Packed to the Rafters farewelled their family before heading off on a roadtrip, The Sopranos shot Tony Soprano dead in a diner, MASH had Hawkeye smooching Hot Lips and Six Feet Under gave us an amazing flash-forward farewell.
Some TV scenes are pretty clear cut when they are heading for the exit door and this week sentimental TV fans will be wondering: is that it for Offspring?
You’d swear this was its last hurrah.
As the season final nears, Nina Proudman is contemplating a move to a new hospital, Billie is headed for London, Clegg is ready to move in with Cherie and Kim, Zara is about to sit a doctor’s exam and Leo looks ready for a declaration.
Yes the episode feels like more than just a season finale, clearly conceived without any knowledge -one way or the other- about its future.
TEN is on the record as saying it wants the show to return.
Producer John Edwards told TV Tonight he and producer Imogen Banks are still in discussion with the network, but there were some hurdles to clear.
One of those is that having surpassed 65 episodes the show no longer qualified for a Screen Australia rebate, and the costs -even before cast pay rises- go up another 20%.
“We just don’t know. There are various steps that have to be undertaken. We’ve undertaken ours and we’re waiting for the next move,” says Edwards.
“Obviously the show is now so popular that paying a higher price for it is obviously a consideration.
“The issues are a combination of price and Creative and that’s what has to be resolved.”
You also wouldn’t want to chart a sixth season unless you could maintain the standard of recent seasons with most of the cast on board.
Beverley McGarvey, TEN’s Chief Programming Officer, has previously said: “Imogen Banks and John Edwards are the best in the business and we’re obviously very proud of everything that Offspringhas achieved. Network TEN would, of course, like to proceed with series 6 and we are in discussions with the producers now.”
Edwards and Banks have both been busy with two other projects, Gallipoli for Nine and Party Tricks for TEN and are known for having multiple projects in development.
While some drama fans are still getting over the loss of A Place to Call Home on Seven, the good news for Offspring fans is that, publicly, everyone is expressing a desire to return.
“There’s honestly nothing to say yet. It’s a bit early,” says Edwards.
Try to keep that in mind before reaching for the Kleenex this week.
Offspring airs 8:45pm Wednesday on TEN.