ABC has announced a renewal of comedy series Rosehaven, to be jointly produced with Sundance TV in the US.
Creators and stars Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor will head back to Tasmania next month to film eight new episodes.
In Season Two Daniel (McGregor) has to prove that he has what it takes to earn his place in the family business and Emma (Pacquola) needs to decide whether small town life, and its dangerously disinhibited locksmith (Damien, played by David Quirk) are enough for her.
Also returning are Kris McQuade, Katie Roberston, Sam Cotton and Noela Foxtrot as octogenarian receptionist, Mrs. Marsh.
Luke McGregor said, “The best thing about filming in Tasmania (apart from how nice it looks) is that I get to walk past my old high school where I got bullied, and yell at it every night: ‘I HAVE A TV SHOW NOW!!’ A lot of people have told me it’s not healthy but it’s a really long walk to get there so I disagree.”
“’When making our show in a small town in Tasmania, it’s hard to imagine, next stop Hollywood! But here we are. We are so excited about Rosehaven making it all the way to the U.S.,” Celia Pacquola added.
Rick Kalowski, ABC Head of Comedy said, “Rosehaven is a show very close to my heart – among my favourite comedies we’ve ever done at ABC. To bring it back for more and to an even bigger audience thanks to our U.S. partners at SundanceTV is a wonderful honour.”
“The first season is quirky, charming, relatable, sweet, and hilarious – all the ingredients of great comedy,” said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager SundanceTV and SundanceNow. “We’re thrilled to partner with the ABC to bring this amazing show not only back for a second season but also to U.S. audiences.”
Due on ABC later this year, Season Two will also see Jonathan Brough and Tasmania’s own Shaun Wilson return, to direct four episodes each.
With the continued support of the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania and the Victorian Government through Film Victoria, Rosehaven will shoot in and around Hobart and the Huon Valley. Post production will again take place in Victoria.
Seasons One and Two will launch on SundanceTV in the final quarter of 2017. Season Two will also premiere in Australia on ABC TV and iview in the final quarter of 2017.
Production Credits: A What Horse? / Guesswork Television production presented by Screen Tasmania, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and SundanceTV in association with Film Victoria. Created and Written By Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor. Directed by Jonathan Brough and Shaun Wilson. Produced by Andrew Walker. Co-Producer Fiona McConaghy. Executive Producer Kevin Whyte. ABC Executive Producers Rick Kalowski and Brett Sleigh.