This is a post full of mixed emotion so let us start with the positives
Ten has officially confirmed Offspring, will return to 2016 for a sixth series.
Since its premiere in 2010, and over the course of five seasons, the multi-award winning drama treated viewers to messy, unpredictable, often hilarious and deeply moving moments in the lives of Dr Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie), sister Billie (Kat Stewart) and their family as they found joy, love, romance, fulfilment and balance in the chaos of modern life.
Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “It was no secret that we wanted to continue Nina’s adventures and we are thrilled to announce that Offspring will return to Ten for a sixth season in 2016.
“There are so many more chapters left in Nina’s life. We paused her story just as she had bravely navigated motherhood as a single parent rediscovering the joy and romance of life while dealing with her fabulously messy family as they went about their unpredictable daily lives.
“The strength and appeal of Offspring lies in the ability of its producers and writers to marry conventional narrative drama with flashbacks and fantasy sequences. We can’t wait to start production on the sixth season,… “We are very proud of everything that Offspring has achieved and we are very excited about bringing the new season to all Australians,” she said.
Endemol Shine Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fennessy who produces the series for Ten said: “We’re enormously proud of this beautifully crafted drama by the very fabulous John Edwards and Imogen Banks. Offspring is universally loved and we’re delighted to continue the story.”
TV Week Gold Logie Award winner Asher Keddie and Silver Logie Award winner Kat Stewart will return for the new season.
While this is all good news one has to question whether the show should indeed return given how the finale wrapped up with Nina bringing up daughter Zoe, decided to jump into a relationship with Leo as well as providing happy endings for the other Proudmans.
While I would of originally said yes to the return of Offspring given how well it was written and produced that has since changed since creator Debra Oswald and writer Michael Lucas revealed they are no longer involved in the series.
I'm happy with where we took the story by the end of #offspring 5, so I've chosen not to be part of S6. I hope fans enjoy the new series.
— Debra Oswald (@DebraOswald1) September 20, 2015
— Michael Lucas (@MrMichaelLucas) September 20, 2015
I will, of course, keep an open mind and remain hopeful that the team involved with season 6 can keep the Offspring magic alive and I hope they do but time will tell on that front.