Back in 1991 Nine ran a primetime drama Chances which was set around a family winning the lottery.
The cast included John Sheerin, Brenda Addie, Jeremy Sims, Deborah Kennedy, Michael Caton, Rhys Muldoon and Cathy Godbold.
The project had originally been a telemovie pilot which sat on the shelf for several years before being dusted off and sexed up with nudity. Jeremy Sims’ bare buttocks became more widely recognised than the show itself. Along the way, as Nine tried to spice things up amid struggling ratings, cast members were cut, Abigail was added, and storylines became more over the top.
Eventually Nine cut the show from two to one hour a week, trimming cast and moving to a late slot. The writers went all out, incorporating Asian Triads, ghosts, an angel on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Egyptian Sun Goddess, laser-wielding vampires, man-eating plants, and neo-Nazis hunting valuable Third Reich artifacts.
Sims once said of the show, “The tail wagged the dog with Chances.”
126 episodes were produced by Beyond Productions.