It’s still a long way off, September in fact… but one one our best local dramas is on its way back to SBS.
East West 101 will screen from 8:30pm Tuesday September 29th.
The unfortunate, even bizarre, scheduling will put the show against Seven’s Packed to the Rafters.
While SBS might be hoping the shows carry different audiences, it’s not doing itself any favours by going against such a broady popular show.
In the second series, a joint task force is formed between the squad and an intelligence agency after a car bomb goes off that many believe is the work of Islamic extremists. Detective Malik (Don Hany) has his doubts and truth.
Don Hany will resume the lead role as Zane Malik, the Muslim detective struggling to balance his work with his cultural and religious beliefs in a unit led by Inspector Patricia Wright played by Susie Porter. Other key cast to return for the second series include Aaron Fa’aoso (Detective Sonny Koa), Daniela Farinacci (Detective Helen Callas) and Renee Lim (Constable Jung Lim).
Noticeably absent from the list is one William McInnes, who personified the ‘west’ so well.
The series will introduce a number of new characters including Gerald Lepkowski who plays Agent Skeritt, an intelligence officer working alongside Malik, and Gyton Grantley as Inspector Wright’s shady sibling.
Prior to launching the second series, SBS will screen the first, from August 18th.