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Newcastle Herald

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Date: 25/06/1999
Words: 549
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: Friday Guide
Page: 7
PRETEND PROFILE

THE Seven and Nine networks have been bludgeoning each other senseless in the high-stakes battle of the millionaire quiz shows.

But they appear to have brokered a peace deal for the sake of fans of the US crime dramas Profiler (9.30pm Tuesday, Prime) and The Pretender (8.30pm tomorrow, NBN).

Profiler Dr Sam Waters (Ally Walker, pictured right) turns up on tomorrow's episode of The Pretender to help Jarod find a missing child genius, while Pretender Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) pops up on Profiler on Tuesday to continue the search.

Like the popular Ally McBeal/The Practice character swap seen earlier this year, these cross-over episodes (both shows screen on NBC in the States) are likely to benefit both shows.

It's a shame Ten and Seven couldn't synchronise last year's cross-over episodes of Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street.

SPORTING PLEASURE

SO-CALLED Pleasure Machine Gabrielle Richens, pictured left, was last seen presenting a cheesy Fox8 special on the Manpower strippers.

Hers was an awesome on-screen display that made Donna Gubbay's autocue skills on E! News look like Gold Logie material.

Richens switched this week to free-to-air TV as the host of Total Sport, the glossy sports magazine show screening 12.30pm Sundays on Ten.

I'm told James Packer's favourite covergirl, Jodie Mears, is being lined up to front Total Sport's summer series.

ON YOUR BIKE

DAILY coverage of the 1999 Tour De France, the world's most famous cycling race, begins on SBS on Sunday, July 4.

Phil Liggett is the race-caller, while Michael Tomalaris will be on the ground in France for SBS.

The Aussies competing in the 3680 kilometre race include Stuart O'Grady, Jay Sweet and Henk Vogels.

The daily highlights package screens at 6pm until Monday, July 26.

GOING SOUTH

THE creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, think the same irreverent enthusiasm that made the animated show a success is behind its second-year ratings slip.

After hyping a debut season-ending cliffhanger, they replace the show's regular characters with a pair of flatulent stick figures, an anti-establishment move they thought fans would appreciate, but didn't.

'There's something about when an idea comes up that just shouldn't be done, it's more exciting to me,' Stone says in the June 21 issue of Time magazine.

'That's probably a character flaw of ours. Sometimes it pays off huge, and sometimes it backfires.'

They aren't promising to change their ways, but agree they've learned a valuable lesson.

'Basically, you can play jokes whenever you want, but you can't play one on your audience,' Stone said. 'TV is a vicarious experience and not an interactive one.'

MOVIE STARS

FORMER Skippy sidekick Tony Bonner turns up on Home & Away next week (7pm weekdays, Prime) as sleazy B-grade action film producer Roger Lansdowne, who arrives in Summer Bay with grand plans to make a movie.

Needless to say, the local teens have stars in their eyes, even though Flathead Fisher is appointed 'script adviser'.

 
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