Bring Back Tom
group of fans have started a campaign to bring back Tom Scully
(Andrew Larkins), who has recently left the show on
Neighbours Stays in Belgium
for 2 more years
Belgian network VRT have comissioned Neighbours for
another 2 years, a total of 624 episodes. Since starting on
the channel in 1988, Neighbours has been rated number
one in its timeslot.
Season Finale Fireworks?
With this year’s finale currently being filmed, and due to
air on the 10th December, word is already beginning to leak
out about the content. It seems that after a few more subdued,
almost happy, season cliffhangers for the last few years,
the heat is going to be seriously turned up for 2004. Back
in March, we interviewed executive producer Ric Pellizzeri
who told us that the ultimate plan was to make the show have
a more modern feel, saying “God only knows what we are going
to burn down in the future!”. Well, if rumours are to be believed,
most of the Lassiter’s complex is going to fall victim.
Deaths are also going to feature, and with Jack Scully (Jay
Bunyan) and Libby Kennedy (Kym Valentine) on their
way out, plus the character of Joe Scully (Shane Connor)
still looming, it seems that it’s anybody’s guess who those
deaths might be.
Maggie's Powerful New Role
Maggie Millar (Rosie Hoyland) is about to take the
lead role in a new play which opens next month at Chapel
off Chapel in Prahran, Melbourne. The debut season of
If I Should Die Before I Wake runs from September 2-19
with performances on Tuesdays at 6.30pm and from Wednesday
to Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and
Sundays. Tickets are $28.50, with concession and groups of
20 or more at $20. Bookings on 8290-7000.
The play also stars Neighbours writer and guest actor
Margot Knight (Jean Richards/Tracey Cox).
Episode Titles Introduced
of tomorrow's episode, number 4501, episode titles will be
used for the first time on Neighbours. When speaking
to executive producer, Ric Pellizzeri about this development,
he had the following to say:
want our children (episodes) that we send out into the world
to have names and not numbers. It has been too impersonal
for too long. How can you say "go out into the world 4503
and knock 'em dead". That is so cold, it's just setting the
little runt up for failure. We want to have fun coming up
with the 240 odd title names a year. We obviously don't have
enough to do and this should keep delinquent writers and editors
off the mean streets of Melbourne. We are different to other
soaps and want to continue to be different to other soaps.
This is a way to celebrate our difference. We want to stress
out our editors and writers in coming up with witty titles,
that have double meanings with a double pike and half twist.
We want to stress out the webbies with the controversy and
debate it will generate on Neighbours sites. I can
see RSI making a comeback. And finally we thought, WHY NOT.
At last word count there were approximately 616,500 word forms
in the English language. We shouldn't run out of titles in
the near future. After all there are only 7 musical notes
and Justin Timberlake still doesn't sound like Beethoven."
there you have it. Obviously this won't affect things around
here too much, but we'll be mentioning all of the episode
titles on our Weekly Reviews and Magic Moments from now on.
Superstar... Or Not
It seems that Holly Valance's (Flick Scully) quest
to make a name for herself in America has hit another stumbling
block. Having lined up a guest appearance in hit show Nip/Tuck,
she turned down the role when scripts revealed that her character
would have to take part in a threesome.
Elsewhere, Sky News is reporting that chart sensation
Jamelia is being lined up for a special guest appearance
on Neighbours, having become a big hit in Australia
with her recent single, Superstar.
Jay's Final Scenes
Friday 30th July saw Jay Bunyan film his final scenes
after two years playing Jack Scully. He was presented with
a new suitcase as his traditional gift from cast and crew,
and Jay now plans to head to the Edinburgh Festival with his
one-man show The Packer. Meanwhile, Australian newspaper
The Herald Sun has given a rather large hint as to
Jack's fate, as a picture from his final day featured none
other than Michelle Ang (Lori Lee). The article in
the newspaper mentioned that Ang returned to Melbourne for
a couple of days last week...
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