Neighbors star Ian Smith has suggested turning the soap into a school could have saved it from cancellation.
Smith rose to fame when he joined Harold Bishop in 1987. Despite leaving in 2008, the actor has kept coming back for cameos over the years, and he clearly still has a lot of love for the show.
Speak with courier postthe actor called on the Australian government to recognize the importance of the series as a long-running school for actors and filmmakers.
“I think the Australian government should have bought it,” he said. “Put it on the ABC and used it as a living, working school for actors, writers and cameramen and aired it as such.”
Smith isn’t the only actor to make this argument in recent months, either.
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In his message, he called on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to “throw us a bone”, saying: “As artists we will always find the light. But gosh, it’s getting dark in this country. Would love to have a leader who # value attaches to #TheArts more in this country, when you consider how much everyone has relied on it over the past two years.”
“PS Here’s an idea…” he suggested at the end. “Could @filmvic bankroll Neighbors by turning the entire block into a school? Where students can learn on the job. Just a thought.”
NeighborsThe very last episode will air on August 1 in both the UK and Australia.
Neighbors airs weekdays at 1:45pm and 6pm on Channel 5 and streams on My5. In Australia, the show airs Monday through Thursday at 6:30pm on 10 Peach and streams on 10 Play.
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