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Sul­li­van winning race

EA­MON Sul­li­van has been get­ting more on-screen tele­vi­sion action than his ex-lover Stephanie Rice, who hasn’t been do­ing much to earn the re­ported $800,000 she pock­eted af­ter last year sign­ing a 24-month con­tract with Chan­nel 7. A per­fect out­let to re­coup a small por­tion of the money would have been to trot the Olympic swim­ming cham­pion out for the new se­ries of Danc­ing with the Stars. But the new sea­son clashes with Rice’s cam­paign to swim at the world cham­pi­onships in Rome. Rice hasn’t been seen on Seven since she ap­peared in a seg­ment on Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens in Oc­to­ber. Aus­tralian swim­mer Sul­li­van ap­peared on the pop­u­lar life­style pro­gram last Fri­day. Seven has of­fered no def­i­nite word on when Rice will next ap­pear on the net­work.

Cranston Break­ing back

HE’S back and he’s bad­der than ever. Bryan Cranston, fa­mous for play­ing hap­less dad Hal in com­edy clas­sic Malcolm in the Mid­dle, this week re­turns to TV in a new sea­son of Fox­tel drama Break­ing Bad. In the Show­case chan­nel pro­duc­tion, Cranston plays a seem­ingly straight-laced chem­istry teacher whose life in sea­son one was thrown off the rails when he dis­cov­ered his wife was preg­nant and he had a ter­mi­nal ill­ness. Des­per­ate to leave cash be­hind for his wife, Walt be­came a drug dealer. Cranston feels blessed to have won a Best Ac­tor Emmy award for his por­trayal of Walt. ‘‘The award is a great hon­our and I’m thrilled and def­i­nitely sur­prised by it,’’ Cranston says. ‘‘The re­ac­tion I had from friends was ex­traor­di­nary. Af­ter the award was an­nounced I re­ceived more than 300 emails from peo­ple and 62 voice­mail mes­sages.’’ Break­ing Bad screens on Show­case from Thurs­day, July 2, at 8.30pm.

Torch­wood hurry

TORCH­WOOD: Chil­dren of Earth, will be fast-tracked to Fox­tel’s UKTV chan­nel from BBC1. To screen across five nights from July 7, Chil­dren of the Earth re­volves around kids who stop mov­ing, stop play­ing, stop laugh­ing. Then, as one, they start speak­ing with the same voice, an­nounc­ing to the gov­ern­ments of the world the im­mi­nent ar­rival of a new alien threat. As the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment closes ranks, a death war­rant is is­sued against Capt Jack and Torch­wood.

Rough for Buf­fer

JEREMY Lind­say Tay­lor threw him­self into the cur­rent se­ries of Sea Pa­trol and promptly found him­self thrown back out. Tay­lor, who plays petty of­fi­cer bo­sun Pete ‘‘Buf­fer’’ To­maszewski, was only up to the sec­ond week of the pro­duc­tion shoot when he suf­fered an ag­o­nis­ing in­jury. ‘‘I tore my calf mus­cle off my achilles,’’ he ex­plains while on a break on Sea Pa­trol’s Gold Coast set. The in­jury occurred when the cast were film­ing off Mis­sion Beach in far north Queens­land early this year.

An­der­son’s cough drop

ILL­NESS has floored a cast mem­ber on Chan­nel 10 crime drama Rush. Film­ing on sea­son two has been dis­rupted as a re­sult of new cast mem­ber Jo­lene An­der­son be­ing stuck in bed with whoop­ing cough. Set­tling into her new digs and job in Mel­bourne, An­der­son says she’s do­ing all in her power to kick the ill­ness and re­turn to the set.

Parker drama hope

SHE’S not keen to com­mit to a TV drama all year, but Ge­orgie Parker (left) wants to pull her TV act­ing boots on again. Parker, who played All Saints char­ac­ter Terri Sul­li­van for eight years, says she’d con­tem­plate a show with a six-month shoot. ‘‘I would be quite happy to do that,’’ she says. ‘‘TV seems to be go­ing more into the Packed To The Rafters thing, where you do 22 episodes, so you are work­ing half the year.’’ She’s looking to play a part in a new Fox­tel drama and is writ­ing a kids’ pro­gram with Play School col­league Jay Laga’aia.

Funny new faces

CHAN­NEL 7 is out to break new tal­ent in its loom­ing half-hour sketch com­edy se­ries Dou­ble Take. Fresh new faces in­clude Amanda Bishop, Dar­ren Weller, He­len Dal­limore, Robin Goldswor­thy, Hol­lie An­drew and Guy Ed­monds. Paul McCarthy, for­merly of Com­edy Inc fame, is also on the team.

Bad news: Break­ing Bad star Bryan Cranston is back in a new sea­son.

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