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The block is the axe! Popular renovation franchise is canceled ‘indefinitely’ as four homes under construction to be sold


Block NZ has been canceled as part of a major restructuring that has left fans devastated.

The New Zealand edition of the popular home renovation show was pushed back to 2023 due to difficult market conditions, but has now been canceled «indefinitely».

The disappointing move comes as part of a restructuring of Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ, which no longer produces fully funded local shows.

Co-CEO of Warner Bros. International Television Production NZ Mike Molloy told Daily Mail Australia: “We’re living in very difficult times with the local production market in NZ being restricted as the networks are no longer funding local shows.

“It has a devastating impact on hundreds if not thousands of workers and the industry will lose a lot – which is frustrating and sad because we’ve built an amazingly talented resource in this country.

The Block New Zealand has been canceled «indefinitely» as part of a major restructuring, leaving fans devastated

Four new properties that were under construction for the show are now ready to be completed and sold amid the cancellations.

The houses are believed to be in the final stages of construction on Auckland’s North Shore in Brown’s Bay after being purchased for the 2024 season.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Discovery told Newshub: “When we announced the restructuring of our business earlier this year, we indicated that WBD would no longer host fully funded local shows, which include The Block NZ.

«Existing sponsors have been told we will contact them if the show goes ahead and they will have first right to renew.»

The move comes as part of a restructuring of Warner Bros.  Discovery ANZ, which no longer produces fully funded local shows (pictured: hosted by Mark Richardson and Shelley Ferguson)

The move comes as part of a restructuring of Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ, which no longer produces fully funded local shows (pictured: hosted by Mark Richardson and Shelley Ferguson)

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Couple Chloe Hes and Ben Speedy were shocked to discover that months of grueling efforts had netted them a paltry profit of just NZ$4,000 (AU$3,046).

Difficult market conditions led producers to the heartbreaking decision to shelve the show, which has now been cancelled.

At the time, Channel Nine denied rumors that the Australian version of the renovation show was struggling and cited its record-breaking ratings as proof of its success.

Despite The Block NZ's struggles, the Aussie edition of The Block celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is gearing up for a very special edition.

Despite The Block NZ’s struggles, the Aussie edition of The Block celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is gearing up for a very special edition.

«The Block was the second most-watched reality series of 2022, with more than 2.6 million Australians tuning in to see us crown our winners,» a Yahoo spokesperson said.

Despite The Block NZ’s troubles, the Australian edition of The Block is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is gearing up for a very special edition.

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