This morning, we were all crying into our coffees over last night's TV death of Patrick from Offspring — how could you not feel the pain of his leading lady Nina (played by Asher Keddie)? We've loved Nina from day one of the Aussie drama, for her neuroses, down-to-earth attitude and, not least of all, her casual approach to beauty. A slick of gloss, some mascara and a ponytail? That's our girl, and we wouldn't have her any other way! Click through to see some of our favourite female characters of all time, and the hair and makeup looks that made them instantly recognisable.
It happened. The thing that Offspring fans were praying wouldn’t. Dr. Patrick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez) was the character who died in the season four penultimate episode that aired last night, the shocking death that had been teased in Network Ten’s promos. His passing took place in the episode’s final moments, but here’s how it went down: on the way to Nina’s (Asher Keddie) baby shower, Patrick was knocked down by a passing car, and seemed OK, if a little bit shocked and confused. His only injury appeared to be a grazed elbow, and he sat on the kerb waiting for Nina to pick him up. Once in the car, with heavily pregnant Nina at the wheel, the couple talked about their future life with a baby when Patrick suddenly collapsed. Nina drove to the hospital, Patrick was rushed into surgery, and in the end internal bleeding due to Patrick’s head being knocked claimed the life of one of Australian TV’s most popular characters.
In the lead up to the episode, viewers were led to believe that the shock death would be either Patrick or one of Nina’s siblings, Billie (Kat Stewart) or Jimmy (Richard Davies). Fans didn’t think (or were hopeful) that the show would kill off Patrick with the impending arrival of his baby with Nina. But next week’s season finale will see Nina deal with the birth of her child and the death of her partner — so have your tissues ready, again. Dedicated fans also expressed plans to boycott the show if Patrick was killed off, so we’re putting the question to Offspring fans: will you still watch the show?
The Offspring season finale airs Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 8:30 p.m. on Network Ten.
Offspring fans, you’ve been warned: you’ll need tissues tonight, and lots of them. Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) will lose one of her favourite people forever, with one of the following three tipped to die in tonight’s episode: her partner Patrick (Matthew Le Nevez), her sister Billie (Kat Stewart) or her brother Jimmy (Richard Davies). Whichever way it turns out, fans will be devastated, with some even saying they’ll boycott the show if Patrick is killed off, especially because Nina is heavily pregnant. Billie’s had a tough time in recent episodes, experiencing conflict with Nina and her husband Mick, while Jimmy’s life has been on the up since welcoming a baby. Next week’s season finale will feature the deceased character’s funeral as well as the birth of Nina’s baby.
Who do you think will bite the dust?
Offspring airs tonight on Network Ten at 8:30 p.m.
The Week in Pictures: Prince George Arrives, Beyoncé & Jay Z, Catching Fire Cast, Hiking Dates & More!
It was hard — no, make that impossible — to avoid the biggest celebrity news this week: the arrival of baby Prince George Alexander Louis. And why would you want to? We were all smiling from ear to ear at the sight of new parents Kate Middleton and Prince William as they stared in wonderment at their little bundle of joy, and it certainly felt like the world was in the grip of a very serious case of royal fever. In non-baby related celeb news, Jennifer Lawrence and her Catching Fire castmates caught up at Comic-Con, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson took their stylish love to the hills and hip hop royals Jay Z and Beyoncé donned all black as they honoured Trayvon Martin in New York City. Click through to see all the pictures from this week's biggest events!
The Melbourne International Film Festival kicked off last night with the Australian premiere of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s latest movie I’m So Excited. As with most film festival opening nights, the screening was a star-studded event, with Aussie talent from the big and small screen turning up. Asher Keddie stepped out with her artist boyfriend Vincent Fantauzzo shortly after making headlines for an elaborate Offspring fantasy sequence that sees her character, Nina Proudman, rapping, smoking and dancing while eight months pregnant. Geoffrey Rush, a patron of the festival, walked the red carpet with two ladies: his wife, Jane Menelaus, and Michelle Carey, the new artistic director of MIFF. The girls of Winners and Losers also had a cute moment on the press line, with Melanie Vallejo rubbing her pregnant co-star Zoe Tuckwell-Smith’s baby bump. The MIFF runs until Aug. 11.
We know Asher Keddie is one of Australia’s most talented and versatile actresses. But until last night we didn’t realise she could also rap and dance while sporting an eight-month faux baby belly. On Offspring, her character Nina Proudman is in her third trimester of pregnancy and naturally craving all the things she can’t have. So how does Nina deal with it? In the best way she knows how: through fantasy. The full ‘Bad Pregnant’ sequence will air during next week’s episode, but you can watch a teaser here, which involves a blinged-up Asher rapping, swivelling her hips and basically doing all the things you know you’re not supposed to do when you have a little one on the way.
Offspring airs Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on Network Ten.
We had plenty keeping us busy here in Australia, what with the Logies (well done, Asher!) and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia happening within 24 hours of each other, but there was lots going on overseas this week as well! Halle Berry displayed her teensy baby bump when she attended a film premiere in Buenos Aires, while Aussie beauty Miranda Kerr held the hand of her bub Flynn on a walk in Beverly Hills. Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba flaunted their fabulous figures while on a girls' trip to St. Barts, and Charlize Theron and Seth MacFarlane set tongues wagging when they left a restaurant together. That's not even the half of it! Click through to see what else your favourite stars got up to this week.
Crown Palladium in Melbourne played host to Australia’s most popular TV stars for the 2013 Logie Awards last night. The show didn’t have an official host but Gold Logie nominees Hamish Blake and Andy Lee kicked off the proceedings by entering the stage on red mobile spinning chairs á la The Voice (a nod to the series’ season two premiere on the same night) after an energetic opening performance from Bruno Mars, the first of many international guests to perform during the show.
Over the next few hours awards were handed out in the popular (public-voted) and outstanding (peer-voted) categories, with Asher Keddie, Steve Peacocke and drama series House Husbands among the first winners. Joel Madden took home his first Logie for most popular new male talent and made fun of the fact that he’s been in the entertainment industry for a long time. Puberty Blues star Brenna Harding was overwhelmed when she won most popular new female talent and gave an emotional speech, while another touching moment was when Deborah Mailman won most outstanding actress for her role as Benita Mabo in Mabo — during her speech she brought the real Benita Mabo to the stage, and it was a double celebration as it was also Benita’s birthday. Channel Nine newsreader Brian Henderson was inducted into the Logie Awards Hall of Fame and brought his intelligence, humour and signature sign-off to the show. There was also a special tribute to Peter Harvey, who passed away last month.
Performances from Michael Bublé, Birdy and Olly Murs were scattered throughout the broadcast — some people on social media aired their disappointment at the lack of Australian performers on Aussie TV’s night of nights — before it came to the big one: the Gold Logie. Bert Newton presented the Gold Logie to a “discombobulated” (her word) Asher Keddie at the end of the night and during his time on stage he made jokes about his long career, Network Ten and even his sex life. Asher admitted, “I’m not sure what it means to me,” about winning the Gold Logie, but went on to thank fans for their support as well as the people who have helped her throughout her career.
Click through for all the press room pictures — you can find the full list of winners here.
Asher Keddie has won the 2013 Gold Logie, making her the most popular personality on Australian television. This year she beat Adam Hills, Carrie Bickmore, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee and Steve Peacocke for the top prize. Asher is one of the country’s most beloved actresses thanks to her role as obstetrician Nina Proudman on Network Ten’s Offspring; this is her first Gold Logie after three consecutive nominations.
During her acceptance speech, Asher, who had already won earlier in the night for most popular actress, said, “I’m not quite sure what to say. I’m very overwhelmed and very moved . . . I’m not sure what it means to me, but I think what it really does mean is that it’s such a wonderful opportunity to say, ‘Thank you,’ to the audience who has watched me play a number of character over the years — I think this is about a body of work — and it’s my opportunity to say, ‘Thank you,’ for being so supportive even when the characters I’ve played have not always been entirely likeable.” She thanked the “wonderful, talented and brilliantly creative” people she gets to work with, and friends and mentors who have helped her throughout her whole career.
For the second year in a row, the winner of the Gold Logie was leaked even before the award had been announced in the room. The journalist who wrote The Australian story blamed it on a production error.
Congrats to Asher!
Tonight marks the 55th Annual TV Week Logie Awards and we have to say, it's one of our favourite events in the award season calendar. We've seen some beautiful looks hit the red carpet tonight, including Kate Ritchie's enchanting emerald green eyeliner, Samara Weaving all-round hotness (wow!) and Jennifer Hawkins' messy up 'do and soft pink lip. We hope you've been voting on your favourites but in the meantime, see all the beauty looks up close now.