New Home And Away star Craig McLachlan (pictured) admits he was “totally exhausted” and on the verge of a breakdown last year. The pressures of recording his first album with group Check 1-2, establishing himself on Home And Away after leaving Neighbours, separating from his manager, ex-wife Karen, and the media attention towards his new relationship with former Neighbours co-star Rachel Friend, all became a bit too much. “Some people would say I’ve already had a mental breakdown! It doesn’t surprise me why Kylie (Minogue) and Jason (Donovan) stopped their acting because it’s just too exhausting to do both,” he told TV Week. The as-yet untitled album from Check 1-2 should be out in March, and McLachlan will be seen on screen in Home And Away from next month.
The New Wave
Voting for the 1990 TV Week Logie Awards has begun – so who will get the viewers’ vote for most popular new talent? A Country Practice has welcomed new cast members Georgie Parker, Matt Day and Georgina Fisher, while Jessica Muschamp and Kristian Schmid have been popular additions to Neighbours. E Street launched a year ago and has brought some new faces of its own – including Alyssa-Jane Cook and Marcus Graham. And a new children’s series, Pugwall, has made a star of 14-year-old Jason Torrens. Voting for the 1990 TV Week Logie Awards closes in mid-February.
Hot Summer Love
Home And Away launches its 3rd year with a steamy romance between Emma Jackson (Dannii Minogue) and Adam Cameron (Mat Stevenson). “When Dannii started on the show, there was an attraction between Adam and Emma,” Stevenson told TV Week. “Nothing eventuated until Adam began a romance with Carly (Sharyn Hodgson). They went through a rough patch and Adam and Emma came together.”
Sky’s the limit for new Disney trio
Sofie Formica, James Sherry and Jeniene Mapp have been selected from more than 100 applicants to host the new Seven Network program, Saturday Disney. The trio are about to head off to the US to be introduced to Disney executives before touring Disneyland, the MGM-Disney film studios and Disneyworld. The two-hour Saturday morning show is the latest in a global franchise that has also launched in the US, United Kingdom and Spain. For 18-year-old Formica, it is a second chance at TV stardom after a recent stint on Seven’s Wombat came to an abrupt end when the show was cancelled. And for 15-year-old Mapp, Saturday Disney is her first TV appearance after four years’ training with the Johnny Young Talent School. Former drama teacher Sherry, 22, gave up a career in education to become an actor and auditioned, and was accepted, for the Disney role on his birthday, 14 November. “What a birthday present – it’s more than I ever expected,” he says. Saturday Disney will be produced from the studios of BTQ7, Brisbane, when it launches later this month.
Australian actress Sherrie Krenn (pictured), currently based in the US with a list of film and TV credits since she was discovered by a casting agent for the sitcom The Facts Of Life, is coming back home to Australia for a role in the upcoming $3.7 million mini-series, Shadows Of The Heart, to be produced by the South Australian Film Commission for Network Ten.
Dame Edna Everage, now a global superstar, has made a rare trip back to Australia to promote her autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, including an interview on A Current Affair with guest host Elizabeth Hayes.
Jason Donovan has apologised to his former girlfriend, Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue, for upstaging her at the London premiere of her movie The Delinquents, turning up to the event with stunning Texan model Denice Lewis. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to steal the show and wreck her big moment. It was Kylie’s night and I just went along because she’d invited me and a friend. I thought she would be the centre of attention. I didn’t try to steal the show,” Donovan sighed.
On The Grapevine…
Who is the popular comic who was all but signed for his own late-night show on Network Ten in 1990? Unfortunately he – and the plans for the show – got lost in the Broadcom reshuffle.
The Vine hears that some of the younger cast members of Nine’s new drama Family And Friends are already acting like prima donnas. One source says one actor thinks he’s James Dean, not a budding soap star.
Program Highlights (Melbourne):
Saturday: NSW Open tennis, live from White City, Sydney, on HSV7. GTV9 crosses to the MCG at 3.40pm for the second day’s play of the First Test: Australia versus Pakistan. ATV10 covers the Palm Meadows Golf from the Gold Coast.
Sunday: Sigrid Thornton stars in the US-made historical series, Paradise, on HSV7. ABC presents the USSR State Symphony, performing at the Sydney Opera House. Sunday night movies are Hangar 18 (HSV7), Honkytonk Man (GTV9), Black Sunday (ATV10).
Monday: The Australian Open, direct from the National Tennis Centre, Melbourne, begins on HSV7 with daily coverage from 11.00am through to midnight, pausing only for Seven Nightly News, Home And Away and Hinch.
Tuesday: In Neighbours (ATV10), a mysterious woman moves into Ramsay Street and Madge (Anne Charleston) threatens Paul (Stefan Dennis) with legal action.
Thursday: The Flying Doctors stars Liz Burch and Vikki Blanche present a one-hour documentary, World Vision: A Chance For The Children, showing the work of World Vision’s child sponsorship program in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya.
Friday: GTV9 crosses to Adelaide for the first day’s play in the Second Test: Australia versus Pakistan.
Source: TV Week (Victoria edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 13 January 1990. Southdown Press.