The Block creator talks about the new series and reveals how the coronavirus pandemic ‘took a heavy toll’
The new season of The Block will premiere on Sunday.
And the show’s executive producer and creator, Julian Cress, has spoken about the latest series and how the coronavirus pandemic affected production.
Julian told TV tonight that it will be noticeably different this year on The Block, but they are sure to have a ‘damn good show’.
‘We knew we had a damn good show’: The Block creator Julian Cress (right) spoke about the new series this week, revealing how the coronavirus pandemic ‘took a heavy toll’ on the production
The Block’s 2020 season will be unlike any other due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Production was halted in March, with the cast and crew returning to the new $ 15 million location in Melbourne’s Brighton in May, with extra precautions.
Julian said they have interesting and dramatic images thanks to the pandemic.
‘They watch press conferences and then finish a bathroom’: Julian said that thanks to the pandemic, they have interesting and dramatic images. Shown are hosts Scotty Cam and Shelley Craft
“Imagine you have participants who watch the prime minister’s press conference together in the morning and then have to finish the bathroom in the afternoon,” Julian said.
“All that insecurity, that reluctance and emotion to get away from your kids, have to finish a bathroom, deliver it to the jury, was all filmed by our cameras every day.”
He added, “So we knew we had a damn good show, the trick was COVID would stop us from finishing it?”
Julian said the pandemic took a “ heavy toll ” on the show, as it had to deter some of the crew with COVID restrictions and lockdowns. Builders were allowed to start, meaning no jobs were lost.
Troubled Times: Julian said the pandemic took a “ heavy toll ” on the show as he had to scare off some of the crew with COVID restrictions and lockdowns. Builders were allowed to start, meaning no jobs were lost. The cast is shown
He said that when cast and crew returned to the location, they had to follow a strict 4-square-foot rule and get a flu shot before returning.
He also praised the cast and crew for going back to The Block in such uncertain times.
It comes after host Scott Cam told it Realestate.com.au that he wasn’t sure what could happen to the production in the 2021 season.
When asked if ‘something has already been said’ about filming for 2021, the 57-year-old said, ‘It’s too early to tell – I have no idea about next year and what the story is.’
‘It’s too early to tell’: It comes after host Scott Cam told Realestate.com.au he wasn’t sure what could happen with the production in the 2021 season
‘I don’t even know about this year’s auction. It’s November and we’re still not sure! Hopefully things will be different in three months, but you never know. ‘
Scott explained how the 2020 season will be different in an interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine on Sundays.
He said: ‘Our show is a construction and real estate fair, but this year I also think it’s a bit of a documentary about what Australia has been through.
‘We took five weeks [of filming] and shut the whole thing down for six weeks, which has never been done before, and then we had to figure out how to get back.
“That was very difficult, so when we come back, it will be a completely different show.”
Extra precautions have been taken on set due to COVID-19, Scott told Stellar.
There is a clinic with a full-time nurse, temperature checks and flu shots.
For this year’s season, five derelict houses from the 1930s to 1960s were moved to a $ 15 million plot of land in Brighton.
Teams have been commissioned to renovate one of the old properties and bring it into the 21st century.
The Block premieres on Channel Nine on Sunday at 7 p.m.
The site: For this year’s season, five derelict homes from the 1930s to 1960s have been moved to a $ 15 million plot of land in Brighton (pictured)