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The latest television news from Kylie Miller and Darren Devlyn
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.
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’’.