TV Tonight understands I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here will film all of its season in November and December, save for a Live finale in January.
It’s the latest in massive changes to television prompted by the 2020 curveball that is COVID-19.
Filming is tipped to get underway in mid-November at the site near Murwillumbah, NSW, normally used by the UK series and conclude in December. Similar to the Big Brother model, a Live finale would ensure the audience still chooses the winner.
As 10 Head of Entertainment Stephen Tate confirmed to Mediaweek, “The fact that we won’t have a time difference that Africa gave us will mean the show will need to be prerecorded.”
The changes are also necessary to keep all cast and crew safe and to ensure the show is safely in the can and not impacted by COVID disruption.
Of course, the show normally pre-records its challenges and camp footage anyway, with hosts Julia Morris and Dr. Chris Brown providing live links and eliminations, so the changes are actually rather minimal.
Tate added, “We have some exciting and very funny creative solutions around that. ITV has come up with some brilliant ideas and I can’t wait for the audience to see them.”
10 declined to comment but the network is set to reveal plans at its Upfronts in October.