IN THE KNOW
HBO has given a straight- toseries order for Big Little Lies, starring Oscar winners Nicole Kidman ( above) and Reese
Witherspoon. The comedy is based on the book by Sydney author Liane Moriarty.
MASTERCHEF Australia is already casting for next season. If you can cook and have a spare 30 weeks between October and May next year head to masterchef8. castasugar. com.
US network NBC has a new weapon against piracy – turning the third season of sitcom Undateable completely live.
SHOWS axed in the recent US TV bloodbath include: Minnie Driver sitcom About A Boy, Katherine Heigl’s State of Aff airs, comic adaptation Constantine, comedy Marry Me, the Ellen DeGeneres- produced One Big Happy, Kevin Bacon
thriller The Following, Vince Gilligan’s Battle Creek, Rainn Wilson’s crime procedural Backstrom,
music drama Nashville and the sitcom Cristela.
BUT it wasn’t all bad news. Series pickups include Wesley Snipes’ ( above) Las Vegas
thriller The Player, the Stephen Spielberg executive- produced
Minority Report based on his 2002 movie, The Frankenstein Code about a cop brought back from the dead, Lucifer about the lord of hell solving crimes in LA, Limitless based on the Bradley Cooper fi lm,
Rush Hour based on the fi lm franchise, spin- off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
and James Brolin comedy Life in Pieces.