New Zealand will be having their own version of Australia favorite TV soap, “Home and Away.”
TV3 is proposing a Kiwi version of the series that will replicate the Aussie drama show in the country.
According to New Zealand Herald, the country’s version of “Home and Away” will be set in a fictional beach town on the outskirts of Auckland city and will be aired four nights a week. The idea cam after TV3’s parent company, MediaWorks, has invited production companies to submit series ideas a year ago.
Other details of the production have been kept under wraps, including its premiere date. However, New Zealand on Air confirmed it had received an application from MediaWorks, and they will decide on the matter by December 11.
Should it push through, it will be one of TV3’s most expensive shows, requiring at least $10 million of funding.
NZ On Air spokeswoman Allanah Kalafatelis said they have $15.5 million available in funding until mid 2016, but 41 applications seeking $21 million have been submitted.
This year, NZ On Air awarded TV3 series “Westside” $7.6million to develop a second series and new TVNZ drama series, “Dirty Laundry”, $6.7 million, NZ Herald noted.
Australia’s “Home and Away” has favorable ratings in New Zealand. According Stuff.com, it has consistent ratings of between 165,000 and 250,000 viewers a week.
Meanwhile, “Home and Away” will be airing a special online episode titled “An Eye For An Eye.”
According to DigitalSpy, Dan Ewing and Lisa Gormley will reprise their roles in the episode as Heath Braxton and Bianca Scott, respectively.
“An Eye For An Eye’s” storyline will focus on the kidnapping of Ricky and Brax’s baby son, Casey, by Brax’s arch nemesis, Gunno — the same man who was responsible for his presumed death, mumbrella.com noted.
The upcoming online special has been commissioned specially for Australian streaming service Presto and will be released on December 9, 2015.
Regular episodes of “Home and Away” air weekdays in Australia on Network Seven.