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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: 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.