Media articles are eyeing producer Adam Boland this week, with speculation about everything from an impending resignation to dissent behind the scenes of Sunday Night, which he co-produces with Mark Llewellyn.
One report which indicates The All In Call was axed this week (as reported on TV Tonight a week ago), goes as far as to say it is his second show axed this year. The other one? Apparently The Night Cap.
It was actually axed in March 2008.
Sunday Night did come third in ratings on Sunday, pipped by The Biggest Loser and Domestic Blitz but with 101,000 between all three shows was competitive. Still, it has lost ground since its premiere.
Many commentators (including this one) had hoped to see a more robust, tougher programme. But it may well be a marketing issue. Seven’s show now has a battle addressing an imbalance between the network pitching it as hard-hitting current affairs, while producers always intended it to be a more diverse “slice of life.” TV Tonight also understands not all content attributed to Boland has been of his making.
Last November Boland stepped aside from the day to day overseeing of Sunrise to focus on Sunday Night, with David Walters becoming Acting Executive Producer. He remained Head of Morning Television.
The Australian this week tips that Walters will become permanent Executive Producer of Sunrise. Earlier this month Boland’s ex-partner Michael Pell signed a two-year contract with the network to helm The Morning Show and Weekend Sunrise.