Dancing on Ice: ITV eyeing up a Sunday evening “juggernaut entertainment show” to replace Dancing on ice from 2015
ITV is currently eyeing up a new replacement for Sunday evening’s when Dancing on Ice does its “skate off” next year.
It was revealed in May that Dancing on Ice will not be returning to ITV after its ninth run due to Torvill & Dean pulling out and dwindling ratings.
However, Broadcast is now reporting that Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television is looking to replace Dancing on Ice with a “juggernaut entertainment show”, which will go on to air in winter 2015 to fill the void of Dancing on Ice.
He told the outlet: “It could be two series that we’re looking for or it could be one, it depends on what’s the right thing to do. It’s a great slot that has a huge audience”.
Fincham added that trying to find a “juggernaut entertainment show” is one of the hardest things for a broadcaster to achieve.
He continued: “The key to commissioning is developing relationships with producers so that they’ll bring you their best ideas first.
“The most important thing is getting a good supply of ideas. You think it’s a buyers’ market but where it matters, it’s a sellers’ market”.
Dancing on Ice kicked off on ITV on January 14 2006 and has had as many judges as it has had contestants. The format has also had a number of successful spin-offs over the years.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean confirmed in May that they would not be returning to the show after its 2014 run, but there was speculation that the show could continue running with new coaches. However, it seems that rumour is out of the window as Fincham is already shopping shows to replace it.