Upfronts 2017: Seven highlights

A Blue Murder sequel, dramas on Paul Hogan, Olivia, Warnie, plus True Crime, Sport and new Reality coming in 2017


Blue Murder: Killer Cop, Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story, plus bio dramas on Olivia Newton-John and Warnie are dramas joining renewals for The Secret Daughter, 800 Words, Home and Away and Wanted on Seven in 2017.

My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, First Dates and Seven Year Switch will be joined a by a new untitled wedding reality series.

Also new are Million Dollar Cold Case, Yummy Mummies, The Aussie Property Flippers and Murder Uncovered.

New international titles include comedy series Trial and Error and new action drama, Training Day.


Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Network Programming, said: “We are well-placed over the coming twelve months. We have great event and drama franchises and an extraordinary sports portfolio. We look forward to building on our ten consecutive years of leadership in primetime as we launch 2017 with the Australian Open and Australia’s most successful programme, My Kitchen Rules.”

New Australian Drama

Richard Roxburgh reprises his heralded portrayal of Australia’s most notorious former detective Roger Rogerson in BLUE MURDER: KILLER COP, leading an all-star cast including Toni Collette, Matt Nable, Dan Wyllie, Emma Booth, Justin Smith, Damian Walshe-Howling, Steve Le Marquand, Aaron Pedersen, Aaron Jeffery – and reprising their original roles, Tony Martin and Peter Phelps. A floating body, a drug deal gone wrong, and two former detectives the perpetrators. Life imprisonment is the end of Roger Rogerson’s story. The last Blue Murder ended with his expulsion in disgrace from the NSW Police Force. In this instalment, Rogerson struggles to make a living in a world that’s rapidly changing, caught between the pressures of criminals, police and a love that might save him. Written by Peter Schreck, directed by Michael Jenkins, produced by Michael Jenkins and Carol Hughes, and executive produced by John Edwards, Richard Roxburgh and Julie McGauran, BLUE MURDER: KILLER COP is an Endemol Shine Australia production for Seven, made with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

Starring Josh Lawson as Paul Hogan, Ryan Corr as John “Strop” Cornell and Justine Clarke as Noelene Hogan, HOGES: THE PAUL HOGAN STORY charts the meteoric rise of working-class Australian icon Paul Hogan whose easy, wise-cracking persona took him from the pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the heights of a Golden Globe win, Oscar-nominated adulation, unprecedented box-office success and international superstardom, meanwhile forging powerful and enduring relationships along the way. Written by Keith Thompson and Marieke Hardy, directed by Kevin Carlin, produced by Brett Popplewell and executive produced by Jo Porter and Julie McGauran, HOGES: THE PAUL HOGAN STORY is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Seven, made with the assistance of Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.

Celebrating how a nice girl can finish first, the story of Olivia Newton-John charts her trailblazing personal, musical and uniquely female journey through one of the world’s toughest industries. Selling over 100 million records to become the number one recording artist in the world and starring in one of the most loved film musicals of all time, Olivia is a true Australian hero and survivor who’s lived her life in the goldfish bowl of public attention, learning along the way to harness the power of her fame and defining her greatest success by what she has been able to give back. Directed by Shawn Seet, produced by Margot McDonald and executive produced by Jo Porter and Julie McGauran, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Seven, made with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Shane Warne is a walking tabloid headline. Women, parties, women, high-life and women. He loved being married but couldn’t help himself. And as he rolled from scandal to scandal he was also, through all this, the greatest cricketer of his generation. WARNIE explores the paradox that is the most admired, criticised and publicised Australian sportsman of the century. Written by Matt Ford, produced by Kerrie Mainwaring and executive produced by Rory Callaghan and Julie McGauran, WARNIE is a Screentime, a Banijay Group company, production for Seven, made with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

New Australian True Crime

Groundbreaking. Powerful. Gripping. Heart stopping. MURDER UNCOVERED is a breakthrough investigative news series that will blow wide open some of the worst, most infamous cases of unsolved killings and crimes in Australian criminal history. Each episode will revisit a different case that enraged and engaged the country, featuring new evidence, major breakthroughs and fresh leads that will have you questioning everything. Featuring award-winning journalist Michael Usher, chilling new details will be uncovered from never-before-given interviews with eyewitnesses to the crimes, the detectives who investigated, the victims, the prime suspects, and in some cases even the murderers – in their own words. From the team that made the critically-acclaimed Anita Cobby documentary and In Cold Blood… The Chris Lane Story, MURDER UNCOVERED will dramatically revitalise the crime genre. Just when you thought you knew it all…

MILLION DOLLAR COLD CASE is cracking open the files of unsolved murders that have frustrated police and devastated grieving families for years. Police are determined to catch the killers, and have offered one million dollar rewards to help solve these horrific crimes. MILLION DOLLAR COLD CASE takes the viewer inside each investigation as cold case detectives track down the murderer. They have a message for the killers – you will be caught. Someone, somewhere knows who did it.

New Australian Ob Docs

In this brand new series from Seven Productions, these stunning young mums have model good looks, glamorous lives and are never seen without their high heels and designer wear – but their best accessory is their baby bump. As the Italian family from Adelaide get ready to celebrate the arrival of their new princess, things become very competitive when they try to outdo the Melbourne yummy mummies with the most lavish baby showers, extravagant push presents and luxurious babymoons. When these yummy mummies get together, nothing, and no subject, is off limits. But their glamorous, perfect lives are about to change and they have no idea what’s in store because… the babies are coming!

In this brand new series from Seven Productions, we follow Aussie couples who have found a way to get rich quick. They buy homes, they renovate, they sell – all in just a few short weeks. But with big reward comes big risk. Will it be flip or flop? And what are the secrets to their success?


Tim Worner, Seven West Media’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, said: “We are about delivering the best to our audiences wherever they may be and on any screen. We are unleashing more live events – across sports and our primetime. We are commissioning great Australian dramas. Our track record of success over the past decade provides us with the confidence to expand and build our market-leading content and delivery presence across all screens.”


Pete Evans and Manu Feildel return with an eighth season of Australia’s number one regular program, MY KITCHEN RULES. An average audience of 2.32 million viewers tuned in this year to see Melbourne sisters Tasia and Gracia take out the 2016 title and $250,000 in prize money. Acclaimed chefs Colin Fassnidge, Karen Martini, Guy Grossi and Liz Egan return to Kitchen HQ next year to judge the new batch of aspiring home cooks. And when the MKR doorbell rings in 2017, expect new twists and a new face at the dinner table.

Australia’s number one renovation show averaged more than 1.57 million viewers in 2016 and more than two million people tuned in to see Queensland twins Luke and Cody win and realise their dream of living mortgage free. In 2017, host Johanna Griggs returns with six new teams who will be faced with the huge task of tackling the worst house in HOUSE RULES history.

With an average combined audience of 1.85 million, WANTED is Australia’s number one regular drama of 2016. In the first season, checkout chick Lola Buckley (Rebecca Gibney) and accountant Chelsea Babbage (Geraldine Hakewill) were thrown together by fate and circumstance in a thrilling chase across Australia in a car full of drugs and money. After a hair-raising pursuit across the starkly varied landscapes of Australia, the second season sees them journey the length of Thailand and New Zealand as they turn from the hunted into the hunters in an effort to bring the fight to their pursuers and unearth the truth about how and why this whole thing started.

800 WORDS continued to charm in 2016 with a combined average audience of 1.5 million. When the series returns in 2017, George (Erik Thomson) is finding his place among the eclectic folk of Weld, as he raises teenagers Shay (Melinda Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony). George and Fiona’s budding relationship is headline news, however it’s Jan’s budding baby news that really sets the town alight. There’s new faces as George’s wayward brother arrives in town, but is that too many Turners for Weld to handle?

Returning in 2017 for a second series, THE SECRET DAUGHTER is currently the number one drama on Australian television. Starring Jessica Mauboy as part-time country pub singer Billie Carter and a stellar ensemble cast, the popular drama has captured everyone’s hearts with its warmth, humour and music.

Seven’s fly-on-the-wall dating show is back for a second series. The first series of FIRST DATES was a runaway smash earlier this year, averaging 1.28 million viewers. It won its timeslot with Australians tuning in to see singles from across the country go on blind dates. Cameras controlled remotely record the date from start to finish – from first impressions, through all the awkward, heart-warming and funny moments, to the end of the meal where they must decide if a second date is on the cards. Who will find love next?

In 2016, SEVEN YEAR SWITCH was number one in its timeslot each week with an average combined audience of 1.479 million. The breakout hit series returns in 2017 with four new couples who are on the brink of separation. They will put their relationship on the line in order to save it, living with a like-minded new partner in an experimental marriage, to help them decide if they would be better off with someone else. Viewers will learn about each of the couples – how they met, how they fell in love, how their relationship took a turn for the worst and why they are willing to risk everything to mend it. Therapists Jo Lamble and Peter Charleston return to assess the relationships and support them as they adjust to living with an experimental partner. At the end of this social experiment, each of the couples will reunite and make the decision to either part ways or reaffirm their commitment for life.


New US Programmes

A serialised murder-mystery comedy, this documentary-style single-camera series goes into the heart of a quirky, small Southern town to follow the arrest and murder trial of a beloved, if idiosyncratic, poetry professor Larry Henderson (John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dexter) and Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto, Gotham), the young “Northeastern” lawyer hired to defend him. Following the trial over the entire first season, this funny character-driven mystery is packed with physical comedic moments in tandem with the suspense of watching the case unfold. Larry, the accused, is vocal about maintaining his innocence, but as the cards stack, fall and shuffle, and the secrets come out… did he or didn’t he?

A gritty, intense drama from Jerry Bruckheimer, TRAINING DAY is a reimagining of the groundbreaking film of the same name, beginning 15 years later and exploring a modern-day Los Angeles in all its guts and glory. The LAPD’s Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) is one of the good guys. An idealistic, rookie cop bumped up to detective in an elite and elusive unit that goes after the worst of the worst. He’s been tasked to expose the corruption of veteran cop Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton, Big Love), a charming but crooked, morally ambiguous detective. As the bullets fly and we enter the undercover world with these partners who don’t trust each other, who’s training who?



Seven is focused on delivering the biggest sports events to all Australians. Seven is the network of the Australian Football League and the Olympic Games. Seven’s long-term partnerships confirm the company’s leadership in sports television with the network continuing to dramatically expand its coverage of major sports across its digital broadcast television channels and accelerate coverage across online, mobile and other emerging forms of content delivery.

Seven’s commitment to an expanding presence in sport builds on the network’s unprecedented new agreement with the International Olympic Committee. Seven is the network of the the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018 and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020. Seven is also the home of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Seven’s agreements for the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the World Swimming Championships join the company’s long-term commitment to the National Football League, including the Super Bowl, The Masters, Royal Ascot and Wimbledon as major international sports franchises for Seven.

Seven also has all-encompassing agreements for coverage of the Australian Football League Premiership Season, Finals Series, the Grand Final and Brownlow Medal, and the local Australian Rules Football competitions, the West Australian Football League, the Victorian Football League and the South Australian National Football League, the Bathurst 12 Hour Endurance Race, all major horse racing events including the Sydney Easter Carnival, the Stradbroke Handicap, the Melbourne Spring Carnival and the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, all major Australian golf tournaments, the Stawell Gift, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, the New South Wales Shute Shield in rugby, and all major tennis tournaments in Australia including the Australian Open and the Davis Cup. Seven also has all-encompassing rights to swimming in Australia and is the network of the Australian Swimming Championships.

Platform 7

Seven today confirmed Platform 7 – the company’s new digital content division creating bespoke digital content for all social networks and audiences. Platform 7 is a new form of delivery of content from Australia’s leading content creators, Seven Productions. It will seek to tell new stories, with new talent to new audiences through original digital first formats; while also offering clients new ways to integrate their brands into bespoke digital content.

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31 Responses

  1. Network bosses wonder why people are taking up streaming, can you blame them. 4 channels and yet they hold back airing new material. Its not the 70s now. If it aired somewhere in the world yesterday we should see it today.

    I personally think Aussie dramas generally starting around 8.45 to 9pm is waste. Most the population is in bed or on the net at that time of night. One network should have the guts to stick in the 7.30 to 8.30pm timeslot. I hope Ten comes up with a better array of programs.

  2. Nothing about renewals for their existing factuals (Border Security, Highway Patrol, etc.) Considering they’re the go-to fill in shows when something else flops, maybe its just a given!

    Interesting only two new international series announced. Those US network dramas ain’t what they were to Seven back in the Lost/Desperate Housewives days I guess.

    1. Note the headline says “highlights.” This is not the full slate and Seven never announces everything. Last year for example it did not announce Seven Year Switch which has turned into one of their bigger successes this year.

  3. Looking forward to new seasons of 800 words, wanted & secret daughter. Those crime dramas sound good & the mini series on Warnie, Olivia Newton John & Paul Hogan do too. Would have thought Warnie would be on 9 though.

    1. good chat simmo3. Sevens the winner knowing you won’t be watching, their audience was always made up of intelligent Australians, you prove the point perfectly

  4. Why are Australian networks not more organised and advanced with series development when they have these Upfront announcements by now.

    I understand the US system has been going for decades, and I’m not really expecting Australian networks to be able to organize themselves to that degree – as to be honest our networks often seem to operate haphazardly wit not much planning or foresight. But these Upfronts have been happening for about 5 years now.

    Why are Seven (and Nine and Ten) not ready to go with clips and trailers posted online and released to the public? This is a huge PR / marketing opportunity to start building buzz and excitement for shows. Gone on are the days when you can throw a few promos on the air 2 weeks out. Audiences are so fragmented. NBC last upfront season got 150 million views on youtube for it’s trailer it released for “this is Us” – that was largely…

    1. I don’t think Aussie networks film pilots though do they? That is where all the trailers come from at the US upfronts. There is also a bit of a difference between an upfront where primarily you’re promoting shows that are largely being rolled out in 4 months, and an upfront that due to Oz’s staggered schedule will have (if you’re lucky) a quarter of the titles airing in February.

  5. A bit bored of all these docudramas and biographies that Australia keeps making about celebrities. There’s a new soap opera telemovie about a race car driver, actor, cricketer, TV Ceo or musician every 2 months

  6. It won’t happen now of course but I wish 7 had showed some foresight when they ran The Real SeaChange a decade or so ago.
    Would love for them to have taken another look at how the SeaChangers coped with their new life some 12 or 24 months later.

  7. Well some stuff I am excited about. I always like the telemovies, so I’ll hang out for those. Property Flippers obviously inspired by 9Life. That and Yummy Mummies both seem like they belong on 7maaaate. I’m interested in the true crimes shows – both sound like the same show though. Most of The reality stuff is the usual dross, and uninteresting to me. Although – it has to be said – I did catch some of First Dates. With all of Seven’s romance shows, and Nine’s extended Married at First Sight, they will saturate and Kill the ‘romance’ category in 2017.

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