Ex­cit­ing mix to lure view­ers

From singing kids and bikie wars to crime thrillers and fat celebri­ties, there’s lots to look for­ward to this year, write Colin Vick­ery and Siob­han Duck

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

Ten, Ten SC: For those of us who grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, YTT was a weekly sta­ple. But as res­ur­rected Hey Hey It’s Satur­day and It’s a Knock­out have shown, nos­tal­gia will only carry a show so far. YTT’S suc­cess de­pends on the kids and if the pro­mos are any­thing to go by, it looks like Ten’s got the mix right. Ran­dling: ABC1: Two years af­ter An­drew Den­ton quit his Enough Rope in­ter­view show to con­cen­trate on pro­duc­ing TV shows, he’s back to host mys­te­ri­ous new game show Ran­dling, de­scribed as ‘‘a fierce and funny half hour’’ that is ‘‘white­wa­ter raft­ing for the brain’’. We don’t know what that means, but we’re in­trigued. Bikie Wars: Broth­ers in Arms: Ten, Ten SC: When we first heard about Bikie Wars, from the pro­duc­ers of Un­der­belly we were less than thrilled. Then we saw stars Cal­lan Mul­vey and Damian Wal­sheHowl­ing in ac­tion and we were riv­eted. Add crack ac­tors Susie Porter, Todd La­sance, An­thony Hayes and Jeremy Lind­say Tay­lor to the mix and this re­count­ing of the 1984 Milperra Mas­sacre may be bet­ter than Un­der­belly. The Voice: Nine, NBN: Chan­nel 9, late to jump on the mu­sic tal­ent band­wagon, prom­ises some­thing dif­fer­ent from The Voice. Judges/ coaches Delta Goodrem, Seal, Keith Ur­ban and Good Char­lotte’s Joel Mad­den pick con­tes­tants at blind au­di­tions, mean­ing they have to con­cen­trate on tal­ent rather than im­age. The US ver­sion of The Voice, which fea­tured Chris­tine Aguil­era and Ma­roon 5’s Adam Levine, was a hit. The Aussie ver­sion may be too. Bea­cons­field: Nine, NBN: Tele­movie Bea­cons­field won’t be the hap­pi­est view­ing, but it may be the most com­pelling. Shane Ja­cob­son and Lachy Hulme play Tas­ma­nian min­ers Todd Rus­sell and Brant Webb, who were trapped un­der­ground for 14 days. Bea­cons­field high­lights the pair’s men­tal and phys­i­cal or­deal as well as the ex­tra­or­di­nary res­cue op­er­a­tion. Word is Bea­cons­field is stun­ning.

Rob Mills and An­drew Den­ton Jack Ir­ish: ABC1: Get­ting award-win­ning ac­tor Guy Pearce to work in Aus­tralia is cause for cel­e­bra­tion. Pearce, fresh from The King’s Speech and Mil­dred Pearce, plays pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Jack Ir­ish in two tele­movies, Bad Debts and Black Tide, based on best­selling crime books by Peter Tem­ple. Screen­writ­ers in­clude the gifted An­drew Knight ( Rake, Seachange), the cast fea­tures Shane Ja­cob­son and Diana Glenn (See re­port page 35). Pic­tures of You; Sports Fever!: Seven, Prime7: Work­ing Dog, the team be­hind The Cas­tle and Thank God You’re Here, has been quiet but that’s about to change. Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy et al re­leased a film Any Ques­tions for Ben? as well as two TV shows for Chan­nel 7. Pic­tures of You, hosted by Brian Nankervis, looks at the for­ma­tive years of fa­mous Aus­tralians. Sports Fever!, hosted by

Santo Ci­lauro, is a sports panel show. Break­fast: Ten, Ten SC: Morn­ing TV gets a whole lot more in­ter­est­ing with Chan­nel 10 set to go head to head with To­day and Sun­rise for ad­ver­to­rial dol­lars. Ten is still to re­veal which lady is to join An­drew Rochford, but a host of stars are said to have au­di­tioned for the plum role. So­nia Kruger takes over Kerri-anne Ken­ner­ley’s gig on Chan­nel 9 and there are on­go­ing re­ports of changes at Sun­rise. Un­der­ground: The Ju­lian As­sange Story: Ten, Ten SC: Os­car-nom­i­nated film The So­cial Net­work tells the story of Face­book cre­ator Mark Zucker­berg’s hum­ble be­gin­nings; Chan­nel 10’s new drama lifts the lid on the Wik­ileaks’ founder’s early days as an 18-year-old hacker. Is he a mar­tyr for free speech or a dan­ger­ous loose can­non? Ei­ther way it should make fas­ci­nat­ing view­ing. Big Brother: Nine, NBN: It was the show we loved to hate. Let’s hope Chan­nel 9 goes back to ba­sics with its re­booted BB. They’re off to a good start with So­nia Kruger as host. Shaun Mi­callef is Mad as Hell: ABC1: Rid­ing high from the pop­u­lar­ity of Talkin’ ’Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion, Mi­callef re­turns to his roots with a com­edy news pro­gram in 2012. Part Good News Week, part New­stopia Mi­callef ex­am­ines head­lines of the week from his ab­sur­dist per­spec­tive. Ex­cess Bag­gage: Nine, NBN: Weight­loss shows and celebrity re­al­ity se­ries are rat­ings win­ners so it’s sur­pris­ing it took this long for a net­work to com­bine the two. Kate Ce­ber­ano hosts this re­al­ity se­ries that pairs over­weight celebri­ties such as Britney Spears’ ex Kevin Fed­er­line, Chris­tine Anu and Dip­per and ev­ery­day peo­ple in phys­i­cal chal­lenges to get them fit.

Young Tal­ent Time: Shaun Mi­callef

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