Channel Nine Is Producing Top Design With Jamie Durie As Host
Channel Nine launched their 2011 line-up this week, The Block and Farmer Wants a Wife will be back, but they have also have announced a new production called Top Design.
Jamie Durie will be host. The official blurb is “he will be searching the country to find people from all walks of life who are passionate about design and renovation. They will then be put to the test to create a masterpiece in this exciting new make over show.”
Now reality TV savants will know there was a fabulous US show on Arena which was about interior designers battling it out each week in different challenges to be crowned Top Designer. It was all rather fabulous and high end, and Injera Rufus did some amazing recaps on the show.
So I am curious to know whether Channel Nine have bought the rights to the show from Bravo TV, and are making their own special version that they think will appeal to the Australian audience.
This does not look very similar at all.
Channel Nine has not had a lot of success recently with design shows. HomeMade was one of the turkeys of 2009, this was meant to be a design show but there was too much of Renovation Rescue in it. But host David Heimann was good, as were the judges.
The Block this year has rated well and this was meant to be a renovation show, but was a lot more about design.
So hopefully next year The Block will focus more on renovation and Top Design is going to be strictly design.
Channel Nine must be hoping to unearth some amateur design talent like Masterchef Australia did with cooking, so you never know the show could be interesting, as usual it will depend on the casting.