No singing, dancing, cooking or renovation in sight on TEN’s newest format to be unveiled: The Great Australian Spelling Bee, featuring kids from across the country.
The announcement ends speculation on the third quarter show TEN had teased at its Upfronts last year.
“The Great Australian Spelling Bee is an exciting, engaging new series and a perfect fit with our strategy of bringing event television to Australians,” TEN program chief Beverley McGarvey said.
“Surrounded by their friends and loved ones, we will see Australia’s brightest young people put through their paces as they inspire and surprise us. And we will cheer them on.”
TEN Head of Drama, Rick Maier, worked with Shine Australia to develop the original format.
“Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest,” he said. “And the simplest ideas are the most exciting.”
Mark Fennessy, CEO, Shine Australia, said: “We are delighted to be bringing this original and exciting format to TEN. By super-sizing spelling to a hyper-stylised, entertainment family event, we’ll present the universal art of problem solving on the grandest of scales.
“Viewers will be inspired and enthralled by Australia’s most remarkable spellers among the jeopardy and drama of big event television. For these young people, everything is on the line.”
Last week a casting call went out seeking kids aged 8 – 13 who love words, definitions and grammar.
Hosts said to be under consideration include Chrissie Swan, Grant Denyer and Carrie Bickmore.
TEN previously screened Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? produced by Roving Enterprises from 2007 to 2009.
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