Nine reveals 25 May air date for Weakest Link revival

The new iteration of game show Weakest Link will return to Australian television on 25 May, airing on Channel Nine and 9Now at 9:00pm.

Nineteen years after it concluded its most recent season in 2002, the program is back, this time with comedian and actor Magda Szubanski as its host.

Szubanski will take the helm of the reimagined Weakest Link, putting contestants up against once another, with a cash jackpot of up to $250,000 for the winner.

Each episode will see eight contestants enter the Weakest link studio, taking turns to work together towards the maximum cash prize. Questions are general knowledge, and as a team, they build chains of correct answers to increase the jackpot.

Incorrect answers, meanwhile, break the chain and decrease the money available, and contestants vote to eliminate the ‘weakest link’ at the end of each round.

Ahead of uttering those words: “You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye!” Szubanski said the show will have viewers shouting along at the television at home.

“They say never work with animals or children, but no one ever mentioned quiz show contestants! My patience will be pushed to its limits each week as I try my best to give eight players a chance at winning a remarkable $250,000.

“Yet at every turn they do their best to let themselves down. Weakest Link will have you playing along, shouting at the television, and recognising me for the tolerant, forgiving host that I always knew I would be.”

The previous Australian series, which aired from February 2001 to April 2002 on the Seven Network, was presented by the late actress Cornelia Frances OAM. It had a $100,000 jackpot prize

The new season is being produced by BBC Studios for Nine. When the series was announced, BBC Studio’s director of production across Australia and New Zealand, Kylie Washington, said Szubanski is “the perfect host who will preside over the contestants with her acerbic wit as they do battle to avoid being voted Weakest Link”.

“We are delighted to reintroduce Australians to this fast, fun and addictive show which is a pop cultural phenomenon.”

Weakest Link has been produced in 46 territories worldwide, with a US version revived recently with Jane Lynch as host.


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