Funny lady living it up in 'The Living Room'
AMANDA Keller is no stranger to the small screen but she says even after all the years she has spent in the industry, she can never count on a gig making it past the first week.
The TV favourite and irrepressible funny lady will once again be leading the way on Ten's The Living Room.
The Sydneysider said the show, featuring Chris Brown, Miguel Maestre and Barry Du Bois, was more of a lifestyle program that was aimed to inspire, rather than be a "how to" guide.
The second season of the show has been contracted for 40 episodes for the year, which is 10 more than last year.
Keller, whose most treasured possession is a box filled with the heads of Farrah Fawcett dolls, says she has already had so many "amazing" experiences because of the show and no doubt there are more in store for her.
At the top of the list was meeting her "childhood hero", Florence Henderson, renowned for her role as Carol Brady in the Brady Bunch.
Mother-of-two Keller said having Henderson come and hang out at her house was both a dream come true and intimidating.
"I was so paranoid," she said with a laugh.
"She was so lovely, so funny and professional.
"It was one of those days I said, 'Did that really happen?'."
The TV veteran said after the day of shooting, Henderson took Keller and her husband out for dinner and had since written and offered for the pair to stay with her in Los Angeles.
This season, Keller is set to meet Matt Preston at his home in Melbourne, and get up close and personal with Marina Prior and Darren Lyons during a tour of their homes.
When Keller is not at home with her family or filming The Living Room, she can be heard on Sydney's WSFM's Breakfast radio show.
She said she had done comedy, radio "and serious" and was enjoying the real-life dealings of a lifestyle show.
"There is nice chemistry with everyone," she said.
"We all really like each other - Barry is one of my best friends."
Since beginning her television career as a producer's assistant on Simon Townsend's Wonder World, Keller has not looked back.
In 1985, she became a regular on-air reporter for Ray Martin's Midday Show, but it was Beyond 2000 that made her a household name.
During her six years on the program, she reported from all over the world and garnered a stack of awards.
In 1994, Keller's career took on a whole new dimension when her mischievous sense of humour and quick wit were revealed on Seven's Network's The Denton Show.
The partnership with Andrew Denton continued on radio.
They shared a five-year stint on Triple M as one the country's leading breakfast-radio duos.
Keller's other television credits include Talkin' Bout Your Generation; SBS comedies Swift and Shift Couriers, and Housos; Spicks and Specks; and Good News Week.
She is also a published author, having written the successful book Amanda's Handy Home Hints.