A chapter in the history of international television will close in June when Neighbors ends, and Australian pop star Kylie Minogue is still grateful for the show that helped launch her career. The legendary soap opera, which ran for 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes, will end this summer after British broadcaster Channel 5 said it was down. Neighbors of his schedule. The producers tried to find a new financier but did not succeed.
âI will be forever grateful for the experience and the friends I have made [Neighbours]”Minogue tweeted on March 3. “We had no idea how big the show would grow and how passionately viewers would take it to heart. Pure love! I can still hear Madge calling… CHARLENE!!!!”
I will be forever grateful for the experience and the friends I made @neighbors. We had no idea the scale of the series and the passion with which viewers would take it to heart. Pure love! ðð¡ I can still hear Madge callingâ¦ CHARLENE!!!!
â Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) March 3, 2022
Before Minogue became an international pop star, she played the tomboy Charlene Robinson to Neighbors from 1986 to 1988. Her relationship with Scott Robinson, played by Jason Donovan, was central to the character, culminating in their marriage in 1987. Minogue left the show in 1988 after her 1987 debut album. Kylie became a resounding success.
After announcing that Neighbors would end this year, Donovan told 98FM Big breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan that he hoped the finale would feature a reunion with Minogue. “Well look, I’m not going to say there wasn’t a discussion about it because you know there’s a possibility.” Donovan said. “But I can’t say it’s going to happen because it wouldn’t be the truth, you know, so I don’t know if that’s the answer.”
Neighbors debuted in Australia in March 1985 and was created by Reg Watson. In 1986, the show debuted in the UK, where it was also a smash hit. In 2008 the show transferred to Channel 5 in the UK and the broadcaster agreed to pay the majority of the production costs with Fremantle Australia. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars who got their start Neighbors include Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, Liam Hemsworth and Jesse Spencer.
In early February, Channel 5 announced that it would no longer broadcast Neighbors after this summer. The producers failed to find a new financier. On March 3, they announced Neighbors will end this summer. âWe are truly sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and nearly 9,000 episodes aired, we must confirm that Neighbors will cease production in June,â the statement read.