Musical chairs continues
As if it wasn’t evident already, a roulette craze has gripped the free networks. The checklist of exhibits shifting from their authentic community to a brand new one and/or being revived already included Physician Blake, Miss Fisher, SeaChange, Altering Rooms, Dancing with the Stars and Halifax. Now comes an announcement from Seven that Australia’s Received Expertise, which initially aired on Seven from 2007-2012 earlier than leaping ship to 9 for a single outing in 2016, will return subsequent yr. However there’s extra: the revamped Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast may also air subsequent yr, this time on 9 and with an expanded roster of vets available. It might appear that the times the place networks wrapped their identities round specific exhibits and personalities have nicely and really handed.
Return to jail
In what must be the worst-kept announcement of 2018, Foxtel confirmed final week that well-liked jail drama Wentworth has been renewed for a further 20 episodes, which is able to maintain the Melbourne-filmed present on air till 2021. Followers mounted a loud marketing campaign for the present’s renewal when rumours emerged that season 7, which is at present in post-production, can be the final. Each Foxtel drama head Penny Win and Fremantle’s head of drama Jo Porter had been at pains to level out that discussions for the present’s renewal have been in practice for a substantial time. The push from followers “definitely did not harm”, Porter says. “You by no means know from season to season whether or not you are going to go once more… And perhaps seven seasons might’ve been the tip? However we simply felt there could possibly be extra, notably once we noticed how well-received Leah [Purcell], Susie [Porter] and Rarriwuy [Hick] had been of their roles.”