The final show will air on Saturday 29th March. It is to be replaced with dramas and movies.
The show, with host duties shared by Rob Mills, Lyall Brooks, Natalie Garonzi, Angela Johnson, Lucy Holmes and Katrina Conder was recently dropped by WIN TV. It is likely this had a significant effect on the revenue pool of the phone-in show. Produced in-house by the Nine Network, The Mint replaced the FremantleMedia produced Quizmania last year.
A Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight, “This style of show has a natural life cycle. The Mint will finish up at the end of the month. It’s been a great training ground for new talent and our concentration is now focussed on new programming initiatives.”
Late night quizzes in Australia recently were popularised via games on Big Brother Up Late, which led to TEN’s Up Late Game Show with Hot Dogs. Seven also aired Midnight Zoo between July – October 2006.
But The Mint also attracted a growing swell of annoyed viewers, frustrated by seemingly never-ending games with cryptic answers that were as good as unsolvable.
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