The Young Doctors, promised for 2008, will be lucky to see the light of day in 2009. At least on the Nine Network.
Under development by FremantleMedia, the show was originally produced by the Grundy Organisation for Nine from 1976-1983. FremantleMedia, which acquired Grundy in later years, put the idea to Nine in 2007 when the network was interested in having a local show in the style of Grey’s Anatomy.
The contemporary version was being developed by the writers of The King.
Nine’s interest in the show was confirmed when it appeared on a list of new 2008 programmes released to media and advertisers in late 2007.
By mid-year Nine’s take on that date was that it was in development in 2008, with a likely 2009 launch.
But sources tell TV Tonight the network has since passed on the idea, leaving it effectively homeless.
The rejection by Nine follows the recent news that The Strip will not be proceeding to a second series.
With McLeod’s Daughtersset to end its on air run, Nine will be left with Underbelly and Sea Patrol as its only two, continuing adult drama series. Under a content points system, both qualify as mini series for Nine and should meet around half of the network’s annual local content requirements.
The network is yet to announce its 2009 slate.
Comment was sought from Nine.