and Amanda Higgs (ABC) and Fiona Eagger. The story resumes five months after Art and Vance Watkins have submitted to their dead mother’s wishes and reopened the backpacker spot, the Far Out East. ‘‘East of Everything series two takes the world of Broken Bay and its inhabitants into new territory, amplifying the comedy and pace and delivering a series of quality, heart and humour,’’ Eagger says.
Fox picks up Aussie show
AMERICA’S Fox network will adapt the Australian drama The Informant, written by Screentime’s Greg Haddrick. The Australian version stars William McInnes (left) as a secretive suburban dad who works as a police informant for an elite federal investigative agency. A telemovie, filmed as a potential series pilot, will screen on Channel 10 this year, though Ten has not yet commissioned a series.
Lights, camera, transaction
MORE than $262 million was spent on film and television production in Victoria in the 2007-08 financial year— a record for the state. According to Film Victoria, the figure represents an 80 per cent increase in spending AS THE Nine Network starts planning a new series of The Block to be filmed in Sydney and Melbourne next year, the hit renovation format continues to sell around the world with Israeli television the latest to pick up the rights. The Block was created by former Nine producers David Barbour and Julian Cress, who are now based in the US with Granada. Format rights to The Block have been sold to Britain’s ITV, Fox USA, Mnet South Africa and many European broadcasters. The Australian version, hosted by Jamie Durie, also has sold well. Cress and Barbour have just delivered the first episode of another of their formats, The Chopping Block, to NBC.
Fremantle kicks goals
THE chief executive officer of FremantleMedia Australia Mark Fennessy was in Melbourne last week spruiking a strong line-up of offerings for the coming year. As well as the improving performance of Neighbours, the company has had success with series including So You Think You Can Dance, Farmer Wants a Wife, Choir of Hard Knocks, Newstopia, The Gift, The Biggest Loser, Project Runway Australia and Australian Idol. They also are producing Taken Out, a new stripped dating format for Channel 10, and Nine’s remake of a Japanese format, Hole in the Wall.
Doctors on call
THOUGH there is still no official commission from Channel 9, work is continuing on FremantleMedia’s remake of the 1970s drama series The Young Doctors with at least one former cast member— Mark Holden (above)— very eager to be involved. Holden played Dr Greg Mason in the original series. No cast is yet attached to the series, but producers have approached Kate Ritchie to star.
Tropfest given Extra treatment
SHORT-FILM makers will have their Tropfest entries broadcast on Movie Extra under a seven-year sponsorship deal announced last week by Movie Network Channels and Tropfest, the world’s largest short-film festival. As part of the deal, Movie Network will host a live broadcast of the event, including red-carpet highlights and interviews, and screening the 16 finalists and the awards ceremony.
Posie’s next bush drama
HER long-running drama series McLeod’s Daughters winds up this year, but Posie Graeme-Evans is not resting on her laurels. The former Nine drama chief has set up a production partnership with FremantleMedia and is developing another rural-themed family drama for the Seven Network.
Kids live set for Movie World
GEORGIA Sinclair and Shura Taft hosted their first live episode of the weekend children’s show Kids WB at Nine’s Melbourne studios on Saturday. The show will also go out live for the next few Saturdays before a live outdoor telecast from Movie World on September 13.