Nine’s new local sitcom Here Come the Habibs, will premiere on Tuesday, February 9, at 8.30pm.
Produced by Jungle (The Moodys) the series is created by Rob Shehadie, Tahir Bilgic and Matt Ryan-Garnsey.
The show is expected to follow The Big Bang Theory on Nine but it’s unclear if it will compete head on with Seven’s new local drama, Wanted.
It’s been a long time since a commercial networks has produced a local sitcom, but the early buzz on the series is good.
They’ve just won the lottery, now Lebanese-Australian family the Habibs are moving from the ’burbs into Australia’s richest suburb and living the Aussie dream. But to their new neighbours, the old-money O’Neills, this means war!
O’Neill matriarch and Bonza Biscuit heiress Olivia (Helen Dallimore) is convinced the Habibs have made their fortune through illegal means. Habib patriarch Fou Fou (Michael Denkha) – a carport builder – only wants what’s best for his family but soon finds himself locking horns with Olivia. Before long their spouses and children are caught in the crossfire of a feud that only one family can survive.
Meanwhile, Fou Fou’s wife Mariam (Camilla Ah Kin) is intent on becoming part of her glamorous and wealthy new community. Mariam tries to create peace and strikes up an unlikely friendship with Olivia’s henpecked husband Jack (Darren Gilshenan).
The children are soon acquainted too. Elias Habib (Tyler De Nawi) – straight-laced university student – has his heart set on next door neighbour and “it” girl Madison O’Neill (Georgia Flood). Layla Habib (Kat Hoyos) – social media-obsessed high school student – exploits her new life hoping to become a social media starlet. And eldest brother Toufic Habib (Sam Alhaje) is a wannabe entrepreneur.
The Habibs’ great Aussie dream is to make a better life for their family. Olivia O’Neill reckons the best thing for her family will be ridding themselves of the Habibs. For both familes, it’s a case of careful what you wish for in this fish-out-of-water story which brings a fresh comic perspective to multicultural Australia. Yalla!