The stars of Offspring joined producers and network executives at Crown Metropol in Melbourne last night for the launch of the new TEN drama.
In attendance were Asher Keddie, John Waters, Don Hany, Deborah Mailman, Linda Cropper, Kat Stewart, Eddie Perfect and Richard Davies, joined by many of the nation’s media.
TEN Drama executive Rick Maier told the crowd, “We are very fortunate to have this show. Those of you who have seen the telemovie will know it’s just outstanding work all round. There are a lot of people to thank for that particularly Beverley McGarvey and David Mott, they commissioned the series. Also the key creators of the show, Debra Oswald, an award winning writer who is famous for the line now ‘The neck, the neck, I need to kiss the neck. I want to have sex with this man!’
“If you wrote your dream team now this would be it. It’s a compliment to the production staff, the writing staff and the directors we have, that this cast said ‘Yes’ to this show. Believe me they get knocked off their stand with offers of work.
“I think I counted up 48 AFI Awards and 92 Logies and that was John Waters by himself.”
Maier also thanked John Edwards, Imogen Banks, Kate Dennis, Southern Star, Film Victoria, Claire Tonkin and Daniel Monaghan plus marketing and publicity teams. He also acknowledged TEN’s promotion team which recently won a Gold Promax Award in the US.
John Edwards also told a tale of how writer Debra Oswald asked her kids how she could create a relationship show that men would want to watch.
“And one of the kids said, ‘Put explosions in it. Blow shit up.’ So that became the show!” he said.
“This has been a ‘blast’, huge fun and a great joy to make.”
Edwards also acknowledged director Kate Dennis and his producing partner Imogen Banks (Dangerous, Tangle).
“Many of the cast signed up without seeing the script,” Banks explained. “It was just conversations at the pub.
“Not only our core cast, but we were incredibly lucky with our guest cast, many of whom are here tonight.”
TEN’s Angela Bishop hosted the evening, which also featured a music performance by Eddie Perfect.
The show premieres at 8:30pm Sunday August 15th in a 2 hour telemovie.