More than 18,000 RocKwiz fans have signed a petition to rescue the music series, just a week after TV Tonight revealed the show would not be returning to SBS.
The petition by devoted fan Kevin McDonald has drawn the attention of producers, hopeful it may forge a new path for the cancelled series.
SBS Channel Manager Ben Nguyen said, “The decision we’ve made is that it is time to call an end to RocKwiz after a long success on SBS.
“Julia became a big talent through SBS but it is a natural decision as channels evolve and moving into new spaces over time.”
But Julia Zemiro, Brian Nankervis and producers Renegade are quietly hoping the series may live on, and sell-out tours and now online petitions may lead to just that.
“Thanks for all your heartfelt comments about us not making new episodes for SBS. We truly appreciate the depth of your feelings and generous support over the years. We are just as disappointed as you,” the RocKwiz Facebook page tells fans.
“As you can see we will continue to perform RocKwiz LIVE!”
Julia Zemiro, Brian Nankervis, Dugald (The Roadie) and the legendary RocKwiz Orkestra will perform on Good Friday at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.
You can sign the petition here.