Oz’s Foxtel readies Burke talker

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Paybox Foxtel has announced its first foray into a “Tonight Show”-style variety format, to be shown on its female-skewed feevee channel W.

“Studio A With Simon Burke” has received a 10-episode commission. It will feature a range of interviews and live performances from top Aussie entertainers.

Best known as a thesp, Burke has credits that include skeins “Water Rats,” “The Alice” and “Brides of Christ” plus legiters “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.” He was also the long-running host of kiddie skein “Play School.”

“Studio A” will be produced by Endemol Southern Star, with Paul Melville and Graham Burrells as executive producers; series will be filmed at Foxtel before a live studio audience.

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