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

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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.

SHARP OB­JECTS

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.

HEATHERS

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.

HAR­ROW

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.

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