TV News: Hawke, Brothers, The CW

Hawke

Nearly thirty years ago George Miller and Phil Noyce co-wrote and partly directed the acclaimed mini-series “The Dismissal”, a drama about the most infamous day in Australian politics when left-wing Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was forced out of power. Since then there’s been little in the way of films or TV about Australian politics, though that changes shortly with the TV movie “Hawke”.

The biopic runs from 1977-1991 covering the life and career of Bob Hawke (Richard Roxburgh) from his boozy, womanising days as the trade unions president, his nine years of service as Prime Minister, his extramarital affair with his biographer Blanche d’Alpuget, and the leadership challenge that saw treasurer Paul Keating take over as PM.

The TV movie will first be broadcast on Channel Ten in Australia on July 18th.

Brothers and Sisters

Emily VanCamp is leaving ABC’s family drama “Brothers & Sisters” next season reports EW. The actress returns for two or three episodes early next season to wrap her storyline. VanCamp played Rebecca on the series for four years.

The CW

The CW has announced its Fall season premiere dates. “The Vampires Diaries” and new series “Nikita” premiere September 9th, “90210” and “Gossip Girl” return September 13th, “One Tree Hill” and “Life Unexpected” return September 14th, and “Smallville” and “Supernatural” are back on September 24th.