The Living Room (TV series)
|The Living Room|
|Developed by||Caroline Swift|
|Directed by||Jon Olb|
|Presented by||Amanda Keller|
|Starring||Barry Du Bois|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||348 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original network||Network Ten|
|Original release||11 May 2012 –|
The Living Room is an Australian lifestyle program. The show is hosted by Amanda Keller with co-presenters Barry Du Bois, Chris Brown, and Miguel Maestre. The program began airing on Network Ten on 11 May 2012. The show is aired at 7:30 pm every Friday on Network Ten.
The program reached 200 episodes on 3 March 2017 and 300 episodes on 26 July 2019. The show is a quadruple award-winner of the Logie Award for Most Popular Lifestyle Program in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
On 30 November 2019, the program was temporarily axed by Network Ten after 8 seasons, due to cost-cutting measures; however a Christmas special aired on 20 December 2019. On 7 March 2020, it was announced that The Living Room, now produced in-house by Network Ten Studios, had been renewed and it returned on 3 July 2020.
The show delves into a range of lifestyle topics including renovations, travel and pet advice and cooking. From 2012 to 2019 the show featured the team presenting stories in front of a studio audience of around 60 people, with a mixture of live and pre-recorded content presented. The studio segments were filmed at Network Ten Studios in Pyrmont, a suburb in Sydney's inner-city.
The show shifted format in 2020, focussing on helping a family each episode instead of featuring several unrelated lifestyle segments. The 2020 season features a "home base" filmed in a converted warehouse in Newtown, and also axed the studio audience.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||30||11 May 2012||30 November 2012|
|2||40||15 February 2013||29 November 2013|
|3||40||14 February 2014||28 November 2014|
|4||42||13 February 2015||27 November 2015|
|5||42||12 February 2016||25 November 2016|
|6||43||10 February 2017||1 December 2017|
|7||43||9 February 2018||30 November 2018|
|8||40||29 March 2019||20 December 2019|
|9||25||3 July 2020||18 December 2020|
|10||TBA||26 March 2021||TBA|
|Special||20 December 2019||24 December 2020|
|Presenters||Role / Expertise||Tenure|
|Barry Du Bois||Renovations||2012—|
|Chris Brown||Travel and Pets||2012—|
|Dylan Falecki||Project Manager||2012–2019|
|James Treble||Homes Design||2012–2019|
|Cherie Barber||Renovating For Profit||2012–2019|
|Lilly Van Epen||Gardening||2013|
|Peter Walsh||Home organizing||2013–present|
|Leanne Hall||Mind and Body||2014–2019|
|Fabian Capomolla||Vegetable gardening||2014|
|Mat Pember||Vegetable gardening||2014|
|Jamie Durie||Gardening & Landscaping||2015–2018|
|Tiffiny Hall||Health & Wellness||2015–2018|
|Kyal and Kara Demmerich||Design and Renovation||2017–2019|
|Matt Leacy||Landscaping & Horticulture||2019—present|
While Chris Brown is away in Kruger National Park, South Africa, co-hosting the show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! with Julia Morris, his stand-in co-hosts for The Living Room during that period have been chosen from 'turn-of-the-wheel' spins by Amanda. These stand-in co-hosts have included:
- Tim Robards – TV reality star from The Bachelor Australia
- Grant Denyer – host of Family Feud
- Brendan Jones – Amanda's radio co-host
- Shane Jacobson – Australian actor and former co-host of Top Gear
- Colin and Justin – Interior decorators and Scottish TV presenters
- Ben Mingay – Wonderland actor
- Scott Tweedie – The Loop co-host
- Jamie Durie – TV presenter, landscaper and horticulturalist
- Kris Smith – TV personality and model who later became a contestant on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
- Jamie Durie – TV presenter, landscaper and horticulturalist
- Matty Johnson – TV reality star from The Bachelor Australia
- Kris Smith – TV personality and model
There were no 'stand-in co-hosts' for Chris Brown during the beginning of 2019 because The Living Room began airing later in the year because the majority of the co-hosts had other commitments. Brown was instead absent from the filming of two episodes as he was on an Antarctic expedition on Aurora Expeditions, with Greg Mortimer.
There were no 'stand-in co-hosts' for Brown in 2020 as the program did not commence airing until July of that year due to the majority of co-hosts having other commitments and negotiations between WTFN Entertainment and Network Ten on the show's rights.
Barry Du Bois
While Barry Du Bois was away for cancer treatment in 2018, Amanda personally looked for stand-in co-hosts for him.
Awards and nominations
|2013||The Living Room||Most Popular Lifestyle Program||Nominated|
|2014||The Living Room||Most Popular Lifestyle Program||Nominated|
|2015||Amanda Keller||Most Popular Presenter||Nominated|
|The Living Room||Most Popular Lifestyle Program||Won|
|2016||Amanda Keller||Most Popular Presenter||Nominated|
|2016||The Living Room||Most Popular Lifestyle Program||Won|
|2017||The Living Room||Best Lifestyle Program||Won|
|2018||Amanda Keller||Gold Logie||Nominated|
|The Living Room||Best Lifestyle Program||Won|
|Matty Johnson||Most Popular New Talent||Nominated|
|2019||Amanda Keller||Gold Logie||Nominated|
|The Living Room||Best Lifestyle Program||Nominated|
- List of Australian television series
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- Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast
- The Renovators
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- Knox, David (7 March 2020). "Renewed: Producers, 10, reach settlement over The Living Room". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
- "The Living Room — The Fab Four Are Back". 10 Play. Network Ten. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
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