While many people seemed to be excited to watch the reality TV show as it was due to air during Channel 10’s pilot week, Catfish Australia has reportedly already been axed before it ever made it to our screens.
TV Blackbox is reporting that the show, which was due to be hosted by Casey Donovan, a former victim of Catfishing herself, has had production halted.
The show follows the victims of potential fake profiles and personas in the world of online-dating and helps them confront the real identities behind the scam.
It has seen great success in the US, but TV Blackbox is reporting that producers in Australia failed to find appropriate talent for the program during the casting process.
The publication has said that the news was confirmed to them by a spokesperson for 10.
“We sear, we didn’t Catfish you! Unfortunately, Catfish Australia is no longer part of our 2019 Pilot Week schedule. We cast out a line, but didn’t have the right bait to catch you a catfish in time,” the spokesperson reportedly said.
Pilot Week was introduced by Channel 10 last year to test various shows with their audience before signing the most popular up for an actual season.
The 2019 version is due to air later this year and while it won’t feature Casey Donovan and her Catfish program, it will see shows like Sydney’s Crazy Rich Asians, I Am…Roxy!, My 20-Year-Old Flatmate, and the off-beat comedy Part-Time Privates.