Blue Heelers (season 13)


Blue Heelers (season 13)

infobox tvseason
season_name = Blue Heelers" – Season 13
headercolour = cedff2


caption = "Blue Heelers" final cast of 2006
dvd_release_date =
dvd_format =
country = AUS
network = Seven Network
first_aired = 1 April 2006
last_aired =
4 June 2006
num_episodes = 11
prev_season = Season 12|
The "thirteenth and final season" of the Australian police drama "Blue Heelers" premiered on the Seven Network on 1 April 2006 and aired on Saturday nights at 8:30 pm. The 11-episode season concluded 4 June 2006, due to its cancellation by the Seven Network as a result of its sharp decline in ratings. When, in late 2005, the time came to renew "Blue Heelers", Seven commissioned eleven further episodes to be produced, but its future after this was still undecided. [Miller, Kylie. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/heelersstay.html Heelers stay] , The Age, 29 September 2005. Retrieved 26 March 2008.]

In January 2006, Seven officially announced that they had cancelled Blue Heelers, but would air a final shortened season of only 11 episodes in mid-2006 [Le Marquand, Sarah. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/bootforheelers.html Boot for Heelers] , The Daily Telegraph, 14 January 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] the 11 episodes which had been filmed in late 2005, before "Blue Heelers" had been cancelled.

This season focuses primarily on the show's main protagonist, Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon, his failing health and his personal troubles. John Wood, who portrays Croydon, is the only to appear in every episode of "Blue Heelers" and is, indisputably, the pillar of the show.Dennehy, Luke. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/blueheelerseesred.html Blue Heeler sees red] , The Herald Sun, 29 April 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] The final episode of the thirteenth season aired as a 2-hour, movie-length tribute starting with an introduction from John Wood, and concluding with a compilation of "Blue Heelers" moments from over its 13-season run. [Blundell, Graeme. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/copout.html Cop Out] , The Australian, 3 June 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] For this thirteenth season, "Blue Heelers" was moved from its primetime Wednesday-night timeslot to the lower rating Saturday-night timeslot, [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/finalseason.html "Blue Heelers" Returns For Final Season] , Seven Network, 13 March 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] which saw it come up against "The Bill", a British police drama which has become quite popular in Australia.Dennehy, Luke. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/blueheelerseesred.html Blue Heeler sees red] , The Herald Sun, 29 April 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] Ratings for this season, partially due to the series' move to its lower-rating timeslot, were relatively low; ratings were around the 1.2 million viewer mark, increasing to 1.5 million for the finale. "Blue Heelers" failed to even make it into the top 20 programmes at any time during its thirteenth season.OzTAM. [http://www.oztam.com.au/Archives.aspx?Year=2006 OzTAM 2006 ratings data] , Retrieved 2 April 2008.]

This season was very successful in regards of awards, particularly for John Wood who won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television, as well as the Most Popular Actor Silver Logie Award. Wood had been nominated for the Gold Logie, but not won it, for ten straight years.Devlyn, Darren, Fidgeon, Robert. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/goldatlast.html Gold at last for John Wood] , Herald Sun, 8 May 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] By the end of this season, "Blue Heelers" had also equalled the record for most episodes produced of a television drama in Australia, equalling "Homicide's" record, set in 1977.Idato, Michael. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/offduty.html Heelers goes off duty] , The Age, 1 June 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.]

Casting

For this season, the producers made the choice to make no changes to the main cast, which is therefore, no different to that of the previous season. The main cast for this season consists of:
* John Wood as Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon
* Julie Nihill as Christine "Chris" Riley
* Ditch Davey as Detective Evan 'Jonesy' Jones
* Simone McAullay as Senior Constable Susie Raynor
* Rachel Gordon as Detective Amy Fox
* Samantha Tolj as Constable Kelly O'Rourke
* Danny Raco as Constable Joss Peroni
* Charlie Clausen as Acting Sergeant Alex Kirby
* Matthew Holmes as Constable Matt Graham

Guest actors for season thirteen included [Zuk, T. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/series13.html "Blue Heelers": 2006 episode guide] , Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 1 August 2007.] Roy Billing,cite episode|title=Only the Lonely|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-04-01|season=13|number=1] Jacinta Stapleton,cite episode|title=Affluenza|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-04-29|season=13|number=5] Elly Varrenti,cite episode|title=Burning Up|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-05-13|season=13|number=7] Marcus Graham,cite episode|title=Moonlighting|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-05-27|season=13|number=9] Ian Roberts,cite episode|title=What's Love Got To Do With It?|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-04-22|season=13|number=4] Bernard Curry,cite episode|title=Affluenza|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-04-29|season=13|number=5] Spencer McLaren,cite episode|title=Down to Earth|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-05-20|season=13|number=8] Kane Alexander,cite episode|title=Down to Earth|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-05-20|season=13|number=8] Joshua Lawsoncite episode|title=Burning Up|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-05-13|season=13|number=7] and Damian Walshe-Howling.cite episode|title=One Day More|series=Blue Heelers|serieslink=Blue Heelers|airdate=2006-05-13|season=13|number=109/110]

Plot

Due to Tom's illness, Falcon-Price takes over the operation of the station and the team must deal with his constant presence and the pressure which they are put under. Falcon-Price's constant attempts to prove that Tom is not up to his job have also grown more intense at Tom's initial sign of weakness. We see that Alex is having trouble dealing with his new role as a father, and, on top of this, Alex is stabbed by a criminal, and this begins to look as if it is all Tom's fault. The two rivals, Kelly and Joss, enter into new romances: Joss with a pickpocket victim and Kelly with a rival lawyer. They must deal with their constant jealousy of each other and their constant drive to outdo each other, as it had been ever since they left the Academy. Joss must also deal with his growing gambling debts and the consequences of these, including his being beaten up, his being forced to get a second job and his becoming homeless. He must also deal with the people around him who, in trying to help him, make him feel worse; particularly the arrival of his mother in town. Dismissed police officer Adam Cooper also arrives back in Mt. Thomas, for the first time since Tom dismissed him in 1999. This time he arrives in Mt. Thomas as a photocopier technician and wants take revenge on Tom. In an attempt to do this, he tries to frame him for a crime he did not commit. In the heat of these allegations against Mt. Thomas' top cop, there is the very real possibility that the Mt. Thomas police station may be closed forever, and the team are forced to find new placements and the possibility of separation from one another.

Production

The season premiered on 1 April 2006, with the show's 500th episode - "Only The Lonely". [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/finalseason.html "Blue Heelers" Returns For Final Season] , Seven Network, 13 March 2006.] The network chose to discount the season premiere as an episode and instead chose to advertise the season premiere as episode 499 and promoted the next episode - "Boss" - as the monumental 500th episode. This episode focuses largely on Tom Croydon battling the news that he has cancer. [Low, Lenny Ann. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/finalseason.html Blue Heelers] , Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.]

The cast finished filming their final episode for 2005 on 20 December, aware that the show's future was the subject of discussion, but at this point the show had not been cancelled. [http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv--radio/blue-heelers-axed/2006/01/13/1137118960344.html "Blue Heelers" axed, and AFL the main suspect] , Sydney Morning Herald, 14 January 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] To prepare for the possibility of cancellation, two alternate endings for the show were filmed in 2005 for a possible series finale in 2006. One ending was left open ended, to serve as a lead-in to a possible 14th season, the other ending wrapped up all the show's storylines. The cast were on their New Year non-rating period hiatus when they were told of "Blue Heelers"' cancellation. Thus, the eleven final episodes the cast had filmed in late 2005 were to be used for the 2006 season. For the series finale, the latter ending, wrapping up the show's storylines was used. Although, rather than completely wrapping everything up, the producers made it possible to resume from where they left off, should Seven decide to start producing "Blue Heelers" again. [Webb, Caroline; Idato, Michael. [http://www.theage.com.au/news/tv--radio/axe-falls-on-blue-heelers-sevens-institution/2006/01/13/1137118970295.html "Axe falls on "Blue Heelers"] , The Age, 14 January 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.]

The 2 hour series finale, titled "One Day More", aired on Sunday 4 June 2006 in a prime-time slot, at 8:30 pm. The finale focuses on Tom's attempts to reconnect with his family, and recover from his debilitating illness, whilst dealing with criminal charges brought against him by a vengeful ex-officer as well as the fact that the Mt. Thomas police station, which he loves so dearly, may be closed down. It also features the return of former cast member Damian Walshe-Howling, reprising his role as Adam Cooper, still very bitter about his treatment by Tom. Rather than ending in "a hail of bullet or a bomb explosion",Williams, Garry. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/gentlefarewell.html Heelers bids a gentle farewell] , The Herald Sun, 21 May 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] the producers wanted to give the record-breaking series a gentle and fitting farewell to celebrate its life - "We did not want to blow everyone up," producer Gus Howard said, "It is a gentle grounding. It felt like the right thing to do.".Williams, Garry. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/gentlefarewell.html Heelers bids a gentle farewell] , The Herald Sun, 21 May 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.]

This season also marked the time when "Blue Heelers" matched the record for "most episodes produced in an Australian weekly primetime drama", equalling "Homicide's" record, which was set in 1977.Idato, Michael. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/offduty.html Heelers goes off duty] , The Age, 1 June 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] "Blue Heelers" did not, however match the "total airtime on television" record. This record was also set by "Homicide" in 1977. This record stands at 516 hours whilst "Blue Heelers" is just shy of the record at 511 hours.Idato, Michael. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/offduty.html Heelers goes off duty] , The Age, 1 June 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.]

Reception

In "Blue Heelers"' twelfth season, ratings were at an all time low of 1.2 million viewers per episode, which was less than half what the show had been attracting during its climax, when it was drawing more than 2.5 million viewers. [http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv--radio/blue-heelers-axed/2006/01/13/1137118960344.html "Blue Heelers" axed, and AFL the main suspect] , Sydney Morning Herald, 14 January 2004. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] After these falling ratings during 2005, Seven decided to take action and considered cancelling the series altogether. However, before doing this, they commissioned a shortened season consisting of only 11 episodes, taking the show's episode tally to 510. This season was shortened from the normal season length of around 40 episodes.

On 13 January 2006, the network ended months of speculation when they officially cancelled the series. The news was broken by television critic Robert Fidgeon on radio station 3AW, and was shortly followed by the official announcement which appeared on the front-page of nearly all of Australia's major newspapers including "The Sydney Morning Herald", "Sydney's Daily Telegraph", "The Melbourne Herald Sun", "The Melbourne Age" and "Brisbane's Courier Mail".Carter, Paul. [http://australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/bhaxed.html "Blue Heelers" axed"] , AAP, 13 January 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.]

For this thirteenth season, Seven chose to move "Blue Heelers" from its Wednesday-night, primetime timeslot, [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/finalseason.html "Blue Heelers" Returns For Final Season] , Seven Network, 13 March 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] which it had occupied for 10 years, to the lower-rated Saturday-night timeslot, which also saw it up against popular British police programme "The Bill"; this move was slammed by cast member John Wood.Dennehy, Luke. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/blueheelerseesred.html Blue Heeler sees red] , The Herald Sun, 29 April 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] Ratings for this season were generally low; no episode ranked in OzTAM's top 20 programme list for the week.OzTAM. [http://www.oztam.com.au/Archives.aspx?Year=2006 OzTAM 2006 ratings data] , Retrieved 2 April 2008.]

The final episode, "One Day More", achieved 1,512,000 viewers in the five major Australian cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. [OzTAM. [http://www.oztam.com.au/documents/2006/E_20060604.pdf Top 20 Programs Report, 02:00 - 25:59 4 June - 10 June 2006 - Ranking Report (E) (Metro Free-to-air)] . . Retrieved 28 March 2008.] Whilst enough to justify a Sunday primetime slot, it was still a very low rating figure and was not enough for Seven to justify the continued production of the programme, which was estimated at costing them almost $500 000 per episode to produce.Warneke, Ross. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/rewind.html Rewind] , The Age, 8 June 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] Additionally, more "reality-type" programmes such as "" which cost $100 000 to produce and package were achieving record amounts of viewers as high as 2 million per episode;Warneke, Ross. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/rewind.html Rewind] , The Age, 8 June 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] "Blue Heelers" had not had 2 million viewers for over 5 years.

Awards

In 2006, John Wood was once again nominated for the most coveted television award in Australia, the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television. In 2006, Wood finally won this award, [TV Week. [http://tvweek.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=63394 History of the Gold Logie] . Retrieved 31 March 2008.] which had eluded him every year since 1997.Devlyn, Darren, Fidgeon, Robert. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/goldatlast.html Gold at last for John Wood] , Herald Sun, 8 May 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] This could be partially attributed to the magnitude of support thrown behind Wood in his bid for the publicly-chosen award: Nova 100's Michelle Anderson, for example, ran a campaign and had T-shirts made up in his honour stating: "Ten years, it's high time the pillar of society and acting god that is John Wood be rewarded with gold.";Dennehy, Luke. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/blueheelerseesred.html Blue Heeler sees red] , The Herald Sun, 29 April 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] even Victoria's top-cop, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon, threw her support behind Wood in his bid for the Gold.Dennehy, Luke. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/blueheelerseesred.html Blue Heeler sees red] , The Herald Sun, 29 April 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] As well as this prestigious award, Wood was also privileged to win the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor, which he had won in 2005 and had been nominated for a further 6 times, over thirteen years, for his role as Tom Croydon on "Blue Heelers".Devlyn, Darren, Fidgeon, Robert. [http://www.australiantelevision.net/bh/articles/goldatlast.html Gold at last for John Wood] , Herald Sun, 8 May 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2008.] At the 2006 Logies, Wood was also nominated for Most Outstanding Actor in a drama series and "Blue Heelers" was nominated for Most Popular Australian Drama series.TV Week. [http://tvweek.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=63393 Logie Awards of the 2000's] . Retrieved 31 March 2008.] Most Outstanding Actor went to Dan Wyllie from "Love My Way" and Most Popular Drama went to "Home and Away".TV Week. [http://tvweek.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=63393 Logie Awards of the 2000's] . Retrieved 31 March 2008.]

At the 2006 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, "Blue Heelers" was nominated for Most Popular Drama, but this award went to "Love My Way". Guests actors on the show, Marcus Graham and Saskia Burmeister, however, were nominated for, and won, Best Guest or Supporting Actor and Actress in Television Drama, respectively. [Australian Film Institute. [http://www.afi.org.au/awards/pastwinners/Television%20Award%20Winners%201986-2007%20.pdf Television Award Winners - 1986-2007] . Retrieved 31 March 2008.] Graham was nominated for his role in "Moonlighting" (episode 508),] , Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 1 August 2007.
* TV.com editors. [http://www.tv.com/blue-heelers/show/3333/episode_guide.html?season=0&tag=season_dropdown;dropdown;13 "Blue Heelers" Episode Guide - Season 13] , TV.com. Retrieved 1 August 2007.;Specific


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