Zoe Nauman, The Sunday Telegraph, reports
If Packed To The Rafters still has another season left to run, someone has forgotten to tell the actors.
Rumours have swirled around the show's future since star Rebecca Gibney revealed she was developing a new project with Screentime and Channel 7 and the network refused to confirm or deny whether this season would be the last.
Rafters creator Bevan Lee will also be committed to a second season of new drama A Place To Call Home.
Actor Fiona Spence told The Sunday Telegraph her eight-week appearance would be on the "last eight weeks of the show ever".
"I felt it was a great privilege and honour to make a small contribution to a show which has been so phenomenally successful and being in the last eight weeks was very special," she said at Foxtel's Wentworth launch.
Spence is playing Eleanor McCormack, and made her first appearance last week. But yesterday Seven said the show had a while to run yet.
"The No.1 drama in the country is Packed To The Rafters; 1.7 million people watched last week's episode, confirming how much the audience loves the show and as does Channel 7," a spokeswoman said.
"There is no way we would bring this wonderful story to a close. The key creative people are working on the development of the next series."
Spence claimed the decision to finish the show, which lost to Nine's House Husbands at the Logies as most popular drama, was mainly down to the main cast wanting to do new things. "They have done six series and Rebecca, Erik (Thomson) and Michael (Caton) wanted to do other work, so it was up to them," she said.