Asher Keddie stars in a new, contemporary drama for Channel TEN.
Channel TEN has announced a new locally produced drama series, Offspring.
The 13-part one hour series will follow production of the telemovie of the same name, starring actress Asher Keddie (Love My Way, Rush, Hawke). TEN has been so impressed by delivery of the telemovie it has given it the green light to proceed as a series.
Keddie stars as 30-something Nina Proudman in the contemporary drama which looks at "her fabulously messy family, as they navigate the chaos of modern life".
Also featuring the cast are Kat Stewart (Tangle, Underbelly, 30 Seconds) as her wild sister Billie. Don Hany (Underbelly, East West 101), John Waters (All Saints), Deborah Mailman (The Secret Life of Us, Play School), Eddie Perfect (The Sideshow, Spicks & Specks), Richard Davies (Bed of Roses, The Saddle Club) and Linda Cropper (White Collar Blue, Farscape).
Behind the production is one of television's busiest producers, John Edwards.
Edwards, who was responsible for such successes as Police Rescue, The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way and Dangerous, and has more recently been producing Rush for Channel TEN, which is now entering its third season.
He also produced Tangle for the Showcase channel with co-producer Imogen Banks, who teams up for Offspring. Both are also delivering a second series for Showcase. That gives Edwards no less than three productions on the run in 2010.
"It's a joyous story with a dream team cast. Can't wait to get started," said Edwards.
Imogen Banks added, "We are thrilled to be making this buoyant, romantic comedy set on the streets of Fitzroy."
Offspring will add to TEN's 2010 drama slate which currently includes Rush, Neighbours and Hawke, the telemovie based on the life of former PM Bob Hawke, which also stars Keddie as Hawke's present partner, Blanche d'Alpuget.