One of TEN’s profile shows for 2011 will no longer air this year.
Class Of… a factual series which takes a class of underperforming students and helps coach them for the future is now scheduled for 2012.
A TEN Spokesperson says, “Class Of is developing into an emotional, powerful series and after having seen what we’ve filmed we think it deserves a more considered environment, the start of the school year offers that fit.”
The show, which was teased to audiences after the MasterChef finale, began filming earlier this year. It was first floated at the 2011 Programming Launch a year ago and in August TEN indicated that it would air later this year.
But while TEN is airing Recruits: Paramedics, Merlin and Keeping up with the Joneses after The Renovators, plans for Class Of are now rescheduled.
In January Programming Chief David Mott told TV Tonight the sizzle reel for the Scandinavian show at MIP TV was so impressive that TEN bought the rights and asked Shine Australia to produce it.
“The sizzle was just outstanding. And when you’re listening to a whole lot of people talk about promos, and suddenly there’s this sizzle for a thing called Class Of… we went ‘Wow!’” he said.
“There are a lot of shows that have a ‘Me Too’ format, and we’ve been accused of that, but I think there seems to be a lot more on other networks, but this stood out as being quite special.”
Shine Australia’s Managing Director Matt Campbell told TV Tonight, “We are very happy with the series we made, it’s up to the network to program it and from what we can see this is purely a scheduling issue.”
TEN says the title of the show, which has on occasions been referred to as Class of 2011, will remain simply Class Of…