Produced by Sarah Smith and Julie McGauran, the series is centred on Dean and Chase Gallagher, twentysomething alpha males who work in the special operations rescue unit. Rescue joins Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities and a new series of Sea Patrol in Nine’s drama line-up for next year.
Pete’s movie success
COMEDIAN Peter Helliar will add a bigscreen credit to his list of achievements when he takes a role in a feature film he wrote. I Love You Too is being co-produced by Helliar, Yael Berman and Laura Waters, and will be directed by Daina Reid. The producers have secured American Peter Dinklage to star in the film, described as ‘‘a romantic comedy about a commitment-phobic man about town and a gifted new-age dwarf who go on a quest to win back the woman they love’’. Dinklage is best known for roles in Narnia, Death at a Funeral, The Station Agent and Elf. ACTOR Tony Llewellyn-Jones played deputy prime minister John ‘‘Black Jack’’ McEwen in the recent ABC docudrama The Prime Minister is Missing, but now he’s set for a promotion. Llewellyn-Jones plays prime minister Malcolm Fraser in the new series Underbelly— A Tale of Two Cities. The series covers the decade from 1976, when the marijuana and heroin trades took hold. Fraser was prime minister from 1975-1983. TWO actors from the recent Aussie crime movie The Square— Peter Phelps and David Roberts— are reunited in Underbelly. In The Square, which also starred former Rush regular Claire van der Boom and Joel Edgerton, Roberts played doomed construction boss Raymond Yale and Phelps site foreman Jake.
Who’s the boss?
Yes, Prime Minister
This time Phelps stars as Joe Messina, head of the Victoria Police crime investigation squad, and Roberts plays squad member Angus Campbell. ‘‘Phelpsy and I have had a good laugh about the fact I played his boss in The Square and now he’s playing my boss in Underbelly,’’ Roberts says.
HE IS well known for his complicated love life and as the self-absorbed Hollywood star Vincent Chase on the hit cable series Entourage, but actor Adrian Grenier is also a filmmaker, having written and directed several short films and a documentary. Now a green-tinged series produced by Grenier and his real-life entourage, fellow filmmakers Gary R. Benz, Peter Glatzer and Michael Branton, has been picked up by Australia’s Lifestyle Channel to screen in late March. Presented by Grenier, the 13-part Alter Eco introduces a ‘‘green team’’ including green guru Boise Thomas, sustainable style expert and fashion model Angela Lindvall, and eco-renovation expert Darren Moore to show viewers how to embrace the green life and reduce their carbon footprints. Grenier practises what he preaches — the series also follows the environmentally aware renovation of his Los Angeles pad.
Dogstar’s big win
ANIMATED children’s series Dogstar, which screens in Australia on Channel 9 and the Disney Channel, was named best animated series at the Asian Television Awards. Produced and animated in Australia, the Media World Pictures production is set in the year 2347 and follows the adventures of a family of children as they search for their dog, Hobart, in space. A second series is in production.