TEN is talking to sponsors about whether it will return The Renovators in 2012.
Lachlan Murdoch said the network was talking to clients who were positive about the show, but wasn’t sure if the show would return.
“Talking to sponsors there is quite a positive inclination and desire to bring it back, with reset expectations as to what it will rate and what it will deliver to an audience,” he said.
“So we are in discussions as to whether or not we bring it back and in what form we bring it back. I think the key thing is if we bring it back it will be with smaller, reset expectations. But the interesting thing there is that a number of sponsors are keen to bring it back.”
The statement is despite TEN announcing the show would return during its 2012 Programming Launch in August.
In yesterday’s Annual Results Presentation TEN gave a snapshot of new and returning local shows.
Young Talent Time,
It’s a Knockout,
Underground: The Julian Assange Story.
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.
There were three major titles conspicuous by their absence yesterday:
Admittedly the list was not comprehensive -it doesn’t for instance include The Circle, which we know is resuming. And let’s not start on Ready Steady Cook.…
But when you’re talking programming highlights these three shows have all been considered premium products before.
In fairness it’s probably a little early to rule on Junior MasterChef given it’s only a few weeks into its second season (there is some talk of a possible MasterChef: The Professionals edition).
Rush faces major problems, an AFI and critically acclaimed drama, but now passed its 65 episode Tax Rebate. I hope the network makes a statement before the season finale and doesn’t do what Seven did regarding City Homicide -it still hasn’t said it’s axed.
TEN says the only change since August relates to Your Gen (which isn’t quite true given news on 6:30 with George Negus, It’s a Knockout and the retitled Project).
But is it that the only change -so far- relates to Your Gen?