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Bedding down in 2009

THE sec­ond sea­son of Bed of Roses is one of the most an­tic­i­pated dra­mas for next year. Ex­pec­ta­tions are high for good rea­son. Join­ing the ac­com­plished Kerry Arm­strong, Ju­lia Blake and Caro­line Gillmer in se­ries two is lo­cal act­ing leg­end Charles ‘‘Bud’’ Ting­well (right). Head of ABC-TV Drama Mi­randa Dear says: ‘‘We knew while mak­ing se­ries one that we had some­thing spe­cial on our hands and so went straight into de­vel­op­ing a sec­ond se­ries. The au­di­ence re­sponse was ter­rific.’’ Bed of Roses, writ­ten by Jutta Goetze and El­iz­a­beth Cole­man, was one of the most down­loaded ABC-TV dra­mas this year, with an es­ti­mated 700,000 vod­casts.

Vam­pire love runs true

ONE-TIME Aussie soap ac­tor Ryan Kwan­ten has a star­ring role in Alan Ball’s new drama True Blood, which pre­mieres next year on pay-TV’s Show­case. Star­ring Anna Paquin (who won an Os­car for her role in The Pi­ano), True Blood is based on the books of Char­laine Har­ris and fol­lows the smoul­der­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween mind-read­ing Louisiana bar­maid Sookie Stack­house (Paquin) and vam­pire Bill Comp­ton (Stephen Moyer). A se­ri­ously buff Kwan­ten spends much of his time without clothes, play­ing Paquin’s li­bidi­nous brother, Ja­son. US broad­caster HBO has com­mis­sioned a sec­ond sea­son.

Di­rec­to­rial de­but

AARON Ped­er­sen has added di­rect­ing to his CV af­ter di­rect­ing the im­por­tant fi­nal episode of the sec­ond sea­son of The Cir­cuit. Film­ing wrapped a week ago on the ac­claimed SBS drama, which stars Ped­er­sen as a lawyer and Gary Sweet as a re­mote-area mag­is­trate work­ing the tough court cir­cuit in West­ern Aus­tralia’s Kim­ber­ley re­gion. It’s not the first time Ped­er­sen has worked be­hind the scenes — the for­mer ABC jour­nal­ist wrote My Brother Vin­nie, an award-winning doc­u­men­tary about Ped­er­sen’s life with his brother, Vin­cent.

TV limbo for Ker­ley

HIS foray on Chan­nel 10’s ill-fated dat­ing show Taken Out ap­pears to have ended— at least tem­po­rar­ily— the TV ca­reer of ris­ing star James Ker­ley. Now a reg­u­lar on Syd­ney’s Nova FM break­fast show, fill­ing in for Mer­rick and Rosso un­til Christ­mas, Ker­ley had carved a niche on XYZ’s Chan­nel [V], host­ing sev­eral shows in­clud­ing Cash Cab and The Dave and Ker­ley Show, a week­end break­fast show he co-pro­duced with Mel­bourne comic Dave Law­son. Though Ker­ley was forced to re­lin­quish his roles with Chan­nel [V] when he ac­cepted the Ten gig, he will still ap­pear on the mu­sic chan­nel next year as a host of the travel show B430, recorded be­fore his de­par­ture. De­spite its suc­cess on [V], it now ap­pears un­likely The Dave and Ker­ley Show will get a sec­ond sea­son, but both stars are ex­pected to pop up on Ten.

The baddy is back

FLETCHER Humphries re­turned this week to Neigh­bours for a five-episode stint repris­ing his role as bad guy Guy Sykes. Sykes first ap­peared in Ram­say St in 2006. Humphries, who is best known for a long-run­ning role in All Saints, has re­cently fin­ished film­ing the sec­ond sea­son of East of Ev­ery­thing.

Dogstar best in show

AUS­TRALIAN chil­dren’s se­ries Dogstar will com­pete against se­ries from In­dia, Ja­pan and Korea af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated in the best an­i­ma­tion cat­e­gory in the 2008 Asian Tele­vi­sion Awards. Set in the year 2347, Dogstar fol­lows a group of chil­dren as they search for their miss­ing dog. It’s been a suc­cess­ful year for the se­ries, which won an AWGIE award for best chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion script and was nom­i­nated for two AFI awards. A sec­ond se­ries goes into pro­duc­tion soon. The Asian Tele­vi­sion Awards will be held in Sin­ga­pore to­mor­row night.

New Year, old shows

in which An­drew Den­ton the ta­bles on leg­endary in­ter­viewer Michael Parkin­son. It be­gins at 8.30pm. SPICKS and Specks pan­el­list and TripleM brekky host Myf Warhurst (left) presents a New Year’s Eve line-up on ABC2 fea­tur­ing the best of Aunty’s 2008 of­fer­ings. The sched­ule in­cludes high-rat­ing episodes of The Gruen Trans­fer, The New In­ven­tors and Enough Rope turns

Film a must for McLach­lan

CRAIG McLach­lan, who re­cently ap­peared as age­ing rock gui­tarist Steve Wil­son in Packed to the Rafters, has been work­ing on a film. McLach­lan has a role in John Jar­ratt’s fea­ture, Sav­ages Cross­ing. ‘‘There was no way I was say­ing no (to the role). I would have trav­elled across the world for that one,’’ McLach­lan says. Jar­ratt’s dark thriller re­volves around a group of peo­ple forced to sur­vive in a Queens­land road­house with, as McLach­lan puts it, ‘‘a pill-pop­ping, al­co­holic psy­cho’’.

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