EXCLUSIVE: Network 10 has axed The Living Room ending a run of 8 lifestyle seasons, anchored on Friday nights.
However in a surprise twist, the four hosts -Amanda Keller, Chris Brown, Miguel Maestre and Barry Du Bois- will return in the same slot in 2020.
A Network 10 spokesperson told TV Tonight, “The Living Room will not return in 2020.
“We are thrilled that the brilliant team of Amanda, Barry, Miguel and Chris will be back at 7.30 on Friday nights next year, watch this space for more information.”
The lifestyle program produced by WTFN began in 2012 with a 30 episode run in 2012 up against the juggernaut that is Better Homes & Gardens and addressed a revolving door of shows in a challenging Friday night slot.
The Living Room added a studio audience, humour and couch chat to the genre and found a weekly following.
By 2015 it had increased to 42 episodes a year and snatched the Most Popular Lifestyle Program at the Logie Awards -winning it four times in a row.
It boosted the popularity of its 4 presenters, appearing in several other shows including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Sunday Night Take Away and Dancing with the Stars.
Viewers also extended massive support to Barry Du Bois when he revealed a battle with cancer.
But as television increasingly fragments, costs have undoubtedly risen while ratings have dipped, now drawing anywhere from 330,000 – 400,000 viewers.
The axing also comes despite 10 confirming the show for 2020 at its recent Upfronts.
It isn’t clear what plans 10 has for the 4 presenters in 2020 -whether as part of a lifestyle show produced in-house to reduce costs- or as part of a bigger network production in a completely different genre….
The final episode is due to screen on Friday December 20.