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Mi­callef’s live wire

SHAUN Mi­callef, not con­tent with the ex­cep­tional rat­ings of Talkin’ ’Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion, is pitch­ing ideas for new shows. One is am­bi­tious— a liveto-air sit­com. Though Mi­callef would help pro­duce the show, he would also act in the pro­duc­tion, which would ideally ro­tate be­tween three sets. ‘‘I have been sug­gest­ing to Ten we do a live-to-air sit­com,’’ he says. ‘‘You keep it sim­ple. You use a three-cam­era set-up and maybe three sets. It would be un­usual and a throw­back to what tele­vi­sion must have been like. The en­ergy of the per­for­mance would be a real hoot.’’

Ri­ley great chance

KATH & Kim star Gina Ri­ley is re­sist­ing any urge to clear a spot on the man­tle for a Help­mann Award. Ri­ley is up for a Help­mann for her stun­ning per­for­mance as prison ma­tron Mama Mor­ton (left) in the hit mu­si­cal Chicago, but at this point she feels hon­oured just to have been nom­i­nated. She will tough it out in the Best Fe­male Ac­tor in a Sup­port­ing Role in a Mu­si­cal cat­e­gory against My Fair Lady’s Nan­cye Hayes, Jerry Springer the Opera’s Ur­sula Yovich and Wicked’s Mag­gie Kirk­patrick. Ri­ley will be in the award cer­e­mony au­di­ence at the Syd­ney Opera House on Mon­day. The event, co-hosted by Ju­lia Zemiro and Johnathon Big­gins, will be screened live on Fox­tel’s Bio chan­nel at 8.30pm. Ri­ley is pre­par­ing for a Mel­bourne sea­son of Chicago, open­ing at Her Majesty’s The­atre on Au­gust 15. She has also be­gun toss­ing ideas around with Kath & Kim col­league Jane Turner for a new TV se­ries. There is talk they will de­velop a se­ries star­ring Kath & Kim char­ac­ters Prue and Trude. For Chicago book­ings, ph: 13 28 49 or visit www.tick­etek.com.au

Fans mak­ing Hey Hey

THE push for the re­turn of Hey Hey It’s Satur­day is gain­ing mo­men­tum. Last week the Guide re­ported a Face­book fan page had been cre­ated to pres­sure a com­mer­cial net­work to com­mis­sion a new sea­son of Daryl Somers’ leg­endary va­ri­ety show. In three months the site had 10,000 sup­port­ers. As of Mon­day, the num­ber had jumped to 23,373.

Cleared for take-off

SINGING I Wanna Dance with Some­body in the mir­ror as a lit­tle girl turned out to be the per­fect ca­reer prepa­ra­tion for Hol­lie An­drew (above). She won her role on the new Chan­nel 7 sketch-com­edy show Dou­ble Take with a Whit­ney Hous­ton im­pres­sion she started de­vel­op­ing when she was five years old. Dur­ing the course of the show, the ac­tor/singer/dancer, who ap­peared on the ABC com­edy se­ries Dou­ble the Fist, takes off both of the Veron­i­cas, Bey­once and Katie Holmes. Dou­ble Take pre­mieres to­mor­row at 8.30pm on Seven. AC­TOR Travis Fim­mel may be cel­e­brat­ing his 30th birth­day, but life hasn’t been so rosy for the star. He’s up­set about the ax­ing of his lat­est TV project, The Beast. Mel­bourne-born Fim­mel has been work­ing along­side Pa­trick Swayze in the 13-part se­ries, which is set to pre­miere on ABC1 next month. The se­ries, about a rogue un­der­cover FBI agent, played by Swayze, whose can­cer strug­gle ap­peared not to have cracked his gritty per­for­mance, and his side­kick El­lis Dove (Fim­mel), aired in the US in Jan­uary to mixed re­views. It man­aged to en­tice only 1.3 mil­lion view­ers, a poor re­sult by US stan­dards.

Fim­mel’s Beast bur­den

Sheri­dan steps up

A DANCER from a young age, Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sheri­dan has given a few tips to co-star Jes­sica McNamee, who is star­ring in the eighth sea­son of Danc­ing with the Stars. He be­lieves the key is to leave all the tech­ni­cal moves un­til mid­way through the com­pe­ti­tion, and that it’s vi­tal to not peak too early. ‘‘I said to her, ‘Don’t do any­thing too tricky at the start, you have to play a bit dumb’,’’ Sheri­dan says.

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