STACEY TO RUN WILD IN BREAK
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.”