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Hey Hey it’s… London…?
Hey Hey It’s Saturday host Daryl Somers is set to make an appearance on Aussie expat Clive James’ popular British show, Saturday Night Clive. Somers is hopeful that the appearance could lead to Hey Hey being sold to an international audience. “I feel we’ve given England such a diet of soapies that it’s about time they copped some comedy/variety/night-time/morning type of stuff. They just want to talk about me being on TV for a long time, and the show I do, which is unique. I know Clive and he’s very aware of that uniqueness,” Somers told TV Week.
Oscar winner aims for Oz glory!
Oscar-winning American actor Denzel Washington is likely to win the lead role in the Seven Network mini-series Tracks Of Glory, which goes into pre-production soon. Producers Barron Films have also been negotiating with LA Law star Blair Underwood, but Washington is now the favourite for the lead role of American champion cyclist “Major” Taylor. Among the Australian cast list for the mini-series are Cameron Daddo (Bony), Justine Clarke (Home And Away) and John Wood (Rafferty’s Rules). Tracks Of Glory is set in the 1920s and follows the story of Taylor as he comes to Australia to compete in the richest cycling event in the world.
The show will go on!
Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s Daryl Somers is choosing his words carefully when he announces the disintegration of DAS Entertainment, the nine-year partnership between himself, Gavan Disney and Ernie Carroll, which produces the popular Nine Network program: “We’ve discussed it. It’s a mutually agreed split. Hey Hey will continue, as we are contracted to do until the end of 1991, and we all looking forward to it in a very positive way. We want the split to be as professional and businesslike as possible, and because we are involved in working that out – the entanglement of contractual obligations with DAS and the (Nine) network and so on – I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to go into great detail at this stage. But I think it’s safe to say that DAS will be no longer. Next year the program will be produced by another entity.” Somers and Carroll are expected to take over producing the show – although plans to bring Jacki MacDonald back into the program appear to have stalled.
As the financial situation at Network Ten continues to crumble, producer Ian McFadyen (pictured) is confident that the network will pick up a proposed sitcom he has been discussing with them – a concept based around the lives of employees at a television station. McFadyen is also confident that Ten will renew sitcom Let The Blood Run Free for a second series. Meanwhile, his company, Media Arts, also has a deal to produce a sitcom, Newlyweds, for the Seven Network in partnership with Crawfords Australia. The new sitcom is set to be a starring vehicle for former Neighbours star Annie Jones.
ABC has renewed drama series Embassy for a second series. The renewal comes after controversy, as Malaysia accused the show’s fictional setting of Ragaan of “making fun” of their country and consequently cancelled official visits to Australia and suspended trade talks, prompting Prime Minister Bob Hawke to step in and reassure Malaysians that the program is entirely fictional.
Aussie actress, former Number 96 and Skyways star Carmen Duncan (pictured), playing the role of bitchy Iris Carrington Wheeler in the US soap Another World, has been named by Soap Weekly magazine as one of the “most desirable women on American television”. Her character has also been voted one of the most popular on American daytime TV.
Seven Network series A Country Practice has clocked up 800 episodes. Given the current financial situation at Seven, still in receivership, the cast and crew of the series were allowed only a small celebration at Seven’s Sydney studios.
Neighbours star Ashley Paske has announced that he will not renew his contract with the Network Ten series when it expires in January. He is expected to be seen on-air until May.
John Laws says:
“SBS has had a great year. Its fine coverage of the World Cup soccer – possibly more extensive than any other station in the world – was the highlight. It, more than anything, put the station on the map.”
Program Highlights (December 8-14):
Sunday: Tennis (Colonial Mutual Men’s Invitational) on ABC. Golf (Johnnie Walker Classic) on HSV7 and cricket (Benson And Hedges World Series) on GTV9. Sunday night movies are North Dallas Forty (GTV9) and Stones For Ibarra (ATV10). HSV7 presents the first instalment of mini-series George Washington.
Monday: ABC presents a repeat of Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypotheticals, featuring John Halfpenny, Glenn Wheatley, Keith Williams and Wilson Tuckey.
Tuesday: Prime Minister Bob Hawke presents the Walkley Awards, buried in a broadcast of the National Press Club Luncheon, on ABC at 1.00pm.
Friday: The final 1990 edition of the late-night Robbo’s World Tonight on GTV9.
Source: TV Week (Victoria edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 8 December 1990. Southdown Press.