Finding ways to reinvent the wheel and up the stakes is surely a producer’s challenge.
The Block has gone from apartments, to houses, back to apartments, renovating an entire motel, bringing back previous contestants etc.
Next year there will again be two seasons (and two versions of The Voice). It’s a risky move because it may bring on audience fatigue, but Nine’s thinking is to strike while the brand is hot -plus it has ditched Celebrity Apprentice in 2014 so there are hours needing to be filled.
The first season of The Block is again in Melbourne, in Albert Park. This is the “Fans vs Favourites” seasons, pitting new contestants against former.
The kicker this season is that the building they must renovate into townhouses is a complete shell.
No floors. No interior walls. Nada. Zilch.
Of course, teams have also drawn upon tradies to get their renovations completed (and even the odd penthouse), so no doubt they’ll be doing that again.
Nine hasn’t detailed its second season just yet, but it’s rumoured to involve an office / townhouse in Prahran.