Nine’s love affair with renovation continues with Fairfax confirming Open House, a spin-off of The Block.
Set for Thursday nights it describes the show as “basically The Block on speed, with a big dollop of Better Homes and Gardens.”
With multiple renovations in one episode (gee, just like the original Block then?) the first episode sees former contestants Alisa and Lysandra given a $10,000 budget and absurdly short-time frame to spruce up a depressing, dark brick 1970s abode that got passed in at auction.
It appears to also include Scott Cam and The Block judges.
This year Nine also has a second season of The Block plus Renovation Rumble in which former Block champs take on former House Rules contestants.
This week The Block returned with its lowest-ever premiere at 860,000 viewers against Nick Kyrgios competing in the Australian Open and the Socceroos in the Asian Cup. It fared better on its second outing at 965,000 viewers against the Big Bash League final. As Nine copped some negative press for its debut ratings, replays have also been set in motion for Saturday afternoon.
Nine is yet to announce an Airdate for Open House only confirming The Block to screen on Sunday – Wednesday next week.