Officially there is no decision yet on the future of The New Inventors by the ABC. Unofficially it looks very grim, fuelled by tweets from panelist Mark Pesce.
“Eight years is a fantastic run for a TV series. I was on for seven of them. I seriously never thought I’d have a TV career,” he wrote.
“How many TV shows run 8 series? Only a handful. We had a great ride.”
The show also had a shorter season this year, set to have its Grand Final on August 17.
The following week it will be replaced by Poh’s Kitchen on the Road.
Over the series Poh Ling Yeow will check out local produce from the Flinders Ranges and Eyre Peninsula in South Australia; Melbourne and the Victorian alps; King Island and central Tasmania; Sydney; Perth; the Kimberleys; and Northern Queensland. She’ll also take a trip to Singapore and Chiang Mai and Bangkok in Thailand.
Executive Producer Margot Phillipson told the Adelaide Advertiser after seeing ABC Adelaide lose local production of Talking Heads it felt good to be bucking the trend.
“(Local) production has been pulling back – this is getting bigger and bigger,” she said.
“Poh hadn’t been to many places in Australia and while her interest has been cooking, she’s never been involved in searching out the best produce.”
It begins on August 24th.