Cast confirmed for ABC’s Janet King

Vince Colosimo, Damian Walshe-Howling, John Howard & Deborah Kennedy join the Crownies spin-off.

2013-01-21_22332013 will surely be the year for Marta Dusseldorp.

Not only does she star in Crownies spin-off Janet King for the ABC but she is also the star of Seven’s upcoming A Place to Call Home.

She returns to ABC1 as Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet King in the eight hour Screentime mini-series which began production yesterday.

Joining the cast are Vince Colosimo as Chief Superintendent Jack Rizzoli, Damian Walshe-Howling as rising star prosecutor Owen Mitchell, John Howard, Sonia Todd, Jessica Napier, Deborah Kennedy and Tiriel Mora.

Returning Crownies alumni include Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch, Andrea Demetriades, Peter Kowitz, Christopher Morris, Indiana Evans, Jeanette Cronin, Aimee Pedersen and Lewis Fitz-Gerald.

The series is produced by Karl Zwicky, Lisa Scott and co-produced by Jane Allen, with Hilary Bonney as story consultant and associate producer. Writers are Greg Haddrick, Jane Allen, Kris Mrksa and Shaun Grant, Janet King with directors Grant Brown, Peter Andrikidis and Ian Watson. Screentime’s Des Monaghan and Greg Haddrick are Executive Producers.

Des Monaghan said “Screentime is delighted that the strength of this production has attracted such an outstanding calibre of cast, to realise characters both new and returning. They will join some of this country’s most talented writers, directors and producers to bring Janet King to vibrant life on screen.”

“Marta Dusseldorp is compelling and captivating as the character, Janet King,” ABC TV Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan said. “Janet returns to the DPP to confront a high-profile murder and a conspiracy which will threaten to unravel her life and everything she loves.”

It airs later this year on ABC1.

16 Responses

  1. I’m looking forward to this spin-off. I loved Crownies and Janet King and to hear that other Crownies cast members are in this as well is fantastic. I hope we get to see more of Janet & Ash’s relationship and also perhaps even Tatum & Richard’s. When abouts later in the year will this air? Also, does this mean no more Crownies at all??

  2. Eight hour mini sounds like the right format for this spinoff. However I hope this is not scheduled the same time as A Place to Call Home. I’ll be interested to see how the audience feels about seeing Marta in two leading roles on different networks – and whether it matters at all.

  3. Crownies was one of my fave shows of all time so Im so excited about this news!!

    Expecially that most of the cast will return plus John Howard….who knew Crownies could get any better?

  4. I felt sure that Crownies (besides being one of the worst Australian TV programs of recent times) got abysmal ratings. Am I wrong about this?
    If I’m right, then it doesn’t seem to make much sense to invest more money in a spinoff from a show very few people watched, featuring characters that have already failed to connect with the audience. Why not invest it in a brand new series instead?

    1. Launched poorly, but got better as it went on, with improving word of mouth. General vibe was the legal cases were excellent, the personal stuff wasn’t. ABC had to decide whether to throw out the baby with the bathwater and has taken a risk in improving the template. Time will tell!

  5. This is a spin off I look forward to!thanks ABC for commissioning this series. I did like the characters in Crownies, so will enjoy reconnecting with them. I hope more spin offs or Janet King continues!

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