Will there be more Offspring? “Never say never…” say producers.
There are cost challenges facing an Offspring renewal, but producers remain optimistic for more.
In 2012 TEN renewed the show for two more seasons, a rarity in the drama landscape.
With the series final now just 6 weeks away, the show is still one of the network’s best performers.
TV Tonight asked producer John Edwards if fans can look forward to more?
“I don’t know. We don’t have an absolute view on it at all. I think the show is going extremely well,” he said.
“But there are all sorts of problems. It costs 30% more because we’re over 65 episodes.
“So it (costs more) already and there are up lifts on the cast. There are significant difficulties and there are scheduling difficulties because we’re doing things.
“But never say never.”
At 65 episodes Offspring is no longer eligible for a Tax Rebate on its costs –a number that also saw Rush, Sea Patrol and Dance Academy take their leave.
Puberty Blues is also yet to have a third season greenlit while writer Tony McNamara is directing his own film in the US.
Edwards explains that Offspring’s season final offers a natural season conclusion but not necessarily the last word on Nina Proudman.
“There’s a completion, and we would have done more Puberty Blues if we were in a position to, but the Tony thing has put a temporary kibosh on that,” he explained.
Meanwhile Edwards is busy with his massive Gallipoli series for Nine while co-producer Imogen Banks is overseeing the 6 part political romance Party Tricks for TEN with Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser.
“If it works we’d aim to do 10 next year and there’s no reason, I would have thought, not to. Nobody’s done a show in that area and had it work before,” Edwards says.
“Rodger Corser and Asher are just dynamite together.”
While Edwards has been prolific with recent titles including Howzat, Beaconsfield, Tangle and Paper Giants, he concedes short-run dramas are not his preferred medium.
“I would still like to be doing longer stuff with slightly different aims,” he acknowledges.
“Things ebb and flow and at the moment we’re seeing all these short-running series, but I don’t think that’s sustainable because out of necessity you have Australian show up against Australian show and we’re cannibalising ourselves, spreading our resources too thin. I don’t think it’s the most rational way of being.
“Frankly, I’d like to be doing a long-running show.
“Everybody thinks (short-run) are more fun and artistically more gratifying. Bullshit. I don’t find them so. I enjoyed doing 22 parts of Rush and 22 parts of Secret Life. The only reason we did 8 and 10 at a time of Love My Way is that was all the money they had.
“With Offspring 13 a year is fine, but 22 is better. That’s what I really regard the real thing as being.”