The exodus of television production from Melbourne is continuing with Nine’s afternoon gameshow Hot Seat the latest to hit the road.
Production on the Eddie McGuire quiz show Millionaire Hot Seat is moving to Queensland this month in a move that will allow Nine to finally recommence filming new episodes.
The move to Queensland coincides with the AFL Finals Series and will allow McGuire to host Fox Footy coverage live from stadium venues. The Collingwood President will spend two weeks in a Queensland AFL quarantine hub before being allowed to work in the state.
Production of Hot Seat has been suspended due to COVID-19 for much of 2020 with the network now running low on new episodes. Next week will see Nine airing only one new episode on Monday, with the rest of the week scheduled with repeats.
Producers had hoped to commence filming without a studio audience two ago. But as TV Blackbox exclusively revealed, the outbreak of COVID-19 at The Masked Singer caused the Victorian Government to change its rules and prevent production until after the city moves out of Stage 4 restrictions.
The decision comes after rival Seven last month decided to pack up its studio set for The Chase Australia and move production from Melbourne to Sydney.
Source – TVTonight