Morris, whose own star shot back into the limelight with a reality celebrity show, was one of several surprise announcements made last night at TEN’s 2015 Upfronts at The Star in Sydney. TEN is keeping its celebrities under wraps for an on-air reveal next year.
Sarah Harris, as tipped by TV Tonight, will host Shark Tank with entrepreneurs Janine Allis, Andrew Banks, Steve Baxter, John McGrath and Naomi Simson.
New dramas include a telemovie about Princess Mary’s romance with Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and a miniseries on racing champ Peter Brock.
Hit series The Bachelor returns along with The Bachelorette -drawing an audible cheer from some in the room.
Previously-announced Gogglebox, a co-production with Foxtel, is also coming and there is a tribute to our first ANZACs featuring network personalities.
Returning shows include MasterChef Australia, The Biggest Loser: Families, The Living Room, The Big Bash, plus the return of V8 Supercars. An unannounced “multi-night” entertainment show will also air later in the year. Neighbours also wins a special for the primary channel to mark its record-breaking 30 years on air.
But those awaiting some clarity on Offspring will have to keep waiting with the network still hopeful it can return. There is also no decision yet for Party Tricks.
TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “In 2015, our viewers’ favourite franchises will be back, bigger and better than before.
“We are also adding new, proven and thoroughly researched shows that are guaranteed to get Australia talking, including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Shark Tank, Gogglebox, The Bachelorette Australia and a new, multi-night entertainment show we will announce in the new year.
“From Big Bash at the top of the year right through to proven successes such as The Bachelor Australia towards the end of the year – plus our ‘always on’ early evening line-up of TEN Eyewitness News, Family Feud and The Project – Network TEN is firmly focused on delivering consistency, growth, innovation and great entertainment in 2015,” she said.
CEO Hamish McLennan, said: “Over the past year, our focus on people 25 to 54 and Event TV, including premium live sport, has delivered what we promised: audience growth and greater consistency for viewers and advertisers.
“Next year, we will give Australians more of the shows they love from Network TEN – including MasterChef Australia, Family Feud, The Project, The Bachelor Australia and the KFC T20 Big Bash League – as well as new, exciting content in all genres.
“So far in 2014, we have increased our audience in 31 of the 63 half-hour blocks that make up prime time. Our aim in 2015 is simple: to build on that momentum and deliver even greater growth and consistency.”
The venue was decked out in jungle greens and opened with a lively African percussion group before Grant Denyer welcomed guests followed by Hamish McLennan, Chief Sales Officer Louise Barrett and Programming Chief Beverley McGarvey. Both McLennan and Horne asked advertisers to support a third Free to Air network in the market and a push for advertiser revenue to reflect audience revenue.
The presentation ended with an MGM-like assembly of stars on stage in a show of force for the coming year, followed by a clever social media wall flashing up Tweets and photos from those in the room.
NEW LOCAL CONTENT
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Hosted by Julia Morris (Full Frontal, Good News Week, House Husbands, Celebrity Apprentice) and Chris Brown (The Living Room, Bondi Vet), I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will take 10 big-name celebrities and drop them in the middle of the South African jungle. The Australian version of the top-rating entertainment show in the UK will be a big, noisy and highly interactive television event over five nights a week. Produced by ITV Studios Australia, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will run across television, online and social media, backed by a massive marketing campaign.
Australians’ love of inventions and innovation will be more than satisfied by Shark Tank, a compelling and entertaining series for the whole family. Hosted by Sarah Harris (Studio 10) and produced by Shine Australia, the local version of the smash hit US series will feature big, crazy, practical and hilarious products and ideas presented to multi-millionaire “sharks”. If the sharks – Janine Allis (Boost Juice), Andrew Banks (Talent2), Steve Baxter (entrepreneur, investor, internet pioneer), John McGrath (McGrath Estate Agents) and Naomi Simson (Red Balloon) – like the idea, they will invest their own money to bring it to market.
Australians love watching television. Now they can watch other Australians who love watching television thanks to Gogglebox, a unique, funny and often moving series jointly commissioned by Foxtel and Network Ten. Gogglebox is a television and social media smash in the UK, where its audience is rapidly growing. The Australian Gogglebox will be produced by Shine Australia and will debut in February.
In just two years, The Bachelor Australia has become a television, online and social media phenomenon. After the sensational aftermath of this year’s series, fans took to social media calling for a local version of The Bachelorette. Next year, their calls will be answered, as some of the country’s most eligible bachelors compete for the heart of just one girl.
Mary: The Making Of A Princess
She was a Tasmanian-born real estate agent living in Sydney. He was a Danish Crown Prince visiting Australia. They met in a pub and fell in love. Less than four years later, Mary Donaldson became Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark. Produced by FremantleMedia, this special television event will be filmed in Australia and Denmark.
The Peter Brock Story
He was a hero to generations of Australians, winning the Bathurst 1000 nine times and dominating motorsport for more than two decades. But the King of the Mountain was also a complex person, plagued by self-doubt. The Peter Brock Story, which will be produced by Shine Australia, tells the story of a unique Australian in a high-octane drama event.
Neighbours: 30 Years
It is the longest-running drama series in Australian television history and in March 2015, Neighbours will reach another milestone: its 30th birthday. To mark the occasion, TEN will broadcast a special celebration featuring interviews with many of the stars reflecting on their time on the show, favourite anecdotes and what Neighbours has meant to their careers, including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce.
The First ANZACs
Next year is a landmark year for all Australians, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I. The First ANZACs is a unique series of mini- documentaries that will bring to life the diaries and letters from these Australian heroes and heroines. The all-star cast includes Kat Stewart, Peter Phelps, Matt Day, Rodger Corser, Rob Carlton, Brooke Satchwell, Shane Jacobson and many more.
Baby Circle (branded content)
TEN’s top-rating day time line-up will welcome a new addition in 2015, when Baby Circle goes to air. Created for the parents of newborns to tweens, Baby Circle will offer parents and expectant parents advice, support, information and entertainment. It will be every parent’s perfect day time companion.
RETURNING LOCAL CONTENT
The Project (with Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar)
The Bachelor Australia,
Have You Been Paying Attention?,
The Living Room,
Gold Coast Cops,
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala,
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Super Show,
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Great Debate,
NEW AND RETURNING OVERSEAS CONTENT
The Odd Couple,
NCIS: New Orleans,
NCIS: Los Angeles,
Law & Order: SVU,
The Good Wife,
The Graham Norton Show,
Sir David Attenborough,
KFC T20 Big Bash League
Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
V8 Supercars highlights programs
Formula One (including the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne),
Wallabies Rugby Championship,
Australian Swimming Championships
BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series
A celebration of Neighbours’ 30th birthday will be one of the key events on ELEVEN in 2015 and will be marked by a series of special episodes featuring some of the biggest names from the record-breaking series’ past.
Tattoos After Dark.
American Horror Story,
Last Man Standing,
Sons Of Anarchy,
Robson’s Extreme Fishing,
Sir David Attenborough specials and a new block of content from FX Networks in the US.