Digital art for the tele
Digital art for the tele

Secret list of who is in and who is out in the TV world

Seeing a fresh face on Australian television is as rare as a Dodo bird sighting.

With TV networks under immense pressure to deliver strong ratings and advertising revenue down across the board, competition has never been fiercer.

With that in mind, commercial television networks appear to be using the same pool of familiar faces to host and appear on screen.

This is most evident in Channel 10 wunderkind Osher Gunsberg, who not only hosts The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise but also voices Bondi Rescue and fronts celebrity singing show The Masked Singer. Gunsberg also filled in for Jonathan LaPaglia on the season finale of Survivor Australia due to coronavirus.

Osher Gunsberg on set of Bachelor In Paradise.
Osher Gunsberg on set of Bachelor In Paradise.

Channel 10 it appears is the worst offender with a small group of talent appearing across prime time shows.

Others recycled regularly through the system include Amanda Keller, Grant Denyer, Dave Hughes, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee, Manu Feildel, Sonia Kruger, Chris Brown and Julia Morris.

Usually talent are locked down with a particular network although there are exceptions to that rule with comedian Joel Creasey an example of someone working across multiple stations.

"Making television costs a lot of money and executives become risk adverse which is why they use the same presenters over and over again," former TV executive turned commentator Rob McKnight said. "It is very hard for new talent to get a gig because producers tend to go with the people they know, people they trust to deliver the goods. Of course, what we end up with is more of the same which is why audiences are looking for alternative content."

The over use of certain talent is no doubt also to account for hefty salaries with networks making sure they are getting back for the buck.

Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer host Dancing With The Stars.
Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer host Dancing With The Stars.

Mediaweek editor James Manning said reusing talent is cost-effective and clever.

"Some of the 10 talent is no longer working on some of the shows that have been cancelled, but a failed project doesn't seem to be a roadblock for future gigs or audience acceptance," Manning said. "Chris (Brown) and Julia (Morris) were a hard sell on Sunday Night Take Away, but the viewers came back to watch them on I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!"

Another industry executive noted Ten's programming slate lent itself to recycling talent across multiple shows more than other broadcasters.

"Seven and Nine don't have the same comedy panel or celebrity-based shows as 10," the exec said. "It's a strong point of difference for the channel. Years ago, Nine built its famous 'galaxy of stars' and used them across many programs at the same time, but Nine has a different programming strategy these days."

Here, we take a look at some of the key talent who have worked across several shows at the same time:

Chris Brown and Julia Morris
Chris Brown and Julia Morris

 

TEN

Osher Gunsberg - The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise, Bondi Rescue, The Masked Singer, Survivor fill in

Grant Denyer - Celebrity Name Game, Dancing With The Stars

Amanda Keller - Dancing With The Stars, The Living Room

Miguel Maestre - The Living Room, I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here, Dancing With The Stars

Beau Ryan - The Amazing Race, Chris and Julia's Sunday Night Take Away, Take Away Reheated, Dancing With The Stars

Miguel Maestre for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Miguel Maestre for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Chris Brown - Chris and Julia's Sunday Night Take Away, Take Away Reheated, I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here

Julia Morris - Chris and Julia's Saturday Night Take Away, Take Away Reheated, I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here

Ed Kavalee - Have You Been Paying Attention? and Dancing With The Stars, Hughesy, We Have A Problem

Angie Kent - Gogglebox, I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here, The Bachelorette, Dancing With The Stars

Angie Kent on Dancing With The Stars.
Angie Kent on Dancing With The Stars.

Pete Helliar - The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Hughesy, We Have A Problem, The Living Room, How To Stay Married?

Yvie Jones - Gogglebox, Studio 10, Bachelorette and I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

Dave Hughes - The Masked Singer, Hughesy We Have A Problem

Locky Gilbert - Survivor, The Bachelor 

Angela Bishop - Studio 10, Ten News

Lisa Wilkinson - Sunday Project, Ambulance Australia

Denise Scott - Have You Been Paying Attention?, Studio 10, Dancing With The Stars

Dave Hughes for Hughesy, We have a problem
Dave Hughes for Hughesy, We have a problem

 

SEVEN

Manu Feildel - My Kitchen Rules, Australia's Got Talent, Plate Of Origin

Sonia Kruger - Australia's Got Talent, Big Brother, Sunrise and The Morning Show regular, the old Dancing With The Stars 

Simon Reeve - Weekend Sunrise, Million Dollar Minute, It's Academic, It Takes Two, The Force: Behind The Line

Edwina Bartholomew - Weekend Sunrise, Dancing With The Stars, Australian Spartan

Shane Jacobsen - Australia's Got Talent, Little Big Shots

Sonia Kruger.
Sonia Kruger.

Luke Jacobz - Home And Away, Instant Hotel, the old The X Factor, the old Dancing With The Stars

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen - House Rules, Instant Hotel

Johanna Griggs - House Rules, Better Homes and Gardens, Sport, Auction Squad, House Calls To The Rescue

Sam Mac - First Dates, Sunrise, The Real Full Monty

 

NINE

Karl Stefanovic - Today, This Time Last Year and 60 Minutes

Sophie Monk - Love Island, Accidental Heroes

Hamish Blake - Lego Masters, Hamish & Andy Perfect Holiday, Hamish & Andy's Gap Year, True Story with Hamish & Andy

Shelley Craft - Reno Rumble, The Block

Erin Molan - Nine News, Football, The Sunday Footy Show

Scott Cam - Reno Rumble, The Block, Backyard Blitz, Domestic Blitz

Sophie Monk. Picture: Christian Gilles
Sophie Monk. Picture: Christian Gilles

Eddie McGuire - Millionaire Hot Seat, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Footy Classified, former This Is Your Life

Rebecca Maddern - The Footy Show, Australian Ninja Warrior, Weekend Today

Multiple Networks

Joel Creasey - Hughesy, We Have A Problem, Spicks and Specks, Australia's Got Talent, The Project, Show Me The Movie, Eurovision Song Contest, Take Me Out

Pulling together this list prompted Confidential to wonder what faces we don't see on the box that used to be everywhere. "Some people burn white hot in the eyes of viewers and executives," McKnight said. "It doesn't always last forever though and the smart ones know that. The key is knowing to enjoy it while it lasts and be careful how much you commit to, because it can end very quickly." Here are some of the faces we miss seeing on Aussie TV:

Gretel Killeen - Big Brother

Mike Goldman - Big Brother

Daryl Somers - Hey Hey It's Saturday, Dancing With The Stars

George Calombaris - MasterChef

Ajay Rochester - The Biggest Loser

Livinia Nixon - Hey Hey It's Saturday, Temptation, Getaway

Gretel Killeen hosting Celebrity Big Brother.
Gretel Killeen hosting Celebrity Big Brother.

Axle Whitehead - Australian Idol, Video Hits, Home And Away, The World's Strictest Parents, The Wall

Rove McManus - Rove Live

Tim Campbell - Home And Away, House Husbands, Dancing With The Stars, Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune, The Singing Bee

Daniel Macpherson - Dancing With The Stars, Neighbours, City Homicide, Wild Boys

Originally published as Secret list of who is in and who is out in the TV world

The Amazing Race host Beau Ryan.
The Amazing Race host Beau Ryan.
Locky Gilbert on Survivor.
Locky Gilbert on Survivor.
Manu Feildel. Picture: Toby Zerna
Manu Feildel. Picture: Toby Zerna
Karl Stefanovic. Picture: Christian Gilles
Karl Stefanovic. Picture: Christian Gilles
The Biggest Loser’s Ajay Rochester.
The Biggest Loser’s Ajay Rochester.


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