ABC’s ‘Rosehaven’ Picked Up For Season Two With A Massive US Broadcast Deal

One of the very quiet hits of Australian TV last year was the extremely good and dryly hilarious ‘Rosehaven,’ the comedy series set in small town Tasmania written by, and starring, comedy pals Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola.

The eight-part first season quickly became the ABC‘s most acclaimed and highest rated comedy series for the year, and managed to pick up a Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Comedy Program along the way.
Today, the ABC has confirmed that not only is the show getting picked up for a blessed second season, but that a significant US partner has jumped on board to broadcast the show in America, and co-produce the new episodes.
US premium cable network SundanceTV, which also quietly picked up fellow-ABC program ‘Cleverman‘ earlier this week, will screen the show to American audiences and will help pour funds into the show’s production budget as filming once again shifts down to the chilly confines of a Tasmanian winter.
The ABC’s head of comedy Rick Kalowski confirmed the announcement in a statement to media earlier today, calling the show one of his personal favourites.

“‘Rosehaven’ is a show very close to my heart – among my favourite comedies we’ve ever done at ABC. To bring it back for more and to an even bigger audience thanks to our U.S. partners at SundanceTV is a wonderful honour.”

Meanwhile, the shows co-creators and stars both reacted to the news with joy and glee, with Pacquola stating:

“When making our show in a small town in Tasmania, it’s hard to imagine, next stop Hollywood! But here we are. We are so excited about ‘Rosehaven’ making it all the way to the U.S.”

McGregor, on the other hand, went a different – albeit still hilarious – way:

“The best thing about filming in Tasmania (apart from how nice it looks) is that I get to walk past my old high school where I got bullied, and yell at it every night: ‘I HAVE A TV SHOW NOW!!’ A lot of people have told me it’s not healthy but it’s a really long walk to get there so I disagree.”

According to the ABC’s press release, season two will see “Daniel (McGregor) has to prove that he has what it takes to earn his place in the family business and Emma (Pacquola) needs to decide whether small town life, and its dangerously disinhibited locksmith (Damien, played by David Quirk) are enough for her.

Filming on the second season will begin in Tasmania in June.

Source: ABC.
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