The Nine Network has announced its highlights for 2012, led by the Olympic Games and a string of Reality titles designed to underpin its early evening programming.
At its 2012 Programming Launch today, hosts Hamish and Andy were joined by Nine boss David Gyngell, singer Delta Goodrem, Director of Sales Peter Wiltshire and Nine Entertainment Co. execs.
Nine celebs joined with execs, advertisers and media at a Christmas lunch at Carriageworks in Everleigh. Delta Goodrem also performed a medley of her hits.
Confirmed as judges for The Voice are previously leaked profile names including Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, country star Keith Urban, soul singer Seal and pop star Delta Goodrem. A host is tipped to be announced shortly.
Sonia Kruger, who was unable to attend due to her contractual obligations with Seven, will host Big Brother: Secrets. Pitched as “new house, new housemates, new twists, new host” it will launch on the back of the Olympics. No location has yet been confirmed.
The Block returns, including with a new elimination round, as does Celebrity Apprentice.
Celebrity weight loss show Excess Baggage contestants were confirmed: Kevin Federline, Christine Anu, Kate DeAraugo, Gaby Millgate, Darryn Lyons, Brant Webb, Ajay Rochester and Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico. Each is paired with a non-celebrity with challenges on location around Australia including the Kimberleys and Hamilton Island. Kate Ceberano hosts.
New drama series Tricky Business stars Shane Bourne, Gigi Edgley, Debra Byrne, Lincoln Lewis, Kip Gamblin, Antony Starr and Sophie Hensser. The Screentime drama revolves around a family who run a debt-collecting business in Wollongong. The focus of the series is on the family relationships but there are some procedural elements.
There are three new telemovies / miniseries including Howzat! The Kerry Packer Story (which undergoes a title change), Beaconsfield and The Great Mint Swindle starring Grant Bowler, Todd Lasance, Josh Quong Tart, Shane Bourne and John Batchelor.
Underbelly will return but Nine did not disclose its setting.
International highlights include Top Gear, Earth Flight, The Mentalist, CSI, Sherlock, Sinbad, Parade’s End, Alcatraz, Two Broke Girls and the BBC-produced The Great Barrier Reef.
Olympics notwithstanding, much of Nine’s focus was on stripping profile shows at 7pm, including Excess Baggage as well as branded opportunities in multiplatforms including digital.
Nine is also stepping up its use of social media.
The Voice: The ratings smash hit in the US with more than 10 million viewers a week. Close your eyes and open your ears. The Voice will rock Australia and reveal its very best undiscovered artists; coached by four superstars – Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden, international country music star Keith Urban, Grammy Award winning soul singer Seal and Aussie pop princess Delta Goodrem. It is set to be the musical and social media phenomenon of 2012.
Excess Baggage: Eight celebrities, eight ordinary Australians and one life changing decision. Their physical and emotional baggage is holding them back, and they’re ready to reclaim their lives. Travelling far across this country, and deep inside themselves, they will discover the secrets to shedding life’s Excess Baggage.
Hosted by Kate Ceberano with celebrities: Kevin Federline, Christine Anu, Kate DeAraugo, Gaby Millgate, Darryn Lyons, Brant Webb, Ajay Rochester and Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico.
Big Brother: The ‘mother’ of all reality shows returns to Australian television on Nine in 2012. The show that changed the face of Australian television will be reborn on Nine with a bold new attitude and a brand new host, Sonia Kruger. Big Brother: new house, new housemates, new twists, new host.
These exciting premiere series join returning favorites: a new series of the ratings smash-hit The Celebrity Apprentice Australia with a whole new cast of celebrities fighting it out for their chosen charities, another international adventure with the lovable, unpredictable, Hamish & Andy, and the family-favourite The Farmer Wants A Wife, hosted by Natalie Gruzlewski.
And of course, The Block 2012
It was everyone’s favourite blocktastic success story of 2011, reaching a staggering 3.7million viewers.
In 2012, 7o’block is back and it’s going to be bigger and better; a new elimination round and new challenges. The biggest block ever is coming to Nine in 2012.
And in 2012, Nine, the home of Drama, will premiere:
Tricky Business: Nine’s exciting new Aussie family drama looks at the lengths people go to get themselves out of trouble and boasts an impressive cast including Shane Bourne, Gigi Edgley, Debra Byrne, Lincoln Lewis, Kip Gamblin, Antony Starr and Sophie Hensser. Tricky Business is currently in production and produced by Screentime.
Howzat! – the Kerry Packer Story: From the makers of Paper Giants, a major mini-series on the birth of World Series Cricket and how the face of Cricket changed on Australian televison due to the legendary Kerry Packer. Guaranteed to be the must-watch television event of 2012.
Beaconsfield: Shane Jacobson and Lachy Hulme head an outstanding cast in the three-hour telemovie which tells the story of the amazing rescue of Todd Russell and Brant Webb from the collapsed Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania five years ago. Produced for the Nine Network by Southern Star’s John Edwards.
The Great Mint Swindle: An extraordinary tale about the most famous gold heist in Australia’s history – a major crime that remains unsolved to this day. This telemovie brings together a stellar cast – Grant Bowler, Todd Lasance, Josh Quong Tart, Shane Bourne and John Batchelor. The Great Mint Swindle is produced by Cordell Jigsaw Production and Zinc Finger Films.
Plus, in 2012, a new UNDERBELLY… Australia’s most popular drama franchise continues, following on from the launch of Underbelly: Razor which created history, becoming the highest rating drama debut with 2.794 million viewers (with Total People in the 5 City Metro, since OzTam began).
More from Nine, the Home of Drama: International hit series including The Mentalist , the CSI franchise, the breakout sleeper hit Person of Interest, Unforgettable, the UK dramas Sherlock and Sinbad, and soon to come from the US, JJ Abrams’ highly anticipated Alcatraz.
Nine, the Home of Entertainment: All new Top Gear, Hot Property, Getaway, Millionaire Hot Seat, The Great Barrier Reef and Earth Flight.
Nine, the Home of Laughter: Returning favourites Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Australia’s Funniest Home Videos, is joined by all new US hit comedy Two Broke Girls.
Nine, the Home of the most watched and respected News and Current Affairs: Nine News, A Current Affair, 60 Minutes, and the Today Show (Number 1 on the East Coast).
Nine, the Home of Sport: The summer of international Cricket, NRL, State of Orgin, Four Nations Rugby and the Santos Tour Down Under.
And…the sporting crowning glory… The London 2012 Olympic Games.
The ultimate world sporting event; 17 days showcasing the best of the best, presented by Nine’s outstanding Wide World of Sports team.
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