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The latest television news from Darren Devlyn and Erin McWhirter
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.