Dannii Minogue is probably resting a little easier today.
If industry chatter is anything to go by, she will be the last judge standing on a return season for Australia’s Got Talent.
Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden are almost certain to be shown the exit door as the show seeks to refresh against the might of The Voice.
AGT underperformed this year against Nine’s new juggernaut despite its stellar year in 2011. Next year Seven will surely schedule the show away from Nine’s talent show, but it won’t want to shuffle too close to The X Factor either. By this stage last year Seven had already announced auditions, suggesting that the season could be later next year. At least there are no Olympics in the way.
But the show will also need to hit the refresh button with it staging, judging panel and maybe even its hosting. Dannii Minogue is widely seen as the show’s strongest asset, while Kyle Sandilands has created headaches for Seven. With Nine’s star power guests on The Voice the guessing game will be on as to potential candidates.
Meanwhile Seven has also announced a return for Dancing with the Stars, amid rumours it could consider a season of former champions.
Then there is the Dutch reality format Celebrity Splash, recently picked up by ABC (US). Expect this one to go during the warmer seasons. What a shame that old Man O Man pool at Media City isn’t deep enough.
A return for The Mole is already attracting promising feedback.
Period drama A Place to Call Home, originally promised for 2012 will finally arrive next year with an impressive cast.
House Rules trades off the success of My Kitchen Rules as a well-produced in-house format as long as it doesn’t make the mistakes of The Renovators.
But what of cuts to News and Current Affairs? So far there’s nothing concrete, but don’t rule it out for later. Seven’s release also didn’t mention a return for Deal or No Deal despite Seven sources having previously confirmed to TV Tonight it would resume production. A shift to 5pm would make some sense if there is a new format to step into 5:30pm.