Asher Keddie, Rodger Corser in new TEN drama, Party Tricks.

2013-06-26_1046Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser will front Party Tricks, a new drama series for TEN about a woman’s campaign to become the next State Premier.

As recently tipped by TV Tonight, the 6 part drama will be produced by John Edwards and Imogen Banks for Southern Star Entertainment. It is created by Michael Lucas.

Gold Logie winner Keddie will star as Kate Ballard,  a committed and rigorous politician whose victory seems assured until a shock new opposition leader, popular television and radio personality David McLeod (Corser), is selected.

According to the press release, “As the drama unfolds, it is revealed that several years ago Kate and David had a secret, tumultuous affair. To the world at large, David and Kate offer a compelling battle of style versus substance, but a paranoid Kate fears that their complicated romantic history is a trump card waiting to be played. Played out on a grand scale, Party Tricks becomes a cat-and-mouse game which culminates in an election night finale.”

TEN Executive Producer, Drama, Rick Maier, said: “Party Tricks is a compelling star vehicle for two of our very best actors, written and developed by the best production team in the business. If you like smart, funny, romantic drama, this is the show for you.”

Producer Imogen Banks said: “Politics, power and sex – what better elements for a big, juicy story? I cannot wait to make it.”

The drama will be filmed in Melbourne with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria and will air on TEN in 2014.


  1. When we tune into new US shows usually a big name is attached to them & they are supported by unknowns. I am sure many of you would agree. I think of Desperate a Housewives, Melrose Place, Mistresses, Brothers & Sisters which I watched partially because of big names attached. So what if Asher Keddie & Rodger Corser are the lead roles, I’ve watched these two actors for years & thank god they haven’t gone to the US like other Aussies. It’s only a 6 part drama hence why they can do Offspring & PB as well. Can’t wait to see it!!

  2. @Nathan, who knows what this will turn out like and you may indeed be right. Problem is though, if they draw inspiration too much from the likes of House Of Cards, West Wing etc, Australians with ratings boxes (people who still have land phone lines) I just don’t hink would watch. How many made for cable series can you identify that have worked on Aus FTA. I can count 2, Sex In The City and Homeland (excluding Band Of Brothers which was a mini).

  3. I sort of agree with Dr_Rudi instead of looking for inspiration from Borgen or Commander in Chief or The West Wing or House of Cards TEN looked at Ally McBeal.

  4. I love both actors but why is it that the same actors continue to get roles. Yes they are amazing but this is what i hate on TV. Different shows with the same actors. Its like rehash after rehash after rehash. Give us someone new for a change.

  5. Oh boy, some new faces on Ten!!

    “Party Tricks is a compelling star vehicle for two of our very best actors” – I thought a ‘star vehicle’ was a production that showcased a young up-and-coming talent, someone with less experience than, say, a four time Logie winner. Anyway, I’m sure it’ll be good, and it’s great for Asher and Roger. Be nice if the powers that be could share it around a bit though and take a chance on some lesser known yet no less talented actors – there are many in Australia, particularly working in theatre.

  6. I’m looking forward to this.

    Of course they are going to have popular actors in the lead roles to attract viewers.
    I’m sure they will round out the cast with newcomers… as they have with Offspring, Puberty Blues and Tangle.

  7. Political drama sounds interesting actually. Being produced by John Edwards at least gives me hope the affair stuff will be bearable at the very least.

  8. I love both these actors and the story sounds great but I wish we had different faces fronting this production.
    Both Keddie and Corser are already on Ten with offspring and puberty blues

  9. While it’s nice to finally see an Australian drama that doesn’t revolve around a family unit, the affair storyline seems tiresome. I like the idea of politics, but I imagine the show won’t present anything actually political. Just mindless drama
    Also, I understand we have a small industry but the use of the same actors in every single show is just getting tiresome. Lets get some new faces! Some new talent…

  10. @ Sarah H: I agree. This actually sounds good. I say actually with the idea of politics as a main story plot. But yes these two actors have high credibility within the industry.

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