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Upload TV193 posts since 17 Nov 2017
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A ‘source’ for The Sun (so take it with a lot of salt) said series two of The Masked Singer will air “later this year” so if this is true one could guess it will replace X Factor in the schedules.
Score60 posts since 22 Dec 2019
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A ‘source’ for The Sun (so take it with a lot of salt) said series two of The Masked Singer will air “later this year” so if this is true one could guess it will replace X Factor in the schedules.


I just took that to mean it would be filmed this year rather than on air this year.

I think they should leave The Masked Singer where it is. It has done well but it feels like it is in the perfect slot as it is, it isn’t really an 8.30pm show and I don’t think it would gain much from being live. If anything it would make leaks more likely and there’d be more filler as they get everything set up between performances.

I just think by moving it to Autumn it ends up being pitched against Strictly by the press, even if that isn’t the intention, and a success gets tainted.
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Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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They did the Masked Singer live in Germany I think but do wonder if pre-recording it makes it far easier to protect the secrets, which is probably more important. I think having to get the acts to a studio live every Saturday without them being identified would be quite tricky - not impossible, but tricky. I think for it to air live it would probably need stripping over a week.

In hindsight (though I think I said this at the time) they should have aired a regular X Factor last year then used BGT: Champions this autumn as a sweetener to Simon for losing The X Factor.


Another option is to use Ant and Dec and have an early autumn run of Saturday Night Takeaway. They've done that once before (and they also did an SNT tour around that time), and they owe them the series that was missed last year, so a 6-7 week series to finish by mid-October to give them prep time for I'm a Celeb would be viable. I also think I'm a Celeb itself could fill more of the weekend schedules for 4 weekends by starting earlier and airing for 90 minutes. Never made sense once The X Factor began to fall that the Saturday episode of one of their biggest shows was often airing at 9.45pm and restricted to an hour. As we've seen with daytime filling a hole in the schedule by rejigging your other shows rather than commissioning something new can be the most cost effective way to do it.
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Score60 posts since 22 Dec 2019
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The other issue with doing The Masked Singer live is that it would make it a much longer time commitment for the celebrities at eight weeks rather than the two weeks they recorded it over, so they could end up with inferior names. Stripping it is an option but I think ITV need it as a Saturday show.

Yeah a live version of BGT Champions this Autumn could have worked. Too late now as I don’t think they could do it two years in a row and the focus now is surely on whether the extra series is going to do any damage to the regular BGT this Spring. Last Autumn was a bit of a patched together mess and BGT Champions might have been better off out of it.

Not sure whether Ant & Dec would do a second series of Takeaway. I assume them presenting BGT Champions ended up being in lieu of the lost Takeaway series contractually. I know they did the tour but that was them doing the same show every night, I’m not sure they’d put together 6 or 7 brand new shows. I know it was two series per year in the mid 2000s but it was 60 minute episodes back then rather than the 90 it is now, so they weren’t producing as much material per series.

A new format for Ant & Dec could be an option though. Not sure what that could be but ITV must be considering something for them to fill some of the holes this Autumn. I think they tried doing a 90 minute IAC at 8.20pm on a Saturday a couple of years ago and the early start hit the ratings slightly. Might be better if they did it every week though.
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iloveTV2304114 posts since 29 Dec 2019
London London
They air Celebrity on Saturdays when MacIntyre on BBC One finishes. They move TXF around the schedule to fit this. I’d give Bradley Walsh: Showtime a series to air at 8.30pm, run for 90 minutes. Less family based than Takeaway but not alienating the family audience completely. They then have a schedule like this:

Early August onwards:

7.15 - Catchphrase
8.00 - The voice Kids

Late September onwards:

6.30 - Chase: Celebrity
7.30 - Ninja Warrior UK
8.30 - Bradley Walsh: Showtime

November:

6.10 - Celebrity Chase
7.10 - Ninja Warrior/Other gameshow
8.10 - Millionaire (air on Sunday at 8pm as well)
9.10 - Celebrity
Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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Not sure whether Ant & Dec would do a second series of Takeaway. I assume them presenting BGT Champions ended up being in lieu of the lost Takeaway series contractually. I know they did the tour but that was them doing the same show every night, I’m not sure they’d put together 6 or 7 brand new shows. I know it was two series per year in the mid 2000s but it was 60 minute episodes back then rather than the 90 it is now, so they weren’t producing as much material per series.

A new format for Ant & Dec could be an option though. Not sure what that could be but ITV must be considering something for them to fill some of the holes this Autumn. I think they tried doing a 90 minute IAC at 8.20pm on a Saturday a couple of years ago and the early start hit the ratings slightly. Might be better if they did it every week though.


Does Saturday Night Takeaway actually have more features now it's 90 minutes rather than 60 or are they just each given a bit more time. It certainly seemed pacier in it's earlier run, as much of UK television did.

Good call though about another format - they of course did two series of Red or Black and one or two series of Push the Button, though that might have been during the SNT hiatus. It's been quite a while though since they did a new format for ITV - indeed I think that's part of the reason SNT came back as they were struggling with new hits. I still think they should try reviving You Bet with them.
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Score60 posts since 22 Dec 2019
Granada North West Today
Not sure whether Ant & Dec would do a second series of Takeaway. I assume them presenting BGT Champions ended up being in lieu of the lost Takeaway series contractually. I know they did the tour but that was them doing the same show every night, I’m not sure they’d put together 6 or 7 brand new shows. I know it was two series per year in the mid 2000s but it was 60 minute episodes back then rather than the 90 it is now, so they weren’t producing as much material per series.

A new format for Ant & Dec could be an option though. Not sure what that could be but ITV must be considering something for them to fill some of the holes this Autumn. I think they tried doing a 90 minute IAC at 8.20pm on a Saturday a couple of years ago and the early start hit the ratings slightly. Might be better if they did it every week though.


Does Saturday Night Takeaway actually have more features now it's 90 minutes rather than 60 or are they just each given a bit more time. It certainly seemed pacier in it's earlier run, as much of UK television did.

Good call though about another format - they of course did two series of Red or Black and one or two series of Push the Button, though that might have been during the SNT hiatus. It's been quite a while though since they did a new format for ITV - indeed I think that's part of the reason SNT came back as they were struggling with new hits. I still think they should try reviving You Bet with them.


Think it’s a bit of both. They do have more features per show but they’re also given more time. Not that more time is a bad thing, I don’t think Takeaway has a pace problem and I think sometimes shows can benefit from having a bit more breathing space - see also BGT cutting back from 9 acts to 8 per semi final.

The extension to 90 mins was quite gradual too, it only ever increased by 5 or 10 mins per series. Think it was at 75 mins when it ended in 2009 and came back as 80 when it returned in 2013.

Yes both Red or Black and Push The Button were during the hiatus, although I think Takeaway’s return was announced quite a while before the second Red or Black series aired. You are right about Takeaway coming back because they struggled to find new hits, although it was never properly axed in the first place, unlike Dancing on Ice. Indeed, I think originally it was only going to take one year off, something X Factor might have in mind...

I think they could definitely do with a new format and ITV could do with one out of them. Probably something less time consuming for them than Takeaway and possibly pre-recorded. You Bet could be a good shout, didn’t they do a similar format for one of their ill-fated attempts to break America?
Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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Yes they did. I think also the beauty of You Bet is it's based around the public but ticked the celebrity box too with the panel. Nowadays you could also have an app based game alongside it, though they may still be nervous about gameshows supposedly promoting gambling.

Of their other formats Poker Face was by far the best show they did - possibly a bit ahead of it's time and possibly doomed by having a headline £1m prize which the format didn't really need, but bringing it back with a lesser prize is probably not on the table.
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JCB2,165 posts since 21 Sep 2004
Agree Ant & Dec desperately need a new vehicle. I think people are going to start tiring of them this decade unless they reinvent themselves a little bit.
JamesLaverty1925239 posts since 28 Feb 2017
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Yes they did. I think also the beauty of You Bet is it's based around the public but ticked the celebrity box too with the panel. Nowadays you could also have an app based game alongside it, though they may still be nervous about gameshows supposedly promoting gambling.

Of their other formats Poker Face was by far the best show they did - possibly a bit ahead of it's time and possibly doomed by having a headline £1m prize which the format didn't really need, but bringing it back with a lesser prize is probably not on the table.


I think a new series of Poker Face would be a great idea. Certainly one of the most underrated game shows in recent years (can we still call it recent?)