Foxtel drama Spirited, starring Claudia Karvan, will not be renewed for a third season.
In a statement on its official Facebook page, Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said, “Spirited was a brave and bold piece of contemporary television drama, as only Foxtel can deliver. We are enormously proud of the show and its performance over two seasons. It was an intriguing storyline, beautifully directed and performed by a stellar cast.
“Producers Claudia Karvan and Jacquelin Perske delivered a remarkable Australian series which has resonated strongly with audiences. I feel it’s right for Spirited to go out on a high with the impossible love story of Suzy and Henry resolved in a way that’s as close to a happily ever after as was ever really possible.
“We appreciate and thank you for your passionate support of Spirited and we promise to continue bringing you the best in Australian and international drama.”
The drama produced by John Edwards, Claudia Karvan and Jacqueline Perske starred Karvan as dentist Suzy Darling, who walks away from a marriage with husband Steve (Rodger Corser) and into an old apartment block inhabited by the ghost of 1980s rock star Henry Mallet (Matt King).
It had been praised by critics for its adventurous storytelling, fusing drama with fantasy and was nominated for AFI Awards, AWGIE Awards. It recently won an ASTRA Award as Pay TV’s Most Outstanding Drama.
Last month Walsh told TV Tonight, viewing numbers for the second season were down by about 8%.
“I love the show. I think it’s spot on for the channel that it plays for which is W,” he said. “It plays to that female audience. Its performance is good but not spectacular. Do we go again? When we make the decision about a further series it will be looking at the overall performance of the show combined with research that we do with our subscribers.”
But an online campaign to save the show is already underway at spirited-tv.net and on Twitter via #savespirited.
Foxtel will announce its 2012 programming highlights to advertisers and media later this month.