Can Home and Away be finished? Sam Frost reveals the future of the popular soap seems uncertain – as Channel Seven slashes salaries and faces low ratings on new shows amid COVID-19 pandemic
Home and Away halted production last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And on Tuesday, Home and Away actress Sam Frost, 31, revealed that the show’s future looks uncertain as Channel Seven cuts salaries and fights low ratings.
During a telephone interview on Nova’s Fitzy and WippaRyan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald asked her if Seven would be out of episodes by the end of the year.
‘I don’t know what they’re going to do’: Sam Frost (photo) reveals that the future of Home and Away is at stake – as Channel Seven cuts salaries and gets low ratings for new shows
“I don’t know, it just depends on when we can come back (to work). Of course they want us back as soon as possible, but I don’t know how many finished episodes we have, ”she said.
“We were pretty far behind with the wildfires, and there were a few cast out with family issues.
“We’re a long way behind, I wouldn’t be surprised (and I don’t know) if we might have to do a few eps a week. I don’t know what they are going to do! ‘
Closed for business: Home and Away halted production last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Safety measures: Before production was stopped, crew members, including makeup artists, were seen taking safety measures and wearing masks
Home and Away is currently airing four episodes a week Monday through Thursday.
The long-running drama returned to the air at 7pm on Monday, drawing 676,000 metro viewers.
But 128,000 viewers tuned in for the following program House Rules: High Stakes, which aired in the prime time 7:30 pm slot.
Tuning: After Home and Away aired on Monday, 128,000 viewers tuned for house rules: high stakes. Pictured: House Rules Judge Kyly Clarke
The final season of house rules has lower ratings than previous seasons, while Channel Seven’s new dog grooming program Pooch Perfect is bleeding viewers.
Despite being hosted by Australian star Rebel Wilson, the latest installment of Pooch Perfect brought in only 259,000 metro viewers – 58 percent less than the premiere.
Channel Seven’s ratings woes as the network drastically reduce the salaries of some of the biggest stars by as much as 20 percent amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Crushing Views: Despite being hosted by Australian star Rebel Wilson (pictured), the latest installment of Pooch Perfect brought in only 259,000 metro viewers – 58 percent less than the premiere
Seven News boss Craig McPherson told The Sydney Morning Herald’s Private Sydney on Saturday that the talent took the cuts with ‘great grace and class’.
The publication reports that Craig takes care of Sunrise, Samantha Armytage, 43, and David ‘Kochie’ Koch, 64, who are two of the highest paid stars at Seven.
They reportedly made $ 500,000 and $ 1,000,000 respectively last year.
“Everyone is doing what they can to get through this”: Channel Seven has been forced to cut the salaries of some of its biggest stars by 20 percent during the COVID-19 crisis. Depicted are Sunrise hosts Samantha Armytage and David Koch