Is it just me or is Offspring, getting better and better this season?
Nope. It’s not just me. Last night the show was trending on Twitter as viewers watched Nina (Asher Keddie) and Patrick (Matthew LeNevez) said goodbye to one another.
With less than 140 characters, some of these tweets summed it up much better than a TV critic could:
“Tonight’s ep of #Offspring was full of awkward moments. I pretty much watched it with a jumper over my head.”
“Dear Patrick & Nina… Please just sort your shit out & get back together already! #frustrating #offspring #tragic”
“Nina and Patrick… WORK IT THE F*** OUT!! Please!!! #offspring”
Emotional investment in the characters is certainly garnering an audience response, reflected in quiet lifts in viewing numbers. But this year the show has also worked its charms with its supporting characters, especially Jimmy (Richard Davies) and Zara (Jane Harber).
Last week The Age even commented on the third season under the subheading “The Rise and Rise of Offspring.”
I put it to Asher Keddie that I was detecting a genuine embrace from the audience this year.
“I am too! I really am!” she replied.
“I don’t know that we’ve done anything differently this time other than progress the storylines and the characters so that they keep evolving and never stay the same, and keep the flavour of the show.
“It’s a tricky thing to do but I feel confident because of the responses this season that we’re achieving what we set out to do.
“I’m so thrilled that people are enjoying it. Particularly the last few weeks because the tone was a little trickier than normal. We were really walking a tightrope between the comedy and the drama, with the drama being very real and heartbreaking.
“I feel like we’re doing well so far, touch wood.”
This season has had to juggle Kat Stewart’s own pregnancy, with writers resisting making it part of the show, sending her character ‘Billie’ off to New Zealand for several episodes. But that’s allowed for a dangerous storyline between Mick (Eddie Perfect) and Rosanna (Clare Bowditch). The arrival of Nina’s biological father, played wonderfully by Gary McDonald has also impacted on the Proudman family. Watching these storylines weave in and out of one another and creating lessons for all has been utterly charming.
“You know how much I enjoy working on that show,” says Keddie. “It’s all heart for me. It really couldn’t be more rewarding that the audience are embracing not only the type of show it is, but they’re so involved with all the characters now, not just Nina. So that was a big thing for all of us. We wanted the ensemble to grow and develop.
“Garry is such a bigger treat then you can imagine. I adore him, I think he’s great.”
TEN is yet to confirm a fourth season for the show from Southern Star but with just a handful of episodes to go on the current season, the signs are encouraging.
Meanwhile Logie-winning Asher Keddie has just returned from filming a guest spot on TEN’s upcoming talent series, I Will Survive.
She offers acting expertise to the contestants on the series.
“I spent a very flamboyant week in the outback and I loved it. I was so inspired by the guys on the show. When I was spending time with them, I felt so inspired by their courage. They are so brave I can’t tell you what they’re going through,” she says.
“In terms of having to pull out the ‘Triple Threat’ in terms of the singing, dancing and acting -and for all 3 to be as strong- that’s a really big ask. These guys have got it.
“There were a couple of moments that put them in a particularly vulnerable situation that you have to have the guts to go through as an actor, digging deep to expose themselves emotionally and they all went there and I’m so proud of them and I hope they do so well.”