Nine 2018 Upfronts: Renewals underpin new slate
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, Bite Club & Love Island join a swag of renewals for Nine in 2018.
Shaun Micallef in Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Dominic Monaghan, Todd Lasance & Deborah Mailman in Bite Club, plus new shows on property, dating, driving and food are all coming to Nine in 2018.
New titles include Buying Blind, Driving Test, Date Night and the 2 parter Eat Well For Less.
Love Island will screen on 9GO!
After a strong 2017, Nine has a swag of renewals including The Block, Married at First Sight, Australian Ninja Warrior, Doctor Doctor, True Story with Hamish & Andy, Travel Guides, 20 to One, RBT, Hot Seat, Getaway and production on This Time Next Year.
Boy George, Kelly Rowland and Delta Goodrem are all back for The Voice.
CEO Hugh Marks told advertisers, “A year ago we committed to deliver a range of things that would improve the opportunities we can bring to you, our partners. I’m pleased to stand here today and reflect on a year that I’m incredibly proud of. A year in which Nine has really lifted its performance. A year that sets us up brilliantly to work with you to achieve the outcomes we all want. Brand building, awareness and most importantly, sales.”
The event held at FOX Studios in Sydney included presentations on 9Now, 9Honey & data platform 9Galaxy. In attendance were key talent including Karl Stefanovic, Hamish & Andy, Shaun Micallef, Scott Cam, Rodger Corser, Georgie Gardner, Rebecca Maddern, Erin Molan, Aaron Jeffery, Richard Wilkins, Dominic Monaghan and Kelly Rowland.
“We will invest again in our schedule,” Marks continued.
“We’ve had a great year but we know how important it is that we add more premium entertainment to our schedule to further expand the depth of our content in the demos that are important to you.
“Whether it’s news, sport, entertainment or lifestyle content, brought to life through big event television, long or short form video, podcasts, native, or amplified through social, our audience-first approach in 2018 will inform our content decisions like never before.
“Despite the great year we’ve had, we know we have a lot more work to do to be the media business we can and will become.”
Absent from the list are local dramas House Husbands and Love Child plus comedy Here Come the Habibs. Nine is yet to announce international titles.
TALKIN’ ’BOUT YOUR GENERATION
The blockbuster comedy for every generation that will have all Australian’s laughing out loud, Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation, led by host Shaun Micallef, is an hour-long riotous battle between three generations – Gen X lead by Robyn Butler, Gen Y lead by Andy Lee and Gen Z lead by Laurence Boxhall. Each week our three regular captains team up with three celebrity guests to answer questions and play fun and irreverent games that span the generations. The show brings back to life everyone’s favourite memories and moments from the worlds of film and TV, music, news and current affairs, fads, advertising, sport and more. It’s a celebration of the generations and what defines them in a bid to find out which one really does rule (for a week at least).
Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation is produced by ITV Studios for Nine.
UNDERBELLY FILES: CHOPPER
Destined to be one of the most compelling dramas in Australian television history, Underbelly Files: Chopper is coming to Nine in 2018. Created by Screentime, producers of the trailblazing Underbelly franchise, this two-part mini-series explores the untold, uncut story of notorious gangster Mark ‘Chopper’ Read as he struggles to reconcile his two competing identities – Chopper, the colourful underworld figure, and Mark Brandon Read, the man who craved a quiet life far from the public arena.
Starring award-winning actor Aaron Jeffery (Wentworth, McLeod’s Daughters, Water Rats) as Chopper, an outstanding cast will feature alongside him, including two-time Logie Award
winner Michael Caton (The Castle, Packed to the Rafters) as Chopper’s father Keith, Todd Lasance (The Vampire Diaries) as Chopper’s nemesis, gangster Syd Collins, and Ella Scott Lynch (Love Child) who will portray his second wife, Margaret with whom he shared a love that defied obstacles and lasted decades.
The stellar cast will also include Zoe Ventoura as Chopper’s first wife, Mary Ann, Jane Allsop, Reef Ireland, Alex Tsitsopoulos and Anna Bamford, with original Underbelly alumni Vince Colosimo and Kevin Harrington returning as Alphonse Gangitano and Lewis Moran, and Debra Byrne reprising her portrayal of Judy Moran.
Underbelly Files: Chopper is produced by Screentime for Nine
Nine’s new crime thriller, Bite Club, boasts a killer star cast: Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Vampire Diaries, Underbelly Files: Chopper), Ash Ricardo (Offspring, Party Tricks), Damian Walshe-Howling (Underbelly, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, Janet King), Deborah Mailman (Redfern Now, Offspring), Robert Mammone (Underbelly, Fat Tony & Co, Janet King), Pia Miller (Home and Away, Marny Kennedy (Janet King), Darcie Irwin-Simpson (Love Child) and Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord of The Rings, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wild Things).
After surviving a shark attack two detectives join forces to hunt the ultimate predator, the serial killer who is also hunting them.
Bite Club is currently in production in Sydney, produced by Playmaker for Nine with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Create NSW.
In 2018, Nine unveils the most ground-breaking property show on Australian television. Couples searching for their dream home will hand over their life savings to three experts, trusting them to take over the biggest decision of their lives. Amazing transformations and edge-of-your-seat drama make Buying Blind the new high-stakes property thriller.
Buying Blind is produced by Endemol Shine for Nine.
The brand-new future of dating has arrived. Date Night is a spontaneous, fun-filled dating show. Singles looking for love will use their family and friends to find their perfect match. Together, from their couches, they’ll play this online dating game, swiping through prospective suitors until they find The One. They’ll laugh, cringe and squirm until they meet the person of their dreams – or not. Anyone lucky enough to swipe a match gets to go on a date for real.
Date Night is produced by Screentime for Nine.
Driving Test is a heartfelt factual show that goes behind the scenes of people learning how to drive. From their very first lesson to the test itself, we’ll witness the highs and lows and the hits and misses as the drivers and their larger-than-life instructors score them a Pass or Fail. Set in Darwin, the only place in Australia where the driving test must be recorded, we meet people from all walks of life as they’re unleashed on the streets. They set off on the ride of their lives hoping to secure the ticket of their dreams – a driver’s licence.
Driving Test is produced by Screentime for Nine.
EAT WELL FOR LESS
Spending too much at the checkout? Want to break bad shopping habits? Want to save money for the things that really matter?
Eat Well For Less is an inspiring new 2-part series, that offers entertaining and practical ways to east better and save money while you do it.
It will change the shopping, cooking and eating habits of a nation. Our hosts take families who are cash strapped and time poor, seize their shopping trolley, and then meal by meal, transform the way that family eats. They will secretly film the families when they do their supermarket shopping to expose their problems and attempt to mend their ways. From tips and tricks to grand public experiments, it’s a show full of fascinating insights into exactly what we put into our fridges, cupboards and our bellies. Eat Well For Less will show the average Australian family what to buy, how it’s made and where to buy it, so they can shop, cook and eat for less without scrimping on quality.
Eat Well for Less is produced by Screentime for Nine.
LOVE ISLAND (9GO!)
Taking the hottest international reality show format right now and unleashing it on 9GO! and 9Now, the multi-million-dollar stripped format commission, Love Island Australia, will see sexy young Aussie singles on the lookout for romance, jetting off to a summer paradise to find love in the sun in Spain.
Not only must they must choose their partner wisely and stay the course as sexy new singles enter the island, but they also must win the hearts of the public, convincing them – and themselves – that their newfound love is real.
Throughout weeks of dates, challenges, eliminations and sexy new singles, all in front of our eyes, viewers will get to decide who they want to stay, who they want to boot, and ultimately who they want to crown the hottest couple on Love Island Australia. The winning couple are handed a pot of money to start their new lives together, but there’s a catch: one is given the chance to share the money or walk away with it all for them self. Were they after love or money all along?
AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR
The Australian Ninja Warrior phenomenon that captivated the nation with record ratings in 2017 will return in 2018 – even bigger and better.
Hosts Ben Fordham and Rebecca Maddern will be joined again by Freddie Flintoff for the ultimate event television format of the year.
Ninjas will come from far and wide, with over 8000 hopefuls being narrowed down to 300 of the most physically and mentally tough contestants who will have the chance to tame the toughest obstacle course in the world.
Get ready for every tantalising jump, swing, hang and run on “Ninja Island” when Ninjas zero in on the famed Mount Midoriyama. Will Australia’s first ultimate Ninja Warrior be crowned in 2018?
Australian Ninja Warrior is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT
Married at First Sight, Australia’s most controversial and ground-breaking social experiment, returns for its fifth and most explosive series yet in 2018.
Our three expert matchmakers – relationship psychologist John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Trisha Stratford and dating expert and psychologist Mel Schilling – face the mammoth task of again pairing 20 brave singles, using a mix of neuroscience and psychology to try to create 10 perfect matches.
You’re invited to 10 breathtaking weddings as Married at First Sight promises more drama than ever.
The experts put relationships to the ultimate pressure test to determine if science really can predict true love for the 10 couples who will be getting married at first sight in the new series produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.
Australia’s longest running reality program will return in 2018 for its 14th series. Fifteen years since the record-breaking first instalment in 2003, The Block has cemented itself as a television phenomenon that remains as popular as ever. This year The Block has averaged 1.8 million viewers per episode – up by 20 per cent on the corresponding period last year.
In 2018, Scott Cam will unleash a block challenge like no other – the infamous Gatwick Hotel in beachside St Kilda in Melbourne. With its grand sweeping staircase, high ceilings and historic architecture, it was purpose-built 80 years ago as a luxurious hotel. But for the past 50 years it has provided budget accommodation to the needy and vulnerable.
Next year’s contestants will be tasked with transforming the Gatwick to its former glory and potentially winning a life-changing sum of money. The Block has distributed an astronomical cash total of $17,575,501.01 across 13 series to date.
The Block is a Nine production in conjunction with Cavalier Television
The Voice Australia will be back for a sensational seventh series as popular superstar coaches Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Boy George return to the famous red chairs.
They will be joined by a fourth coach to be announced soon as they uncover the next wave of incredible talent across the nation.
This follows a highly successful sixth season which saw millions tuning in to hear the jaw-dropping tones of Judah Kelly as he took out the title of The Voice Australia, along with $100,000 in prizemoney and a recording contract with Universal Music.
Which artists will make the coaches turn their chairs? And can winning Coach Delta Goodrem defend her title?
The Voice Australia is produced by ITV Studios for Nine.
TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH & ANDY
True Story with Hamish & Andy brings to life the best Australian tales you’ve never heard, told by the very people who experienced them and then humorously and cinematically realised through dramatic recreations.
In each half-hour episode Hamish and Andy meet an everday Australian storyteller who recounts an amazing, surprising, funny and above all true story, which is simultaneously recreated by a cast of Australia’s most renowned performers.
The first series was a smash hit, acclaimed by critics and viewers alike. Each episode was watched by more than two million people (including encore screenings and streaming on 9Now), making True Story one of the most successful new program launches in recent years.
And in a massive nod to the program’s broad family appeal, it was announced today that Warner Bros. International Television Production had acquired the rights to launch the format to global audiences at MIPCOM in Cannes next week.
Hamish & Andy will return with ten more hilarious and astonishing true stories in 2018.
THIS TIME NEXT YEAR
Nine’s inspirational hit This Time Next Year will be back for a second series. In each heartwarming episode people from across the country will pledge to change their lives by “this time next year”. As they walk off through the “this time” door, host Karl Stefanovic and the viewers soon know the outcome of their journey in moments as they walk back in through the “next year” door. The program’s unique time travel-style format then unfolds to reveal what happened during the year-long journey through their ambitious pledge, whether successful or not. Many of the stories will take unexpected twists and turns and some of the physical transformations will be truly incredible. Produced by Nine.
Australia’s favourite bad boy medico, Dr Hugh Knight, is back for a third series of Nine’s hit drama series, Doctor Doctor.
With the second series currently on air, Dcotor Doctor has once again captured the hearts of Australia with more viewers tuning in every week. Doctor Doctor showcases some of Australia’s finest actors with the outstanding cast of Rodger Corser (Hugh), Nicole da Silva (Charlie), Steve Bisley (Jim), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Hayley McElhinney (Penny), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Charles Wu (Ken), Belinda Bromilow (Betty) and Brittany Clark (Mia).
Doctor Doctor is produced by Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan and Tony McNamara for Nine with the assistance of Create NSW.
Nine’s hilarious and addictive Travel Guides will be taking off for an outrageous second series in 2018. The Fren family from Newcastle, holiday snobs Kevin and Janetta, and cowgirls Stack and Mel will return, plus you’ll meet some new faces to visit new places at home and abroad. Our travel guides will experience the same week-long holiday and review the same accommodation, cuisine and local sights. Their adventures and candid antics will entertain and surprise you as they deliver a no-holds-barred review and rate their stay out of five stars. Narrated by Aussie comedian Denise Scott and produced by Nine.
20 TO ONE
Hang on tight as Erin Molan and Dave Thornton return to take you on a white-knuckle ride through the weird and wild world of pop culture in the inimitable and outrageous style of 20 to One. A star-studded lineup of international and homegrown celebrities will join the countdown commentary, adding their hilarious and often shocking take on everyone and everything. Join Sharon Osbourne, Alan Carr, John Stamos, Sophie Monk, Scott Cam, Roxy Jacenko, Gina Liano, Lee Lin Chin, Christopher Pyne and Anthony Albanese. 20 to One is produced by Nine.
A new series of RBT will go behind the frontline in 2018 on Channel Nine. From major roadside drink-driving operations to high-speed pursuits, RBT will capture the drama and danger that police in Australia face every day in their relentless campaign against drink and drug driving.
RBT is produced by Screentime for Nine
MILLIONAIRE HOT SEAT
In 2018, Australia’s richest quiz show, Millionaire Hot Seat hosted by Eddie McGuire, will celebrate an historic tenth series. This year Hot Seat unveiled a series of dynamic new twists in a new one-hour format. The revamped supercharged version of the long-running program now starts with contestants going head-to-head in a rapid-fire battle of Fastest Finger First. And Lifelines were reintroduced, providing an added level of excitement for viewers.
Since premiering on April 20, 2009, Millionaire Hot Seat has changed countless lives and given away a staggering $43.2 million. It remains the only program on Australian television in which it is possible to win $1 million.
Getaway, Australia’s longest running and most popular holiday and travel television program, will continue to take you around the globe in 2018, uncovering the most beautiful locations and tasting the most delicious food. And you won’t even need to leave your living room.
Hollywood glitz and glamour comes to Channel Nine once again in 2018 as the 90th Academy Awards are broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to honour the best films of 2017.
TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS
In 2018, the TV Week Logie Awards will celebrate their diamond anniversary, 60 years of recognising excellence on Australian television. Channel Nine will broadcast the Logies LIVE for the first time from The Star on the Gold Coast. TV’s night of nights will present awards to honour individuals and programs for their outstanding achievement to Australian television.
The ARIA Awards make their triumphant return to the Nine Network on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, LIVE from The Star in Sydney.
Presented by Nine Network entertainment guru Richard Wilkins, the prestigious ARIA Awards is the flagship event on the Australian music calendar. Representing the pinnacle of music success, the year’s best and most popular acts are recognised in front of their peers and fans alike.
The likes of John Farnham, Crowded House and INXS were among the award winners at the original event in 1987, and since then the ARIAs have been a star-studded affair, attracting top acts from around the world.
This year, the 31st ARIA Awards will be no different as international superstars take the stage and another Australian music legend is deservedly inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The ARIA Awards are produced by ZigZag TV for the Nine Network.
CAROLS BY CANDELIGHT
The magical Christmas Eve tradition of Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight will return for its 81st year in 2018, with a spectacle that promises to be as captivating as ever from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE AWW
A host of familiar faces will come together again to show you how to make the festive season extra special when Channel Nine presents Christmas with The Australian Women’s Weekly.
NINE NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS
In 2017, Nine News once again took out the ratings crown for its 6.00pm bulletins in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, a result that drives our team to work harder to provide the most accurate and the up-to-date news service possible. This year, on top of the 3.00pm Nine News Now bulletin, we also rolled out a series of state-based 4.00pm afternoon bulletins to complement our suite of evening bulletins.
Nine is also home to Australia’s fastest growing and most informative regional news bulletins. Every night of the week, Nine News broadcasts 27 simultaneous 6.00pm bulletins across our country.
Returning to our screens for an historic 40th season in 2018, 60 Minutes has consistently set the benchmark for unveiling the biggest exclusive stories every Sunday night. Veteran reporters Liz Hayes, Liam Bartlett, Tara Brown, Ross Coulthart, Allison Langdon, Charles Woolley and Peter Stefanovic continue to deliver cutting-edge journalism and ensure that 60 Minutes remains Australia’s number one weekly public affairs program.
A Current Affair has long been the voice of everyday Australians, standing up for the underdogs and exposing crime, fraud, and dodgy practices wherever they may exist, all while managing to entertain us with the latest entertainment, technology and celebrity news. It continues to provide a service for ordinary Aussies in their day-to-day lives, featuring an elite team of respected Australian journalists. Tracy Grimshaw returns in 2018 to host A Current Affair, which has firmly cemented itself as the preferred viewing choice in the 7.00pm prime-time slot, a consistent winner night after night.
After celebrating its landmark 35th year on air, TODAY is back in 2018 waking up with Australia. Hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, along with Entertainment Editor Richard Wilkins, News presenter Sylvia Jeffreys, Sports presenter Tim Gilbert, Weather presenter Natalia Cooper and Finance Editor Ross Greenwood, will bring you all the latest in news, current affairs, sport, politics, entertainment, fashion, health and lifestyle from Australia and around the world.
Sonia Kruger and David Campbell will return to our screens for TODAY Extra in 2018. They’ll continue to bring the latest in news, current affairs, fashion and celebrity gossip into lounge rooms across Australia throughout their morning.
Australians will continue to start their weekend on a high, joining Deb Knight, Tom Steinfort and News presenter Jayne Azzopardi for Weekend TODAY as they deliver all the latest in news, current affairs, sport, politics, entertainment, fashion, health and lifestyle from Australia and around the world.
THE MAGELLAN ASHES & NINE’S SUMMER OF CRICKET
The 2017-18 Magellan Ashes Series is a battle 135 years in the making, with the first of five test matches commencing at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 23, 2017.
Fans will be fired up for another gripping series, with Australia battling to reclaim The Ashes from England, “the old enemy”. The Ashes have always been a closely fought contest, with each nation having won the series 32 times, along with five draws.
Adelaide Oval will host the first day/night test in Ashes history, starting December 2, 2017, with the lights bringing an added layer of strategy to what shapes as an enthralling pink-ball contest.
Mark Nicholas, Bill Lawry, Ian Healy, Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke, Shane Warne and Michael Slater will lead Nine’s coverage as the next chapter in Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry unfolds.
In early 2018, Nine’s Summer of Cricket continues as Australia and England then do battle in the five-game One Day International Series, followed by the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Series where New Zealand’s Black Caps will join the fray in a three-way series.
THE AFL FOOTY SHOW
It’s another big year in footy with The AFL Footy Show returning for a mammoth 25th season in 2018. Eddie McGuire, Rebecca Maddern and Sam Newman will be joined by champions of the game for all the biggest stories from the world of AFL, in-depth discussions on the week in footy and a whole lot of laughs.
THE SUNDAY FOOTY SHOW
Join the expert panel on Sunday mornings for all the news and events from the week of AFL and the greatest banter in the game. Catch up with the best in the business along with superstar guests on The Sunday Footy Show as they give a comprehensive review of all the games from the weekend and preview the matches still to come.
Footy’s most confrontational program returns in 2018. Footy Classified will continue to tackle the biggest issues on and off the field, daring to go where no other show goes.
THE NRL FOOTY SHOW
The NRL Footy Show also returns for its 25th season in 2018, with all the latest breaking stories and loads of fun from the world of rugby league. Each week Paul “Fatty” Vautin, Erin Molan, Beau Ryan and Darryl “Big Marn” Brohman will be joined by some of the biggest names in the game, including Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, as they provide expert analysis on all the matches.
THE NRL SUNDAY FOOTY SHOW
Nine’s rugby league experts will dissect every week of NRL action in 2018 when James Bracey is joined by regulars Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer on The Sunday Footy Show, 11.00am to 1.00pm. Fans will get two hours of opinion and discussion on all the latest in rugby league from the best minds in the game.
Never shy of tackling the biggest issues in sport from across the globe, Sports Sunday is home to the hardest hitting opinions on TV – with host Emma Freedman and regular panellists such as David Warner, Paul Gallen, Michael Clarke, Peter FitzSimons, Liz Ellis, Peter Sterling and Neil Breen to separate fact from fiction in 2018 – who’s right, who’s wrong, and who’s got absolutely no idea.
NRL & STATE OF ORIGIN
The home of rugby league will expand to new heights in 2018 and reach more Australians than ever when Nine claims full digital rights on the NRL. That means live streaming, catch-up, and short-form clips and highlights, coming straight from the broadcast to the digital environment via 9Now, Wide World of Sports.com.au and all of our social media platforms, live and free.
In the commentary box “The Voice” of rugby league, Ray “Rabs” Warren, will head up the best commentary team in the game when he is joined by Andrew Johns, Phil Gould, Peter Sterling, Wally Lewis, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Ray Hadley, James Bracey and Mat Thompson.
The best games in every NRL round will be shown Live and Free on Thursday, Friday and Sunday before expanding to four days of footy in the run to the finals with the 7.30pm match on Saturday night.
The highest rating television event of the year, State of Origin, will be exclusive to Nine – the fierce rivalry between NSW and Queensland, the mate versus mate, State versus State gladiatorial drama. In 2018, the Origin series will kick off in front of up to 100,000 fans at the MCG before Game 2 is played on a Sunday night in Sydney, finishing with Game 3 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Also from next year an all-new NRL Monday night panel show will premiere with players, coaches and experts bringing you their insights and opinions on all the important issues in rugby league.
Netball on Nine will be front and centre in the sporting landscape of 2018 when Wide World of Sports showcases the Suncorp Super Netball. The best netballers in the world will converge on Australian shores from April to August, with two huge games at 3.00pm Saturday and 1.00pm Sunday.
The Australian Diamonds will then shine on Nine from September with the Quad Series against England, New Zealand and South Africa, followed by the intense trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand’s Silver Ferns in the Constellation Cup.
SANTOS TOUR DOWN UNDER
Broadcast exclusively across the Nine Network and 9Gem, Adelaide will again play host to Australia’s biggest week in cycling: the Santos Tour Down Under. The seven-day event, also regarded as one of the best weeks in world cycling, will wind through Adelaide, showcasing its beautiful countryside and testing terrain, and starring the world’s best teams and riders.
Wheel-to-wheel coverage will be called by the legendary voice of world cycling, Phil Liggett, along with his long-time commentary partner, Paul Sherwen. The broadcast veterans will be joined by Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen.
Deemed the biggest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-renowned Santos Tour Down Under will be covered by Today Show Sports presenter Tim Gilbert for 9Gem and the Nine Network, bringing viewers all the excitement and colour that makes this annual event so much more than a bike race.
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