As first confirmed by TV Tonight, the ABC is proceeding with its spin-off to Crownies.
The legal drama will return as an 8 part series led by Marta Dusseldorp as senior Crown prosecutor Janet King.
Brendan Dahill, Controller of ABC1, said: “I’m excited with this fresh new direction as I’m sure our audience will be too. So many ingredients of Crownies resonated with our audience and Screentime has successfully combined those many positive aspects with a complex and compelling legal struggle to give life to a powerful new series.”
ABC TV’s Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan, said: “Screentime has developed an exciting drama series about the fabulous character, Janet King. The series looks at the dilemmas of a contemporary woman who returns to work after a year’s maternity leave and is flung into a shocking prosecution that involves layers of intrigue played out at the highest levels of power. Janet King’s case leads her through some astounding twists and revelations that impact on her life on every level.”
Screentime’s Des Monaghan added: “It was apparent to us at Screentime and to the ABC, that the audience had a great deal of affection for Janet King and the other key cast of Crownies. I am delighted that we have been able to build on this audience enthusiasm. In conjunction with ABC TV, we have developed an exciting legal political thriller which allows us to welcome back the brilliant Marta Dusseldorp as Crown Prosecutor Janet King.”
The series will be produced by Karl Zwicky, Jane Allen, Lisa Scott and Hilary Bonney, and be written by Greg Haddrick, Kris Mrksa and Shaun Grant.
Presumably the parts that didn’t work, such as the personal lives of rabid young prosecutors, are now out.
Dusseldorp also features in Seven’s A Place to Call Home.
Production will begin early next year.