MICHAEL IDATO April 16, 2012
Killing Time ... the cable drama starring David Wenham has been bought by Channel Seven.
CHANNEL SEVEN has bought the critically acclaimed drama Killing Time from the cable channel TV1. The deal will put the series, based on the true story of disgraced lawyer Andrew Fraser, on Channel Seven later this year. The deal represents a rare break in the prevailing policy of not on-selling pay TV dramas to free-to-air broadcasters. Killing Time, which stars David Wenham, Diana Glenn, Colin Friels and Kris McQuade, set ratings records when it screened on TV1 last year. Wenham and Glenn were nominated for awards at last night's Logie Awards.
Channel Ten has secured the Australian rights to the buzzy new US comedy House of Lies. The series, set in the murky world of a fictional management consultancy, Galweather & Stearn, stars Australian actor Josh Lawson, Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. Programmer David Mott told the Guide he was attracted to the series because it's ''something that's not the norm, [and] it's generating a lot of noise''. No decision has been made on which channel - Ten, Eleven or One - Mott will place it on. ''That's the process we're going through now.'' The series has been renewed for a another season in the US.
One of Australia's greatest television villainesses - Prisoner's sadistic prison warder, Joan ''the Freak'' Ferguson - makes her return to TV screens this week, albeit in reruns. The cable channel 111Hits is rescreening the much-loved series and Tuesday night's episode features actress Maggie Kirkpatrick's first appearance. The Freak arrived in episode No.287 and remained on the show for a 405-episode-long reign of terror. Kirkpatrick went on to musical theatre fame, touring in Wicked.
Channel Seven launches its new long- interview format, Pictures of You, next Monday. A single episode aired before the Easter break to an audience of 1.6 million viewers. The series is produced by Working Dog and features a range of Australian celebrities sitting down with host Brian Nankervis to talk through a series of photographs from their formative years. Monday's episode features comedian Julia Morris and runner Steve Moneghetti.
Two Australian productions have been nominated in the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival. Both are ABC programs. The Slap was nominated in the drama category and Laid in the comedy category. Because of the structure of the awards, the program nomination automatically nominates its cast - Laid's Alison Bell, Celia Pacquola, Damon Herriman and Toby Truslove and The Slap's Melissa George, Sophie Okonedo, Blake Davis and Anthony Hayes - in the outstanding actor and actress categories. The winners will be announced on June 14.
The History Channel has commissioned a documentary it hopes will give Australians a new perspective on Gallipoli. Gallipoli From Above is a one-hour program exploring how Australians used aerial intelligence, emerging technology and innovative tactics to land 20,000 troops on a heavily defended and precipitous shoreline, including an aircraft carrier, a tethered balloon and a squadron of biplanes. The documentary was produced by John Moore Productions and will air on Anzac Day.