It’s true. A rebooted Young Talent Time will be announced as part of TEN’s 2012 Programming Launch next week.
After moving on from the AFL rights, Lachlan Murdoch and David Mott looked for a replacement for its Saturday primetime slot.
With the success of Australia’s Got Talent they knew they had a potential programme in their vaults, and pursued Perth-based Johnny Young who owned the rights to the show.
Young has always seen the format of an all-singing / dancing cast and contestant acts as having reboot television potential, but this time was on the receiving end of a call from the two execs and suddenly found himself back in favour.
Earlier this year Young was joined by former YTT cast members in a 40th Anniversary Reunion filmed for A Current Affair. The original series ran from 1971 until 1988.
But for the reboot Young is expected to be involved behind the scenes, having previously said he didn’t seek to host any new version.
That leaves the field wide open for a new, contemporary host. Will they come from the field of pop, music theatre, radio, Pay TV, a former Australian Idol? Tim Campbell, Eddie Perfect, Matt Lee -or even a female host?
TEN, which was also to have had a resident “super-group” as part of Don’t Stop Believing, is hoping to capitalise on the show’s family appeal and the potential to create new musical stars.
It also isn’t clear whether the show will be produced in-house or by an independent production company.
TEN had always vowed any monies it was saving on AFL would be re-directed into new programming.