TEN has pulled off the near-impossible, confirming this morning that Offspring will return for a sixth season in 2016.
The network -and its most fervent fans- had never given up hope for a return by the series, which wrapped its fifth season in 2014.
Back then cast and producers moved onto other projects, while the cost of the show had risen having surpassed 65 episodes, ruling it ineligible for further Screen Australia funding.
But the universe has aligned and TEN confirms the return of Dr Nina Proudman and indicates “the story of her daughter Zoe, sister Billie, brother Jimmy, mother Geraldine and all her other family and friends is far from over.”
Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart are both confirmed for Season 6.
TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “It was no secret that we wanted to continue Nina’s adventures and we are thrilled to announce that Offspring will return to TEN for a sixth season in 2016.
“There are so many more chapters left in Nina’s life. We paused her story just as she had bravely navigated motherhood as a single parent rediscovering the joy and romance of life, while dealing with her fabulously messy family as they went about their unpredictable daily lives.
“The strength and appeal of Offspring lies in the ability of its producers and writers to marry conventional narrative drama with flashbacks and fantasy sequences. We can’t wait to start production on the sixth season,” she said.
“We are very proud of everything that Offspring has achieved and we are very excited about bringing the new season to all Australians.”
Offspring is produced by Imogen Banks and John Edwards.
￼Endemol Shine Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fennessy, said: “We’re enormously proud of this beautifully crafted drama by the very fabulous John Edwards and Imogen Banks. Offspring is universally loved and we’re delighted to continue the story.”
Offspring becomes the second local drama series to be recently revived after effectively ending, with A Place to Call Home returning to Foxtel next Sunday.