Daytime Confidential Down Under

Welcome one and all, it’s time once again to go Down Under, Daytime Confidential style. So without further delay, grab a cuppa and let’s go.

Dieter Brummer (ex-Shane Parrish) and Kate Ritchie (ex-Sally Fletcher) have been cast in the second season of Underbelly, which has just completed filming. The first promo can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Bec Hewitt (ex-Hayley) and her husband, tennis sensation Lleyton Hewitt. They became parents again on December 11. Bec gave birth to a boy whom the couple named Cruz. He is the couple’s second child, alongside three year old sister Mia.

Congratulations to Kate Ritchie and Grant Denyer who hosted Channel 7’s 26th Annual Carols in the Domain for the second year in a row. Filmed in Sydney, the show raises money for the OASIS Youth Support Network – the Salvation Army’s response to youth homelessness. Both Kate and Grant did an amazing job and with any luck we might see them for a third year next Christmas.

2009 Preview:

If you have not seen it already, check out the Home and Away 2009 season premier promo here.

Jack Holden (Paul O’Brien), dead or alive? This is the question EVERYONE wants to know and while Home and Away has done "back from the dead" in the past, it’s not looking too good for our boy Jack. Constable Holden seems to be dead, but no official word has been said or leaked. Actor Paul O’Brien stated in an interview back in March that his contract with Home and Away was up in October 2008 and he was interested in seeing if they would renew him or not.

So what does that mean? Is there hope? Well, there is always hope. RUMOR has it that Jack was seen filming and is still going to be filming when production restarts next year, but the other thing the RUMORS are saying is that he is finishing up filming as a ghost to just tell Martha goodbye and move on.

Now you might be asking, what else do you know? Well, I want to spin this off into its own post, but for now we will have it here. Home and Away "Cryptic Clues".

What do these cryptic clues mean? Do you want more? If so, sound off in the comments below so we can gauge if people want more or not. Also, credit goes to SpoilerFactory and SummerbayJournal.

That is all for Home and Away, now let’s get cozy with some of our Neighbours.

Following in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson and many others, Michala Banas (temporary Libby, 2008) is the Australian face of ProActiv Solution, You can see her ad here

Jason Donovan (ex-Scott Robinson) is hard at work on his first studio album "Let it Be Me", which he says is inspired by the music from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Jason is known for his hits back in the late 1980’s titled "Two Broken Hearts", "Nothing Can Divide Us" and his infamous duet with then irlfriend Kylie Minogue (ex-Charlene), "Especially For You".

Actor (& current object of my Ipods replay button)  Dean Geyer, is coming to the USA in persuit of a acting gig, for more information check out Digital Spy’s report here.  Dean has just wraped filming his exit story for Neighbours which will be seen in the early part of next year.

2009 Preview:

A return date has been announced for Neighbours. We will be seeing our favorite Network Ten families on January 19th (the same day Home and Away returns on 7).

Fact or Fiction?

Warning: Some of these spoilers have been confirmed, while others are currently just RUMORS. So, if some of these things do not happen don’t yell at me.

One young Ramsay Street resident will struggle with mental health issues in the new year.

Zeke has a new love interest (you will never see this one coming!).

One male teen will question his sexuality.

An insider claims nearly the whole crew were nearly in tears following the filming of a scene earlier this month.

One popular couple will call it quits after being forced apart by a mutual enemy.

Steph is set for heartbreak yet again when Max decides he wants custody of Charlie.

What do you think of those? Post your thoughts and theories in the comments.

That wraps up our second trip Down Under. Check out the official sites for Home and Away and Neighbours for more information.

17 Responses

  1. Profile photo of ABCJunky73

    Like I keep on saying, these shows from down under & across the pond look better then the soaps here in the U.S., and that’s a shame. I’ll NEVER give up OLTL, but if my other soaps don’t get better (AMC, GH, ocasionally DAYS) I just might tune into these.


    ***”Tick.Tick.Tick..The Hunt For Ron Carliviti Is On! REDEEM OLTL! LEAVE RON ALONE!”***

  2. Profile photo of Johnathon

    It’s horrible, but OLTL/YR are the only two US soaps i would still be watching if i had/when i have to drop some of these shows.

    If I have to suggest ONE of these two soaps………well really i would tell you to drop DAYS fully and pick them up both, and considering they are 20mins each you could actually watch both in less time then a episode of DAYS :) lol.

    But i really don’t know, i guess every soapfan would enjoy Neighbours more, but i love Home and away so i cant pick, and i know next year when i have to pick between the two to suggest which one to watch i am going to be going threw each storyling and be like “Well this soap has 13 storylines i really love, while the other only has 12, also it has that one kinda crappy scene so i guess ___ is better…”


    A.K.A. ssjohn

  3. Profile photo of Brooke

    A popular couple breaks up on Neighbours eh? I’m going with either Miranda and Steve or (my personal fave) Karl and Susan… only cos I don’t want it to be Dan and Libby LOL!! Grrr Sam!!

    I reckon it’s Zeke questioning his sexuality – he’s the only ‘teen’ not in a pairing…

  4. Profile photo of Johnathon

    I love how i put the “Zeke’s new love interest is someone you will NEVER See coming” and then “Some guy is questioning his sexuality”

    I do think its him though.

    See I dont know, Haven’t they all been tested enough and stood together last year with Nicola?

    I really think that one mite be Dan and Libby, but on the positive side ‘real’ Libby returns on the premier :)

    A.K.A. ssjohn

  5. Profile photo of daisyclover1938

    Hey John, I haven’t started watching any Aussie soaps *yet* but I love reading your blog! I think it’ll help prepare me for when I do start watching them, lol

    Oh and I noticed that you talked about “back from the dead” stories on Home and Away, which surprised me. I assumed only US soaps did those kinds of stories :)


    DaisyClover (aka SamBot #1)

  6. Profile photo of AnthonyL

    Thank you for adding these columns about the UK and Aussie soaps. Sadly, in many ways, they’re much better than what we’re getting here in the States….. so regular coverage about them is great.

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    Darren Lomas

    H&A needs Laurie Foelle back ASAP – she got me hooked and I was devastated when Angie died (such an interesting soap bitch!). Then, she came back as Josie, her identical cousin (loved it!!!). I tuned out when she left :(

  8. Profile photo of Johnathon

    That was way before my time lol, but i hope she will come back so you will return lol.

    Anyone here take a shot at the cyrptic clues?

    What do they mean!?!!?

    I have a theory about the first one, but nothing for the second.

    A.K.A. ssjohn

  9. Profile photo of Johnathon

    I’ll have to do some youtube watching -.-.

    Brooke had me watch some clips of Shane & Angel and i watched some of a couple of other characters, but i have only been watching Home and Away for a year lol.

    A.K.A. ssjohn

  10. Profile photo of Johnathon

    Silly rabbit how am i supposed to ask you about them while youtubing if you missed them -.-.

    Oh well.

    Since no one has taken a shot yet, my guess is the first one (with Aden/Belle) has to do with the upcoming ‘rape’ storyline, my guess is that Belle get’s raped and Aden ‘repays the favor’ by listening / being there for her.

    Not a clue about what’s up with Irene lol

    A.K.A. ssjohn

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