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Hey, hey, we want you back

A FACE­BOOK fan page has been cre­ated to pres­sure a com­mer­cial TV net­work to com­mis­sion the re­turn of Hey Hey It’s Satur­day. In less than a week, the num­ber of fans who have joined the site’s pe­ti­tion for the leg­endary va­ri­ety show’s re­turn has jumped from 8840 to 9666. The fan page’s cre­ator says: ‘‘ Hey Hey is re­spon­si­ble for not only bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether on a Satur­day night, but also pro­mot­ing many Aus­tralian mu­sic artists and ac­tors and, without it, our mu­sic in­dus­try and movie in­dus­try has not been the same. To­day’s TV is filled with crime shows, med­i­cal shows and all things that are de­press­ing. What we need is va­ri­ety, some­thing that pro­motes Aus­tralian tal­ent and some­thing that fills us with good spir­its.’’ For­mer Hey Hey host Daryl Somers has re­sponded to the fan page, say­ing: ‘‘It’s touch­ing that 10 years on from the fi­nal show so many are reg­is­ter­ing. As far as the show re­turn­ing, it’s not out of the ques­tion. There have been talks with David Gyn­gell (Nine chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer) and Michael Healy (di­rec­tor of pro­gram­ming) about a re­union show. You’ll cer­tainly know about it if it hap­pens’’.

Looking for a home

THE fi­nal ver­dict of new hit re­al­ity cook­ing pro­gram MasterChef Aus­tralia will be an­nounced on July 19 and con­tes­tant Chris Badenoch is streets ahead of his com­peti­tors. Mem­ber­ship of his beer-ap­pre­ci­a­tion busi­ness, BeerMa­sons, which was set up two years be­fore he went on the pro­gram, has risen and he and busi­ness part­ner Re­nee Gre­sham are looking for premises around Aus­tralia for their first restau­rant. ‘‘There’s no doubt be­ing on MasterChef has helped all this,’’ Badenoch says. ‘‘We’ve had such good feed­back from peo­ple all over the coun­try and it’s just a mat­ter of it be­ing the right venue. There are peo­ple looking ev­ery­where, all over Aus­tralia, at the mo­ment to find the ideal prop­erty.’’

Shoot­ing for goal

IVAN Zelic has played a first-aid guy in Home and Away and had a bit part in All Saints. Now he’s hit the big time with a role in Packed to the Rafters. The brother of for­mer Aus­tralian soc­cer player Ned Zelic, Ivan was in­tro­duced dur­ing the sec­ond episode of the pop­u­lar lo­cal drama as hunky doc­tor Luke Han­son. The new char­ac­ter’s ar­rival is likely to cause ten­sion be­tween on-again-off-again cou­ple Mel (Zoe Ven­toura) and Ben (Hugh Sheri­dan). Zelic has filmed four episodes for the new Rafters se­ries.

Start writ­ing now

IF YOU’RE plan­ning to launch your ca­reer as a TV host on new dig­i­tal chan­nel ABC3, you’d bet­ter get a move on. Applications close to­mor­row for those who want to be part of the Me On 3 na­tion­wide search for new tal­ent. On June 18, the ABC put out a cast­ing call for peo­ple to ap­ply for one of sev­eral pre­sen­ter po­si­tions on the new dig­i­tal kids’ chan­nel. Since the cam­paign be­gan, more than 50,000 peo­ple have vis­ited abc.net.au/meon3 and 12,000 ap­pli­ca­tion forms have been down­loaded.

Pass­ing on the tal­ent

HE DRESSED head to toe in pink as a fairy for an end-of-day pa­rade at Movieworld; he’s of­ten to be found play­ing board games with his young neph­ews; and he im­pressed na­tional TV audiences with his trendy head­band on a celebrity ver­sion of The Singing Bee. Now the host of Chan­nel 9’s Satur­day-morn­ing show Kids’ WB, Shura Taft, has a new gig: fronting the kids’ game show Pyra­mid. But at 26, doesn’t he think it’s about time he grew up? ‘‘No way,’’ he says with a laugh. ‘‘Are you try­ing to make me out to be like Peter Pan?’’ The com­par­i­son is his, not ours, but it does seem to fit this ris­ing star who openly ad­mits he loves play­ing ‘‘all sorts of child­ish games’’ with neph­ews Ja­cob, 1, and Ethan, 3. Pyra­mid pre­mieres soon on Nine. KEVIN Har­ring­ton and Shane Con­nor, two of Aus­tralia’s most ac­com­plished ac­tors, have de­cided it’s time to teach some tricks of their trade. Har­ring­ton (left) and Con­nor, who be­tween them have 50 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, are host­ing act­ing classes. Har­ring­ton’s cred­its in­clude the role of Lewis Mo­ran in Un­der­belly, and Con­nor has made his mark in Neigh­bours, Dirt Game and Moby Dick. Visit www.the­ac­torscoach.com.au for de­tails.

Pyra­mid sell­ing

Naked am­bi­tion: MasterChef’s Chris Badenoch wants his own eatery.


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