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‘A rather costly exercise’: Guy Pearce stings so-called Neighbors final | Neighbors

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Amazon said it was not already considering reviving long-running Australian soap opera Neighbors at the time of the show’s supposed star-studded finale, as former cast member Guy Pearce made pointed comments about the show’s return to the Australian Academy of Film and Television. Arts Awards (Aacta) Wednesday.

Pearce was a main character on the soap opera for three years in the late 1980s, alongside Kylie Minogue and Jason Donavan before establishing a reputation as a Hollywood actor in films such as The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech and Memento. .

He returned to Australia earlier this year to appear alongside Minogue and Donovan in the farewell episode, which drew 3 million viewers in the UK alone.

Presenting at the Australian Awards on Wednesday night, Pearce looked puzzled that the 90-minute finale he starred in didn’t turn out to be a momentous swan song as expected.

Three months after the finale aired, Fremantle announced that Neighbors would be relaunched with Amazon on board as new production partners.

“It’s hard to watch, isn’t it?” Knowing that we will never see another episode again,” Pearce said Wednesday, as part of the evening’s tribute to the show. “A painful reminder that the things we love can be ripped away, never to return…unless Amazon steps in to save the day and our finale looks like a rather expensive exercise.”

Pearce suggested to fellow actress Margot Robbie, who also started her career on Neighbours, that she want to collect the case of champagne she sent to the show’s producers as a parting thank you.

“I do not want to say [it was a] waste of time. But still, I’m sure Margot will be happy,” he said.

Neither Fremantle nor Amazon responded to questions from the Guardian about the timing of Amazon’s decision to get involved in a new series of the long-running show.

Speaking to US entertainment publication Variety on Thursday, Amazon Freevee UK licensed content manager Shahina O’Mahoney said Amazon was not involved in any talks to restart the show ahead of the broadcast. the final.

“At the time the show ended, we didn’t know we could save it,” she said. “In an ideal world, maybe you announce something like this before it ends, but that wasn’t an option for us.”

The reaction from sad fans was what motivated Amazon to consider saving the program, she said, adding, “It was almost irresponsible not to be interested in it.”

Neighbors is now in pre-production and is expected to return to Network 10 and Amazon Prime in Australia, and Amazon’s Freevee in the UK and US, in the second half of 2023.

Former cast members Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Jackie Woodburne and Ryan Moloney have already been confirmed to return, but the future of the other actors’ roles remains up in the air.

“We’re going to do whatever we need to do — in front of and behind the camera — to make sure we deliver a cohesive series,” Lauren Anderson, head of AVoD original content and programming at Amazon Studios, told Variety. , adding, “The most important thing for us is to make sure that those who love the show already continue to love the show.”

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