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Australian soap opera ‘Neighbours’ to debut on Hulu, Hulu Plus

MUMBAI: Life on suburban Ramsay Street may seem quiet on the surface, but on 14 July American audiences will learn all about the intrigue, heartbreak and scandal that fills the lives of its residents when the Australian soap opera ‘Neighbours’ makes its US debut, exclusively on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service.

The show is distributed globally by FremantleMedia International.

New episodes will debut daily, Monday through Friday, on Hulu and Hulu Plus – ensuring fans can stay up to date on the latest developments on Ramsay Street and won’t miss a minute of the drama in each 22-minute episode. The five weekly episodes will air four weeks after the Australian broadcast.

The U.S. premiere week will feature a story arc that includes a guest appearance by actress and singer Paula Abdul. In the 18 July episode, Abdul visits Ramsay Street to drop in on Doctor Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher), who admits to a crush on the former ‘American Idol’ judge – much to the surprise of his wife, Susan (Jackie Woodburne).

The premiere episodes mark the beginning of a number of new story arcs on the show making it an ideal entry port for American soap-opera fans who are new to the lives and loves on Ramsay Street in the fictional Australian suburb of Erinsborough.

FremantleMedia VP digital distribution, home entertainment Jeff Siegel said, “ ‘Neighbours’ provides a delicious daily dose of Australian sunshine to soap-opera fans, and thanks to Hulu, we’re coming to the U.S. at a perfect entry point for first-time viewers. The drama, the excitement and the intrigue are all wonderfully accessible to anyone eager to get hooked on the compelling storylines of Australia’s longest-running scripted television series.”

The show joins a growing number of international soap operas available on Hulu and Hulu Plus, making it a destination for viewers who can’t get enough of the intense drama and unexpected plot twists that are their hallmarks.

Although the show will be new to most American viewers, the series’ long history of being a “proving ground” for remarkable talent has led to celebrities who are part of their everyday lives.

Such globally recognized talents as Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Alan Dale, Russell Crowe and Natalie Imbruglia all appeared on the show early in their careers, adding to the history of the series and its more than 6,800 episodes.

The show was first broadcast in Australia in 1985 and has since had over 6,900 episodes produced, making the series the longest running and most successful Australian drama of all time. The soap follows the residents of Ramsay Street in the fictional borough of Erinsborough, who deal with the challenges and issues that ordinary people face every day.