Offspring (TV series)

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Offspring
Offspring Logo.jpg
Offspring title card
Genre Drama
Created by Debra Oswald
John Edwards
Imogen Banks
Starring Asher Keddie
Kat Stewart
Don Hany
Deborah Mailman
Eddie Perfect
Linda Cropper
Richard Davies
Matthew Le Nevez
Lachy Hulme
John Waters
Jane Harber
Ido Drent
Ben Barrington
Patrick Brammall
Narrated by Asher Keddie
Theme music composer Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
Opening theme "When We Swam"
Composer(s) John Lee
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 66 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Rick Maier
Rory Callaghan
Producer(s) John Edwards
Imogen Banks
Location(s) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Camera setup Nicholas Owens
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Southern Star Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten
Picture format 576i (PAL)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 15 August 2010 (2010-08-15) – present
External links
Website

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.[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4]

The future of Offspring is still undecided as it is no longer eligible for the 20% tax rebate that applies to Australian TV dramas meaning it will cost more to produce.[5] However, Beverley McGarvey, the Head of Programming at Network Ten has confirmed that Offspring will return in 2015.[6]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4 5
Asher Keddie Nina Proudman Main
Kat Stewart Billie Proudman Main
Don Hany Chris Havel Main Guest
Deborah Mailman Cherie Butterfield Main
Eddie Perfect Mick Holland Main
Richard Davies Jimmy Proudman Main
Linda Cropper Geraldine Proudman Main
John Waters Darcy Proudman Main Recurring
Matthew Le Nevez Patrick Reid Main
Lachy Hulme Martin Clegg Recurring Main
Jane Harber Zara Perkich Recurring Main
Ido Drent Lawrence Pethbridge Recurring Main
Patrick Brammall Leo Taylor Main
Ben Barrington Thomas Buchdahl Main

Current Supporting Cast[edit]

  • Alicia Gardiner as Kim Akerholt - Series 1 - Present
  • Garry McDonald as Phillip Noonan - Series 3 - Present
  • Celia Pacquola as Ange Navarro Series 4 - Present
  • Lawrence Leung as Elvis Kwan - Series 4 - Present
  • Cate Wolfe As Jess (Season 5 - Present)
  • Maude Davey as Dr. Nadine Samir-Noonan - (Series 2, 4 - Present)

Past Supporting Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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[edit]

A web series titled Offspring: The Nurses began in 2010 on the official Offspring website.[7] 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.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Australian Film Institute Awards[edit]

2010

  • 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[edit]

Year Nominee Award Result
2011 Asher Keddie Most Popular Actress Won
Offspring Most Popular Drama Won
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
2014 Asher Keddie Gold Logie Nominated
Asher Keddie Most Popular Actress Won
Matthew Le Nevez Most Popular Actor Nominated
Asher Keddie Most Outstanding Actress Won
Kat Stewart Most Outstanding Actress Nominated
Offspring Most Popular Drama Nominated

Equity Ensemble Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipients and nominees Result
2013 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Series 1 cast Nominated
2012 Series 2 cast Nominated
2013[8] Series 3 cast Nominated
2014[9] Series 4 cast Nominated

Episodes[edit]

First season ratings (Australia)[edit]

Offspring premiered on 15 August 2010 with a two-hour telemovie, which attracted 1,124,000 viewers, coming in 7th place for the night.[10] 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.[11]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Australian viewers
1 0 "Pilot – Telemovie" 15 August 2010 (2010-08-15) 1.124[12]
2 1 "Taking Charge" 22 August 2010 (2010-08-22) 1.084[13]
3 2 "The Uncomfortability" 29 August 2010 (2010-08-29) 1.122[14]
4 3 "Playing Aloof" 5 September 2010 (2010-09-05) 1.001[15]
5 4 "Poison Ivy" 12 September 2010 (2010-09-12) 1.160[16]
6 5 "Carpe Diem" 19 September 2010 (2010-09-19) 0.990[17]
7 6 "D-Day" 26 September 2010 (2010-09-26) 0.943[18]
8 7 "Two Sisters" 3 October 2010 (2010-10-03) 0.935[19]
9 8 "Re-Unravel" 17 October 2010 (2010-10-17) 0.831[20]
10 9 "Making Peace" 24 October 2010 (2010-10-24) 0.989[21]
11 10 "The Other Woman" 31 October 2010 (2010-10-31) 0.952[22]
12 11 "My Confessions" 14 November 2010 (2010-11-14) 0.908[23]
13 12 "Not as Planned" 21 November 2010 (2010-11-21) 0.929[24]
14 13 "A New Miracle" 21 November 2010 (2010-11-21) 0.860[24]

Second season ratings (Australia)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Australian viewers
15 1 "The Return" 16 May 2011 (2011-05-16) 0.927[25]
16 2 "Baby Bumps" 16 May 2011 (2011-05-16) 0.760[26]
17 3 "Dates, Decisions & Divorces" 23 May 2011 (2011-05-23) 0.905[27]
18 4 "Together We Are One" 30 May 2011 (2011-05-30) 0.953[28]
19 5 "The Way You Are" 6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) 0.954[29]
20 6 "Behind Closed Doors" 13 June 2011 (2011-06-13) 0.982[30]
21 7 "Cheating On Your Test" 20 June 2011 (2011-06-20) 0.995[31]
22 8 "Two Different Places" 22 June 2011 (2011-06-22) 0.904[32]
23 9 "Just Keep Talking" 27 June 2011 (2011-06-27) 0.938[33]
24 10 "Acceptance" 29 June 2011 (2011-06-29) 1.070[33]
25 11 "Complications" 6 July 2011 (2011-07-06) 0.825[34]
26 12 "What Goes Around Comes Around" 13 July 2011 (2011-07-13) 0.960[35]
27 13 "Proudman Wedding Curse" 20 July 2011 (2011-07-20) 0.997[36]

Third season ratings (Australia)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Australian viewers
27 1 "Happiness is a Delusion" 18 April 2012 (2012-04-18) 0.728[37]
28 2 "Secrets and Lies" 25 April 2012 (2012-04-25) 0.759[38]
29 3 "Fertility Woes" 2 May 2012 (2012-05-02) 0.629[39]
30 4 "Time" 9 May 2012 (2012-05-09) 0.785[40]
31 5 "Allegations" 16 May 2012 (2012-05-16) 0.774[41]
32 6 "Partners in Crisis" 23 May 2012 (2012-05-23) 0.726[42]
33 7 "Drink, Drank, Drunk" 30 May 2012 (2012-05-30) 0.867[43]
34 8 "One Night Stand Off" 6 June 2012 (2012-06-06) 0.930[44]
35 9 "Chaos" 13 June 2012 (2012-06-13) 0.865[45]
36 10 "The Aftermath" 20 June 2012 (2012-06-20) 0.906[46]
37 11 "Goodbye is Always Hard" 27 June 2012 (2012-06-27) 0.918[47]
38 12 "Insecurity" 4 July 2012 (2012-07-04) 0.894[48]
39 13 "Pregnant Pause" 11 July 2012 (2012-07-11) 1.086[49]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD season #
episodes
#
disc(s)
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Special features
The Complete First Series
and Feature-Length Telemovie
13
(+ Telemovie)
5 N/A N/A 1 December 2010[50]
  • Original feature-length telemovie
  • Offspring: The Nurses (Series 1 webisodes)
The Complete
Second Series
13 4 N/A N/A 14 September 2011[51]
  • Offspring: The Nurses (Series 2 webisodes)
The Complete
Third Series
13 4 N/A N/A 1 August 2012[52]
  • TBA

International distribution[edit]

Country Channel Year Notes
 Australia Network Ten 2010
 Brazil GNT 2012
 Ireland RTÉ One 2012 Sundays
 Israel HOT VOD, HOT3 2012
 Netherlands TLC Netherlands 2011 July
 New Zealand TV One 2014 Sundays 8:30pm[53]
 Norway TLC 2011
 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

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