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Old July 12 2008, 11:45 AM   #1
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Echo Beach/Moving Wallpaper news

I don't know if anyone but me and wamdue will be interested in this, but Echo Beach is officially axed (good news I say), but Moving Wallpaper is back, with a twist.

After weighing up the options, producers have decided to make a clean break for it and change the show entirely. So what's the new plan?

Ben Miller, returning as big-headed executive producer Jonathan Pope, told me: "We're coming back, although it's not about a soap opera. We're not going to be making Echo Beach any more. We're making a zombie show, a 28 Days Later-style pilot, so that's going to be quite fun."
Sounds like a good move to me. *fingers crossed* Hope it's as good, or better than before.[/quote

Oh, and for anyone who's interested, Moving Wallpaper is great, Echo Beach not so much, it's only worth it for the in-jokes between shows, if at all. But the box set of both is currently £8.97 on Amazon.co.uk, or Moving Wallpaper is £5.97 on it's own... Definitely worth having at those prices.
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Old July 12 2008, 12:18 PM   #2
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I had never heard of this before I read this thread.

What a bizarre concept, a fictional show set amongst the production team of a real life show that is on the same channel as the fictional show. Most unlike ITV to come up with something so unique

Isn't Echo Beach a horrible soap though? I mean it has Jason Donovan in it. I can't imagine it would be much fun to watch.
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Old July 12 2008, 12:50 PM   #3
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I had never heard of this before I read this thread.

What a bizarre concept, a fictional show set amongst the production team of a real life show that is on the same channel as the fictional show. Most unlike ITV to come up with something so unique

Isn't Echo Beach a horrible soap though? I mean it has Jason Donovan in it. I can't imagine it would be much fun to watch.
Yeah, it's pretty much a bad rip off of Home and Away, but I can't tell if that's how it's supposed to be, because it's a parody, or if it's actually just a bad soap.
Moving Wallpaper was a lot of fun, and had a lot of little gags that ended up in Echo Beach. Such as the producer hiring a beach buggy thing, so they had to shoehorn it in to an episode. Or him accepting sex from an actress to get her a role in the show, that got increasingly bigger, because she started bribing him on Moving Wallpaper. I wouldn't have bothered watching Echo Beach if it wasn't for those little things.
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Old July 12 2008, 04:54 PM   #4
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I gave up on Echo Beach after about 3 episodes.

meanwhile this zombie comedy, I wonder if it will actually air
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Old July 12 2008, 05:09 PM   #5
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I gave up on Echo Beach after about 3 episodes.

meanwhile this zombie comedy, I wonder if it will actually air
I doubt it, I don't think they'd go the same route again after the failure last time. I hope there's clips in the show, or on the website though.
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Old July 12 2008, 07:54 PM   #6
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Hmmm. Not sure what I think about this - would've rather seen them continue on making the fictional soap in Moving Wallpaper and us not seeing the soap itself, than changing the programme they're making. It's going to be a completely different show to the one we previously saw.
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Old July 12 2008, 08:37 PM   #7
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I wonder how much cast changes there will be, seems kind of odd to think the same think Jonathan would keep the same crew around him for a zombie movie, that he would for a soap.
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Old July 13 2008, 07:47 AM   #8
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Exactly what I'm thinking, wamdue.
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I liked moving wallpaper from what i saw (kept forgetting it was on)
Echo beach was really bad i would have liked ITV to have made the zombie thing they could have made half an hour shows done right could have been a laugh like Shaun of the dead.
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Old August 18 2008, 08:19 PM   #10
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Alan Dale and Kelly Brook have been cast in Moving Wallpaper.

From Digital Spy

Kelly Brook and Alan Dale are to replace Martine McCutcheon and Jason Donovan as the big-name stars on ITV1's Moving Wallpaper, it was confirmed today.

As was exclusively revealed on DS last month, the new series will continue where the previous one left off. Companion series Echo Beach has been axed, but a clause in the contract of executive producer Jonathan Pope - a role reprised by Ben Miller - requires ITV to offer him a pilot to produce.

The pilot, for a "ridiculous" thriller spoof, sees Brook and Dale star as passengers on board an aeroplane attacked by zombies. Titled Renaissance, it will air as a one-off special either on ITV1 or online; however, no airdate has yet been confirmed.
It'll be interesting to see if this new direction works...
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Old August 18 2008, 09:05 PM   #11
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^ and if there is any TV show Alan Dale will say no to.
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Old August 18 2008, 09:11 PM   #12
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^ and if there is any TV show Alan Dale will say no to.
I think zombie horror has more potential for comedy than the soap did, so I think it would work even better.
As for Alan Dale, if you start life on an Aussie soap the only place to go is up, isn't it?
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I can believe I didn't watch this when it came out. Sounds like an awesome concept.
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Old August 18 2008, 09:23 PM   #14
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I cant believe I didn't watch this when it came out. Sounds like an awesome concept.
it was on ITV, and lumbered with the god awful Echo Beach, so you can be forgiven.

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^ and if there is any TV show Alan Dale will say no to.
As for Alan Dale, if you start life on an Aussie soap the only place to go is up, isn't it?
um, I think US soap might be a step down, but then it probaly reaches a much bigger audience.
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Old August 18 2008, 09:27 PM   #15
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I can believe I didn't watch this when it came out. Sounds like an awesome concept.
Yeah, it's such a good concept I'm surprised ITV commissioned it.

Moving Wallpaper was really good, Echo Beach not so much. So I was glad to hear Moving Wallpaper got a pick up.
I just bought the box set of both shows, I figured it was worth £3 difference. I was annoyed to find that the box set has them set out with 1 Moving Wallpaper/1 Echo Beach.
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