While axing shows when they don’t deliver desired ratings is a given in the TV industry, of late, several of them have been getting a lease of life — even if for a short duration — through extensions.
There are many factors that can get a show an extension. Sometimes, channels decide to defer a show’s end if it starts delivering good ratings. On the other hand, at times, the story needs more time to come to its logical end. In fact, even if the replacement show is not ready, the existing show on that time slot gets a few more days.
Reality show Bigg Boss 8 got a month’s extension after completing its three-month duration. Sources claimed that the high ratings was the primary reason, and there were rumours that the show scheduled to replace it — historical drama Ashoka — needed to shoot a few more episodes to create a bank. For the extra month, film-maker Farah Khan took the place of Salman Khan as the host of the show.
Even adventure reality show, Roadies X2, has been extended by a month. The show, that has Rannvijay Singha, Karan Kundra, Vijender Singh and Esha Deol as judges, is apparently doing well, and hence the makers have extended its timeline. It will continue to air all of June. “It’s exciting to see the response that the show has garnered. Due to popular demand, its duration has been extended,” Karan said in a statement.
On the fictional front, Mrunal Jain-starrer Bandhan was to go off air on April 10 due to low ratings, the lead pair’s lack of chemistry, and the issues arising out of shooting with an elephant (who is an integral part of story). But it was held for a week, as apparently, the replacement show wasn’t ready. “These are calls taken by the channel and the producer. With the extension, the viewers get some more episodes of their favourite show. It’s also good for the actors,” says Mrunal.
Sometimes, even popular shows need some support to keep afloat. After Kavita Kaushik, who was the lead actor of hit comedy show, FIR, returned to the programme post a hiatus, the show started struggling to maintain its former glory. In its last leg, it got an extension of 10 days before the replacement show was aired.
Even Bhagyashree’s comeback show, Laut Aao Trisha, met with a similar fate. Loosely inspired by the hit American show, Missing, the soap started on the right note, but soon lost steam. With sub-standard ratings, too many sub-plots, and cost-cutting affecting the show’s performance, the makers and the channel decided to turn the show into an episodic. Most of the original cast left the show, and soon this new version of the serial, too, was taken off air.