Offspring (TV series)
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|Created by||Debra Oswald with John Edwards and Imogen Banks|
Matthew Le Nevez
|Narrated by||Asher Keddie|
|Opening theme||"When We Swam" by Thao with the Get Down Stay Down|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||45 (including Telemovie) (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||John Edwards and Imogen Banks|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Southern Star Entertainment|
|Original channel||Network Ten|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||15 August 2010 – present|
Offspring is a multi-award winning Australian television drama/comedy series which premiered on Network Ten on 15 August 2010. Offspring is centred around 30-something obstetrician Nina Proudman and her family, as they navigate the chaos of modern life. The show mixes conventional narrative drama with flashbacks, graphic animation and fantasy sequences.
Debra Oswald wrote the series with John Edwards and Imogen Banks producing with Southern Star Entertainment. Offspring was originally conceived as a two hour telemovie for Ten, but was spun off into a 13 episodes series after television executives were impressed by the quality of the telemovie. The second season began on 16 May 2011 with a double episode premiere.
Offspring was renewed for fourth and fifth seasons on 12 July 2012.
Cast and characters
|Dr. Nina Proudman||Asher Keddie||Pilot - present|
|Dr. Chris Havel||Don Hany||Pilot - Episode 14; Episode 26||1|
|Billie Proudman||Kat Stewart||Pilot – present|
|Cherie Butterfield||Deborah Mailman||Pilot – Episode 44||4|
|Mick Holland||Eddie Perfect||Pilot - present|
|Jimmy Proudman||Richard Davies||Pilot – present|
|Geraldine Proudman||Linda Cropper||Pilot – present|
|Dr. Patrick Reid||Matthew Le Nevez||Episode 18 - Episode 52|
|Dr. Martin Clegg||Lachy Hulme||Pilot – present|
|Darcy Proudman||John Waters||Pilot - Episode 44; Episode 46||5|
- Jane Harber as Zara Perkich
- Alicia Gardiner as Kim Akerholt
- Kate Jenkinson as Kate Reid
- Dan Spielman as Andrew Holland
- Garry McDonald as Phillip Noonan
- Clare Bowditch as Rosanna Harding
The series is produced by John Edwards and Imogen Banks who also co-produce Tangle. John Edwards was responsible for such successes as Police Rescue, The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way and Dangerous - also produced with Imogen Banks, and has more recently been producing Rush for Seriously Ten.
Offspring: The Nurses
A web series titled Offspring: The Nurses began in 2010 on the official Offspring website. It follows nurses Kim (Alicia Gardiner) and Zara (Jane Harber) from the original series and also stars Benedict Hardie, Julia Grace, Laura Gilham, Carl Nilsson Polias, Jodie Sheehy and Matthew Heyward as fellow staff members of the Hospital. Some cast members from the original series have also starred as well.
A second web series follows Zara (Jane Harber) and this time Justina Noble as Nurse Tyra. Series 2 also starred Benedict Hardie, Harry Milas, Josh Price, Natalie Kaplan, Sonja Kowanjko and Kate Hopkins. While Richard Davies and Lachy Hulme also made guest appearances.
Australian Film Institute Awards
- AFI Award For Best Guest Or Supporting Actress In A Television Drama
Deborah Mailman (Won)
- AFI Award For Best Guest Or Supporting Actor In A Television Drama
John Waters (Nominations)
TV Week Logie Awards
|2011||Asher Keddie||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|Offspring||Most Popular Drama||Won|
|Rebecca Gibney||Most Popular Actress||Nominated|
|Don Hany||Most Popular Actor||Nominated|
|Eddie Perfect||Most Popular New Male Talent||Nominated|
|Richard Davies||Most Outstanding New Talent||Nominated|
|Asher Keddie||Most Outstanding Actress||Nominated|
|Kat Stewart||Most Outstanding Actress||Nominated|
|2012||Asher Keddie||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|Asher Keddie||Gold Logie||Nominated|
|Eddie Perfect||Most Popular Actor||Nominated|
|Offspring||Most Popular Drama Series||Nominated|
|Kat Stewart||Most Outstanding Actress||Nominated|
|Offspring||Most Outstanding Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Asher Keddie||Gold Logie||Won|
|Asher Keddie||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|Matthew Le Nevez||Most Popular Actor||Nominated|
|Clare Bowditch||Most Popular New Female Talent||Nominated|
|Offspring||Most Popular Drama||Nominated|
|Offspring||Most Outstanding Drama Series||Nominated|
Offspring premiered on 15 August 2010 with a two-hour telemovie, which attracted 1,124,000 viewers, coming in 7th place for the night. The first season concluded with a two-hour finale 21 November 2010 at its normal time slot at 8:30pm, with the season final episode at 9:30pm. The 8:30pm telecast averaged 929,000 viewers and 9:30pm averaged 860,000, the series' second-lowest ratings so far.
Offspring is rated M in New Zealand for sex scenes, offensive language and drug use.
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Special features|
|The Complete First Series
and Feature-Length Telemovie
|5||N/A||N/A||1 December 2010||
|13||4||N/A||N/A||14 September 2011||
|13||4||N/A||N/A||1 August 2012||
|Israel||HOT VOD, HOT3||2012|
|New Zealand||TV One||2011||Sundays 9:30pm|
|Finland||YLE TV2||2013||Mondays 22:05 hrs.|
|Portugal||AXN White||2011||Portuguese title: Descobrindo Nina|
|Russia||TLC||2011||Sundays beginning from 29 May|
|Spain||Sony Entertainment Television||2011||Spanish title: Descubriendo a Nina|
|Sweden||TLC||2011||Thursdays at 9:00pm|
- "Credits". Offspring. Network Ten, Film Victoria, Southern Star. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
- "Renewed: Offspring". TV Tonight. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Offspring: Season 3". EzyDVD. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- "New season TV: Offspring". The New Zealand Herald. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.