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Da­mon found in LA

DIANA Glenn makes her third re­cent ap­pear­ance in a TV drama to­mor­row play­ing an Ital­ian-Aus­tralian pri­vate de­tec­tive in Carla Cametti, PD. Glenn, who is cur­rently on air in the Show­case drama Sat­is­fac­tion, is joined by Robert Mam­mone, Vince Colosimo and Nicole da Silva (main pic­ture) in the six-part se­ries filmed in Mel­bourne last year. In a piece of cast­ing that must seem as fa­mil­iar to the ac­tors as it is to the au­di­ence, Sul­li­van Sta­ple­ton plays Glenn’s for­mer boyfriend in Carla Cametti. The pair also teamed as lovers in Sat­is­fac­tion and Nine’s short-lived drama se­ries, Canal Road. AUSSIE ac­tor Da­mon Her­ri­man (left), whose re­cent cred­its in­clude guest roles in US dra­mas Cold Case and The Unit, has been cast in a drama pi­lot for NBC. Her­ri­man will play An­thony Yeckel, a civil­ian con­sul­tant to the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment in Lost & Found. The se­ries sounds sur­pris­ingly sim­i­lar to Net­work Ten’s tele­movie se­ries Black­Jack. It fol­lows an off­beat de­tec­tive played by Ka­tee Sack­hoff, who is sent to the base­ment to work on un­solved cases af­ter butting heads with her su­pe­ri­ors. Her­ri­man, who also works as a screen­writer, has many Aus­tralian act­ing cred­its, in­clud­ing Love My Way and All Saints. Mean­while, Aussie ac­tor Peter O’Brien ap­pears in an episode of Gos­sip Girl screen­ing on the Nine Net­work tonight. O’Brien filmed the guest role as a camp fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher in 2007.

Diana’s triple treat

Great Scot, it’s Dougray

DI­REC­TOR Peter An­drikidis has as­sem­bled an all-star in­ter­na­tional cast for the new Screen­time mini-se­ries False Wit­ness, in­clud­ing Scot­tish ac­tor Dougray Scott and his real-life wife Claire For­lani, who play an on-screen cou­ple sent to wit­ness pro­tec­tion in Aus­tralia. Set across three con­ti­nents, the se­ries also stars Richard Roxburgh as Scott’s Bri­tish MI6 han­dler, with Stephen Curry and Rachael Blake as Scot­land Yard of­fi­cers on his trail to Aus­tralia. Don Hany plays a Rus­sian mob­ster and arms dealer, and Jeremy Lind­say Tay­lor lands his first big in­ter­na­tional role as the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice of­fi­cer charged with pro­tect­ing the cou­ple. In­spired by the 1997 theft of five Soviet-built nu­clear suit­case bombs, False Wit­ness pre­mieres on UKTV on Sun­day at 8.30pm and wraps up on Mon­day. It screens in the US on Jan­uary 24. An­drikidis also co-pro­duced the se­ries with Screen­time’s Greg Had­drick.

Spot­light on Prince Charles

HIS 60th birth­day in Novem­ber is the cat­a­lyst for an in-depth look at the man who would be Bri­tain’s king, with the ABC first run­ning the three-part se­ries The House of Wind­sor: Royal Dy­nasty, fol­lowed by a one-hour doc­u­men­tary Born to Be King: Prince Charles at 60. The four-week royal fam­ily fo­cus be­gins on Mon­day at 6.05pm. The first episode cov­ers the con­ser­va­tive reign of Ge­orge V and his wife Queen Mary and the con­tro­ver­sial ab­di­ca­tion of their son, Ed­ward VIII, to marry di­vorcee Wal­lis Simp­son.

Now there’s a Bondi book

THE star of Net­work Ten’s new se­ries Bondi Vet is ex­pand­ing his me­dia pro­file with the launch of a book, Tales from a Bondi Vet. Chris Brown, who be­gan his TV ca­reer on Harry’s Prac­tice, has also ap­peared on Burke’s Back­yard, Talk to the An­i­mals and To­day. The un­scripted 14-part se­ries was filmed last year and fol­lows Brown’s work and glam­orous life­style around Syd­ney’s Bondi Beach.

Big­gest loser is a win­ner

ALSO cash­ing in on his TV ex­po­sure is Adro Sar­nelli (left), the first win­ner of Ten’s weight-loss show The Big­gest Loser. Sar­nelli lost more than 60kg in four months, and three years later re­mains trim and fit, run­ning a per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and weight-loss cen­tre in Vic­to­ria. The New Me fol­lows his Big­gest Loser ex­pe­ri­ence, of­fer­ing weight-loss ad­vice to everyday Aus­tralians with a plug, of course, for his weight-loss re­treat (www.the­newme.com.au). It will be re­leased in April.

Every­one but Ge­orge Clooney

AS THE long-run­ning drama se­ries ER en­ters its fi­nal months, for­mer stars are start­ing to trickle back. Alex Kingston, who ap­peared in the se­ries for seven sea­sons to 2004 as Dr El­iz­a­beth Cor­day, is the lat­est to re­turn. Her ap­pear­ance fol­lows that, al­beit in flash­backs, by An­thony Ed­wards. In­ter­na­tional re­ports sug­gest that long-time favourite Noah Wyle also will re­turn, and Eriq La Salle will come back as a di­rec­tor. But don’t hold your breath for big-screen favourite Ge­orge Clooney. LAUREN Velez joins the cast of the Seven drama Ugly Betty, play­ing a nurse in­volved in a plot twist that is ru­moured to lead to the death of a ma­jor char­ac­ter. Velez is best known here as Lt Maria Laguerta in Dex­ter. Se­ries three pre­mieres on Show­case to­mor­row night.

Who’s go­ing to die?

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