Jennifer Byrne joins Mastermind reboot on SBS

Australian actor Ben Lawson will star alongside Katey Sagal in the pilot of Nana.

Australian actor Ben Lawson will star alongside Katey Sagal in the pilot of Nana.Credit:Entertainment One

Scholarship applications open

Applications are open for the seventh annual Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship, which offers university students (or recent graduates under the age of 26) a paid internship in television news. The successful applicant receives a stipend for 14 weeks, covering a 10-week placement in the Nine Network news department, a four-week placement at the Walkley Foundation in the lead up to the Walkley Awards, and a $1000 course gift voucher from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. The judging panel includes The Project‘s Hamish Macdonald, legendary newsreader Jim Waley and journalist/producer Anita Jacoby. Apply at

Daytime Emmy nomination for Penghlis

Australian actor Thaao Penghlis​ has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy award, for his long-running role on Days of Our Lives. Penghlis is nominated in the outstanding guest performer in a drama series category, against actors from General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful. Penghlis’ character, Andre DiMera​, is the stepbrother of his earlier character, Count Tony DiMera, who dominated the show’s storylines in the 1980s. Days of Our Lives was the most nominated drama with 27 nominations, followed by General Hospital with 25 and the Young and the Restless with 20. The winners will be announced in May.

Boldly going to third season

Streaming platform CBS All Access has confirmed a third season for Star Trek: Discovery, but two key characters will be stepping away from the series. Anson Mount’s Captain Pike and Rebecca Romijn’s Number One will be departing, returning no doubt to the USS Enterprise from which they were borrowed during Discovery‘s second season to bring its storylines into alignment with the Star Trek «original series» which aired in the 1960s. The show’s executive producer Alex Kurtzman said the current season of Discovery may foreshadow the events which leave Captain Pike paralysed and mute, as he appeared in the original series episode The Menagerie.

Australian touch for Jane the Virgin spinoff

Australian actor Remy Hii has been cast in the planned spinoff to Jane the Virgin, titled Jane the Novela. The spinoff, written by Valentina Garza and directed by Brad Silberling, is described as a «soapy, telenovela-inspired anthology series». The series will feature a different telenovela written and narrated by the character of Jane Villanueva. Hii will play Luen, the dependable boyfriend of Estela (Jacqueline Grace Lopez), the first novela’s heroine, who finds their love challenged in the wine-soaked Napa Valley in California. The final season of Jane the Virgin will air on Foxtel in April.




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