Married at First Sight NZ in doubt as Three slashes programming

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 16 Oct 2019, 3:26PM
The reality television series Married at First Sight New Zealand has reportedly been axed from Three next year. (Photo / Three)
The reality television series Married at First Sight New Zealand has reportedly been axed from Three next year. (Photo / Three)

Married at First Sight NZ in doubt as Three slashes programming

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 16 Oct 2019, 3:26PM

MediaWorks has refused to comment on a report that reality television series Married at First Sight New Zealand has been axed from Three next year.

The media company today confirmed that Guy Williams' new comedy show New Zealand Today has been cancelled.

The long-running current affairs comedy series 7 Days will also have substantially less air-time next year, with 32 episodes being slashed to 12.

The announcement came after the Spinoff reported this morning that the controversial reality TV show Married at First Sight New Zealand and New Zealand Today will not be returning to our small screens in 2020.

However, MediaWorks did not comment on the future of the reality television series.

"7 Days is an integral and much-valued part of the Three brand and for New Zealand,
it is a local comedy institution," MediaWorks said in a statement to the Herald.

"The talent both behind and in front of the camera are simply best in class. Unfortunately, like all free to air content, it is not immune to the pressure we all face as industry in protecting and enhancing New Zealand and New Zealand stories on screen.

"And for next year, we have decided to rest the show for the first part of the year returning it in the back half of 2020 for a 12 ep run - timed around the NZ and US elections."

Speaking about Williams' show the network said: "NZ Today has been a great performer for Three and we have been thrilled with the response to it. However, in the same vein as our decision with 7 Days, we have had to make a tough call.

"Unfortunately this means we will not be renewing it for next year."

Williams told the Spinoff he was given little notice about the cancellation of his show and "shocked" by the announcement as he was meant to be applying for funding this week.

 

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