Australia's haul of four Emmy Awards is growing as yet another Aussie winner has surfaced: Adelaide-born Bruce Ready took out outstanding cinematography for his work on the docuseries Born This Way, about seven young adults born with Down syndrome. Ready won his Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmys, along with fashion designer Perry Meek (who won for outstanding costumes for RuPaul's Drag Race) and creative director John McKelvey (who won for outstanding commercial, for the Being John Malkovich campaign). Added to Nicole Kidman and producer Bruna Papandrea's wins at the Primetime Emmys for the critically acclaimed drama, Big Little Lies, our total haul was five.
Los Angeles-based actor Axle Whitehead will return to Australia to host The Wall for the Seven Network. The series is an in-studio game show - of the so-called "shiny floor" variety - in which points are scored along a five-storey tall pegboard. Versions of the show exist in French-speaking Canada, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Italy. The US version of the series launched in 2016 to an audience of 6.5 million viewers; its second season audience slipped to about 4.6 million viewers. Whitehead's most recent US credits include Shameless and Marvel: Agents of Shield. The Wall will air later in 2017.
Takeover steams ahead
The takeover of the Ten Network by the US media giant CBS appeared to enter its final straight following acceptance of CBS' bid by the network's creditors. In what many will interpret as a bruising assessment of the station's past leadership, the rival bid by Bruce Gordon and Lachlan Murdoch was rejected overwhelmingly by Ten's staff, who form a significant voting bloc among the creditors. Ten's receiver Christopher Hill said the deal represented a "positive outcome for creditors and ensures the iconic broadcaster continues on a strong and stable footing under the ownership of one of the world's largest media organisations".
Iconic British comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders will reunite for a new French & Saunders television special. According to British media reports, the special will parody this year's hit show The Handmaid's Tale, among others. "There's some Handmaid's Tale in there, we had fun with some of the costumes," French said. In addition to seven seasons of French & Saunders produced between 1987 and 2007, the pair have collaborated on 14 one-off specials, notably The Making of: The Filming of: The Making of: Titanic, French and Saunders: The Phantom Millennium and Harry Potter and The Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan. The upcoming special will air this Christmas.