Doubts continue on Renovators return

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,
Puberty Blues,
Bikie Wars,
Reef Doctors,
Underground: The Julian Assange Story.

The Project,
Biggest Loser,
Bondi Vet,
Bondi Rescue,
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.

There were three major titles conspicuous by their absence yesterday:
The Renovators,
Junior MasterChef,

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?


  1. I’ve had withdrawal symptoms since Renovators finished. Lucky for me I’m a reality tv tragic and Celebrity Apprentice is filling the void. Hey I’ll watch anything (that I’ve taped) at 2am with my newborn!

  2. Sure then renovators could be improved but it’s numbers weren’t that bad. Consistently pulling 700K, 800K… Ten would love those numbers right now. Its certainly not as bad as Joy of Sets, Elton or AFP

  3. I started watching the Renovators but quickly got bored with it and stopped watching. Too many “white room challenges” and other challenges i.e. painting a wall. I would have liked more time to have been spent showing the actual renovations progressing on the properties. It just all seemed to complicated and stupid in the end. Could do better with a makeover!

  4. TEN will almost definitely do The Renovators again (because they optioned 2 seasons) and suffer the same fate it did this year: rubbish total figures but satisfying sponsorship and advertising dollars. Let’s face facts here, the format made no sense, nobody knew what the hell was going on and Ch9 cleverly beat it to market with The Block which was very clear and concise and had producers following basic storylines the audience could engage with.

    Assuming Ch10 stack The Renovators coming out of MasterChef post Olympics 2012, it’ll get lost again between Rafters & X Factor on Ch7 and Big Brother coupled with The Block on Ch9.

  5. Secret Squïrrel

    Ten can still do well with The Renovators but they need to do a few obvious things differently. All of this has been said before, here and elsewhere.
    Don’t hammer it into the MasterChef mold. Let it be its own show.
    Don’t keep changing the start time, that’s crazy.
    Don’t strip it while The Block is also being stripped. Most people will only watch so much of one type of program.
    Have more actual renovation.

  6. Why do ten announce these things when clearly they hadn’t made a decision yet. Why can’t they say in August that they haven’t made a decision yet and then make the decision in November. They also said negus and terra nova would be airing in 2012 which won’t happen for negus and probably not for TN. wouldn’t want to be Puberty Blues right now.

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