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How Wentworth Survived After Killing Its Queen Bea.

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It’s a risky move for a television show with such a staunch world wide fan base to kill off one of its main characters in an attempt to shake things up and introduce fresh blood and fresh stories yet oddly enough, despite the hark from fans claiming they’ll never watch again, the bold move usually works.  Homeland, House of Cards, Grey’s Anatomy, M*A*S*H and 24 are just some of success stories where killing off main cast have worked in their favor.

Wentworth, is the most recent entry into this world with the murder of main player Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) at the end of the shows fourth season and questions quickly began to flit about how this show could survive without the driving force that Wentworth sprouted itself from.

The tour de force that was Bea Smith and the story around her propelled the show from a generic Prisoner remake into a modern day drama-come-love-story with an incredibly dedicated fan base, devastated their “Queen Bea” had been mercilessly slaughtered at the hands of series villain Joan “The Freak” Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) leaving her girlfriend Allie Novak (Kate Jenkinson) to pick up the pieces and exact her revenge.

This death, so surprising and utterly shocking, risked putting Wentworth fans off-side with the belief the show was supposed to be a telling of Bea’s entrance into prison and her rise to ‘top dog’ status and while, in point, we did get that tale, the killing off of a main character is still none the less a gusty move for any show.

What we didn’t notice however was the growing importance and build-up of the other characters within the show, each getting story lines that played quietly along the Bea Smith/Joan Ferguson/Allie Novak main story arc, all ready to take effect when the time was needed.

These stories involving Vera’s (Kate Atkinson) battle to maintain control of her governor position, Franky Doyle (Nicole da Silva) struggling to develop a healthy life outside of the Wentworth with girlfriend Bridget Westfall (Libby Tanner), the buddy buddy snitch snitch relationship between Sonia Stevens (Sigrid Thornton) and Liz Birdsworth (Celia Ireland) and current top dog Kaz Proctor (Tammy MacIntosh) feeling her grip loosen on her top dog status were all slowly bubbling along and came to flourish and hit the ground with both guns blazing when the time was right.

This move not only forced us to move on after Bea’s death but implemented a newer relationship with these characters on the back of strong writing and even stronger acting from the cast, allowing the show to thrive in a time of viewer devastation.  The fact that this death wasn’t used as a way to end an ugly love triangle or to move on a story arc that just wan’t working is even more testament to the writing on the show.

Bea’s death was personal but it was also a propeller, not just for the show but for each an every character within the world of Wentworth.  Killing off a Queen Bea can be dangerous but when done right, breathes new life into an already fascinating and intense show.

Wentworth continues Tuesday nights on Showcase and will see production begin this month on season six.

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Best of 2016: TV Characters

Standing out is hard to do in a television land that is as wide and varied as it is today.  In most cases, it’s the lead who takes front and center and other times, it’s those side characters who just pull you in and make you love them.

From an actress and a single mother trying to balance work and home life to a brassy best friend who tells it like it is to a family keeping many secrets to an actress blurring the lines between acting and reality, check out my list of the 12 best TV Characters for 2016.

12: Doris (Ali Wong) – American Housewife [New Entry]

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Playing on her ‘non threatening Asian diversity’ within the snooty town of Westport, Doris (Ali Wong) has been able to share the dismissive views of best friend Katie (Katy Mixon) while also being able to mingle with the popular green-smoothie-drinking fit moms, who Katie literally hates.  Doris has no qualms about pushing her take-no-prisoners, hands on approach to parenting (which involves lots of yelling and eating strange meats in broth) onto Katie’s children.

11: Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) – American Crime Story [New Entry]

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Finding herself playing in the big league with the OJ Simpson trial, Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) found herself facing a giant brick wall right from the go.  From her personal dealings of a crumbling marriage and a nasty custody battle to how she dressed and did her hair for court, Clark, it seems was never going to win.  Thrust into the public eye, Paulson’s Clark offered up a deeper and thoughtful look into the most talked about woman of the time that was often overlooked for lesser, inessential topics.

10: The Morgans – Home and Away [New Entry]

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When Tori Morgan (Penny McNamee) first appeared in Summer Bay as the new doctor, none of us were prepared for the overloaded baggage she was hiding – her and her brothers (James Stewart, Jackson Heywood and Orpheus Pledger) were in witness protection.  Their parents killed by top dogs within a drug syndicate, their covers were blown, had no one they could trust and faced having to run again.  The Morgans added a major dash of drama to the bay that has been sorely missing since Charlotte’s (Erika Heynatz) murder last year.

9: Darryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) – The Walking Dead [Re-Entry from 2014]

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The confident, lone wolf we’ve all come to love has been through the wringer this season on The Walking Dead.  His lash out at Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) resulted in the death of good friend Glenn (Steven Yuen) and subsequently saw him taken into Negan’s custody, thrown into an isolation cell and tortured in an attempt to break him.  Holding onto the grief and guilt of Glenn’s death is the only thing keeping Darryl sane while being tortured.

8: Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) – Game of Thrones [New Entry]

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The pint sized warrior, the Lady of Bear Island Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey) proved herself to be a formidable leader as she held the cards to back Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Sansa Starks’ (Sophie Turner) attack on Ramsey Bolton to reclaim Winterfell.  Her blistering speech to the bickering houses of Manderley, Glover and Cerwyn showed that while Jon may have finally killed Ramsey, Lyanna is the one who has become the people’s champ and a force to be reckoned with.

7: Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) – Wentworth [New Entry]

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With all focus this past season on Joan (Pamela Rabe) entering Wentworth as a prisoner, the side story arc to this season featuring the blossoming romance between Bea (Danielle Cormack) and Allie (Kate Jenkinson) showed a more open yet vulnerable side to the prison top dog.  While the relationship was used to expose Bea’s weaknesses to both Joan and Kaz (Tammy Macintosh), this relationship ultimately proved to be Bea’s strength, believing Joan had given Allie an overdose, she sacrificed herself to put Joan behind bars for a very long time.

6: Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates) – American Horror Story: Roanoke [New Entry]

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While the premise for this latest season of American Horror Story was fantastic, the second half of the season became a total mess with one shinning mark – that of Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates) AKA – The Butcher.  Agnes’ became a victim of her own sudden rise to fame after My Roanoke Nightmare became a massive television hit and earned herself a Saturn Award best actress nomination.  After delving right into the role of The Butcher, Agnes was diagnosed with  schizoaffective disorder, unable to distinguish between fact and fiction and wholly embodied the woman with a penchant for meat cleavers.

5: Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – Game of Thrones [New Entry]

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Season 6 of GoT was one full of loss for Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as he mourned the death of his daughter Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) and was removed from his position in the Kingsguard by his own son Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) who, later on, also died taking his own life after his mother Cersei (Lena Headey) set alight half of Kings Landing.  Discovering that the woman he loves was responsible for the act that pushed Tommen to take his own life looks set to push Jamie into darker personal territory as he struggles with alliance next season.

4: Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil) – How to get away with Murder [#8 in 2015]

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We’ve seen Bonnie (Liza Weil) fall back into old habits this past season of How to get Away With Murder as she continuously battled with boss Annalise (Viola Davis) over the treatment of Annalise’s former right hand man Frank (Charlie Weber) now on the run after his murderous past was fully revealed.  With Laurel (Lauren Velez) and Annalise trying to find Frank, Bonnie took it upon herself to track him down and try and coax him back after discovering he had killed her abusive father leading the two to spend a very intense and revealing night together.

3: Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) – Better Things [New Entry]

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There’s no high glamour or Hollywood high life when it comes to Better Things‘ Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon).  She’s not a struggling actress but she’s also not readily recognized on the street by the everyday person.  She’s an actress and it’s her job and it’s this level of fame she attains while also a single mother to three girls, all of whom require a bulk of her attention to make it through each and every day, that makes Sam relatable.  Woman on the verge…..perhaps.  Woman trying to get a minute to have ‘dirty facetime’ with a recent hookup..seems to fit better when describing Sam Fox.

2: Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) – Stranger Things [New Entry]

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Joyce Byers (in a defining comeback role for Winona Ryder) is a single mother, relatively poor and wanting answers regarding her missing son Will (Noah Schnapp).  Her less than affluent standing within the small town of Hawkins, Indiana has the locals not believing her son has gone missing, but despite her lack of influence within the town, she challenges each and every person – right up-to the Police Chief.

When she discovers she can communicate with her missing son through lights, Joyce finds a confidence and a voice to believe in what she is doing is actually real despite the constant knock downs from those telling her, her son is dead.

1: Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) – UnReal [#2 in 2015]

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Walking into season two of UnReal (and the new season of Everlasting) shouting the motto “MONEY, DICK, POWER!!” and ready to hand over the reigns of Everlasting to Rachel (Shiri Appleby) Quinn (Constance Zimmer) found herself not ready to let go when former boss Chet (Craig Bierko) returned to the fray looking to take control back of ‘his’ show. Quinn’s battle to maintain a hold on the show all came to a head in the fourth episode when she learns her father has died and only able to internalize her pain for a short while, Quinn literally opens the biggest can of whoop-ass ever seen.  No one, not even the studio office was saved from her scathing breakdown that saw her literally throw monitors across the room.

But Quinn is a quick one to recover.  She’s a smart ballsy woman who has this inane ability to see the knife coming before it hits her back and has a counter-attack already in play by the time that knife is on it’s way down.  By the end of the season, Quinn retained control of Everlasting and her Money, Dick, Power relationship with Rachel was as strong as it started out at seasons start.

 

Wentworth Season 4 Air Date Revealed?!

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One thing is for sure, Wentworth, the top-notch Aussie based prison drama from Foxtel’s SoHo channel, sure know how to keep fans waiting!  While seasons three 2015 premiere date was revealed on Christmas day 2014, the only information us eager fans have been treated to is the casting of Bernard Curry as corrections officer Jake Stewart, Kate Jenkinson as new inmate Allie Novak and Sigrid Thornton as inmate Sonia Stevens.

But, is it possible we’ve finally been given the news we’ve all been waiting for?

Wentworth’s official twitter page has been oddly dormant since Jan 12th, Foxtel’s have been very silent on anything Wentworth and SoHo’s is the same applies to all three’s other social media accounts including Facebook pages.  Wentworth star Danielle Cormack though posted to her Instagram account attempting to set the record straight on the date

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The 25. 04. 2016 date falls into line with Wentworth’s usual premiere dates for an April start, so until official word comes through, as per usual, it’s a waiting game for us all!

 

The Freak is out in THAT Wentworth Season Three Finale

Crazy is as crazy does.  Wentworth went out on a fiery high.
Crazy is as crazy does. Wentworth went out on a fiery high.

I’ve said it the past two seasons and i’ll say it again – Wentworth is nothing short of incredible (Australian) television and Tuesday night’s season three finale only cemented that fact bringing a close to a multitude of story arcs and opening up some brand new ones.

Warning – if you have not seen the season finale – do not continue!  Spoilers beyond!

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The season three finale included the death (booooo) of inmate and she-of-the-eepy-creepy-eyes Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) who finally revealed her true freak and why she found herself in Wentworth, who met an untimely end at the hands of Ferguson (Pamela Rabe), who, herself had a mighty fall from grace as her past indiscretions came to a head and the release of Frankie Doyle (Nicole da Silva) into the waiting arms of former prison counselor Bridget Westfall (Libby Tanner).

So now the big questions remain for season four – that sneak peak at the end of the credits featuring a heavily disheveled Ferguson sporting a rather snug straight jacket while sitting in a padded cell – surely that means her story line will continue into season four.  Will Karen Proctor’s (Tammy MacIntosh) entrance into Wentworth prove trouble for Bea (Danielle Cormack) considering Ferguson set Bea up as the informer who tipped the police off to Karen’s involvement with the Red Right Hand vigilante group?  Will Vera (Kate Atkinson) step up as the new governor?  And the biggest of them all – Surely Frankie and Bridget can’t be really gone right?

Either way, I didn’t do too badly in my 8 Wentworth Season Three End Game Suspicions post!  Nailed Jess, Ferguson, Frankie and Karen’s end-games!

Tell me your thoughts people!  What did you think, what do you think and what do you want for season 4?!  Sound off in the comments below!

Wentworth returns to SoHo in 2016 (awww man!!)

Eight Wentworth Season Three Endgame Suspicions…

Could Jess Warner be Wentworth's third season endgame?
Could Jess Warner be Wentworth’s third season endgame?

With only two episodes left for season three, Wentworth is beginning to string together all the puzzle pieces that have been strewn about for the past two seasons.  With Season three endgame in sight, here are some of my suspicions of what could happen.  – Spoilers ahead for those not up-to-date with season three!!

Buh-bye Sophie?
Buh-bye Sophie?

1: Sophie Donaldson Leaves /// The inclusion of Sophie Donaldson (Edwina Samuels) this season played heavily into Liz’s (Celia Ireland) season arc.  Proving that actions can be louder than words, Sophie chose a ‘don’t do as I say, do as I do’ approach to her mothers alcoholism and promptly found herself joining mummy dearest in prison with a drink driving-hit and run charge.  Now that Liz has cleaned herself up after a sloppy mid-season binge on ‘Boomer Brew’, Sophie really hasn’t had much else to do with the exception of her meet and greet with the wife of the man she killed.

I'm back bitches!
I’m back bitches!

2: Erica Davidson Returns /// It’s probably a long-shot, but could season one’s temporary governor Erica Davidson (Leeanna Walsman) make a surprise return to the hot seat?  With Governor Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) on a fast downward spiral, ‘the board’ could be looking to fill the head position fast.  Sure Erica was fired for losing control of the female prisoners (Bea killing Jacs ultimately lead to Erica’s dismissal) but she also knows the job and the women – especially Frankie (Nicole da Silva).

Best friends again?
Best friends again?

3: Will and Fletch re-ignite their friendship ///  It’s been a rocky road for these two prison wardens.  Between death of loved ones, alcoholism, affairs, drug abuse and attempted murder, the path hasn’t been well lit for these two former mates but with Fletch (Aaron Jeffrey) on-track to regain his memory, could his possible revelation that Ferguson was out to get Will (Robbie Magasiva) after he removed Jianna’s baby from her, bring the two back together?

I love you Frankie!!
I love you Frankie!!

4:  Bridget Westfall resumes counselling duties at Wentworth /// Bridget (Libby Tanner) has to come back right?  It’s the only sane response one has to offer after she was abruptly tossed out thanks to Vera (Kate Atkinson) and her “Ima do what’s right by the Governor” attitude.  Bridget has been this season’s best addition with her need to use her counselling powers to rid these inmates of their demons and if her powers worked on Frankie, just imagine what a session with the Governor would do?!  Plus, it’s Libby Tanner and we need her more on our tv screens.

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Where’s my precious?

5: Jess is freakier than The Freak /// From day dot I’ve been saying “That girl Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) is a cuckoo clock short of a cuckoo”.  Here’s the thing…we know jack about this girl….literally nothing about her…well except she uses sex as a weapon, has a weird affection for children and makes great ‘if looks could kill’ eyes.  Now that Doreen (Shareena Clanton) has had baby Joshua, Jess’s eepy-creepy face has been coming out a bit more often than normal and it seems her plan to have Joshua all to herself is in full effect.

Think i'll try out for Masterchef...
Think i’ll try out for Masterchef…

6: Frankie gets parole ///  This is what the third season has been leading up-to for Frankie, her big breakthrough with Bridget about killing Meg Jackson (Catherine McClements), her big breakthrough about wanting to get jiggy with Bridget, her big breakthrough that her relationship with drugs has buggered a lot of people up…all signs are pointing to Frankie actually leaving Wentworth – let’s hope I’m wrong on this one!)

Keep your germs...
Keep your germs…

7: The Governor gets taken down /// Frankie, Doreen, Liz and Doreen all know, Fletch and Bridget do too and now Vera has finally joined the anti-freak gang.  There’s no looking back for Joan now that half of Wentworth are in on her freakishly creepy and deviant doings but just how will she go down?  Will it be a joint effort?  Will Vera do it alone?  Perhaps Bea gets her hands on a pencil…either way, there’s no denying that Wentworth will probably need a new governor by seasons end.

I want to be your cell mate.
I want to be your cellmate.

8: Kaz Proctor becomes an inmate at Wentworth /// As the leader of the all-female-all-butt-kicking-all-men-hating group ‘the red right hand’ it’s probably not in Kaz’s (Tammy MacIntosh) best interests that Will Jackson knows exactly who she is.  Add that with a dose of “Hi, thanks for calling, but i’m currently out on a mission, looking for a large bald man to bash” and one can only assume Kaz’s freedom is quite limited.

So there you have it!  Eight of my suspicions for season three’s finale – I’ve purposely left Bea out because…well…I feel she’s a little lost.  Her determination to find the bald man plays into Fletch’s story-line, her determination to bring down Ferguson plays into everyone’s story-line and the only thing Bea really has to possibly worry about is losing her grip as top dog with the prisoners.

What do you guys think?  Am I headed down the right path or am I missing something all-together?  Sound off in the comments below!

Wentworth Season three finale airs Tuesday night, 8:30pm on SoHo.

SoHo Teases With A Wentworth Season 3 Promo

Nicole Da Silva, Danielle Cormack and Aaron Jeffrey
Nicole Da Silva, Danielle Cormack and Aaron Jeffrey

While it may not be much, SoHo dropped a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it promo for the highly anticipated third season of the excellent Wentworth back on Christmas Day.

Fans of the Wentworth Facebook page were treated to the Christmas gift in the form of a 20 second clip that reveals Bea (Cormack) taking her stand against Governor Ferguson (Pamela Rabe) with the words “You don’t run this prison….I do”.

Watch the clip here at Wentworth’s Facebook Page

The teaser clip comes off the back of the show becoming available to American audiences with seasons one and two now available on streaming service Netflix.  Along with the new audience, positive critical reviews are starting to stream out, praising the show, the writing and comparing it (somewhat) to the other women’s prison drama Orange is the New Black.

Wentworth returns for Season 3 in 2015 on SoHo.

Wentworth Season Two Air Date and First Look Trailer Revealed

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Danielle Cormack as Bea Smith in SoHo’s Wentworth. Source: Provided

It’s been a looooooooong wait for details about Wentworth’s highly anticipated second season and finally, SoHo has given us some treats about what to expect for the upcoming season of the prison drama.

What we know is that it’s been three months since Bea (Danielle Cormack) killed Jacs (Kris McQuade) in retailliation for the death of her teenage daughter.  Erica’s (Leeanna Walsman) hold over the prison is sitting on shaky ground which leaves room for a new governor to take control.  Enter Joan ‘The Freak’ Fergusson (brilliant casting of Pamela Rabe) who see’s that Bea could be the perfect person to mould into becoming top dog in the prison that she could control.

But Bea has other plans as she vows to avenge her daughter’s murder. How does someone locked up in a prison achieve such a seemingly impossible ambition? Season two charts her quest and Bea will be forced to use every ounce of her courage, ingenuity and steely determination.

Around her, the members of Bea’s prison ‘family’ all face challenges of their own and no one should underestimate the lengths to which the psychopathic Ferguson will go to establish control. How does she become “The Freak”?

Take a look at the season two first look trailer below:

Wentworth Season Two begins Tuesday May 20th on SoHo

Reborn: Prisoner becomes Wentworth

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Danielle Cormack as Bea Smith in Wentworth.

Television, in the last few years, has not delivered well in the area of classic remakes.  Straight off the bat, Aaron Spelling soapie Melrose Place was rebooted by the CW network in the US back in 2009 and failed miserably.  Even with the addition of original cast members such as Laura Leighton, Josie Bissett and Heather Locklear, the show dived into a sinkhole that had no hope of survival.  Beverly Hills 90210 also received a reboot a year before by the same network and while after 5 seasons, it’s still on the air, it does not hold the same following as the original show once did.

Aussie classic Prisoner is about to get the same treatment thanks to Foxtel and the SoHo Channel in the form of Wentworth.  Prisoner was a game changer for television back in the 70’s and 80’s in how women were depicted in scripted television yet was a slightly dodgy and kitchy classic with larger than life characters and memorable one liners

By all reports, from those who have been lucky enough to see the first episode, we, the general public, are the suckers for having to wait until Wednesday to catch the pilot episode.  Gone are the dodgy cardboard sets and the over-the-top melodrama that Prisoner was known for, instead, we get a steely eyed head first decent into the hard edged world filled with hard edged women, living a life in Wentworth.

Those familiar with the original will apparently notice subtle references to the original and characters including Doreen, Lizzy, Frankie Doyle and Vera Bennett return headlined by Bea Smith played this time round by Danielle Cormack.  Along with Cormack, familiar faces including Catherine McClements and Kate Atkinson all appear.

From all accounts read, Wentworth appears to be a diamond in the rough that is not only for reborn classic television, but also for Australian drama.

Wentworth premieres this Wednesday, May 1st, on Foxtel’s SoHo Channel.