Nine shuts down The Shak

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Cost-cutting ends the fun for Nitro, Curio and Willow.

Channel Nine afternoon program The Shak has been axed.

The mix of entertainment, adventure and educational segments set in a makeshift share house has been running on Nine since 2006. But Nine cites cost-cutting as the reason behind the move, which will take effect immediately.

The Shak is one of Nine's few in-house productions in children's entertainment. Its other key production, Kids WB based in Melbourne will continue, no doubt due to the fact it is based around hosts introducing imported cartoons.

But The Shak's mix of scripted, original segments required a much larger crew along with the expense of location filming.

Based at Dreamworld and White Water World on the Gold Coast, the show's hosts Curio (Drew Jarvis), Nitro (Beau Walker) and Willow (Libby Campbell) would answer questions, queries, dares and challenges for viewers. Whether it was learning about bad habits, blowing the food budget, becoming obsessed with a video game or having a scary movie marathon, the show would aim to entertain and educate kids from five to 12 years old.

Former hosts Picasso (Kendal Nagorcka) and Eco (Jacqueline Duncan), also added their personality to the stories they presented.

With nine seasons and over 460 episodes under its belt, The Shak also has sales in other territories including Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Nine is yet to outline the future for its three presenters, but has indicated it hopes to explore opportunities with other shows.

Other outsourced kids productions including Hi-5 and Pyramid are not affected by Nine's bean-counters.

New and completed episodes of The Shak will continue to be aired.

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