After an extended break, filming has begun around the suburbs of Melbourne on season 3 of Robyn Hope and Wayne Butler’s ABC family comedy, Upper Middle Bogan, with all key cast returning for the eight-part series that focuses on the culture clash of the upper middle Brights and drag-racing Wheelers.
Hope, Butler and star Patrick Brammall, who plays Bess’ hapless architect husband, Danny, are working between Australia and the U.S. where they are adapting the series for U.S. broadcast TV, with a pilot under way for CBS. The show goes under the name, Furst Born, there .
Poppy Montgomery plays Bess n the U.S. version with the scripts penned by Modern Family writer Dan O’Shannon along with Butler and Hope.
— Todd Holland (@ToddHolland3) March 15, 2016
Brammall, who divides his time between Australia and Los Angeles, is set for a busy 2016 with streamer Stan having recently announced its commissioned a second season of improv comedy No Activity, which Brammall co-created and co-produces. There’s no word yet on whether he will be returning as Nina Proudman’s partner Leo Taylor, in the new season of Offspring for Ten, while the return season of ABC supernatural drama Glitch, in which he played the lead, is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures. According to Deadline, Brammall had been on CBS casting executives’ radar with a recent guest spot on the network’s freshman comedy series Life In Pieces.
FIRST DAY OF SEASON 3!!
GO YOU BRIGHTS & WHEELERS*
*Especially the Brights #uppermiddlebogan
— Patrick Brammall (@pattybrammall) March 20, 2016
Upper Middle Bogan Series 3 sees Bess Denyar (Annie Maynard) continuing to strive for a happy union between her adoptive upper middle family and her biological bogan family. Two years have passed since Bess, an upper middle class doctor, discovered she was adopted and found her drag racing, biological parents living in the outer suburbs. With her two families, the Brights and the Wheelers, each now facing a brand new set of challenges – moving houses, illness and injuries, relationships ending and beginning – Bess struggles to manage her families living at opposing ends of the freeway, with varying levels of success. Often caught in the middle of two tribes, Bess’ dreams of life as one big happy clan seem almost impossible… but only almost.
ABC Head of Comedy, Rick Kalowski said, “It took some prompting, but we’re beyond thrilled Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope agreed to give the country more of its favourite family comedy Upper Middle Bogan. May the road from the Brights’ to the Wheelers’ go on forever.”
Upper Middle Bogan is created, written and executive produced by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope. Directed by Wayne Hope. Produced by Robyn Butler, Ben Grogan and Wayne Hope. A Gristmill Production in association with ABC TV and Film Victoria.