The Courier-Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

NET­WORK Ten has con­firmed long-run­ning chil­dren’s show To­tally Wild will be off air next year, with the show sched­uled to take a pro­duc­tion break from De­cem­ber.

But Ten told Con­fi­den­tial the an­i­mal-lov­ing se­ries, which has been on air for 26 years, won’t be go­ing any­where as there will be enough episodes to roll out on chan­nel 10 Peach un­til Oc­to­ber when the To­tally Wild team will be back on deck.

A Net­work Ten spokesman said the show would be re­vamped dur­ing the break and all of its Bris­bane staff would re­main.

While the show will air on fewer days next year, the spokesman re­vealed this would be to ac­com­mo­date a new, lo­cally pro­duced chil­dren’s TV se­ries.

“Ranger” Stacey Thom­son (pic­tured), who has fronted To­tally Wild since it be­gan and will be in­volved in the new show, told Con­fi­den­tial it was “a lit­tle bit of a shock” when she first heard the news but she was now ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties the break pre­sented.

“It’s a nat­u­ral thing when you’re so at­tached – I feel like To­tally Wild is like my baby in a way – and I’ve seen it grow and evolve so I guess there is a lit­tle ele­ment of sad­ness be­cause my life is go­ing to be very dif­fer­ent work-wise,” she said. “But I do look for­ward to when it does come back – it’s like the next stage.

“I haven’t re­ally been avail­able to do a lot of other things (while film­ing To­tally Wild) … it is ex­cit­ing to (have time to) do some­thing else.”

Thom­son said she was look­ing for­ward to branching out into guest roles on shows such as

Stu­dio 10 as well as delv­ing into more pro­duc­ing and writ­ing at the net­work.

“Now be­ing part of CBS, we’ve just got such a bright fu­ture and there are so many new shows,” she said.

Thom­son said she was hum­bled by the re­ac­tion when peo­ple were told about the rest pe­riod and had to re­as­sure peo­ple To­tally Wild would re­turn to their screens.

“I do feel hon­oured that peo­ple feel so strongly, it has been a part of a lot of peo­ple’s lives,” she said. “It makes you feel like you’ve had an im­pact.”

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