Where to for Puberty Blues?

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 11.33.34 pm.jpgIf you saw the season finale for Puberty Blues (warning: S2 spoiler ahead), you’re probably wondering if there will be a third season.

In most cases when Producers make television dramas they genuinely don’t know if a show will get picked up. With the best of intentions they usually write an ending that has a sense of closure but hints at more if the network showers them with good news.

That’s exactly what we saw last night.

In the case of this critically-praised show from Endemol, it has been airing on a struggling network, which adds to the complexity.

Co-producer John Edwards told TV Tonight, the future may be unclear but it’s largely due to the availability of the creative team.

“Creatively, obviously Imogen (Banks, producer) and I would love to do more as would Alice (Bell, writer) and Tony (McNamara, writer) who are really the driving force.”

Tony McNamara has a US film project in the pipeline which may impact on his immediate availability for a third season.

“The voice of the show comes from those two people,” Edwards explained.

“I believe we would go again, because I believe TEN would be well disposed to go again. I can’t speak for them but certainly there is a enormous affection for the show.”

Season Two, which was created beyond the storylines of the original novel, ended with the dramatic high of Debbie (Ashleigh Cummings) and Sue (Brenna Harding) leaving home.

But it doesn’t necessarily signal the end for the pair.

“We have plans for what happens after they leave the Shire. We planned that a year ago,” said Edwards.

A renewal for TEN may not come immediately but as one of the network’s best dramas, let’s hope the stars align for a third season.

21 Comments:

  1. I really hope there is a 3rd season, my family have loved this show, probably our favourite Aussie show! Please give us more!
    If Ten decide not to renew it could Foxtel perhaps pick it up?
    The second series was bonzer.I really enjoy the writing away from the original book,which was a little too much and very Cathy Lette. This season looked deeper into the adults,which was the anchor to getting another series.Who couldn’t love Sue’s parents! The quality of filming was outstanding and really hope if Ten passes on this, that the ABC get it. They will care for it and it’s potential
    Ten would be crazy not to commission a third series. The second series was superb. I can not believe Ten sat on it for a year.

  2. The second series was bonzer.I really enjoy the writing away from the original book,which was a little too much and very Cathy Lette. This season looked deeper into the adults,which was the anchor to getting another series.Who couldn’t love Sue’s parents! The quality of filming was outstanding and really hope if Ten passes on this, that the ABC get it. They will care for it and it’s potential

  3. I hope they do a third season. My husband and I love this show!!! The acting is fantastic and I love the nostalgic feeling I get.

  4. The Question Mark would be would such a show last into doing a College Years and Beyond series like 90210 did in it’s day the first time around without having to make something new to cover the teenage market.

  5. @mistaken I cannot believe they sat on the second series for a year either! Are they crazy! This is the only good show they have (besides Offspring which i am not really into). As I said in another post I am sure if it aired on the same night as Offspring it’s viewers would increase. I really really hope there is a season 3!!

  6. “If PB doesn’t come back, then how about a spin off for Dan Wylie and Susie Porter. I need Pam and Roger Knight in my life!”

    Ha! Yeah, that would be awesome,@susierids .

  7. An absolute pearler of a series. Loved every minute. If PB doesn’t come back, then how about a spin off for Dan Wylie and Susie Porter. I need Pam and Roger Knight in my life!

  8. Secret Squirrel

    “We have plans for what happens after they leave the Shire.”
    Does it involve fighting Orcs and climbing a volcano? I’d watch that!

  9. They sat on S2 for a year and haven’t announced S3. That means the production has been on hiatus for over 18 months. The cast and crew will have all moved on. Ashley Cummings is currently filming Gallipoli. Brenda Harding is finishing School isn’t she?

    The Cronulla story is finished. So it would have to be Debbie and Sue somewhere and the kids would all have aged two years.

    It never rated that well. Less than 800k for S1 and S2 got smashed by MKR and The Block

    I’d consider it unlikely they will make more now.

    • First season it had some nights where the lead-in was 150,000 and it lifted to over 700,000. Two years on the landscape has changed for the network. Numbers last night show it can benefit from a stronger lead-in, and presumably a network performing better overall. Ashleigh has always been juggling two projects at once, so no change there.

  10. Loved the ending. I can understand why some people might of not been happy, but the story really is based on their friendship.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, the authors of the book leave school at around 15/16?

    Would love to see at least one more season of this show.

  11. Yes, really hope PB returns for a third series but they shouldn’t leave it for too long.
    Guess now the girls have left school it won’t matter that they are older and allows the show to evolve in completely new ways, eg with them now living up in Byron Bay.
    But do wonder how successfully that would work.

    If it does return, I actually think PB would be a much better fit on the ABC than Ten.

  12. Will really miss this wonderful show and all its beautifully crafted characters and storylines.
    PB really has been something special.

    Favourite moment last night was Pam’s bikini modelling scene and Roger’s instructions to “Avert your eyes, boys !”
    Pure gold
    Not quite sure about the girls just “riding off into the sunset” like that – a bit unrealistic I thought.
    (Judy will surely have a hernia over Deb leaving , school and not completing her HSC).
    But I guess they had to conclude the story arc somehow.
    .

  13. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 seasons and with the season finale last night I felt it covered most bases as a Series Finale..

    My thoughts after viewing, that a 2-3 year gap in the form of a mini-series or movie may work.

    Actually I’m ok if it doesn’t come back as it covered “Puberty Blues” and did it so well.

  14. It is an excellent show, but if it doesn’t get picked up for a third series, at least there was some closure in the finale, with lots of loose ends being tied up.

  15. Ten would be crazy not to commission a third series. The second series was superb. I can not believe Ten sat on it for a year.

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