Now that it’s been leaked everywhere and possible embargos well and truly broken, here’s what you already know….
Production staff were told today they would not be required for 2009. TEN is not going ahead with BB next year.
A site administrator has also released this news on the official BB website.
There is some speculation that 2010 may see the ‘concept’ return in some form.
The axing of the show comes as little surprise to fans and media with a poor reception to the reality series, despite TEN’s best efforts to “reinvent” the series with the phrase “I don’t think so.” It also follows ongoing assurances TEN was satisfied the show was hitting its demographic. Last week the eviction episode came in under one million viewers, beaten by the ABC. It spiked with the appearance of Pamela Anderson but quickly dissipated.
But despite letting Gretel Killeen go for Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O, the casting for the eighth remained predominantly young and ultimately similar to previous series. Many commented that the cast resembled “a freak show.”
The axing of the series for Jackie O represents a long string of television failures she has fronted, giving her the unfortunate brand as a “kiss of death.” This is despite a long-running radio show.
Big Brother has its finale episode on Monday July 21. Mike Goldman, Ryan Fitzgerald and Bree Amer will return with Friday Night Download shortly thereafter.
This post updates.