Big queue for new Mediaworks show
Over 30 comedians, actors and celebrities have auditioned for Mediaworks' new 7pm show, The Project.
Sources said there was a long list of talent who wanted to be on the panel for the new show, which launches in January.
Stuff understands that Seven Days' producer Jon Bridges has been confirmed as the show's producer and the regulars of that show are among the leading contenders to front The Project.
Those auditioning have been told to sign non-disclosure agreements about the process.
"Every man and his dog have had a crack at this one - it's a really desirable gig," said one industry source. "But nobody has any idea yet who has got the job."
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The Australian version features three hosts - Peter Helliar, Waleed Ali and Carrie Bickmore - and it's thought the New Zealand format will replicate that.
It will replace Story in TV3's 7pm weeknights slot, and has been compared to US late-night talk shows like The Daily Show.
Among those Stuff understoods to have auditioned are Seven Days regulars Jeremy Corbett, Josh Thomson, Guy Williams and Ben Hurley.
NZME reported a list of others who were contenders, including RNZ Afternoons host Jesse Mulligan, TV3 presenters Melissa Davies, Melissa Stokes and Kanoa Lloyd, ZM radio host Vaughan Smith, Crowd Goes Wild presenter Hayley Holt and The Spinoff founder Duncan Greive.
The Project is set to launch in early 2017. MediaWorks declined to comment on the hosts.