Producers of MasterChef, Shine Australia, will meet with TEN execs to discuss changes to 2012 amid concerns about over-exposure.
The Sunday Telegraph reports executive producer Margaret Bashfield said the show’s future may not necessarily be in its current format. The changes are believed to raise the question of reducing the number of episodes.
“We have put together all our ideas of what we think the series should be… I can’t tell you at the moment if it will be different in that regard,” she said.
Season three ran to 14 weeks – 2 weeks longer than its debut season.
This year’s show came in for some heavy criticism, following uneven Immunity challenges, not enough Mystery Boxes, Dalai Lama stunts, accidental Spoilers, unnecessary lockdowns for contestants -and that unbelievable splitting of the Finale.
It wasn’t helped by the audience feeling that The Renovators hijacked a format it cherished.
In hindsight it may have been better to hold off Junior MasterChef altogether and rest the brand. But by that stage the train was already in motion.
The show is TEN’s biggest tentpole and their most lucrative revenue-earner. There will be enormous pressure to strip it once again. TEN managed to reduce the amount of hours for The Biggest Loser without losing the viewers, so it can be done.
But TEN is reportedly keen to broadcast another full season with programming chief David Mott stating “current plans” would see the next series stick to 85 episodes, across six nights a week.
Matt Preston recently told TV Tonight, “We need to work on the Immunity Challenges and make them better. We need to make sure that our perception of the contestants is the way you see them on screen.
“Hopefully it will be re-energised by having a different selection of contestants and that’s always a great joy. So much depends on what the raw material is like. Having Shine looking in different places I think we’ll get some good people.”
If they do strip MasterChef once again, they have to send out the right smoke signals to the audience that say ‘Ok. We heard you. We’ve fixed our mistakes.’