By Ron Howells • 28 August 2021 • 20:47
The Masked Dancer, Game Of Talents and Cooking With the Stars face the axe from ITV bosses, credit-ITV
The Masked Dancer, Game Of Talents and Cooking With the Stars face the axe from ITV bosses after just one series.
ITV show bosses have said that they are currently considering axing three major shows after allowing them just one series in which to prove themselves to the viewing public.
The shows in question are The Masked Dancer, Game Of Talents and Cooking With the Stars.
Katie Radcliffe, Head of Entertainment at the broadcaster, spoke about the future of programming at ITV at Edinburgh TV Fest this week.
While she did not confirm what lay ahead for the series, she did say that the team plan to ‘take stock’ of what shows go forward, and which to leave behind.
“There’s always new opportunities for entertainment at ITV, as the station is always on the lookout for new ideas for fresh talent shows. We often don’t commission into slots, it’s about the ideas and the content, and then we work out where they go. So we are definitely always open for business,” explained Katie.
“In terms of whether those shows are returning, we’ve tried new stuff and we’re going to sit down and take stock of everything we’ve tried over the last few months and work out what we’re going to take forward, what we’ll do again and how we’ll do it,” she added.
She also praised the “fantastic” shows and their “brilliant” producers for all their hard work, saying: “So we don’t take any of those decisions lightly for those reasons, and we don’t like to rush them. We talk internally and we talk to audience research, so we are taking our time with all of that at the moment.”
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