While Channel 7 is suing Channel 9 and production company Endemol for copyright over the cooking show “The Hotplate”, alleging its format copies the former’s top-rating “My Kitchen Rules”.
Seven was seeking a temporary injunction against Nine broadcasting further episodes but yesterday Federal Court Justice John Nicholas declined the application and will rule on the claim later this week.
Meanwhile, Channel 7’s new show, “Restaurant Revolution”, has already become leftovers after just three episodes. It was being thrashed in the ratings by Nine’s show, attracting just over 400,000 people last week to 900,000-plus for “The Hotplate”, and has been dropped from the schedule, replaced by a UK show featuring cat videos.
“Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud” is little more the internet screened on TV – a collection of funny YouTube cat videos. In one episode it searches for the “loudest purr in the world”.
It will screen on Tuesday nights in place of “Restaurant Revolution” after the network cut it from four nights a week and will now screen double episodes on Thursday nights to burn off the remaining episodes.
It’s the second time the network has been left with an expensive cooking show flop. In 2010 it made former weatherman Grant Denyer host of an Australian version of the cult Japanese show “Iron Chef” in a bid to counter the success of Channel 10’s “Masterchef”. While it attracted around 1 million viewers, Seven dropped the show after six pilot episodes.
Both “Restaurant Revolution” and “Iron Chef” featured one of Australia’s most famous chefs, Neil Perry. His famed ponytail is being replaced by the moggies below:
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