That’s the truth of it.
I’ve just read in the news that Channel 10 has confirmed that my favourite Australiam drama OF ALL TIME (no biggie) is coming back. Offspring is returning for a sixth season in 2016. OH. MY. GOD. OFFSPRING IS COMING BACK! And like awaiting the impending birth of my own first offspring I’m nervous and excited and worried and terrified and even a little nauseous.
Because by God if they bugger this up it’s going to kill me.
I love this show. And I wasn’t alone. Like millions of Australians I lived and breathed the whimsical, mad, hilarious, loving Proudman clan and their heartaches and triumphs and scarves for five years. I have cheered them on, high-fived them, laughed with them and at them, downloaded their music (Eddie Perfect: you are heaven) and attempted to buy their clothes.
What creator and head writer Debra Oswald created back in 2010 was a show that just hummed. It was complex and soulful and laugh-out-loud funny. And it was distinctly Australian in the very best way.
And then. And then like that boyfriend who you always sort of knew was cooler than you – you broke up with us in 2014. I was devastated and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say THE ENTIRE NATION WAS DEVESTATED but at the same time many of us felt a weird sense of closure.
Let’s just take an Offspring flashback shall we? Do you remember the time Mick wrote a song about sleeping with Nina? Yeah, that was awkward. (Post continues after video.)
Why? Because you wrapped everything up so well. As I said on that dark, dark night in 2014 …
“Every storyline was wrapped up. Every character was sorted out. Darcy and Geraldine are back together. Mick and Billie reunited. Cherie and Clegg are on. God, even Elvis got a pash. We all know Zara is going to make a fantastic paediatrician with Jimmy by her side. Billie has finally carved her own place in the world. And Nina. I saw Nina and Zoe walking into their future with Nina’s hand firmly in Leo’s. And I bloody love Leo. Tonight those crazy Proudmans came full circle – albeit a little older, a lot wiser and with more kids in tow. And tonight I said goodbye to a group of people I have come to love very much.”
And now like that bastard gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Offspring, you have rooted your way around Europe and you’re back in town and want to hook up again.