CBS orders a third series of Oz comedy No Activity
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CBS orders a third series of Oz comedy No Activity

Kelley in US rom-com pilot

Australian actress Nathalie Kelley has been cast in a new US pilot, The Baker and the Beauty. The series is a romantic comedy based on a series from Israel's Keshet Studios titled Lehiyot Ita. In the series an internationally successful heiress-turned-model falls in love with a working-class man who works in his family's bakery. Kelley is best known for playing Cristal​ Carrington in the Dynasty reboot for the US studio CBS; in the original series the character of Krystle was played by Linda Evans. Kelley left Dynasty in its second season; her other credits include The Vampire Diaries, UnReal and The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

More activity for No Activity

The US adaptation of the Australian comedy No Activity has been renewed by the streaming platform CBS All Access. The US adaptation stars Australian actor Patrick Brammall and American actor Tim Meadows. "We are so excited to welcome back our favourite cops for a third season of No Activity," the platform's head of originals, Julie McNamara said. "No Activity is a masterclass in proving that while our characters may be bored, they are never boring." The series follows two police officers working a stakeout in which nothing occurs. The original series and its US remake air on Stan in Australia.

Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman star in the new ABC drama series Black B*tch.

Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman star in the new ABC drama series Black B*tch.Credit:Eddie Jim

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Black B*tch under way

Production has begun on the new ABC drama series Black B*tch. The series, which is being produced for the national broadcaster by Blackfella Films, stars Deborah Mailman, Rachel Griffiths, Harry Richardson, William McInnes, Aaron Pedersen, Anthony Hayes, and Luke Carroll. The ABC's head of Indigenous content Kelrick Martin described Mailman as a national treasure. "We couldn't be prouder to be providing her with her first lead role in a television series," Martin said. "It's a long overdue opportunity." The series will air on the ABC later this year.

Love Island crosses ditch

Just when you thought television couldn't get stranger, ITV Studios Australia has wheeled out plans to launch a New Zealand edition of its reality romance franchise Love Island. The Kiwi version of the series, whose format is best described as horny singles co-habiting in a house and fornicating in the manner of a sideshow carousel, will be the 12th international edition of the show which started, as so many of these things do, with a UK series. The Kiwi version has been commissioned by the New Zealand channel Three. The Australian and UK versions of the show were filmed on the Spanish resort island Mallorca. No word yet on where the Kiwi version will be filmed.

Fox adapts Sisters for US

American actress Emily Osment will join Brittany Snow and Megalyn Echikunwoke in the US adaptation of the Ten Network drama Sisters. A pilot for the series is being produced by Fox. The project is being developed in the US by producers Annie Weisman and Jason Katims; the original series creator, Imogen Banks, is also working on the US adaptation. The series follows an only child who discovers that her father, a fertility doctor, has fathered a number of children secretly and she sets out to track them down. The role of the father will be played in the US adaptation by Timothy Hutton. If Fox proceeds with a series it will launch later this year.

Michael Idato is entertainment editor-at-large of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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