Sunday, 5 July 2009

Seven to check out from All Saints

allsaints The Australian is reporting that, while the Seven Network has not made any official statement, the long-running series All Saints will not be renewed for 2010.

The medical drama, launched in February 1998 as a starring vehicle for Georgie Parker, still commands strong audience figures but is a costly production taking into account the location shoots and medical rescue themes.

The series’ ratings are also pale in comparison to Seven’s newer ratings hit Packed To The Rafters.

The series has given work to some of Australia’s most well-known actors and writers over the years. But only one cast member, Judith McGrath (pictured, with co-star John Howard), has survived the show’s entire 12-year run as Yvonne ‘Von’ Ryan.

  • UPDATE @ 9.7.2009: The Seven Network has confirmed that All Saints will cease production next month.  By that time, the series will have clocked up 493 episodes – making it one of the longest-running weekly dramas in Australian television, behind Homicide and Blue Heelers which are both equal on 510 episodes each.

Source: The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Sad news. I have gone from 'what is the hospital show?' to being very fond of All Saints.

Jayne said...

Bugger.
When will the bean counters realise that to make a great show they need to spend a little extra dosh and stop putting all their ratings hopes in the dreck called reality drivel?!