Friday marks the last ever episode of Temptation, the game show that has, in two formats, been a part of Channel Nine for many years.
Temptation revived the Sale of the Century format in May 2005 with Ed Phillips and Livinia Nixon. After many years with Tony Barber, and subsequently Glenn Ridge, it was a risky move. But viewers warmed to the chemistry between Phillips and Nixon, who had previously done radio together.
Last year the show’s return was delayed following the on-going success of Two and a Half Men. Production of the FremantleMedia show by Nine was reduced, leaving two months of episodes in reserve, which have aired over summer.
In television most things are cyclical. There is every possibility the show could be revived one day, but unlikely to be in the format that we know. Sale of the Century, which aired from 1980 – 2001, was itself a remake of Temptation / Great Temptation which screened on Seven between 1971 – 1976.
The final episode with Ed Phillips, Livinia Nixon, Scott McGregor and Chelsey Butler airs 11:30am Friday on Nine. Here are some recent photos as a way of acknowledging its quizical fun.
TV Tonight can’t help but wonder… what if the champ turns down the prizes and says they want to “play on?”