IN THE PIPELINE
Viewers are in for a fantastic array of choices this year including the return of the inimitable Russell Coight and his wildly off-beat exploits
With the rise of streaming services, viewers will have more choice than ever in 2018. Exciting projects, both local and international, are on the horizon as more Hollywood stars choose the small screen over the big screen. Here are some of this year’s most highly anticipated new shows.
RUSSELL COIGHT’S ALL AUSSIE ADVENTURES
Sixteen years since he first set fire to a national park, Australia’s most accidentprone outdoorsman is pulling on the khaki shorts once again. Coight, who bears a striking resemblance to Aussie comedian Glenn Robbins, will teach us valuable lessons and expertise about outback survival, like his previous pieces of wisdom: “Emus live in pairs, or alone, or in groups. They mostly feed at night, or during the day,” and “If there’s one animal you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley it’s a saltwater croc. Fortunately they don’t live in dark alleys, preferring salt water instead.” Life saving stuff, remember to tune in.
Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s first novel gets the small-screen treatment by Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallee. Amy Adams stars as a journalist who has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital, for which she was committed for self harm. She returns to her home town to investigate the murder of two young girls, forcing her to face many demons – both old and new.
The ’80s cult classic starring, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, about an outcast who plots to kill the cool kids is getting a makeover featuring a fresh-faced cast. The updated take, set in the present day, features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers. Heather McNamara will be portrayed by Jasmine Mathews; Heather Duke is a male whose real name is Heath; and Heather Chandler has a body like Martha Dumptruck and will be played by Melanie Field.
Ioan Gruffudd stars in this House- meets- Bones medical crime drama filmed and set in Brisbane. Harrow tells the story of Dr Daniel Harrow, a forensic pathologist with a total disregard for authority. He has an unfailing empathy for the dead which helps him solve even the most bizarre of cases. He is determined to give victims a voice and bends every rule to get to reveal the truth behind what happened to them. Meanwhile, a terrible secret from his past threatens him, his family and his career. Other notable mentions go to Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation, with Shaun Micallef returning as host, Maniac, starring Jonah Hill as a young man who dreams up a fantasy life while in a psychiatric hospital and Good Omens with Jon Hamm, Michael Sheen and David Tennant playing angels and demons.
Australian funnyman Glenn Robbins will star in Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures.