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'Offspring' in production without key star

AAP logoAAP 30/04/2016

The cast members of Offspring have started filming the show's sixth season in Melbourne, but John Waters, who plays Darcy Proudman, is not among them. © AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy The cast members of Offspring have started filming the show's sixth season in Melbourne, but John Waters, who plays Darcy Proudman, is not among them. Offspring fans can look forward to another round of loveable Proudman family chaos this year with the filming of season six having kicked off in Melbourne.

Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart reprise their roles as sisters Nina and Billie Proudman on the show, which will return on our screens later this year after a two-year absence.

While Keddie gave birth to a son, Valentino, in March last year, her life on the show has also moved on.

Season six picks up 18 months down the line, with Nina's daughter Zoe now two-and-a-half years old and the Proudman family rocked by a "heartbreaking event", said a Network Ten statement.

It's possible the event could have something to do with the absence of patriarch Darcy Proudman, with actor John Waters not returning to his role this season.

Ten, of course, gave nothing away when probed on Waters' absence. "At this point, no, John Waters is not returning - but you never know what the future brings on Offspring," a spokesman told AAP.

Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart reprise their roles as sisters Nina and Billie Proudman on the show. © Network Ten Asher Keddie and Kat Stewart reprise their roles as sisters Nina and Billie Proudman on the show. Most characters do make a comeback this season, with Richard Davies, Lachy Hulme, Patrick Brammall, Linda Cropper, Deborah Mailman, Alicia Gardiner, Jane Harber, Eddie Perfect and Lawrence Leung all signed up.

And there will be two newcomers: Underbelly star TJ Power as lawyer Will Bowen and Love My Way star Dan Wyllie as Dr Angus Freeman.

Another new addition to the set could be Kedder's son - in December the multiple Logie-winning actress told AAP that "bringing my child to work every day ... was part of the deal". But the toddler is not expected to have a part in the series.

Producer Imogen Banks said now filming was under way, the cast members were loving being back in their "favourite Fitzroy haunts".

"It's a bit like a fun school reunion," she said.

Network Ten's head of drama Rick Maier said season six promised "high romance, low comedy and plenty of sexy time".

While it remains unclear when the show will air, Ten's chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey has previously said the sixth season was likely to have fewer than the usual 13 episodes.

* Offspring will return to Network Ten later in 2016.

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