TEN is planning to bring forward Junior MasterChef, the Daily Telegraph reports.
The series was due to air following the Commonwealth Games in October.
Programming chief David Mott says the show will now air in early September.
“We were completely blown away by the response to the sizzle I put in the finale, everyone’s been raving about it,” he said.
“We’re absolutely delighted by the kids and it’s one that’s going to surprise. They are going to show the adults up – even the ones on the original series.”
That promo was indeed impressive. In just minutes those 8 – 12 year olds quickly showed they can outdo the best of us. It looks like loads more fun than Celebrity MasterChef.
But is the change of heart due entirely to our reaction? Since MasterChef ended TEN has had to watch its share tumble.
Getting the brand back on air will boost its other programming.
It will also incite other networks to counter-act with their shows. Seven already has The X Factor ready to explode (likely to launch anytime after August 29) while Nine has The Block and Cops L.A.C. in the wings.
Produced by Shine Australia, Junior MasterChef is tipped to have more than one episode a week but fewer than the main event.
Source: Daily Telegraph