Channel 5 to introduce Rylan chatshow, revamped Big Brother and original comedy.
Channel 5 is enjoying something of a resurgence at the moment, winning record viewing figures for acquisitions like The X-Files and Gotham, and regular victories over Channel 4, BBC Two and itv in the ratings.
Not one to get complacent, the Channel’s big boss Ben Frow is set to introduce more major changes in the coming months, starting with a brand new nightly chatshow fronted by Rylan. Thought to be in a similar style to James Corden’s The Late Late Show in the U.S., the series will be the first nightly chat-show on the channel since the 90’s when Graham Norton and Jack Doherty both fronted similar shows.
Then, in June, Frow will launch a revamped Big Brother. Channel 5 have shown a huge commitment to the show, ordering a massive revamp of the house which will see it almost double in size and they’ll completely overhaul the indoor and outdoor sets too. Rumour has it Big Brother’s Sister Show Bit on the Side may also be in for a BBLB style revamp.
In an interview with The Guardian, Ben Frow also promises more Lip Sync Battle UK and major changes to Channel 5’s news output, which is set to go “up market” following the appointment of Sian Williams earlier this year.
Finally, stronger collaborations between Channel 5 and sister channels MTV and Comedy Central will see more original comedy on 5, with the first to be a mockumentary from Ralf Little’s production company.