Season six of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is barely a month away.
It was assumed that a bunch of shows from the daily primetime slot on Sony Entertainment Television (SET) would be eliminated or shuffled to make way for 60-90 minute episodes. However, an insider from SET says, “The show will now be aired on weekends (from September 7) instead of weekdays.”
“It will occupy the primetime space, which is currently taken by singing reality show, Indian Idol 6,” the source adds. There were rumours that the channel had planned to axe the 18-month-old soap, Saas Bina Sasuraal, to make space in the weekday primetime slot.
But it seems like SET wasn’t too keen on reshuffling the weekday lineup. KBC goes on the floors around August 15 at Film City, Goregaon.
Amitabh Bachchan’s show will face competition from dance contest, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 (on Colors), which is nearing its finale, and Dance Ke Superkids (on Zee TV).
There are also fiction shows like Arjun and Teri Meri Love Stories on Star Plus that will be jostling for eyeballs. Danish Khan, senior VP and head of marketing, SET, did not wish to comment on the subject.
Vox pop: Will the new slot work?
“It’s always a pleasure to watch Big B. The producers always come up with interesting questions. It’s a fun family show. It works in any time slot.”
Dr Sunnanda Kar (65), retired professor
“As a working woman with domestic responsibilities, I often missed the episodes on weekdays. Now, I won’t.”
Namrata Shukla (32), working mother
“I’m usually not home on weekends to watch shows. I don’t think KBC should be aired on weekends”
Devang Kahnderia (26), insurance professional
“I have two kids. And with them around, the remote control is always out of reach on weekends.”
Nilesh Kumar (40), IT professional