Stan steps it up
The streaming platform Stan has commissioned a second series of its horror drama Wolf Creek. The series, based on the hit film franchise of the same name, stars John Jarratt. Stan, which is a joint venture between Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment, announced the second season of Wolf Creek as part of a suite of programming which includes the highly anticipated return of Twin Peaks in May. The Wolf Creek television reboot is produced by filmmaker Greg McLean. Stan has also commissioned a series of comedy specials, One Night Stan, featuring a raft of high-profile comedians including Tom Ballard, Sam Simmons and Wil Anderson.
American actor Richard Hatch, best known for playing Battlestar: Galactica‘s Captain Apollo, has died. Hatch was 71 years old; the cause of his death was confirmed as pancreatic cancer. The Los Angeles-born actor first rose to prominence in the US as one of the stars of the long-running (but now retired) daytime soap opera All My Children; Hatch played the show’s young leading man, Tad Martin. He also appeared in a slew of ’80s dramas including Dynasty and The Love Boat. But Hatch’s most successful role would remain with him, that of Lorne Greene’s fighter pilot son in Battlestar: Galactica; he later joined the Battlestar: Galactica reboot in the role of politician Tom Zarek.
Ending on a high
The ABC’s hit comedy Please Like Me will finish with its current fourth season. The show’s creator and star Josh Thomas said he and his collaborators were “really happy with what we’ve made and feel like it is complete”. The Queensland-born 29-year-old thanked the show’s cast and crew, but singled out its producer Todd Abbott for high praise. “We built this show from the ground up together and he’s always just been a real good bloke,” Thomas said. The series has been a huge success for the ABC, winning an AACTA award and a nomination for an International Emmy Award. It has also sold extensively overseas, notably to the British and US markets.
‘Homecoming’ for TV head
The ABC has recruited Foxtel’s head of production and development Josie Mason-Campbell to the post of head of non-scripted production. Mason-Campbell replaces Brendan Dahill, who left the ABC last year to join Keo Films. Mason-Campbell’s credits include the series Gogglebox, The Great Australian Bake Off, Coast Australia and The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Mason-Campbell described the national broadcaster as “an essential part of Australian life, providing a brave, bold stage on which to tell our stories”. The appointment is something of a homecoming for Mason: her first project was a documentary, The Dalton Sisters, about two Sydney women who attended every performance of Les Miserables, which aired on the ABC.