The Only Way Is Essex to return in 2018 with a major change

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The Only Way Is Essex will return for its 22nd and 23rd series in 2018 - but with a major change.

Two series of the ITVBe reality show have been commissioned, totally 21 episodes across the next twelve months.

However, in a big switch up to the format, there will no longer be two episodes a week on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Instead, only one, longer episode will air each week.

Commissioner for Factual Entertainment at ITV, Amanda Stavri, said: “TOWIE has always been appointment to view television and we’re excited that the new hour-long weekly episodes will allow us to build to a bigger, better and more dramatic moment each week.”

Sarah Tyekiff, Head of Non Scripted content for programme makers Lime Pictures, added: “We’re thrilled that TOWIE is returning for its 22nd series and can’t wait to bring it back with a bang in the new year.

“We’re returning to a fast-turnaround production so the audience can experience all the lols, make-ups and break-ups in real time.

“TOWIE will also be on ITVBe for more weeks of the year meaning we get to indulge in our gorgeous and glamorous cast for that little bit longer. What happens in Essex, won’t stay in Essex!”

Meanwhile, the New Year could bring some bad news for a lot of TOWIE stars.

Those said to be "not pulling their weight" face the axe, The Sun reports.

The insider explained: "The cast of the show is huge, and bosses are thinking they’ve got some people adding nothing to the show, while the rest of the cast bring huge storylines and loads of emotional, drama-packed scenes."

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