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Block on the hunt for 2017 site already

Buoyant producers talk up The Block and cast their sights to their next home already.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26TH 2016;Contestants and Cast of The Block Port Melbourne 2016 on Day 1 (Move in day)on the 26th of May 2016 in Melbourne Australia. (Photo by Martin Philbey) *** Local Caption ***The Block 2016

There’s nothing like backing your own horse and buoyant Block producers are doing just that with word today that they are already on the look out for their next site.

We’re only two episodes in to the current season, but the numbers have rebounded (especially after the horrendous Reno Rumble season) and the feedback, particularly on the casting, is strong.

“Yeah, we are looking for the next one,” co-creator and executive producer Julian Cress told The Daily Telegraph.

“I’m fairly confident that we will please our audience … and we’ll get to make another series.”

It can also take a long time to secure a suitable site, partly the reason why the show moved from the first to fourth quarter.

Nine will lead its 2017 programming year with an extended version of Married at First Sight, produced by Endemol Shine (the first three seasons have been produced in-house at Nine). The Fennessy brothers are also masters at expanding franchises, notably The Biggest Loser and MasterChef Australia. Expect MAFS to run more nights next year.

Whether The Block can find that elusive beach house it desperately craves or even better, gets out of Melbourne for a while, remains to be seen.

9 Responses

  1. Totally agree that the show needs to move out of Melbourne, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be Sydney either. Having so many consecutive seasons in Melbourne means we are seeing the same builders, same trades, and the same styles because they are returning to the same stores. Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, any of these places would be interesting. The challenge is apparently finding a cooperative council, which Melbourne have been very accommodating, hopefully another city council sees the opportunity and welcomes them

  2. How about Masterchef, Winners and Losers, Offspring, Hot Seat, The Chase, The Project, Family Feud, The Big Music Quiz, HYBPA, Neighbours …… That’s a truckload of TV coming everyday from Melbourne.

    1. It is but these all depend on what you do in the industry. For example most of the ones mentioned are studio based. The only 2 reality style shows you mention use different types of crew all together, not film or studio based.

    1. Adelaide would actually probably be pretty good, given it was a reasonable-sized city in the early parts of Australia’s history, but has lagged in growth more recently (meaning the properties are less likely to have been redeveloped already).

  3. The comment that “it would be even better if it got out of Melbourne for a while” sounds like the article is written by a Sydney centric writer. So much tv is devised and made from Sydney and it’s a breath of fresh air that other Cities get a look in. You just have to look at the crap morning shows to see Sydney centric TV at its lowest.

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