Fans of Australian drama series Wentworth have mobilised after persistent speculation the show has been cancelled.
Season seven of the prison series will wrap up production in Melbourne on July 27, and screen next year. It was filmed back-to-back with season six, which premiered on Foxtel on June 19.
But Foxtel has admitted there are no immediate plans to film another season and fans are demanding Wentworth be renewed or picked up by another network after production finishes next week.
An unofficial fan account on Instagram called on fans to “save Wentworth” and asked supporters to tag networks “to pick up this incredible show”.
Speaking on radio station 3AW, entertainment reporter Peter Ford said the show’s set in the northern Sydney suburb of Newport was “currently being dismantled”.
“Officially Foxtel won’t confirm it, not while the current series is on the air,” he said.
“But the word I’m getting from people who work on the show is that they’ve been told, ‘This is it, you’re not returning.'”
A Foxtel spokesperson said, “Discussions between Foxtel and Fremantle Media regarding future seasons of Wentworth continue.”
More than 3500 fans have signed a petition calling for Wentworth to be renewed for an eighth season.
Wentworth screens in more than 140 countries and has a fiercely loyal LGBTIQ following.
Just two weeks ago it won Most Outstanding Drama Series, Most Popular Drama Program, and Most Outstanding Actress for Pamela Rabe at this year’s Logie Awards on the Gold Coast.
How can the most acclaimed TV drama in Australia be axed? Collecting Logies 2 weeks ago but the set is now being dismantled. Tomorrow across Australia and NZ.
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) July 15, 2018
— \/ (@WWNews18) July 11, 2018
Hey @Foxtel now that the media have also leaked info that Wentworth is ending, will you please save all the teal tracksuits etc & auction them off for charity? Fans would love a piece of memorabilia & any charity would appreciate the money #savewentworth #saveteal
— Lauren (@Ballie_09) July 17, 2018
#SaveWentworth – fans saved Offspring and A Place to Call Home… would be nice to see Wentworth at least match Prisoner’s eight seasons. And it’s not like the show is waning in popularity or quality… https://t.co/ahAZ9m7Flc
— cameron adams (@cameron_adams) July 16, 2018