Cast trans­plant

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AD­DI­SON Mont­gomery, played by Kate Walsh, re­turns to Seat­tle Grace for a Pri­vate Prac­tice cross­over episode in the new sea­son of Grey’s Anatomy. But in a ridicu­lous twist, ill-fated heart pa­tient Denny (Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan) also re­turns in an ex­tended guest role play­ing the ghostly and ap­par­ently hands-on lover of his for­mer fi­ance´ Izzie. Gulp. CHAN­NEL 9 con­tin­ues to get its money’s worth out of Bert New­ton. New­ton is said to be work­ing on a pi­lot, When I Grow Up. Sources say it’s based on an old US se­ries hosted by Bill Cosby called Kids Say The Darn­d­est Things, which was in turn based on an old ra­dio show. The for­mat in­volves the host ask­ing ques­tions of a panel of young chil­dren, who hope­fully an­swer in a cute and en­ter­tain­ing way. THE whis­per is that they were not the eas­i­est band to deal with dur­ing their short Aus­tralian trip, but North­ern Ir­ish pop stars Snow Pa­trol make up for it in their wit-in­fused MAX Ses­sions episode, pre­mier­ing on MAX (Fox­tel) on Sun­day night. Draw­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion from singer Gary Light­body for his sar­to­rial style was Chan­nel V VJ Danny Clay­ton. Sun­day’s Ses­sion marks the host­ing de­but of INXS drum­mer Jon Far­riss.

Bert’s still in harness

Not a snow job

Pack­ing for Africa

RE­BECCA Gib­ney (above) has been a World Vi­sion am­bas­sador for many years and was the face of the char­ity dur­ing the 1980s and ’90s. She’s tak­ing Jes­sica Marais, who plays her Packed To The Rafters daugh­ter Rachel, to Malawi, Africa to see the work the char­ity does. ‘‘I’ll be vis­it­ing my spon­sor child, whom I haven’t seen for 12 years, and he’s 16 now,’’ Gib­ney says. She hopes fans will fol­low her lead with spon­sor­ship.

Sense and sen­si­bil­ity

AUS­TRALIAN ac­tor Si­mon Baker brings just the right mix of Cary Grant-style grace to his lead­ing role in The Men­tal­ist ac­cord­ing to se­ries cre­ator Bruno Heller. Heller says while he is not al­ways happy when he sees com­pleted episodes, Baker is a star as the for­mer phony psy­chic who helps the po­lice solve crimes. ‘‘The rea­son the show has been suc­cess­ful is what Si­mon brings to it,’’ Heller says. ‘‘He’s a gen­uine plea­sure to watch. It’s not that he’s do­ing tech­ni­cal things. He just has that spark and we try to in­fuse the show with that sen­si­bil­ity.’’

Pay TV shows for free

TWO pop­u­lar Fox­tel dra­mas mi­grate to free-to-air chan­nels soon. As se­ries two pre­mieres on Movie Ex­tra on De­cem­ber 14, the first se­ries of stylised Emmy-winning drama Mad Men, set in the sex­ist world of a 1960s ad agency, is poised to screen on SBS. Gos­sip Girl pre­mieres tonight on Nine af­ter a year on the shelf.

Camp­bell is a busy bee

FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess of the first se­ries of Chan­nel 9’s Celebrity Singing Bee, Tim Camp­bell re­turns to host a sec­ond se­ries next year. Camp­bell has been busy com­bin­ing his love for funky 1970s and ’80s mu­sic and daggy danc­ing for a new live show. The Tim Camp­bell Retro Ex­pe­ri­ence pre­mieres on Satur­day night at Crown’s The Palms, sup­port­ing a show by Camp­bell’s con­fi­dant An­thony Cal­lea.

Mar­vel­lous! Be­naud’s in

THE in­domitable Richie Be­naud and his fa­mous cream jacket will re­main a fix­ture of Aus­tralia’s sum­mer of cricket for at least an­other two years. Be­naud’s con­tri­bu­tion to cricket over more than 50 years is re­mark­able. The new con­trac­tual deal will keep him be­hind the mi­cro­phone un­til he’s 80 not out.

Strictly pri­vate:

Kate Walsh makes a guest ap­pear­ance on Grey’s Anatomy.

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