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Humphrey B. Bear on backburner

Backburner: Humphrey B. Bear.Bear on backburner
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Television icon Humphrey B. Bear made a brief, unannounced appearance on Nine’s annual Carols by Candlelight, but it appears the cuddly mute has become a casualty of progress. In the main program Nine instead featured characters from the Warner Bros-backed Kids WB, prompting fury on Twitter (”I’m not joking @Channel9, where’s the bear?” asked one viewer) and the hashtag #bringbackhumphrey.

Davis to star in next 24

Australian two-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Judy Davis is joining the cast of the US thriller series 24. 20th Century Fox has dusted off the franchise, which aired between 2001 and 2010, and will re-launch the series in the new year. 24: Live Another Day, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer, is currently filming in Britain.

Convict’s tale for small screen

The ABC will give the green light to a TV adaptation of the prize-winning Australian novel The Secret River, by Kate Grenville. The book tells the story of a former convict in colonial Australia, and explores the conflict between indigenous Australians and white settlers. Stephen Luby’s and Mark Ruse’s Ruby Entertainment will produce the project for the ABC. It will air in 2014.

More of the bogans

The ABC comedy Upper Middle Bogan will return for a second series. Created by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope, it follows the story of a young well-to-do woman (Annie Maynard) who discovers she is adopted and is subsequently reunited with her bogan birth family. The series also stars Robyn Nevin, Patrick Brammall, Rhys Mitchell, Glenn Robbins, Robyn Malcolm and Michala Banas.

Nolte for remake

Three-time Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte is joining Australian actress Jacki Weaver and actors Anna Gunn and Michael Pena in the US remake of Broadchurch. The series, which will have the title Gracepoint, is being produced by Shine America and the show’s creator, Chris Chibnall. It will begin filming in January and is expected to screen later in 2014.

Shows head east

The US series Ugly Betty and Everybody Loves Raymond are heading to the Middle East as part of the boom in scripted remakes. The channel OSN will adapt Ugly Betty as Hebal Regal El Ghorab (”Crow’s Foot”). Before its US debut, Ugly Betty was originally an Argentinian telenovela. OSN has also picked up the rights to adapt Everybody Loves Raymond.TV TWEETS

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