TEN has confirmed the end of Rush, as previously reported by TV Tonight.
In a statement on the show’s Facebook page Executive Producer of Drama and Production, Rick Maier said:
“Rush remains one of the most successful and loved drama series on TEN. We could not be more proud of all that Rush has achieved to put TEN back on the drama map, including winning the AFI Award for Best Television Drama series in 2010. You can only have praise for any drama series successfully completing four seasons. While we don’t discount a return series it is not on the cards at this stage – but we do intend to finish season four with a bang, literally.”
Series Producer, John Edwards, added: “It’s a sad fact in Australia commercial realities come in to play with all series after 65 episodes. You don’t get the tax rebate, and as a consequence producing shows of this high calibre become cost prohibitive. That said we are all incredibly proud of the series.”
In August Associate Producer Mimi Butler told TV Tonight a renewal would be tough.
“It’s very difficult with financing because we’ve hit our 65 mark,” she said.
“Funding plays part of it because you can only get the tax rebate up to 65 episodes, and we’ll get to 70. So after 65 every episode is 20% more expensive which will be the case for our last 5 episodes.”
Last week Southern Star also confirmed it had delivered 13 episodes as per the series order but a fifth season was not commissioned.
Nine’s Sea Patrol exited after 68 episodes, while Rescue Special Ops wrapped at 48. City Homicide folded with 79 but was not funded by Screen Australia. Yesterday Seven announced Wild Boys would end after just 13 episodes.
TEN Network’s remaining dramas include Offspring and Neighbours with Bikie Wars, Reef Doctors, Puberty Blues and Underground: The Julian Assange Story due in 2012.
The final episode for Rush airs 8:30pm Thursday November 17.