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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?