The CW has announced its acquisition of the new half-hour Australian comedy-drama series Bump for audiences in the US.
Aussie comedy-drama series Bump follows Olympia “Oly” Chalmers-Davis (Nathalie Morris, One Lane Bridge, Almost Paradise), a 17-year-old overachiever who knows exactly where she’s going and has her life plotted out for the next decade. She shares an ambitious 10-year plan with her best friend, Reema (Safia Arain, Amazing Grace, Brace), which includes getting top grades, studying international relations at uni, working for the UN, and saving the world. And of course her boyfriend, Lachie (Peter Thurnwald, King Kong: Skull Island), the son of a doctor (natch), ticks all the right boxes.
Oly’s mum, Angie (Claudia Karvan, Love My Way, The Secret Life Of Us), is the head of English at her inner-city high school, and dad Dom (Angus Samson, Fargo, Party Tricks) is a recently-redundant executive who’s been spending nights on his moored boat. These two are lost in their own mid-life reckoning.
One day Oly collapses in agony at school and is sped to hospital in an ambulance, accompanied by Angie. Both are stunned — nay, horrified! — to learn that Oly is in labor.
Blindsided and deep in shock, Oly rejects the baby entirely. In her mind, if she doesn’t acknowledge the baby, then she doesn’t have to acknowledge how her life has irrevocably changed — or that the baby’s father is not her boyfriend. Rather, it’s Santiago “Santi” Hernandez (Carlos Sanson, Jr., Mr. Inbetween, Legacies), the laid-back son of Chilean soccer coach Matias (newcomer Ricardo Scheihing-Vasquez), aka Angie’s major work crush.
With the Hernandez and Chalmers families clashing over differing expectations of family obligations, with Angie and Dom being on the brink of separation, and with Matias and wife Rosa (Paula Garcia, Little White Lies) battling their own messy household dynamic, the arrival of Oly and Santi’s baby sets off each family in different ways.
As the ten-episode season develops, so does our understanding of what drew Oly and Santi together in the first place, and how it could bring them closer now — if they can navigate the sudden onset of adulthood, and if their families don’t get in the way.
A production of Roadshow Rough Diamond (Romper Stomper, Les Norton, Australian Gangster), Bump is created by Claudia Karvan and Kelsey Munro, and produced by John Edwards (Offspring), Dan Edwards (Romper Stomper), and Claudia Karvan (The Heart Guy). The series has been renewed for a second season.
The CW has not yet set the premiere date for Bump, but will announce it in due course. Stay tuned for updates.
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