TEN Signs Matt Preston For Two More Years
Network TEN are certainly showing confidence in the Masterchef franchise by signing Matt Preston to the channel for the next two years.
They may also have him in mind for other projects on the channe.
Matt Preston who was interviewed by the Sun-Herald said
”I think that’s really part of the reason I’m enjoying this show,” he says. ”TV, along with advertising, is probably one of the least secure of all the industries … To find security and stability, to know what I’m going to be doing in the next two years, is fantastic. It also means I feel much more invested in this series.”
Preston says the MasterChef concept has plenty of room to grow further. He says perhaps one day he, Calombaris and Mehigan may do some filming internationally (think Top Gear-style road trips) because of how much they love working together. He says they watch the Top Gear road trips in Bolivia, Vietnam and Mongolia and say: ”We wish that was us!”
But for now, they’re focused on making sure viewers can still connect to the locally made MasterChef programs. Preston says being real is the key.
”There has been a move towards authenticity and towards expertise [on television],” he says. ”I think that resonated really well in terms of the contestants we’ve had. I remember being told by a senior person at one of the networks that the show would be a disaster because 19 of the people on the first series of MasterChef should ‘never be seen on television’.”
”I think the great con about reality TV, historically, has been that it’s not reality,” he says.
”We have always wanted to fight against stereotypes.”
Matt Preston is certainly popular on TV and it is great that a fifty year old larger guy is so popular. Interestingly the same article revealed he used to write about soap operas.
One thing Matt Preston will be happy about is the reviews for Masterchef: The Professionals which starts tonight. They have been all been great. Here is my blog post Masterchef: The Professionals – It Ticks All The Boxes And Then Some.
Masterchef: The Professionals on TEN tonight at 7.30pm.
The recap will be up on blog after the show has aired EST.