There is speculation today that Nine is pursuing Celebrity Apprentice for later in the year, which would put an end to previous rumours of a Celebrity Big Brother revival.
Either way, it looks very likely that one will be moving into Nine’s schedule later in the year with interest in renovation shows on the wane.
News Corp reports multiple sources are indicating the return of Celebrity Apprentice “as early as September” with a briefer return for The Block.
While Big Brother is produced by Endemol (soon to become Endemol Shine Australia), FremantleMedia produces Apprentice.
It’s not clear if Mark Bouris, who recently attacked Shark Tank, would return to the board room.
The show hit its heights in 2011 with a cast including Julia Morris, Deni Hines & Pauline Hanson, but the 2013 season was programmed weekly rather than as a stripped format.
Personally I’d be more interested in a non-Celebrity version, where real people are competing for real stakes, but Nine would likely be seeing a Celeb version as less risk-averse.
Endemol, FremantleMedia and Nine all declined to comment.