EXCLUSIVE: TEN is planning a new variety show for Julia Morris & Chris Brown.
Industry sources tell TV Tonight TEN will mount a local version of the big budget Saturday Night Takeaway, one of the UK’s top-rating shows hosted by Ant & Dec. The network has recently been hinting at shiny floor shows on the way….
The studio-audience show includes musical numbers, hidden camera pranks and prize giveaways, including a Win the Ads game where audience members win products featured in the commercial breaks.
If successful it could be the answer to viewers’ long-held calls for genuine variety back on TV, in a landscape crowded with Reality shows.
The ITV Studios title was previously-announced by Seven for 2016 as Sunday Night Takeaway but did not proceed, amid chatter it was hoping to secure Hamish & Andy.
But the chemistry between the multi-talented Morris and Brown, first paired together at a Logies event, has opened the door for TEN. The network is yet to confirm if the expensive I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here will return.
Saturday Night Takeaway has already seen international versions in Portugal, Finland, China, Germany, France and the US with Neil Patrick Harris.