Samuel Johnson Is Making A Comeback!
Good news for Secret Life Of Us fans (and, more importantly, those like Defamer Australia who were right into the incessant ads on Channel Ten for the extremely moving telemovie After The Deluge) – after a thoroughly awful couple of years, Samuel Johnson will be returning to our screens!
The Secret Life of Us star has landed a plum job hosting a new Lonely Planet travel series called Bluelist Australia, which starts on SBS next week.
Johnson quit his job on Nova FM in Melbourne after his girlfriend Lainie Woodlands committed suicide early last year and has not been seen on the small screen since.
The AFI-award winner was “devastated” by the loss, which was followed by a bitter seven-month legal battle between her mother and father over possession of the 20-year-old’s body.
She was eventually laid to rest while the case ended in the High Court in August.
The new project has been a blessing for Johnson, with producer Tony Jackson telling Confidential the Crackerjack star had thrown himself into the job, embracing such tasks as travelling across the country on the Ghan and whitewater rafting at Penrith.
“He was totally stoked,” he said. “He’s completely goofy and he brought that to the screen.
We once saw Samuel Johnson playing pool with the drunken locals in a Daylesford pub and he seemed very nice, so we welcome the return of his “goofy” face to the screen.