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