Aussies camping it up

Australian actors Rachel Griffiths and Rodger Corser have secured lead roles in Camp, the romantic comedy-drama series set in a holiday camp being produced for the US network NBC in Australia. The series will also star three relatively unknown Australian actors – Dena Kaplan, Tim Pocock and Tom Green. Griffiths will play the ”relentlessly positive” camp leader. Matchbox Pictures will produce 10 episodes of Camp for NBC, with filming to take place on the NSW north coast.

Ratings could take a dive

Tom Williams, Rachael Finch and Todd McKenney are three of the names in circulation attached to Channel Seven’s diving-with-the-stars format Celebrity Splash. The series is being produced for Seven by Eyeworks, with casting under way at present. The series was announced in 2012 with enormous fanfare, though the British version launched to softer-than-anticipated ratings. An American version is also in development, with American diving champion David Boudia and diving legend Greg Louganis attached.

Property that’s hot property

Foxtel has commissioned a second series of the property series Location Location Location Australia. The series follows hosts (and buyers’ agents) Veronica Morgan and Bryce Holdaway as they help families find their dream homes. The first series, which screened in 2012 on Foxtel’s LifeStyle channel, was one of the highest-rating programs on the channel. The production company Shine Australia will produce the second series of 10 episodes. It will screen later in 2013.

Lost Boys find a place on ABC3

Boutique production house Matchbox Pictures has started filming in Melbourne on a 10-part fantasy action-adventure series for ABC3. The Lost Boys (working title only) follows four mismatched teenage boys who return from a school trip to discover they have come back to an alternate world where they no longer exist. Joel Lok (Tangle, Sea Patrol), Dougie Baldwin (the forthcoming Upper Middle Bogan), Rahart Sadiqzai (Neighbours, Prank Patrol) and newcomer Matthew Testro star in the series. It will screen later in 2013 or in early 2014.

Keeping Victoria’s Secret for two more years

Pay TV platform Foxtel has moved to strengthen its relationship with the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, signing a deal that will keep the annual TV special on Fox8 for two more years. The special, essentially a lingerie runway show, has become a valuable television property worldwide. The first show was staged in 1995 in New York and featured a dozen models including Gail Elliott. It has been broadcast on television since 2001. It aired in 2012 in Australia on Fox8.

Brent’s back for a visit

It’s short (just 27 seconds) and not very sweet (there’s almost zero details on what we’ll see) but a brief teaser trailer from comic Ricky Gervais has sent fans of The Office into a frenzy, with the British icon revealing he has decided to revisit David Brent. It will be just for a ”short mini episode” Gervais says, called The Office Revisited and made for Comic Relief. It will air on the BBC and Gervais’ YouTube channel on March 15.

Judgment day approaches

Speculation is mounting that both Mel B and Guy Sebastian will not return to The X Factor. Fremantle and Seven are casting a new judge line-up that may include LMFAO singer Redfoo. Meanwhile, Fremantle and Channel Nine are also casting a new judging line-up for Nine’s reboot of Australia’s Got Talent. A lot of names are rumoured, including reality star Sharon Osbourne and singer Chris Isaak.

TV Tweets

Only 14 more shoot days and The Office will be over.Rainn Wilson (soon to be out of work, that countdown started last Wednesday) @rainnwilson

THE PAPERBOY: Talk about peeing on Fellini …At the Movies (channelling a less-than-impressed David Stratton) @abcatthemovies

The way things are going with his face, Leonardo Dicaprio could totally play Clive Palmer. #TitanicIIHannah Gadsby (comedian and casting consultant) @Hannahgadsby

Just took a quick look at the ABC password dump. Cracked more than half of the 50,000 password hash dump in 45 secs. Blog post coming …Troy Hunt (internet security expert and not a Friend of the ABC) @troyhunt

Right now all of focus in on Greys and Scandal. No new shows.Shonda Rhimes (executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and denier of persistent rumours) @shondarhimes

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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