Karl Stefanovic has confirmed industry chatter about a new primetime panel show in development at Nine.
A pilot is due to be filmed in mid-September.
“They are taking thing slowly and doing it right, which is good,” Stefanovic told the Herald Sun.
“They want to get the combinations right, I don’t know who they have locked in exactly.
“I think it will be a bit of fun, a bit like Q & A with a bit of commercial sensibility.”
As previously noted, Free to Air is under-selling one of its key attributes being Live television.
With viewers complaining of too much reality, and fragmenting of audiences, a well-produced talk show would be a boon to Nine’s schedule, and Live TV is part of their DNA. Q & A attracts plenty of attention for ABC as The Project does for TEN -including with considerable press and social media coverage.
Short of reviving a Graham Kennedy / Clive Robertson late-night news format, this is idea is definitely worth exploring.
… and we still miss The Panel!