I was reading this on another forum. Apparently 'twas in the Daily Telegraph...
A fifth series of Seven show "The Mole" will be shot in New Zealand with participants flying back to Sydney each week to find out who is leaving the show in a segment which will go to air live.
More than 4000 people applied for the show after an appeal on the channel's website. The final casting of 12 should be finalised this week and filming will start the first week of August.
I've got no qualms if they wanna film the show in NZ, in fact I'm all for it, because NZ rocks my socks and I love seeing stuff about it on travel shows and whatnot, (particularly if I can squeal and point, "OMG we've been there!" and relive the magic). But if they're gonna shoot the show in NZ, then what the fuck is the point of flying everyone back to Australia for every elimination?
I'm not sure how much stock to put in that info though, because they say that filming starts the first week of August, and that eliminations are gonna be shown live, so if that's the case then they should already be advertising it, which they're not.
And a quote from a blurb in Brisbane's Sunday paper that's got me a tad worried....
"I'm excited to be offered the lead gig," Williams said. "With four years on The Great Outdoors this show is is right up my alley"
Has he ever actually watched The Mole before? He is aware that it isn't all light hearted fun and games like the cool stuff he gets to do on The Great Outdoors, isn't he? Unless they've gone and retooled the show to make it more lighthearted and fun to suit the new host, in which case I'll be pissed off.
And another quote....
Either way, The Great Outdoors producer Daryll Maguire reckons Williams will cope just fine.
"He's a nice bloke and very much a knockaround guy, and that comes across in all the work he does," he said. "Tom's done Room For Improvement, The Great Outdoors, the dancing and now this. He's turning out to be one of Seven's big names and you have to be diverse for that."
Executive producer of The Mole David Mason says Williams, who is taking over from Grant Bowler but will continue to do travel stories for The Great Outdoors, will bring a freshness to the show.
"The Mole is all about perception," he said. "Tom is outwardly everyone's best friend, but every now and then we will see a darker side of him."
I find it very hard to believe that Tom Williams has a "darker side". Tom is sweet as pie and always flashing that million dollar grin and laughing....which is what I love about him....and which is why he can't host a show like The Mole.
With Grant, he still had the nice guy vibe, but there most definitely was
a sinister side lurking there. I'd love how he'd be about to explain a difficult challenge to the contestants, and he'd kinda get this sly little grin and a twinkle in his eye, and you just knew he was thinking, "They're totally gonna shit
themselves when I tell them what they've gotta do....this is gonna be so much fun." And he was able to be cold and detatched during eliminations.
I just can't see Tom being the same. He's too much of a nice, friendly guy, bless him.
If we're throwing suggetions for Tom's TWoP name into the ring, I'd like to suggest NotGrant