Nadia’s cop spot
NADIA Townsend (left) joins the cast of City Homicide next week as filming starts on series three. Townsend enters the hit Channel 7 drama series as a new detective, but she won’t appear on screen until after Easter. After several guest appearances in the first two seasons, David Field, as Det Supt Terry Jarvis, fills the shoes of the temporarily absent Noni Hazlehurst’s character Bernice. Hazlehurst returns to the set in mid-February after finishing work on the Melbourne Theatre Company production Grace. Field plays the detective superintendent in charge of homicide from next month’s season opener.
THE sexy women from brothel 232 will return again at the end of the year with Showtime signing on for a third series of Melbourne drama Satisfaction. Production starts mid-year with stars Alison Whyte, Peta Sargeant, Diana Glenn, Madeleine West, Kestie Morassi and Dustin Clare all expected to return. Satisfaction has now been sold to 25 countries including Canada, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Israel, New Zealand and France. It has also been sold to Latin America.
SMALL-SCREEN favourite Sigrid Thornton is stepping out of her comfort zone to appear in Opera Australia’s production of A Little Night Music, opening on May 14. Thornton, whose last television appearance was in Dream Life, a one-hour drama that screened on MTVin November, makes her Opera Australia debut as Desiree alongside Nancye Hayes, Robert Grubb and Taryn Fiebig. Stuart Maunder is directing.
MTV voting drama
VOTING is about to close in the nationalMTVcompetition that launched the career of Dream Life creator Sarah Daggar Nickson. The emerging screenwriter and director Scott Otto Anderson made their drama pilot after winning the second annual One80Project, a national competition that assists new program makers in bringing their drama concepts to the screen. Voting in the third annual comp closes on January 30, with two Victorian entrants— Sweet November by Lester Francois and Deadline by Marisa Brown— in the top 10. Two winners, one chosen by industry judges and the other by viewers, will be named after a screening of the finalists’ 10 pilots on February 1. The judges’ choice will be made into an hour-long drama for broadcast on MTV. THE date will be Feb 5, 2009; the time 9am. But guests to the set of 9am with David and Kim (above) could be forgiven for thinking they have stepped back in time. Planning has begun for a
1970s with David and Kim
1970s-themed episode on February 5 to promote the launch that evening of Network Ten’s imported drama Life on Mars. The series, a US adaptation of the BBC drama of the same name, follows the adventures and confusion of a cop who is transported back in time after a car crash and finds himself stranded in 1973.
Rush of work
FILMING isn’t due to start until March on the second season of Channel 10 drama series Rush, but there hasn’t been much of a Christmas break for stars Nicole da Silva and Ashley Zuckerman, who are appearing on stage in This is Our Youth. The Kenneth Lonergan play is being directed by Nicholas Pollock. The season runs until February 1 at Fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne. For tickets ph: 9662 9966. THE Australian naval drama Sea Patrol makes its pay-TV debut on Australia Day when it premieres on Hallmark with a marathon screening of the first season between noon and midnight.
Aussie Wipeout ready
FILMING has wrapped on the Nine Network’s new Wipeout Australia to allow co-host Josh Lawson to return to his commitments in the US this week. While contestants participated in a six-week shoot on the custom-built set in Argentina, hosts Lawson and James Brayshaw filmed their roles in Australia. The series will premiere on Nine early next month.
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