Exclusive: Richard Bacon used to reinvent himself. The British presenter is famous for being left out of the popular BBC Children program Blue Peter After he was caught using cocaine, he escaped the disgrace to become an almost ubiquitous presence on TV and radio in the UK. By 2016, Bacon moved to America to host Nat Geo’s Explorer The series and later, Fox group dialogues Top 30. But perhaps the most recent development in his career is the most notable: Bacon has transformed himself from the guy in front of the camera, to the one who creates the content – and he already has an extensive deal for Universal Television Alternative Studios and three shows to show for his efforts.
The Brit is tracking this change of direction to personal trauma in 2018, when he contracted suspected pneumonia on a flight from the US to Britain and was placed in a medical coma. He said at the time that he was “very close to death” and that the experience prompted a rethink of his place in television. “I was doing a daytime show on Fox. It was an amazing team of people, but it didn’t challenge me,” he said over a Zoom call from his Los Angeles home. “I spent a lot of my time there daydreaming with formats. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
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First bacon format, crook, Which launched with Craig Ferguson last month and helped ABC’s Thursday evening group showcase victory in the ratings. produced by Incognito head Outfit Studio Lambert, Figure sees people competing for a cash prize by exiting Hustler – a contestant who knows all the answers to questions. If the fraudster keeps their identity hidden, they’ll keep the money.
Next from Bacon’s Brain is BBC One this is my house, Which is described as an addicting guessing game where four people get into the house and say, “This is my house.” A panel of celebrity judges must decide who is telling the truth and who claims to be the owner of the property. Come neatly dance Champion Stacy Dooley introduces the six-part series, while the producer is backed by BBC Studios. Filming took place last year, some while in shutdown, which means Bacon was often taken down to the garage while filming on location. He adds that the production was a “continuous puzzle-solving”.
Finally, Bacon reveals its third format to Deadline: a show called I literally just told you, Which he is working on developing for UK Channel 4 in cooperation with Expectation. “I literally just told you It is a presentation of a game about short-term memory and how bad it is. The starting point was that you can give the contestants the answer to all questions and they will still miscalculate. It turned out to be true. It’s a very silly fast-moving game show, “he explains.
The presenter and length of the series have not been specified, but Bacon hopes to shoot the studio show this year (with an audience, if coronavirus permits) after a non-broadcast test run. Deadline hears NBC is also experimenting with the format, with pitch perfect It hosts co-star Adam Devine and comedian Ron Ventures. Bacon will not be drawn on the US version. He laughed when asked about a NBC pilot: “Look what they say if you call them.” Channel 4 and NBC declined to comment.
the previous Great breakfast Presenter says he can spend hundreds, if not thousands of hours, pondering the intricacies of coordination before putting it into shape that he pleases. After being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), he says this can manifest in obsessive behavior, which is not entirely unhelpful when manipulated under the cover of an idea. “If I’m obsessed with an idea, it could be Christmas Day and I’m going to vanish and go think about it through the ages, or I wake up at 4 AM and write in my phone notes,” he explains.
His presentation skills have also become useful, both in the showroom and in the development process. thinking of Fraudster, He says, “I’ve run that in my living room here in Los Angeles as a host a number of times … The experience of being a host is a great visualization of ideas, I tend to see it from the perspective of the host, but then in terms of running the ideas, I’ll run it as a host until I get it to work. Then finally. , [former The Big Breakfast host] Johnny Vaughan once told me that being a host is basically like being a salesperson, which comes in handy when you come on the pitch. There is absolutely an overlap between my old career and that of my professional life in a way that I find most useful. “
Bacon hasn’t completely given up on the idea of introducing again, and he’s eager to return to the musical radio at some point. He did not speak to the BBC or a commercial station about the idea, but he said he might make some calls in the coming weeks. “I will never be a full time broadcaster again, I don’t think so, but I do miss Radio Music in particular. It’s hard to figure out how [I will do it]Given that I live most of my life in Los Angeles. It is an idea in my head, not a strategy, “he says, adding with laughter:” They might be like: “You were angry with America and not going into a coma. [here in the UK]This is not a great qualification to give you a radio show. “
For now, Bacon, represented by CAA and Hansen Jacobson, is focused on being a coordination machine. Next, he markets “two big and ambitious talent-led game programs.” He considers these to be his most daring ideas yet, but he does not know the details. Looking at Bacon’s track record so far, you wouldn’t bet on banishing him somewhere. He smiles: “It’s basically a daydreaming for a living.” “I found my way into something I really like.”