Is there a place on Australian television for a localised Jerry Springer?
That’s what makers of The Jerry Springer Show are hoping for with word that producer Richard Dominick is coming to Australia to mount what he hopes are two back to back television shows. One is a reality search for a host, and the other is the new talkshow itself.
It is part of a push by Dominick for international versions in a number of territories including the UK, Japan, Amsterdam, Germany. Australia is his first target.
Conceding there are no specific skills that are a pre-requisite for the job, (“a knack for wrangling chair throwing strippers” is wryly mentioned), the series will pit Australian ‘Springer wannabes’ against one another as they complete challenges judged by a panel of experts.
The ultimate winner could be ‘a comedian, a TV presenter, a bus driver or the bloke next door.’
and along with bragging rights, the plan is for them to score a contract to host their very own talk show.
The project is the result of Ben Alcott CEO of Australian production company Blacksheep who talked his way backstage to meet profucers of the Springer show.
So far no network is on yet board for the proposal, but Richard Dominick arrives in Australia today for chats with several executives. It’s always been a tough ask to sustain a talk format in Australia, given we are notorious for pushing microphones away and remaining much quieter than Americans.
Maybe David Wenham could win the role, given he plays the host in the musical at the Sydney Opera House.