TEN programmer David Mott tells The Age today he jumped at Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation when Granada producer Leonie Lowe was on her way to a meeting with Channel Nine.
He had already had enough time to think about her format pitch.
“It felt perfect for us,” he says. “It was completely fresh, it hadn’t been done anywhere and it was an easy play-along at home. There’s something for the whole family. We look for shows that everyone can watch together.
“It’s what we try to achieve with our shiny-floor shows, So You Think You Can Dance and Idol. I think networks get nervous about new ideas if they haven’t been tried overseas, but historically, TEN has been more willing to take risks in that area. We were first with Thank God You’re Here.”
Host Shaun Micallef says, “This isn’t a bought-and-paid-for template from overseas, where you know what it’s going to be. I like that it’s been nailed together and it will move and change. If you smooth it up too much, it loses its reason for being.
“I think that’s why people love Thank God You’re Here and Good News Week and Spicks and Specks,” says Micallef. “That spontaneity is valued highly.”
With Amanda Keller, Charlie Pickering and Josh Thomas, the show is one of several new network shows and premieres next Tuesday at 7:30pm.
You can read more at The Age.