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The hour is nigh!
After months of speculation it now appears that Nine‘s Jana Wendt is to move to New York to appear on the US version of 60 Minutes. Her contract with Nine expires at the end of the year — and through Nine’s output arrangements with the US it will still have access to Wendt’s US 60 Minutes stories, but without the high salary. Wendt’s husband Brendan Ward is also free to move with no professional ties here except for some post-production work for Seven.

Super Soap Showdown!
The stars of some of Australia’s most popular TV dramas of yesteryear will battle it out in Sale Of The Century‘s Battle Of The TV Classics. Joining Glenn Ridge and Nicky Buckley will be Paul Cronin, Lorraine Bayly, Andrew McFarlane and Susan Hannaford from The Sullivans; Maggie Kirkpatrick, Val Lehman, Fiona Spence and Colette Mann from Prisoner; Cornelia Frances, Chris King, Bartholomew John and Judy McBurney from The Young Doctors; and Jeff Kevin, Johnny Lockwood, Candy Raymond and Elaine Lee (pictured) from Number 96.


kimberleydavies_0003Kimberley’s new drama
Neighbours star Kimberley Davies has landed herself a new series of her own. She will be starring with John Howard in eight-part series of plays called Kimberley’s Playhouse — but the series appears only as a segment in ABC‘s comedy series HG & Roy Tonight. “Kimberley was an absolute professional,” Roy Slaven (John Doyle) told TV Week. “Each role fitted her like a comfy pair of slippers. I think she enjoyed working in another style different from the naturalism of Neighbours — that other show she does. Once casting directors cop an eyeful of this, she could easily become our next Sigrid Thornton.”

Don’s second slam dunk special
Following the ratings success of the recent tribute to The Don Lane Show, the Nine Network is doing it again this week with The Don Lane Show, Too! “There’s interviews that even I’d forgotten I’d done,” Lane told TV Week. But while TV variety is becoming a thing of the past, Lane is set for the next stage in his TV career. He has signed a lucrative deal to host a home shopping show for a pay TV network. “I see this as the next stage of the industry and it’s great to be involved,” he said.


  • Former Fast Forward star Marg Downey is to guest star in an upcoming episode of Blue Heelers. It will be her second dramatic TV role following her starring in the telemovie Economy Class.
  • davidreyne_0001David Reyne (pictured) and Tracy Grimshaw have been announced as the new hosts for the revived Midday show, which is due to debut sometime in July. Reyne fended off opposition from Today‘s Richard Wilkins and Monte Dwyer, who both auditioned with Grimshaw. His appointment comes after the Seven Network pulled the pin on his proposed late night talk show, Electric Blanket.
  • The return of ABC‘s youth affairs program, Wise Up with Jon Faine, was cancelled just days before it was scheduled to appear. Its return had already been listed in TV guides. Even though production of the series of 10 shows has been completed, at a cost of $500,000, it is believed that ABC’s head of television, Penny Chapman, is not a fan.
  • The cast of Heartbreak High have been on a promotional tour of Europe, where the series has been considerably more successful than here at home. It is currently screening in the UK and 12 other countries.
  • Burke’s Backyard‘s resident builder Peter Harris has been snapped up by Nine‘s other lifestyle show, Our House. Harris was signed up by Our House after he had been approached by rival network Seven to join Talk To The Animals as well as fronting his own show. “I wanted to stay with Nine anyway, and while I was umming and aahing and rejecting other things, Our House came along and said they wanted to expand, to grow a little and add another facet to the show,” he told TV Week.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 28 May): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Rugby League State Of Origin Nine Wed 2139000
2 Home Improvement Seven Sun 2076000
3 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 2066000
4 National Nine News Nine Sun 2062000
5 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1840000
6 National Nine News Nine M-F 1800000
7 Gladiators Seven Sat 1786000
8 ER Nine Thu 1777000
9 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1768000
10 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1768000
11 Step By Step Seven Thu 1755000
12 National Nine News Nine Sat 1742000
13 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1733000
14 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1719000
15 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1718000
16 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1704000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1685000
18 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1680000
19 Hey Hey It’s Saturday Nine Sat 1652000
20 Funniest People Seven Thu 1641000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“It’s down to the bare-knuckles stuff now between the Seven Network‘s established Home And Away, and confident challenger, Network Ten‘s Echo Point. Eventually, it will have to be a fight to the death but, in between times, the biggest problem could be trying to pick the difference between them. We’ve had the Echo Point crowd introduced amid some plotline intrigue, while Home And Away has re-introduced some former favourites, albeit one of them as a ghost!”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, June 17-23):
Saturday: In Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten), musician Mike Oldfield talks about the making of his CD ROM. The AFL season has a mid-year break while the league plays State Of Origin — Victoria versus South Australia — in a delayed telecast from the MCG (6pm, Seven).

Sunday: The AFL State Of Origin (2pm, Seven) features Western Australia versus AFL Allies, live from Perth. In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River 2 (6.30pm, Nine), Kathleen (Wendy Hughes) starts a hospital for sick railway workers. Sunday night movies are Damage (Seven), Love, Honour And Obey (Nine) and Predator (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), a plane is reported to have gone down with Angel (Melissa George), Dylan (Corey Glaister) and Teresa (Diane Craig) on board. Sale Of The Century‘s (7pm, Nine) Battle Of The TV Classics kicks off tonight featuring cast members from The Sullivans.

Tuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), the plane wreckage is found with one fatality; while Michael (Dennis Coard) goes off in search of two missing people. Don Lane presents a second tribute to his long-running tonight show with The Don Lane Show, Too (8.30pm, Nine). In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Sonia (Zoe Carides) and Martin (Damian Rice) are in conflict over their racial attitudes when the witness an injured footballer’s shabby treatment by his club.


Wednesday: Former Prisoner cast members Maggie Kirkpatrick, Val Lehman, Fiona Spence and Colette Mann (pictured) are contestants on Sale Of The Century‘s (7pm, Nine) Battle Of The TV Classics.

Thursday: In Echo Point (7pm, Ten), Frannie (Rebecca Murphy) is hurt to see Dave (Tom Long) has a girlfriend. The series return of Getaway (7.30pm, Nine) features shopping in New York, trekking from Nepal to Mount Everest and a trip of a lifetime on board the Endeavour. In Police Rescue (8.30pm, ABC), thrillseeking BASE jumpers try to enlist Mickey (Gary Sweet) and the Squad as their ground crew.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Marlene (Moya O’Sullivan) continues in her quest to find the gnome snatcher. The AFL season resumes with Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven), a delayed telecast of Essendon versus Hawthorn at the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 17 June 1995. Southdown Press




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