From homegrown dramas to big US blockbusters and everything in between, TV lovers can expect an onslaught of new programs over the next month
The race to the end of the ratings year is well and truly on. Enter “Super September” and the push to get some last big viewer numbers under their collective belts.
So what should you be watching? Read on for our take on the cream of the new season’s small-screen crop. with these characters,” says Carter, who plays Turner’s late wife’s best friend as well as his boss. “The writing is beautiful … There’s a lightness and a comedic element but a lot of heart as well.” While the spotlight will obviously turn to Joel Jackson, the breakout star of this hotlyanticipated two-part miniseries about the life and work of entertainer Peter Allen, two of Australia’s leading ladies will also deliver unmissable performances.
Rebecca Gibney plays Peter Allen’s mother, Marion Woolnough, and has been singing the praises of Sigrid Thornton as Judy Garland since the cast gathered for the first table reading in February.
The Sea Change favourite is remarkable as Garland, the showbiz icon who took Allen under her wing as his US manager and then as his mother-in-law when he wed her daughter, Liza (played by Sara West).
And Thornton has returned the love. “We’re actually a part of a mutual admiration society,” she says. As Thornton explained, it was Gibney’s range which impressed. “She has to play her from quite a young woman to quite an elderly woman. It’s been extraordinary to watch that transformation.” Bigger and better may well be the slogan this year for The X Factor.
With an overhauled judging table that brings in international superstars James Blunt and Chris Isaak as well as the triumphant return of Guy Sebastian, Seven are betting on a big win.
“You’ve got to With Foxtel having revived the period drama, actor Sara Wiseman says to expect a change in pace when season three begins in its new home.
“They’ve upped the ante for everyone,” Wiseman says.
“That’s how it goes. It can’t all be smooth sailing because that’d be boring. And as they say, boats aren’t made for sitting in the harbour.”
Wiseman’s character, Carolyn Bligh, gets a heavy storyline. The scenes were “confronting and terrifying” at times, but satisfying to play, she says.
“It has a bit of a whiplash response that comes from it,” Wiseman hints. “Her outlook on the world, her opinions and self-belief ... how she handles herself — everything is impacted. There’s quite a surprise in store.” bring freshness to shows when they come back,” says Seven’s director of network production Brad Lyons. “We certainly have with this.”
Finally it’s a girl’s turn to try having a dozen or so boyfriends on for size. Sam Frost (the girl Blake Garvey picked and then rejected) is in the driver’s seat, hoping to find the elusive “one”.
“I thought, ‘Well I’m still single — what have I got to lose’,” she says of her decision to sign on the dotted line.
While keeping very quiet about the outcome of the show, she promises that the men who will compete for her final rose are not only the genuine article, but they exceeded her expectations. back fans of the original format.
“We kept adding elements to it and we decided, ‘Let’s stop doing that and let’s go back to basics,” says host Scott Cam. “It’s just good old fashioned renovating and people having a go.”
Having bought an iconic eight-floor motel in South Yarra, the team have gutted it from the inside out. Now the challenge will be getting five liveable — and profitable — apartments done. There’s a new host, a new (well, a returning one anyway) trainer and new contestants.
But this year The Biggest Loser has returned to the format which was its most successful — rounding up families ready for a big life change. Tiffiny Hall says she’s excited to come back to a show revisiting its core values.
“TBL Families goes back to basics focusing on the contestant’s stories, their transformations and the important life changing role of health and fitness in families and communities,” she says. Big rivalries, big challenges and a few surprise underdogs are coming up this year on Celebrity Apprentice, promises Mark Bouris.
And the girls lead the charge , with beauty queen Tegan Martin labelled one to watch. “Tegan is a great communicator, energetic, creative and knows how to get a job done,” says Bouris.
In addition, this season TV queen Kerri-Ann Kennerley and ModelCo founder Shelley Barrett join as advisers.