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Looks Like The Renovators and Junior Masterchef Are Gone

Network Ten’s new Chief Executive James Warbuton started this week, and it looks like he will axe reality shows The Renovators and Junior Masterchef.

He thinks the Network relies too heavily on the big name reality shows for ratings.

In an article in the Daily Telegraph he gave his view about these matters.

As he entered his new office for the first time yesterday, Mr Warburton said Ten’s dependence on the reality programs that take up much of its schedule had to be reduced.

“We’ve got to do more than that, and have more of a connection with the viewer on multiple fronts throughout the course of a week,” he said.

Other sources close to Ten indicated Junior MasterChef and The Renovators were set to be two of the first programs to get the chop under the Warburton regime, as Ten sought a greater range of programming to win viewers.

He also talked a little bit about his strategy to bring the viewers back to Network Ten.

Part of that rebuilding will be developing a broader consistency in programming outside the network’s big reality franchises, boosted by a $50 million injection of funds into programming in 2012.

“We now have a number of new franchises such as Young Talent Time, which add a layer of depth and consistency to our schedule,” he said.

“We need to have more depth for the viewer and we need to ensure as many viewers as possible have an appointment to view programs consistently throughout the week.”

 Well Junior Masterchef had had its day, and it appeared only readers of this blog watched and liked The Renovators, which I thought the few people who were watching it got a lot out of it. There have been rumours for years there will be a Professional Masterchef series like they have in the UK, however I am hoping it will be more like Top Chef in challenges and also with talented unknown chefs battling it out for the prize.

13 comments

1 Paul { 01.03.12 at 11:35 am }

Agree with both decisions.

Junior MC ran its race after 2 weeks of Series One and The Renovators was simply an expensive bomb.

2 Sares { 01.03.12 at 11:54 am }

Not sorry to see Junior MC gone, it was set-up central & Anna Gare grates on me!

If anything i think the Junior version was damaging the MC brand.

3 Georgie { 01.03.12 at 12:01 pm }

Not interested in precocious kids but am disappointed the Renovators cannot be salvaged.

4 Reality Raver { 01.03.12 at 4:18 pm }

Georgie, Sares and Paul – I think the big question is what they are going to fill it with. There are a lot of hours there to fill.

5 Andrea { 01.03.12 at 5:46 pm }

I agree , hated both of those shows, maybe they need something like Packed to the rafters? Reality shows have their place but we do need more variety, I used to like Young Talent Time so maybe thats a start. They should never have got rid of Big Brother and another channel has picked it up now. The Breakfast Show may be interesting.

6 LolaLee { 01.03.12 at 7:44 pm }

How about a show based on random acts of kindness, where instead of media trained kids after money they have kids doing nice thongs for others? Sorry just left a train of hyper brats who didn’t offer me a seat :)

7 LolaLee { 01.03.12 at 7:45 pm }

*things* !!

8 Reality Raver { 01.03.12 at 8:44 pm }

LolaLee – I can understand your frustration at that.

9 Culinary Boner { 01.04.12 at 11:26 am }

Yeah, typical new CEO clap-trap. I’m gonna make big changes. This place needs a new broom. My dick swings bigger and lower than the previous micro-cocked management, blah, blah, blah…
Given the enormous production costs of local drama and the undeniable risk that Australian audiences will mostly bail on Aussie dramas unless Lisa McCune is on board, what’s he gonna do? Try to outbid the other commercial stations for quality US drama/comedy? Make a play for the NRL/AFL? Or bash us into viewing submission with quality non-reality fair like ‘It’s A Knockout’? Can’t wait.

10 Calliegirl { 01.04.12 at 11:43 am }

Oh CB I have missed you and your wit!

11 Culinary Boner { 01.04.12 at 3:07 pm }

Thanks Calliegirl, am now back at work.
Let the cyber-bludging begin!

12 kristin { 04.25.12 at 8:40 pm }

Not a surprise about Jr masterchef but I am super bummed about the renovators. It had so much potential without the ‘cheeseball’ and million song changes that the block has. Whoever thought that putting the first ep of the renovators between the masterchef final was a good idea should be placed far away from anything to do with television. Such a shame! That stupid move made people resent the renovators, plus the over-extravagance could be moderated a fair bit.

13 Mili { 03.03.13 at 4:44 pm }

It’s a shame that The renovators won’t be back, such a good show. The block is sooooo boring and tasteless.