The ABC has confirmed the cast for its next drama series The Time of our Lives.
Both the title and the cast had been leaked some weeks ago by TV Tonight ahead of today’s official announcement.
As tipped, they include Claudia Karvan, Justine Clarke, Shane Jacobson, William McInnes, and Stephen Curry. Newcomer Michelle Vergara Moore (Black and White Sex) also lands a lead role.
The 13 x 60min drama series began shooting last Friday.
But ABC releases more on the synopsis and the characters: “The Time of Our Lives invites you into the sometimes crushing embrace of the Tivolli family as they juggle, fight, love and play their way through the challenges of contemporary family life.
“Love, work and family are what drive most of us and the Tivoli family is no different. They believe if you treat family like friends, and friends like family, life will always be good but like any happy family, life sometimes gets in the way.”
The series comes from The Secret Life of Us co-creator Amanda Higgs and writer Judi McCrossin, produced by their company JAHM productions.
Carole Sklan, ABC TV Head of Fiction said “It’s meant to be the time of our lives but somehow it’s more complicated. We’re thrilled to be working with this talented creative team who have such great credentials in contemporary relationship drama.”
Judi McCrossin and Amanda Higgs said “The ABC is the perfect home for The Time of Our Lives. We feel very fortunate that our series has attracted such an extraordinary cast to bring to life this joyful, messy family.”
Claudia Karvan is Caroline, an over-protective mother, who feels her gifted five-year-old Carmody requires 24-hour attention if he’s to realize his full potential.
Justine Clarke is Bernadette, a warm and passionate wife, friend and mother attempting to balance young twins, a teen stepdaughter, and a return to the workforce.
Shane Jacobson is Luce, Bernadette’s husband, a work-from-home dad sharing a dishevelled but happy life with Bernadette and kids as he tries to fulfil a long-held ambition in music.
Stephen Curry is Herb, an up-for-anything stand-up comic, who dreams of opening his own comedy room with his best mate, Luce.
William McInness is Matt, a sports agent, who now faces the toughest choice of his life with his wife Caroline.
Michelle Vergara Moore will play Chai Li. Chai Li’s dreams are about to come true , but her wedding day suddenly takes an unpredictable turn and changes the course of her life forever.
Writers for the series include Judi McCrossin (Beaconsfield, The Surgeon, The Secret Life of Us), Michael Miller (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Kris Mrksa (The Slap), Blake Ayshford (The Straits), Ursula Cleary (Beaconsfield script editor), and Tony McNamara (The Rage in Placid Lake).
The series is expected in 2013.