Andrew Denton’s Interview gets the ‘axe’ after two seasons

After two seasons on Seven, the team behind Andrew Denton’s Interview has decided to ‘give itself the axe’, announcing on Facebook there would be no third season of the show, or the companion podcast.

The show’s second season ended last week with 634,000 metro viewers tuning in to watch an interview with former deputy leader of the Liberal Party, Julie Bishop.

The post, signed off by Denton and executive producers Polly Connolly and Jon Casimir, said the team was glad to have been able to make the show, but it felt like the right time to move on and that they had “decided to axe” the program.

The second season premiered to 538,000 viewers in April, while season one premiered to 661,000. It was a return to the screen for Denton, who had been off-screen for 10 years and out of the television industry entirely for six. The show followed a similar format to Enough Rope, which aired on ABC and wrapped in 2008, but Denton denied that the Interview team would be relying on the success of Enough Rope.

Announcing the return of Interview for a second season, Denton said it was a privilege to work on the show and that he looked forward to creating unforgettable television.

“What I can say is that it’s a privilege to sit and talk with extraordinary people at length about what makes them tick. That moment – when everything goes quiet and all the bullshit of television seems to drop away – that’s the moment I’m always hoping for. When it happens, it’s unforgettable,” said Denton.

Season one saw Denton interview Cher, Gene Simmons, Magda Szubanski and Keith Urban, while season two brought Michael Caine, Jimmy Barnes, Steve Martin and Martin Short.


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