Networks don’t like to put out bad news at a time when they are pushing good.
But today Mumbrella has reported, officially, that the show is over.
Earlier this year Nine Programmer Andrew Backwell told TV Tonight, “We still have it under option with the ability to trigger it. We’re not going to let it go quite yet. We’ll see how The Voice launches and I think it will be big.”
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the show. In 2011 it was a blockbuster, with ratings of over 2 million on Seven.
In 2012 Nine killed its chances when it was programmed against The Voice. As a result Seven decided not to renew it, allowing Nine to swoop on it for 2013.
But the tables were reversed. This time Seven killed it with The X Factor, a show produced by the same production company, FremantleMedia Australia.
Late last year Nine confirmed it would produce two versions of The Voice in 2014, announcing The Voice Kids. That pretty much sealed its fate. It’s too risky to try and squeeze three talent shows on one network in one year and AGT has had to make way.
Unless TEN or Foxtel miraculously come to its rescue it would seem AGT is over for many years.
In its 7 year life span it has, however, managed to uncover or elevate some entertainment acts: Justice Crew, Jack Vidgen, Timomatic (who went from contestant to judge), Cosentino and Mark Vincent but also seen its judges attract just as much attention behind the scenes.