Simon Cowell's 'Red Or Black?' Will Come Back With Changes

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ITV chief executive Adam Crozier denies the $25 million show has failed.

CAMBRIDGE, England -- It has been lambasted by critics as ITV1’s most expensive mistake and made a millionaire of a criminal who lied about his conviction for violent assault.

But ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has given the strongest indication that Simon Cowell’s Vegas-style gameshow Red Or Black? is set to return for a second series, albeit with some changes.

Speaking at the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention, Crozier said the show -- thought to have cost $25 million for a seven-night run -- would need some tweaks.

“As and when it runs again there are a number of things that you would do differently,” he said. “But it’s a funny thing in this industry that we seem to say that people should take risks than then want to punish them when they do.”

ITV bosses were forced to do background checks on the huge number of potential contestants mid-way through the show’s seven-night live run, after the first million pound winner was found to be a convicted criminal who had lied to producers about th circumstances of his jailtime.

Cowell told reporters that he thought the million pound prize money should have been given back or that a portion should have been given to 31-year-old Nathan Hageman’s victim. But the show's producers, Syco and ITV Studios, had no powers to force him.

But Crozier defended the show’s performance, saying its 7 million debut was higher than the launches of X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent.

“Another way of looking at Red or Black? is as the biggest entertainment show to launch this year, with an average of 5.2 million viewers. It delivered a fantastic young audience and was an absolute smash online.

Of course there are things you would do differently and I wouldn’t suggest otherwise for a second. But that’s all perfectly doable."

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