Seven has given more info on some of its big brand titles for 2020 and beyond.
Farmer Wants a Wife, The Full Monty: Guys & Gals, Murder In The Outback: The Falconio & Lees Mystery and Between Two Worlds are next in Seven’s pipeline.
Programming boss Angus Ross told Mediaweek Plate of Origin was impacted by COVID-19 and is only 10 episodes.
“We had to modify what we were doing in order to get something to air. We are quite happy with the way it has worked out,” he said.
SAS Australia will now shoot in the snowy mountains rather than New Zealand and is due in Q4.
Holey Moley will also film in Australia, after US filming was abandoned, and screen in early 2021. Eureka Productions will build a full set with complete 18 holes, in a state yet to be determined.
“We think we will also attract other countries who want to come and use the sets we build in Australia.”
Chatter is also strong Seven will renew Big Brother with Ross describing it as bigger than bigger show than I’m a Celebrity, Survivor, Amazing Race or The Bachelor.
“Much kudos to the production team at Endemol Shine Australia – Mark and Carl Fennessy, Peter Newman and Amelia Fisk. They pitched us a version of the show for 2020 and they have delivered. None of us believed that the original Big Brother format could return. It had been cancelled twice in this marketplace. The reboot really had to work at attracting a new audience. It has evolved and has the storytelling techniques the marketplace now demands. They have delivered that in spades.”
There was less detail around the future of My Kitchen Rules and House Rules, while Ross also confirmed the MKR series that screened this year was supposed to run at the end of 2019, with a regular version with new contestants to start 2020.
“A confluence of events meant we couldn’t do that,” he added.