I’m pleased to see Asher Keddie has signalled she would be happy for Offspring to wrap this week at Season 7 because, with a few exceptions, I have been feeling much the same this year.
Losing key cast members, introducing new ones, and splitting up couple after couple…. it all feels like we are stretching things too much.
But then there have been flashes of brilliance too, notably the recent still-born baby storyline. The romance with Harry (Alexander England) has been comforting, particularly as so many others in the Offspring universe have been falling apart at the seams.
Officially TEN says “We love the show but it is too soon to have made a decision.” Fair point. Most shows need to see the 28 Day Consolidated figures to assess a true performance, and given the network’s current situation this is doubly understandable.
“I’m happy for the show to come to a natural close but I still feel seven series in that it is challenging and that the writing has really taken a big leap this year,” Keddie told the Sunday Herald Sun.
“There are different possibilities if we were to go again (eighth season) but I also feel like all the siblings in particular have gotten to quite a solid place in their emotional lives,” Keddie said.
“It is quite satisfying at the end. There is a lovely note of ambiguity.”
Dramas have to evolve to survive, it comes with the territory to lose characters. When the show started Nina’s ex-husband was blowing stuff up to get her attention. Then she met Dr Chris (Don Hany) before falling for Patrick (Matt Le Nevez) until THAT episode broke our hearts. Dalliances with Patrick Brammall & Dan Wyllie were hard to take, but Alexander England would make for a happy ending.
Also missed are Eddie Perfect, Lachy Hulme & Garry McDonald. Returning for 2 seasons after the show (and its creator) bid goodbye achieved what many thought impossible. Blessed with the Asher Keddie – Kat Stewart chemistry and a luminous ensemble, Offspring has proven the nay-sayers wrong.
But when we have storylines about Harry’s desire to fix his father’s workplace, it’s probably time to take a final bow (sorry, I couldn’t care less about that universe).
While TEN has another show with a young woman’s complicated love life (The Wrong Girl) and the equally Melbourne-based Sisters on the way, Offspring should not further dilute its brand. It’s also incredibly important for networks (even those in precarious positions) to take risks on new work, new writers, new faces…..
Now that Nina is pregnant and resigning from St. Francis, we have a natural exit. There is hope, resolve, and a sense of home, all buffeted by that messy Proudman family.
Offspring Season 7 finale airs 8:40pm Wednesday on TEN.