Axed: The Shak

Channel Nine’s kid’s series The Shak will cease production.

The Brisbane-based afternoon show has been running since 2006.  The end of production is effective immediately and all staff working on the show had been advised.

“There was an inaccurate post on Twitter saying that Nine we’d axed all in-house children’s programming, that’s not true,” a Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight. “We’ll still be doing Kids WB.

The axe on the show is a cost-cutting measure by Nine.

“These decisions are usually economic ones.”

So far there is no clarity on the future for the show’s presenting team, Curio (Drew Jarvis), Nitro (Beau Walker) and Willow (Libby Campbell).

“Hopefully we can move the team into other roles,” said the spokesperson.

The show will remain on screen with completed episodes yet to air.


  1. as for ch9 has the rigts to top gear takeing from sbs and at the moment kitchenwizz is on athe moment as kingdom of paramithi ison at 3:30
    can we have at 4:00 selectin form abc2 in the night garden

  2. Kristian Kriesel

    I liked the Shak, Nitro was funny as were all the characters. It wasn’t very educational like totally wild for example but it was much funnier than The Big Arvo. Two of the shows it was probably modeled on.

  3. I had a feeling The Shak was “Jumping the shark” when they changed everything and then having a competition for a new female presenter. It really is a shame to see them go. They should never have changed the setting of the show last year.

  4. Just so u know… the show didnt change because Eco left, the show’s change meant they could only have 3 presenters, ie Eco was cut. Haven’t seen her since so she clearly leaving for another gig? I’m pretty sure Nitro has a gig on Great Outdoors or something – thats the rumour going round… QLD production obviously is never going to be respected down south… But with decisions like changing the Shak from a fun but pretty educational show to what it became, who can blame them? C’mon the new show was pretty dodge…

  5. AA: Labrats only got picked up for 2008, Pyramid was done in mid-09, with the expense of flying Shura Taft to Brisbane, to tape episodes. I’m expecting the next major announcement out of QTQ, is that all non-essential (i.e anything not Hi5 or childrens drama) in the way of childrens programming left in Brisbane (i.e the gameshows, like Pyramid etc.) will be moved from Brisbane. That will only cause more job losses, in a already fragile industry up here… #saveQLDTV

  6. Could Nine find other roles for the Shak team-I was a fan that show.

    David-on another note does Nine have any new Pyramid episodes to air and how many unaired The Shak eps to air?

  7. Good news! It was a poor quality show.

    Hopefully Saturday Disney is next to go, so we can see Saturday Sunrise with AOK! (this should surely happen soon as Saturday Disney is now regularly being thrashed by Today).

  8. tasmanian devil

    I have to say that I am a little glad it got put out of its misery. Before the revamp it was quite good, as kids shows go, and I still watch the repeats every now and then. But ever since Eco departed, thus changing the show’s format, it’s been terrible and I have refused to watch the newer episodes. By the way, does Drew Jarvis still host Lab Rats Challenge?

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