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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 cancellation because of ‘ratings decline’ ( aka,lack of network support)

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.

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 in Her Final TV Performance to Air on ‘All Rise’

It is hard to believe that now one year later, television fans will see the final performance of Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World).  The talented actress passed away from injuries sustained in a car crash back on August 5th, 2022.

Heche was officially declared ‘brain dead’ on August 12th, when her reps shared that Anne was “peacefully taken off life support.”  Before she passed, Anne taped what would be her final TV acting appearance in her recurring role on the legal drama, All Rise.

The series formerly with CBS and now airing on OWN, will air Heche’s last performance this Saturday, September 30th at 9pm ET/8 pm CT.  On All Rise, Heche plays lawyer Corrine Cuthbert.  Since season 2, Heche has taken on the recurring role. She appeared in six episodes.

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In story, Corrine has had a fraught professional relationship with Judge Lola Carmichael played by Simone Missick.  For her final appearance, Heche’s Corrine shows up as part of a trial case.

All Rise dedicated the episode to Heche. As the hour comes to its conclusion, they express: “In Memory of Anne Heche, Our Friend and Wonderful Artist. You Are Missed.”

After this, Heche will star posthumously in the independent movie feature Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, slated for release in November.

Will you be watching Anne’s final television performance on All Rise? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first, check out a teaser for the episode which also features former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel who stars on the legal drama as Mark Callan.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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