The promos for tonight’s City Homicide episode are pretty clear: “The Last Ever” they say.
The final moments in the episode are equally pretty clear.
But officially, Seven still has neither axed nor renewed City Homicide.
This is despite a statement from the network last October which said, “A decision on the production of Series Five will be made in the new year.”
This week, TV Tonight put the question to Seven about the show’s status.
A network spokesperson confirmed a decision still had not been made.
“Yet to be renewed, but also not non-renewed,” said the spokesperson.
Cast and crew are no longer employed on the show, but at best Seven is mulling whether the show may have an after-life as Telemovies. But it’s not easy to revisit a project once everybody has disbanded.
One would hope that the series eventually scores the same kind of generous words Tim Worner used to farewell Blue Heelers and All Saints.
2006: “Blue Heelers is an institution and has long been the breeding ground for some of Australia’s finest acting, writing and directing.”
2009: “All Saints is a show which viewers and Seven have loved. However, an audience shift and increased production costs are behind this decision. The cast and crew deserve the highest admiration and respect for what they have achieved. All Saints has made a significant contribution to the rich history of Australian drama.”
Worner told TV Tonight last month, “I would dearly love to be in a position where we were doing more City Homicide, but it’s not something that I can confirm right now. I can tell you it’s something that’s not off the agenda.”
Seven’s drama output is certainly committed, with Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers plus Wild Boys in development. Its hit rate under drama exec John Holmes is remarkable.
Equally remarkable was the output by writers John Hugginson and John Banas who wrote some 90% of the 84 episodes of City Homicide. If that isn’t worth acknowledging I don’t know what is.