New season of House Husbands commences production without Gyton Grantley

Firass Dirani, Gary Sweet, Gyton Grantley, Rhys Muldoon
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The Nine Network has confirmed production will commence this week on the fifth season of House Husbands

Gary Sweet (Lewis) Firass Dirani (Justin), Rhys Muldoon (Mark), Julia Morris (Gemma), Natalie Saleeba (Abi), Jane Allsop (Rachel), Louise Siversen (Miss Looby) and Denise Scott (Nurse Toni) will reprise their roles in series five.

As revealed exclusively by DeciderTV earlier this year, Gyton Grantley who played the role of Kane in House Husbands, has made the decision not to continue with series.

Grantley will instead focus on other drama projects for Nine and establishing his US acting career. The decision by Grantley not to return to House Husbands has led to Darren McMullan also not being required for this season.

Grantley has been with the series since it started in 2012, his character was initially partnered with Tom (Tim Campbell), and last season partner to Alex (Darren McMullan).

It will leave quite a hole in the plotting of the new series after 2015 ended with Kane and Alex getting married and the couple preparing to become fathers to an IVF baby with Eve (Justine Clarke)

Four-time Logie winner Hugh Sheridan joins the cast to play Nick Gazecki, a brash music teacher who hits all the right notes until he makes an enemy of his new neighbour Lewis (Gary Sweet).

Other new cast members include AFI winner Roy Billing as Mark’s loveable father Bernie, and showbiz legend Nancye Hayes as Mark’s overbearing mother Liz.

Nine’s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan said:

“Everyone with a family can relate to the House Husbands and their partners as they juggle the pressures of relationships, work and parenting. Their kids might be growing up fast but our House Husbands still have a lot to learn.”

Sue Seeary from Playmaker said:

“We are thrilled to be back again for a fifth series.  With such a wonderful returning cast and the opportunity of working with Hugh Sheridan as the new House Husband, this series is sure to capture the hearts and funnybones of our loyal and discerning audience. Nepean South is set to rock in 2016.”

House Husbands is a Playmaker production for the Nine Network, with the support of Film Victoria.

Executive Producers are Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney from the Nine Network, with David Maher, David Taylor and Sue Seeary from Playmaker. The series is produced by Sue Seeary, with script producer Jo Martino and directors Grant Brown, Ian Watson, Fiona Banks and Sian Davies.