Acorn TV and TVNZ announced today that romantic comedy Under the Vines will be back for another season.
The series stars Rebecca Gibney (Wanted, Packed to the Rafters, Halifax: Retribution) and Charles Edwards (The Crown, The Terror, Downton Abbey) as lovable socialite Daisy Munroe and UK-born lawyer Louis Oakley, unlikely city slickers who, in Season 1, inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand.
Season 2 will see Daisy and Louis continue to navigate running the Otago winery, as well as their feelings for each other. But love, like a fine wine, can be complicated. Along the way, Oakley Wines’ up-and-coming winemaker, Tippy (Trae Te Wiki), faces challenges of her own when a rock star French vintner is hired by a rival winery.
Said series lead and Executive Producer Rebecca Gibney:
“I am beyond thrilled that we were commissioned to commence Season 2 of Under the Vines even before it has gone to air. It shows such enormous faith in our series and I am very grateful to Acorn TV and TVNZ for their amazing support. To be given the opportunity to work with the phenomenally talented Charles Edwards and to showcase not only the incredible talent here in New Zealand but the majesty of the location in the South Island was such a gift and I have no doubt Season 2 will bring as much joy and heart this time around.”
Award-winner Paul Yates (Wellington Paranormal), who joins the series to helm Season 2, enthused:
“I was stoked to be asked to produce the next series of this delightful show with such an incredible cast of local and international actors. The idea of making a fun romantic comedy in the heart of New Zealand’s best wine region during these tough times really appealed. And looking forward to having no spooky monsters to deal with!”
Catherine Mackin, Managing Director Acorn Media Enterprises, stated:
“We are elated to return to New Zealand’s picturesque wine country with TVNZ for a second season of Under the Vines. With its incredibly talented stars, Rebecca Gibney and Charles Edwards, we are confident this lighthearted, humorous and cozy journey will continue to delight our audiences worldwide.”
And Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content, commented:
“Under the Vines has been an incredible co-production from the very start and we’re thrilled to be extending our commitment to the series and to our production partners by confirming a second season. We’re also excited to showcase Under the Vines to Kiwi viewers when season one screens on TVNZ 1 early in 2022.”
Under the Vines is written by a team from both sides of the Tasman, including Australian writer/creator Erin White and script producer Kelly LeFever, with New Zealand scribes Nick Ward, Kathryn Burnett, Steph Matuku, and Harry McNaughton.
Joining Season 2 are New Zealand directors Josh Frizzell (Fresh Eggs, The Brokenwood Mysteries) and Katie Wolfe (Head High, Go Girls).
A production of Libertine Pictures (Daffodils, Mystic) and EQ Media Group (Rake, Jack Irish, The Heart Guy) in association with Hardy White Pictures, the series is executive produced by Rebecca Gibney, Richard Fletcher for Libertine Pictures, Brendan Dahill for EQ Media Group, and Catherine Mackin for Acorn Media Enterprises. Michelle Hardy and Erin White are associate producers for Hardy White Pictures.
Production on the six-episode second season will begin in early 2022 in picturesque Central Otago, New Zealand. Acorn TV has all rights worldwide except for New Zealand, where rights are held by TVNZ.
Stay tuned for updates.
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