Big Brother is either a) possibly going to Nine b) possibly going to Seven c) going to neither or d) bound to return sooner or later.
According to the Courier Mail: Representatives of Channel 7, Channel 9 and Foxtel scuttled suggestions that they might take on the Big Brother franchise after Ten dropped the rights this week.
The Herald Sun reckons: A Nine source said the network was looking at a possible revival but wanted a very different format.
Channel 7 and Foxtel rejected suggestions they might take on the franchise.
On Sydney Morning Herald: Seven and Nine declined to comment on whether they would bid for the program.
Sources said Nine might look into whether the show could be resuscitated. “But it’s tough, the current format as it stands has been done to death,” one TV executive said.
“We don’t believe the concept is dead in Australia,” a spokesman for its production company, Endemol Southern Star, said yesterday.
“Maybe not tomorrow.
“But in 12 or 18 months down the track (it’ll be back).”
Elsewhere Behindbigbrother.com has learnt that executives at Network Seven have been busy this morning holding internal discussions into the possibility of taking on the show.
While on TEN’s own Late News last night SMH critic Michael Idato said one unnamed rival network executive refused to rule out picking up the show, saying “never say never.”
Even the Morning Show speculated on Seven rumours.
Meanwhile news.com.au says Queensland Premier Anna Bligh weighed into the debate: “It’s been very good for the Queensland film and television industry,” she told reporters.
“The program may not be everybody’s cup of tea, I understand that, but this is an industry that employs thousands of Queenslanders.
“If we don’t keep them here, frankly, it’s a very mobile, competitive industry, and we lose our best people to interstate and overseas.”
Confused? Who isn’t. The only position everyone seemed agreed upon was the lack of interest from Foxtel:
“We are thrilled with the huge success of our local reality productions such as Australia’s Next Top Model and the recently launched Project Runway Australia and have no interest in an ailing format such as Big Brother,” Mr Walsh said yesterday.
For the record my money is on option D. The format still has life if it can return to its original premise of social experiment. Casting is the key.