Claudia Karvan, Justine Clarke, Shane Jacobson, William McInnes and Stephen Curry will head the cast of the ABC’s new 13-part drama series, Time of Our Lives. The contemporary relationship drama, which began filming last Friday, comes from The Secret Life of Us co-creator Amanda Higgs and writer Judi McCrossin, and boasts one of the best writing teams on Australian TV, including McCrossin (Beaconsfield), Michael Miller (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Kris Mrksa (The Slap), Blake Ayshford (The Straits), Ursula Cleary (Beaconsfield) and Tony McNamara (The Rage in Placid Lake). Time of Our Lives is the story of an Australian family as they ”juggle, fight, love and play their way through the challenges of contemporary family life”. Karvan (pictured) will play Caroline, an overprotective mother who is married to Matt (McInnes). Clarke plays Bernadette, a mother of three who is married to Luce (Jacobson). Curry plays Luce’s best friend, Herb.
A Stella accolade
Underbelly actress Anna McGahan has won the coveted Heath Ledger Scholarship from the Los Angeles-based industry group Australians in Film. The 24-year-old star of Nine’s new drama, House Husbands, wins a $10,000 prize and a one-year scholarship to the Stella Adler Acting School in LA. McGahan’s credits also include Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and the as-yet-unseen ABC telemovie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
Home on Hulu
The political comedy At Home with Julia has been picked up by the US content platform Hulu. The deal is a major windfall for the series, exposing it to the biggest broadcast market in the English-speaking world. The four-part sitcom was created and written by Rick Kalowski, Amanda Bishop and Phil Lloyd, and starred Bishop and Lloyd as Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson. The series, which was nominated in the best television comedy category at the 2012 AACTA Awards, screened on the ABC last September. There has been persistent speculation that the ABC may commission a second series.
The ABC has launched an iPhone application for its iView platform. The app will feature content from four ABC channels – ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and ABC4Kids – as well as content acquired by the ABC specifically for the iView platform. It will also be able to stream the ABC News 24 channel. The iPhone app will also support AirPlay (an app that allows streaming to nearby TV screens using the AppleTV box). Since its launch in 2008, iView has become the dominant TV ”catch-up” service in the Australian market.
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