Netflix signs Chris Lilley to a Queensland-shot comedy series
Loose lips over Lilley
What secretive television publicists will not tell you, you can always rely on politicians to blab. Plans for the new Netflix comedy from Chris Lilley have been difficult to unearth but the series, which will be filmed in Queensland, has the political class squawking in a way that the television marketing class often don't. The series will run for 10 episodes and will be filmed between March and June; Queensland's premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the series would employ up to 350 people, including around 100 full time crew positions.
Squinters star LA bound
Andrea Demetriades, one of the stars of the ABC's brilliant new comedy Squinters, has secured a role in a new US pilot, Murder, being filmed in Los Angeles. The series will star another Aussie actress, Pallavi Sharda, as well as US stars Michael Chiklis, Teyonah Parris and Leonard Roberts. The series, which is based on the British series of the same name, peels open a homicide but leans heavily on a more documentary style. The British series was described as a cross between The Killing and Making a Murderer; it was created by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock.
Voting is now open for the 60th annual TV Week Logie Awards, but the six-decade old "night of nights" seems to have stumbled in a tangle of nomination oversights which stem from an archaic system in which networks can only nominate 10 actors, 15 presenters and five dramas in the event's popular categories. Among the oversights in the popular categories are comedian and artist Ahn Do, the ABC's Michael Rowland (though his co-host Virginia Trioli is on the list) and Studio 10 host Sarah Harris.
Scholarship jury named
Insight host Jenny Brockie, journalist Dan Ilic, The Project co-host Hamish Macdonald and legendary newscaster Jim Waley will join award-winning producer Anita Jacoby on the jury for the sixth annual Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship. The prize, a 14-week paid journalism internship, including 10 weeks at the Nine Network working on 60 Minutes, A Current Affair and Today, was named in honour of Jacoby's father, broadcast pioneer Philip Jacoby; it is open to final-year university students and graduates aged 26 or under. Entries close on Thursday April 26; for more information see walkleys.com.
Arnold lands US pilot
Australian actor Luke Arnold has secured a role in a new US pilot, For Love. He will play Christof Dumaine, the younger son of the powerful Dumaine family; his elder brother Gabriel is to be played by Ethan Peck, the grandson of the legendary actor Gregory Peck. The series is being marketed as an "epic love triangle" set in the "secret world of magic" in modern-day New Orleans. The pilot episode, written by Michael Cooney, opens when a young woman, with whom Gabriel Dumaine is in love, receives a phone call from the fiance she believes had died five years earlier.