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‘Neighbours’ Canceled; 37-Year Soap Opera Cannot Find New Home

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Sad news to report, but we saw this coming.  After attempting to find a new home on TV or digital platforms, the show’s producer, Freemantle, has announced that Australia’s long-running soap opera, Neighbours will come to an end.

According to Deadline, the producers attempted to find funding for the show, when it fell through with its UK broadcasting partner, Channel 5 back in August of 2021.  Despite a sole investment from Australia’s 10 Peach, it’s just not enough to save it.  Neighbours has seen a ratings decline in the last several years.

In a statement from a Freemantle spokesperson it said: “Despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show,” said a statement this morning.  To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”

Currently in Australia, Neighbours airs at lunchtime and is repeated in the early teatime slot along with another Aussie longstanding favorite,  Home and Away. 

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Some of the biggest celebrities started their careers at Neighbours’ Ramsay Street including: Russell Crowe, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce, Kylie Minoque, Murray Bartlett, Natalie Imbruglia, and more.

No word yet on when the final episode of Neighbours will air.

In a tweet on the show’s official Twitter account it shared: “We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in the summer.”

So, what do you think of the news of the cancellation of Neighbours? Comment below.

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Sad for neighbours fans! Scary a longstanding serial in a primetime spot could be cancelled… Neighbors used to air in Canada on regular tv awhile back then went to cable! … Unfortunately the way y n r has been treated by cbs the past several decades since Kay Alden and John Smith were let go ( minus maria arena bell at times) I feel this will be the shows fate aswell. Everyone who doesnt watch y n r faithfully will be suprised as it is a cbs daytime landmark. But those regular viewers will atest its being purposely sabotaged for… Read more »

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I’m very sorry to hear this news. I don’t live in Australia but I can definitely related to the tremendous loss fans of this show will feel. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss our beloved One Life to Live. This is another blow to the daytime serial genre. I guess the suits just don’t think there is money in it anymore.

Congratulations to the entire Neighbours cast and crew, past and present, on 37 years on the air.

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Well it’s no surprise. Their largest audience was in the U.K. at over 1 million, along the lines of Days viewers here, and just under that. Whereas in it’s origin country Australia, daily viewership was only one hundred thousand plus. The U.K. saved the show from prior cancellation but could no longer withstand the growing budget. Of course more additions to the large outdoor purpose built set didn’t help, nor the increase in on location shooting. Even the 50,000 person signed petition was no help. Watch or lose it is TV’s mantra worldwide.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche in “Extremely Critical Condition”; Still in Coma Following Fiery Car Crash

Although earlier reports over the weekend had soap opera alum and Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World) in stable condition following crashing her car into a home, on Monday an update on her condition looked more grim.

According to a statement provided to Deadline by Heche’s rep: “At this time Anne is in extreme critical condition. She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention. She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Since last Friday, Heche has been hospitalized following a harrowing incident where she crashed her car which caught fire into a private home in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

In addition, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service that investigators obtained a warrant for a blood draw from Heche.

Over the last few days, a new episode of Heche’s podcast “Better Together” with her co-host Heather Duffy was released, which showed the actress slurring her speech.

Erroneous reports said that the podcast which dropped on Friday, was also recorded that day, and that Heche had been drinking prior to her accident during the show.  However, it has come to light that Heche taped that episode last Tuesday, not the day of the crash.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Anne as we continue to monitor and update the situation on the film and TV star, via the comment section below.

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Anne Heche in Critical Condition After Fiery Car Crash

UPDATED: TV and film star, and Another World alum, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley) is in critical condition following a harrowing and fiery car crash in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

“Anne is in the ICU, she’s lucky to be alive. She has severe burns and has a long recovery ahead. Her team and her family are still trying to process what led up to the crash,” a source close to the actress revealed to CNN on Saturday morning.

According to reports and video obtained by TMZ, Heche was driving at lighting speed and crashed twice in a residential area of Mar Vista.  In the initial crash, Anne, who was driving a Mini Cooper slammed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents attempted to get Anne out of the vehicle but she put her car in reverse and then sped away.  Next, she crashed into a home, which ignited a fire, and the fire engulfed the entire home.  However, Anne was severely burned in the fire and taken out by ambulance in a stretcher.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt Erik Scott: “We had a significant traffic collision, we had entrapment of a woman inside that, we had car that erupted into fire, and then we had a home that had significant fire that is red tagged. It’s at this point destroyed.”

Heche is currently in a Los Angeles hospital, and had to be intubated following being severely burned.

Soaps fans know that Anne won a Daytime Emmy for her dual roles on Another World and played Vicky and Marley Hudson from 1987-2001.  She has also appeared in the films, Donnie Brasco, Six Days Seven Nights, Wag the Dog. and more.  On television, Heche has appeared in the last few years on: Dancing with the Stars, Quantico and Chicago P.D.

We will continue to monitor this developing story.

So, what do you think of the fiery crash involving Anne? Send your thoughts and prayers her way via the comment section below.  But first, watch this news report from KTLA channel 5 in Los Angeles who were on the scene of the crash.

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