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Danc­ing off to Hol­ly­wood

NATALIE Bass­ingth­waighte (right) flexed her act­ing mus­cles in yet-to-be re­leased Aus­tralian film Prey and now she’s ready to tackle Hol­ly­wood. The 33-year-old So You Think You Can Dance Aus­tralia host has spent the past two years try­ing to find time to get to Los An­ge­les, but has been busy fronting the Rogue Traders and fo­cus­ing on her solo ca­reer. Signed to top Hol­ly­wood agency In­ter­na­tional Creative Man­age­ment, Bass­ingth­waighte says when her com­mit­ments on SYTYCDA end in the mid­dle of this year she will head to Hol­ly­wood to ex­plore act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. ‘‘If I don’t do it now I’m not go­ing to do it,’’ she says. ‘‘I want to do the fam­ily thing and have ba­bies. I want to live that life as well. So go­ing to Hol­ly­wood is one of the fi­nal things on my list to achieve.’’ As for her mu­sic ca­reer, the pe­tite blonde says her days of spin­ning around in hot­pants will soon end. ‘‘I def­i­nitely can’t be wear­ing hot­pants for­ever . . . that is nearly over,’’ she says.

Cop turns law­breaker

JANE All­sop (left), who played cop Jo Par­rish in the lon­grun­ning Blue Heel­ers, is mak­ing a re­turn to the world of po­lice dra­mas. All­sop has filmed a role in Chan­nel 7’s City Homi­cide, but word from the set is that this time All­sop plays a char­ac­ter on the wrong side of the law. It’s All­sop’s first TV role since her out­stand­ing por­trayal of Gra­ham Kennedy’s side­kick Noe­line Brown in the tele­movie The King. Mean­while, Sun­day’s City Homi­cide fea­tures Brett Climo as Vic­tor Car­ling, a suc­cess­ful lawyer who rep­re­sents a mur­der sus­pect.

Farmer’s on fer­tile ground

A FEW city girls’ noses are likely to be put out of joint when it’s re­vealed one of their com­peti­tors on re­al­ity dat­ing show Farmer Wants A Wife is an old flame of one of the el­i­gi­ble farm­ers. Wife-seek­ing farmer Paul, 36, of New South Wales, is sur­prised in the first episode when Bri­die, 33, rolls up to meet him. ‘‘I haven’t seen Bri­die for 10 years. She’s an old friend of mine,’’ Paul says. ‘‘She’s a beau­ti­ful per­son in­side and out. I thought that back then and still think that now.’’ Looks as though this farmer has some tough de­ci­sions to make. Time will tell if the girls’ claws come out.

Un­der­cover in the mafia

GANGS Of Oz, Chan­nel 7’s docu­d­rama se­ries at­tempt­ing to cash in on the suc­cess of Un­der­belly, is set to re­veal its own take on the Aus­tralian mafia. The sec­ond episode of Gangs of Oz, ti­tled The Aussie Mafia: In­side The Fam­ily, pro­vides in­sight into the mob through a for­mer un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer who em­bed­ded him­self in the danger­ous world of drugs, sex and mur­der. His work re­vealed in­for­ma­tion that led to some of Aus­tralia’s big­gest drug busts.

So you think you can out­rage?

AN­DREW Den­ton is on the look­out for undis­cov­ered young tal­ent. Den­ton’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, Zapruder’s Other Films, has be­gun its search for creative young peo­ple for the re­al­ity se­ries Project NEXT. Pro­duc­ers are seek­ing ‘‘orig­i­nal thinkers with a view about what’s hap­pen­ing in the world’’. Den­ton says: ‘‘We’re looking for peo­ple keen to rat­tle some cages and re­ceive mail beginning with the words, ‘Dear Sir or Madam, I have never been so out­raged in all my life’. It’s not only on-air tal­ent we’re af­ter. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for a new and tal­ented team, across sev­eral dis­ci­plines, to build a TV and web pro­gram from the ground up.’’ The 10-episode Project NEXT will screen later this year on ABC1, ABC2, the web, mo­bile phones and on­line. Ap­pli­cants should be aged 18-30. For more de­tails visit pro­ject­next.net.au Applications close March 16.

Fish­ing for view­ers

CHAN­NEL 9 is pin­ning its hopes on the con­tin­ued suc­cess of hit fran­chise CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion. Much, how­ever, de­pends on viewer re­ac­tion to Lau­rence Fish­burne (left) re­plac­ing William Petersen as lead­ing man. The show re­turns on Fe­bru­ary 22, with Fish­burne mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance three episodes in. When Petersen’s fi­nal episode screened in the US, it at­tracted 24.25 mil­lion view­ers.

Time to go troppo

THE world’s largest short-film fes­ti­val, Tropfest, will be broad­cast live on Fox­tel’s Movie Ex­tra chan­nel. You can watch all 16 fi­nal­ist films and see the win­ner an­nounced on Fe­bru­ary 22. Adam Hills and Spicks and Specks col­league Alan Brough host the event.

Can’t tell a lie

GOOD news for Chan­nel 10. New US drama Lie To Me scored ex­cel­lent first-week fig­ures in Aus­tralia, av­er­ag­ing 1.5 mil­lion view­ers na­tion­ally. More im­por­tantly, the Tim Roth show is do­ing solid fig­ures in the US. Last week, Lie to Me av­er­aged about 13 mil­lion view­ers, en­sur­ing it will stay in pro­duc­tion. Ten’s other new US drama, Life on Mars, isn’t do­ing as well in the US, with six mil­lion view­ers. It av­er­aged a healthy 1.2 mil­lion view­ers for Ten in its de­but here.

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