Remember that “Quaint my ride” episode on Top Gear when Clarkson redecorated a Merc by ripping out its interior and adding his own design touches which included a wood burning stove, bookcase, chandelier, concrete slab in the back, timber floor in the front and a wing-back chair behind the wheel?
Well Top Gear will be back in 2010 but instead of being parked at SBS the show will be driven out of the Channel 9 studios in Willoughby NSW – hopefully they’ll be the latest series from the UK.
And while we’re doing the guts...(and blood and sex thing), Underbelly 3 will once again blast Channel 9’s competitors’ ratings to kingdom come next year.
Not to be outdone, Channel 10 has got three new hopes for 2010. Currently in production is Hawke starring Richard Roxburgh, Asher Keddie and Rachael Blake.
Obviously, it’s about one of Australia’s most loved Prime Ministers and it traces his many challenges from the time he was a hard drinking, womanising Trade Union President to a polished egalitarian and visionary world leader.
Then there’s the Good Wife, described by the LA Times as: “Hands-down the best new drama of the season.” It stars Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a politician’s wife who has to take responsibility for her family and re-enter the workforce after her husband gets sprung having it off with some woman. Naturally a corruption scandal follows which lands him in jail.
It premiered on CBS in September this year with 13.7 million viewers and won its timeslot in Total Ppl.
Another newcomer to TEN in 2010 will be Modern Family – described as an engaging (of course) new comedy about one big (straight, gay, multi-cultural, traditional) happy family.
The New York Times said it was “The best new half hour of funny television in a season rift with half-hours of funny television” while the Los Angeles Times wrote that it “...Single-handedly brought the family comedy back from the dead.”
When it premiered on the ABC network in the US, the show was watched by 12.6 million viewers and came in second in its timeslot in Total Ppl.
Unlike TEN and 9, Channel 7 is keeping its new stuff under wraps so I should be able to update you in January. Until then, happy holidays – and watch those belly whackers.
Click here to watch the “Quaint my ride” episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0qdHEBo3UU