The Overlanders Way Group, in collaboration with community and industry partners, championed the production of a new made-forstreaming series The Overlanders Way TV Series. Based on the dramatic romantic comedy novel by a Mount Isa local, the story details the comingof-age dramas and adventures of the main protagonist, Kylie McManus, and her posse of ‘city-slicker’ friends. The engaging plot is set in the and around the iconic events, features, and attractions of the Overlanders Way, seeing each character facing and overcoming both humorous and heartful challenges during their many eventful experiences along the route. The novel is particularly suited to translation to screenplay, with the character-driven plot aided by the right visuals and unique charisma offered by the outback-to-ocean setting of the Overlanders Way. Each local Government Area is represented within the plotline, including Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden, Charters Towers and Townsville, and with a spotlight on the best features of the region, has the potential to be a significant tourism diver for the region.

Synopsis The Friday Night Debrief is a romantic comedy that follows Kylie McManus as she leaves her hometown of Mount Isa to take a job in Townsville. Alone in a new town, 27-yearold Kylie struggles to find herself and the life she so desperately wants. Hitting rock bottom, she decides to turn bad situations into positive ones. She also joins a sport – Outrigging. One Friday night Kylie invites some of her teammates back to her flat for drinks and to debrief about their weeks. This becomes The Friday Night Debrief (The FND). The Friday Night Debriefers talk about the highs and lows of their week and receive open and honest feedback to support them in the midst of their crisis/conundrum. Outgrowing Kylie’s flat, The FND evolves into a cabaret-style chat show with Kylie’s gay friend and co-host Hayden transforming into a beautiful cross-dressing starlet. Kylie has a knack for getting herself into embarrassing and hilarious situations, which are shared with her new friends. As she celebrates positive changes in her friends’ lives, there is still something missing in her own. Dare she believe in her own happy ever after? But just when Kylie looks like having it all, she may lose everything.