Rumours have been swirling for some time that TEN is set to pilot a new version of Sale of the Century.
TV Tonight understands TEN has been readying to provide studio space at Pyrmont for FremantleMedia to pilot the game show, which ran on Nine from 1980 to 2001 with hosts Tony Barber, Glenn Ridge and various co-hosts Victoria Nicholls, Delvene Delaney, Alyce Platt, Jo Bailey, Nicky Buckley.
It ran previously as Temptation / Great Temptation on Seven with Barber and Barbie Rogers, revived on Nine with Ed Phillips and Livinia Nixon from 2005 – 2009.
In the Pyrmont studio that is more recently home to Hughesy We Have a Problem, Show Me the Movie and Family Feud, space will not allow for the physical showcase of cars and dining suites, nor the Sale “shop” which tempted champions with prizes. These are expected to be replaced with video walls displaying the prizes on offer.
But as Seven’s stripped-back revival of The Price is Right with Larry Emdur in 2012 discovered, the audience sometimes has expectations about nostalgic TV titles. Fingers crossed producers will avoid that pitfall. Sale ran for so long because it was a tight format that even survived the loss of its personable host.
TEN did not respond to enquiries last week.