EXCLUSIVE | Big changes for MY KITCHEN RULES
As production of season 11 of MKR nears its end TV BLACKBOX can reveal the big changes coming as Seven prepares to take on the might of Nine’s MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT.
In October, at its annual UPFRONTS event, Channel 7 will announce that My Kitchen Rules will launch its 2020 ratings year. Instead of throwing a new format against MAFS, the network knows it has a show strong enough to remain competitive.
But expect big changes.
Under the banner of Fans versus favourites, two competing teams will each live in a house with one of the judges taking them under their wing. The news backs up a story we ran in July reporting 2015 finalists Jac and Shaz were returning to the show.
In this series it’s the contestants who will decide who goes into the sudden death cook-off, not the judges. Producers are also letting storylines play out instead of over-producing each scenario.
Evan Wilkes, the Co Head of Unscripted, is overseeing the show for Seven and Amanda Reynierse is the Executive Producer. Interestingly, Andrew Backwell is Seven’s head of Production and the “fans v favourites” concept was something he used on The Block a few years ago when he was an executive at Nine.
TV Blackbox also understands filming on season 12 will commence almost immediately after season 11 and is set to air after the Olympics.
Speaking of the Olympics, the timing of the Summer Games set to air on Seven in July means there will be fewer episodes of MKR in season 11.