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The Sydney Morning Herald

Rove to hear home truths

Author: Michael Idato
Date: 28/09/2009
Words: 690
Source: SMH
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: The Guide
Page: 2
He's interviewed everyone from Harry Potter to the prime minister but is talk show host Rove McManus ready to face his wife? The host of Ten's Rove program will interview actor-author Tasma Walton next month while she is on the publicity trail for her first novel, Heartless. Walton, whose credits include Blue Heelers and City Homicide, has dipped a toe into fiction with a book described as "a moving and confronting fable about the power of the human heart". Walton will appear on the October 11 edition of Rove.


Former All Saints star Tammy McIntosh has joined the cast of Nine's naval drama Sea Patrol. McIntosh will play a senior officer at naval headquarters replacing Steve Bisley's Commander Steve Marshall. The series will return for a fourth outing next year minus three of its shipboard crew  Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Saskia Burmeister and Jay Ryan. Among those signing on to the HMAS Hammersley are Conrad Coleby (All Saints, Home and Away) and, in a small guest role, Getaway reporter Jason Dundas.


Ten looks to be holding the hit new one-hour drama out of the US this year. The Good Wife, which stars Juliana Margulies (ER) as a lawyer who must restart her life when her cheating husband (Sex and the City's Chris Noth) is jailed, made its debut last week in the US to 13.2 million viewers. It will air on Ten next year. Another Ten property, the NCIS spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles, made its debut the same night, drawing 18.3 million viewers. It begins on Ten on Wednesday.


Mornings with Kerri-Anne will notch up its 1500th show next month with a special edition planned for the occasion. Though the program comes second in the morning TV market behind Seven's The Morning Show, KAK's hold on the mantle of Queen of Daytime TV is firm. The 1500th program will feature celebrity guests and a special appearance by Liza Minnelli.


Network programmers and production executives fly out this week to the annual program sales market MIPCOM in Cannes, France, though most of the deal-making is done during pre-market meetings in London. Appearing at the market, which kicks off on October 5, will be former Friends star Lisa Kudrow, who is producing the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?, Matt Groening, for a 20th-anniversary celebration of The Simpsons, and comedians Joan Rivers and Jerry Seinfeld.


Seven is developing a current affairs program that sounds like it was modelled on the ABC's Hungry Beast and Race Around the World. Seven announced last week it was hunting for "creative, fearless and talented filmmakers" for a pilot involving two-person teams hunting down "the best stories never told". Application forms and information are available at acastofthousands.com.au/film.


The BBC has launched some of its high-profile TV brands onto the iTunes store. Episodes of Torchwood, Doctor Who, Little Britain, Spooks, Ashes to Ashes and Robin Hood are available at $2.99 an episode. The episodes can be downloaded and viewed on a Mac or PC, iPod with video, iPhone or Apple TV. BBC Worldwide's digital sales manager Louisa Bayles said the deal was about "reaching out to new viewers and offering audiences more choice".

Hitting the heights at Summer Bay

Former McLeod's Daughters star Sonia Todd (pictured) is joining the cast of Seven's top-rating weeknight drama Home and Away. Todd has made several appearances already in the series as Dina Austin, the mother of Hugo Austin (Bernard Curry) and the network's drama executives were so happy with her they offered to make the role  Summer Bay's new high school principal  permanent.

Sonya's here in a flash

FlashForward star Sonya Walger (pictured with co-star Joe Fiennes) is coming to Australia. Walger, a British actress who has worked extensively in the US, plays Olivia Benford, the wife of FBI agent Mark Benford (Fiennes) in the series. The Guide understands the press tour is scheduled for early November and Walger will make an appearance at Seven's coverage of the Melbourne Cup. FlashForward, one of the most anticipated new US series, starts tonight.

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