Monday 24 July 2017

Amy Huberman's big break as RTE show set to air in the US on Paddy's Day

Amy Huberman's drama ‘Striking Out’ continues on the box
Amy Huberman's drama ‘Striking Out’ continues on the box
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Amy Huberman will have a lot to celebrate next Friday as her RTE hit show Striking Out is set to make its American debut on Paddy's Day.

The actress (37) starred in the hit legal drama last year, which will make its debut on American streaming app Acorn TV on March 17. If the show proves successful, it could catapult Amy into the Hollywood career she has been striving for.

Amy Huberman at the launch of Striking Out at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. Picture: Andres Poveda
Amy Huberman at the launch of Striking Out at the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. Picture: Andres Poveda

Speaking to the Sunday World, media analyst Mike Raia said the show's US premiere could be Amy's big break.

"The industry already knows she's a huge talent.

"But in Striking Out she commands the screen as never before and studio bosses will be considering her for major network productions," he said.

Amy and her husband Brian O'Driscoll recently received the go-ahead to renovate a €1.8m home in Rathmines, which they hope to move into with their children Sadie (4) and Billy (2) this year. However, a source with Acorn TV said the show's success could see the family reconsidering a move to LA.

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman

"They might find themselves looking for a second property soon... in the Hollywood Hills," the source told the publication.

Striking Out was praised by critics when it made its debut on RTE in 2016 and has already been commissioned for a second series.

Speaking in February, an inside source told the Herald that some changes will be made to the production team as programming chiefs make adjustments.

While the programme was praised for its lavish scenes of Dublin city, there were some glaring script problems, which are expected to be ironed out for series two.

"Bringing it back was a no-brainer as it did so well for RTE, ratings-wise," the source said. "Work has already started on the show and they are hoping to start filming in the summer.

"They are looking to air it towards the end of the year but it could even by January 2018 at this point.

"It's not a cheap series to make. It is an expensive production, so the decision to bring it back wasn't taken lightly. But there's definitely an appetite out there for another season.

"People want to see what happens with Tara and Pete and whether Eric will worm his way back into her affections, so maybe we'll see a love triangle unfolding in season two."

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