Ten s program launch
Ten's program launch

It proved a short and sweet return to WA for Perth-raised actress Lisa McCune this week, with the four-time Gold Logie winner among a raft of TV stars who turned out for Ten's 2013 program launch at the Hyatt Regency Hotel yesterday.

McCune - whose new TV drama Reef Doctors will premiere on Ten early next year - drew attention to her thin frame in a floral figure-hugging 1960s-style dress but was notably without her wedding ring.

Speaking to AAA, the actress refused to comment on her relationship with her South Pacific co-star Teddy Tahu Rhodes despite still being married to Tim Disney, father of her three children.

It was McCune's first trip to Perth for any TV network program launch since she began her rise to fame on Seven's Blue Heelers in 1993. The former Greenwood Senior High School student said she was keen to secure some work in Perth, having never worked professionally here since she left town after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1990.

Other stars spotted among the crowd included Ten's weekend newsreader Natarsha Belling, who dazzled in a green-hued floor-length gown, Bondi Vet hottie Chris Brown and fellow The Living Room co-host Miguel Maestre, as well as Neighbours star Stefan Dennis.

Ten's chief executive James Warburton addressed the launch and, while he acknowledged the network had experienced bumpy times, he spoke positively of the year ahead and of how they would rebuild viewer, advertiser and investor confidence.

Among the local content Ten hopes will strengthen its 2013 line-up is MasterChef: The Professionals, which is likely to begin filming in the next two weeks with renowned British chef Marco Pierre White at the helm.

It will go head-to-head with Seven's smash hit My Kitchen Rules. Weight-loss series The Biggest Loser will also be back next year and will see parents and their children embark on the health and fitness journey together.

The West Australian

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