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Finnish duo join WBITVP formats slate

The Portuguese adaptation of Mental Samurai is set for a third run

UK SCREENINGS: Warner Bros International TV Production (WBITVP) has unveiled a number of new formats to prospective buyers at this week’s UK Screenings, including two from Finland.

What Do You Think I Do? (10×60’) sees couples switch jobs for a week in hopes of learning more about each other. The series was originally produced by Finnish broadcaster MTV3 and premieres on the channel today.

MTV3 teamed up with WBITVP to develop throwback competition series What, Where, When. Described as a “retrotainment” gameshow and shot in a virtual studio, it features four celebrity guests who revisit three different time periods and compete in a series of challenges based on trends, gadgets and songs from each period.

Additionally, WBITVP presented the US remake of Australian comedy format True Story. The format is hosted by two celebrities and sees ordinary people tell incredulous, surreal or extreme stories from their lives.

Returning Warner Bros format The Bachelorette

The US version will be hosted by Ed Helms (The Office) and Randall Park (Always Be My Maybe) and is currently in the early stages of development. The original format premiered on Australian broadcaster Nine Networks and is fronted by radio hosts Hamish Blake and Andy Lee.

Upcoming music format Who Sung It? has also secured a spot on the WBITVP slate. The series is based on a segment from Ellen DeGeneres’ talkshow and is produced by her prodco, A Very Good Production. The series is still in early development and is scheduled to start shooting in August for a fall 2020 premiere.

Returning formats include the Portuguese version of Mental Samurai, which was recommissioned for a third season on broadcaster TV1, with production under way at the WBITVP hub Madrid. A Middle Eastern adaptation of the gameshow is also in production.

Several versions of the The Bachelor franchise are also on offer. Recently announced musical spin-off The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart (6×120’) and the New Zealand adaptation of The Bachelorette join The Bachelor in Paradise and Bachelor Women Tell All.

Finally, BBC fact ent series The Repair Shop, in which craftsmen pool their talents to restore heirlooms and treasured antiques, was also unveiled following the confirmation of its move to a primetime slot on BBC1 this spring.


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