Hey Hey it’s Saturday is expected to return in 2010 as a series of specials across the year, The Australian reports.
The Nine variety show is likely to return with 8 – 10 seasonal specials next year to capitalise on its popularity following the two reunion specials.
Last week Daryl Somers repeatedly said it was the last show. Seemingly unhappy that the future was not secured he told viewers, “Whether we go beyond tonight in some form or other…. what the future holds we don’t know at the moment.”
Nine’s top brass David Gyngell and Programming Chief Michael Healy were at MIPCOM in Cannes at the time. Somers is said to have rung and asked for the first reunion special to be dropped from its repeat just hours before it was due. Nine bore the brunt of the fury unleashed from Somers’ own fans through angry phone calls and emails.
Last week’s “Jackson Jive” skit is unlikely to weigh into Nine’s decision making on the show’s future.
It’s a mosquito bite compared with the popularity of the show,” one executive told The Australian.
Sources said there could be a live stadium event of the show, and it could travel the country -just as it did during its 28 year reign.
But a return is not expected to include Molly Meldrum, released by Seven and Foxtel for the two specials. Red Symons is on a series contract for Australia’s Got Talent, previously produced by Hey Hey’s longtime producer, Pam Barnes. Who knows what it means for Ossie Ostrich or Jacki MacDonald…
With the production expenses, and the huge audience it pulled, the show is unlikely to ever reside on Saturdays anymore either.
The Hey Hey Facebook page is currently topping 357,000 members.
A deal on the show’s future is tipped by the end of the week.
Source: The Australian