TEN 2018 Upfronts: Blind Date, Gordon Ramsay, new drama & comedy.

  • MasterChef & The Project reach 10 seasons
  • Gordon Ramsay & Nigella Lawson to guest on MasterChef
  • New comedies: Street Smart, How to Stay Married
  • New drama: Playing for Keeps
  • Julia Morris to host Blind Date
  • Observational series The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds
  • Returning: I’m a Celebrity, Bachelor franchise, Australian Survivor
  • Special “Pilot week” of new titles

TEN’s Upfronts was a splashy affair last night, big on celebrities, staging and partying, as part of a bold statement to the market.

TEN announced three new scripted projects, drama Playing for Keeps about the women behind football players, plus two comedies Street Smart with Tahir Bilgic and Rob Shehadie, and Peter Helliar & Lisa McCune in How to Stay Married -a spin-off from ABC’s It’s a Date.

UK formats Blind Date and The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds both get local versions while several pilots across a number of content genres will go to air in a special “pilot week.”

Previously-announced titles include Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures, Hughesy We Have a Problem and Bachelor in Paradise.

The evening at the newly opened International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour opened with a cheeky acknowledgment of their financial struggle with host Julia Morris singing “My Favourite Things” with pyjama-clad celebrities Grant Denyer, Matt Preston, Amanda Keller, plus The Project team.

CEO Paul Anderson, noting the network was completing its ownership process with TEN (tipped to be confirmed this morning), thanked staff and advertisers for their support. With CBS Studios boss Armando Nunez in attendance, Anderson was buoyant about a new chapter and noted “We like being different,” from other local broadcasters.

“We are now in the final stages of being acquired by CBS Corporation. This is a game changer for TEN and we believe a significant positive for the Australian media industry,” he said.

“CBS is a global entertainment giant, a mass media company that is the most-watched television network in the US, with one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content.

“Making and acquiring great content is their mission, and it is our mission as well. Broadcasting that great content across multiple platforms with leading edge technology in an ever-changing environment is crucial and what better way for us to take on that challenge than by being part of the global media powerhouse that is CBS,” he said.

Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “This year we have had significant successes across a range of genres and we will expand on that in 2018 for an even better year of wonderful, powerful and engaging shows that connect with people across all screens.

“We remain absolutely focused on giving Australians brand-safe, family-friendly entertainment for all screens and will build on the brand and content success we have had in recent years with MasterChef Australia, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Project, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia, Gogglebox Australia, Australian Survivor and many others,” she said.

But rumours of CBS boss Les Moonves or new hiring Lisa Wilkinson in attendance proved to be just that, whilst there were no announcements of a new Breakfast project.

Absent from the list were Offspring & The Wrong Girl (both still to be decided), Bondi Vet (a casting announcement is due next week but not necessarily for TEN), new local drama Sisters still in its infancy, and the now-axed Common Sense.

New:

Bachelor In Paradise.
Set in a romantic tropical overseas destination overseas, this exciting new event series features former fan favourites and stand – out characters from previous seasons of The Bachelor Australia and The Bachelorette Australia – including Keira McGuire, Laurina Fleure, Tara Pavlovic, Apollo Jackson, Michael Turnbull and Davey Lloyd – returning for another chance at romance and love. With Osher Gunsberg presiding , Bachelor In Paradise will be one of the most talked about new shows of 2018 as it follows the contestants as they build new relationships, fall in love or face heartbreak, again. Bachelor In Paradise is produced by Warner Bros International Television Production Australia.

Blind Date.
Fresh, funny and full of surprises, Blind Date – the original and most enduring, endearing and entertaining dating format – is a show for the whole family to enjoy. With comedy superstar Julia Morris at the helm, would – be suiters searching for their ideal partners, comedy and compatibility will go hand – in – hand. Each week, one single person will ask three hidden potential suiters three questions to determine which person is very right, or horribly wrong, for them. Expect sparks to fly and love to blossom, as Australia’s singles use sharp conversation and witty banter to find the right date for them. Blind Date is produced by Playmaker.

Street Smart.
Street Smart features a gang of astonishingly inept criminals. While they fancy themselves as the next Ocean’s Eleven, their bumbling antics align the group more accurately with the World’s Dumbest Criminals. Starring Tahir Bilgic (Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers) as gang leader Steve and Rob Shehadie (Housos) as his nemesis Joe the parking officer, Street Smart offers a hilarious and unpredictable trip into the world of disorganised crime in the Australian suburbs. Street Smart is produced by CJZ and has received principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW.

Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures.
Looks like it is finally time to hit the road again with Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures returning to Network Ten in 2018. Yes, 16 years since he first set fire to a national park, Australia’s most accident – prone outdoorsman is pulling on the khaki shorts once again. According to Russell it was always a question of timing. “I’ve got some free time now that my croc park has been closed, Ten made a decent offer and the court order banning me from coming within 10 metres of a marsupial has finally been lifted. So strap yourself in for another sun – drenched series of outback adventures – All Aussie style.” Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures is produced by Working Dog Productions.

Hughesy, We Have A Problem.
Dave Hughes’ brand new show Hughesy, We Have a Problem brings together the biggest names in comedy and entertainment for a truly noble cause: to help the people of Australia get over life’s infuriating problems. Hughesy w ill take the problems experienced by everyday Australians and turn them into working solutions. From how to handle infidelity to solving who gets to hold the television remote, there is no problem too big, small, funny or difficult for Hughesy and his team of comedians to tackle. Hughesy, We Have a Problem is produced by Screentime.

The Secret Life Of Four Year Olds.
This hugely engaging and fascinating fly – on – the – wall documentary series follows a group of four – year – olds as they meet at pre – school, in the most pivotal year so far in their young lives. Exploring how children make and break friendships, share, stand up for themselves and find their place in a social group The Secret Life Of Four Year Olds has been embraced by viewers overseas. Funny, cheeky, blissfully innocent and overwhelmingly honest, the world of a four – year – old is full of heart and a joy to behold. The Secret Life Of Four Year Olds is produced by Screentime.

Playing For Keeps.
From the production company behind The Secret Daughter and Underbelly, Playing For Keeps is an exciting new series about the women behind the men we barrack for on the footy field. As the series unfolds there will be affairs, business opportunities, fashion footnotes, faux pas, mounting credit card bills, groupies, harassment, racism, sexism, the ever – present paparazzi and an absurd amount of fun. It’s a world we’ve read about. Now we’re allowed inside. Playing For Keeps is produced by Screentime.

How To Stay Married.
Starring Pete Helliar and Lisa McCune, How To Stay Married goes behind the closed doors of a two – point four family who are stuck in a rut. Greg (Helliar) and Em (McCune) have been married for 12 years, but their relationship is lacking any spark. Life gets complicated when Em goes back to work for the first time since the kids were born, just as Greg is made redundant. And the situation complicates further when Greg’s man – child brother, Brad, moves in. How To Stay Married is a Princess Pictures and Pablo Pictures co – production which has received major production funding from Screen Australia.

Returning:

MasterChef Australia, the show that changed Australians’ television viewing and cooking habits, returns for a spectacular and inspirational 10th season. George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston are back, along with mentor Shannon Bennett and a line-up of guest chefs that includes Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson. The multi-screen sensation that is MasterChef Australia is set for its biggest and best season yet, a season full of surprises.

The family entertainment hit I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns in 2018 for its fourth series, with Julia Morris and Chris Brown presiding over the adventures and antics of another collection of wild and wonderful celebrities in the South African jungle. From unbelievable tucker trials to jaw-dropping challenges, the celebrities face tests they never thought possible. Along the way, friendships develop and walls come down, as the celebrities laugh, cry, scream and amaze all of Australia.

The television, multi-screen, online and social media powerhouses The Bachelor Australia and The Bachelorette Australia return in 2018, with a brand new Bachelor and Bachelorette embarking on their journeys to find love and romance. This year’s The Bachelorette Australia with Sophie Monk smashed television and online audience records, becoming the most successful series of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette ever seen in Australia. Next year promises to be even bigger, more romantic, funnier and more compelling.

Jonathan LaPaglia will host a new group of castaways for the third season of Australian Survivor. The new season, Champions v Contenders, will see champions from fields such as sport, entertainment and all walks of public life take on everyday Australians in the ultimate game of survival. In 2017, more than 21,000 Australians applied for their chance to outwit, outlast and outplay the rest to win $500,000 and the title of Sole Survivor. Who will reign supreme in 2018?

It was the most talked about television defection of this year, and in its 10th season The Project is set for a massive 2018 with Lisa Wilkinson joining the stellar hosting team of the award-winning show, alongside Peter Helliar and TV Week Gold Logie Award winners Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly. Presenting news and entertainment differently from Sunday to Friday, The Project is the smart and fresh destination for news and current affairs.

Network Ten’s hit comedy panel show, Have You Been Paying Attention?, brings together the funniest people with the sharpest wit for an hour of stellar entertainment every week. Tom Gleisner, Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang all return, and with the show continuing to win new fans, the team is set for a bumper 2018.

After posting record audience numbers this year, Gogglebox Australia returns in 2018 with Australia’s most genuine and frank television critics. The country will laugh, cry, think and join in with the Goggleboxers as they react to the television programs of the week.

He pushed his body to the extreme in the ground-breaking first series and now Todd Sampson is ready to go even harder in the brand new season of Todd Sampson’s Body Hack 2.0. In just one of the extraordinary episodes in this new series, Todd is attached to the Iraqi Army Special Forces in the final days of the battle for Mosul, to experience first-hand the impact of frontline conflict on the human body.

Steve Baxter, Janine Allis, Andrew Banks, Naomi Simson and Glen Richards plus host Sarah Harris are returning in 2018 to help a new batch of Aussie entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses in the fourth season of Shark Tank.

Grant Denyer is also back for a new season of the much-loved game show Family Feud and its hit spin-off, All Star Family Feud.

Amanda Keller, Barry Du Bois, Chris Brown and Miguel Maestre return for the seventh season of the TV Week Logie Award-winning The Living Room. Firm friends on and off-screen, the warmth and humour of these four hosts shines, as they bring their unique blend of entertainment, advice and makeovers to Friday nights.

One of Network Ten’s newest local hits will be back in 2018. The funny and fast-packed game show Cram will also be on back on our screens, hosted by Peter Helliar with team captains Dilruk Jayasinha and Virginia Gay and a cast of leading comedians, actors and television stars.

The unique combination of the Bondi Rescue lifeguards’ second-to-none life-saving skills and larrikin attitude has captured the attention of millions of viewers worldwide and cemented the series as one of Australia’s most enduring factual shows. In 2018, join the 33 highly trained men and women, custodians of Australia’s most famous beach, for season 13 of Bondi Rescue.

New International:

Instinct
Based on a book by best-selling author James Patterson, Instinct follows former CIA operative Dr Dylan Reinhart, played by Alan Cumming, who has since built a “normal” life as a professor and writer. Dr Reinhart’s peace is disturbed, however, when he is lured into the drama of his former life by tenacious NYPD detective Lizzie Needham, who engages his expertise to help catch a dangerous serial killer. The much-anticipated US drama also stars Naveen Andrews and Australian actor Bojana Novakovic.

SEAL Team.
The former star of Bones, David Boreanaz, stars as Jason Hayes, leader of the most elite Navy SEAL team the United States has to offer, as he and his team train, plan and execute high-stake missions across the globe. The noble cause of serving one’s country comes with a cost, as it places strains on the SEALs and their families. SEAL Team also stars Max Thieriot and Jessica Paré.

9JKL.
Mark Feuerstein stars in a family comedy inspired by his own life, playing actor Josh Roberts, a new divorcee forced to move home to New York in order to regroup. The only problem is, his new apartment is sandwiched between his doting but meddlesome parents on one side and his overachieving brother, his wife and their baby on the other. 9JKL also stars David Walton, Elliott Gould and Linda Lavin.

Returning International:

Network Ten’s 2018 line-up includes the best content from overseas, including one of the most-
watched television series in the world – NCIS – plus NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, Bull and Wisdom Of The Crowd. From the UK comes The Graham Norton Show and new series and specials from Sir David Attenborough and Jamie Oliver.

Sport:

There is just over one month to go until the highly anticipated return of the KFC Big Bash League with every match broadcast live, free and exclusive on Network Ten. Returning on 19 December, an incredible schedule will see 43 matches played in 48 days, including six double-headers. All matches in the extended season will broadcast in prime time on TEN or ONE, so fans will not miss a minute of the action. British cricket legends Michael Vaughan OBE and Graeme Swann join Network Ten’s commentary team this summer, alongside Australian cricket legend Andrew Symonds, current Australian cricket team coach Darren Lehmann, former New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum and crowd favourite Kevin Pietersen.

Together with regular expert commentators Adam Gilchrist AM, Ricky Ponting AO, Mark Waugh AM, Damien Fleming, Mel Jones, Lisa Sthalekar, Roz Kelly, Mark Howard and Andy Maher, the newcomers complete an all-star line-up of commentators throughout the season, delivering a first-class television experience for fans of all ages.

Network Ten Executive, Big Bash, David Barham, said: “The addition of Vaughan and Swann to Network Ten’s commentary team ensures that our coverage of the KFC Big Bash League will take on a new dimension this summer. “Network Ten has the most exciting and contemporary cricket commentary team and in an Ashes year, the Brits will provide insight and humour for cricket fans around the country. “The KFC Big Bash League has gone from strength to strength on Network Ten over the past four years and we look forward to another successful season,” he said.

Network Ten will also broadcast 12 matches of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League, including four of the matches that launch the 2017-18 season from Saturday, 9 December, live and exclusive on TEN. Ten of the 12 Rebel Women’s Big Bash League matches will be shown on TEN. Mel Jones and Lisa Sthalekar will be back as commentators, along with Andy Maher.

Cricket is just the start of Network Ten’s sport line-up for 2018. Next year, Ten also delivers for motorsport, the Hyundai A-League and rugby.

Network Ten will broadcast, live and free, the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, all MotoGP races including Phillip Island, the hit magazine show RPM and the biggest Supercars Championship events, including the Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. In 2018, Network Ten will broadcast the Hyundai A-League, with the best game of the week – the Harvey Norman Saturday Night Football Hyundai A-League match – given a consistent timeslot and free-to-air television home on ONE. Network Ten will also broadcast all of the finals, as well as the Caltex Socceroos friendly matches after the completion of the World Cup Qualifiers.

Rugby fans are in for a massive year in 2018, with Network Ten presenting the three Test matches against the Irish in the June Test Series; all of the Wallabies’ matches in the Rugby Championship; and a third Test match against New Zealand as part of the Bledilsoe Cup.

35 Comments:

  1. I’m not particularly happy about the theme for the next Aus Survivor, but I understand why they are doing it. However I am worried it’s going to be like s1 where mateship takes centre stage again and made for boring TV.

  2. Given that TEN has said it’s unlikely that Offspring will air next year, you can be certain that it won’t be on ( it may return in 2019 as a spinoff). Unless something drastic occurs for Sisters’ ratings in the next 3 episodes, it won’t be back either.
    Given the above, that probably strengthens the chances of a 3rd series for the Wrong Girl. Its ratings aren’t great but it was renewed with similar ratings for Season 2. Probably 50/50 at the moment.

  3. Arguably the best looking and presented UpFronts. Though in-line content wise with Seven and Nine, nothing spectacularly standout. Though Bachelor in Paradise has the potential to be a hit. Bachelorette with no Monk will go down. As Ten re-focus on a big year for MasterChef (and The Project).

  4. Hopefully there will be more offspring and the wrong girl even if they rest them for a year. Loving sisters so hope it continues. Peter hellier and Lisa mccune show could be fun. Otherwise just Aus survivor and I’m a celeb.

  5. Nothing interesting really hughesy should be good. More female skewed drama playing for keeps an Aussie version of footballers wives. Those dramas have been done to death already

  6. Unless CBS have got some gold dust up their sleeve for when they take over, This is just more programming filler from Ten. There is nothing in that Line up that will lift Ten beyond third place…..

  7. Had to laugh when you mentioned in the newsletter that they featured Anastasia screaming out her trademark “Malaka” on the big screen at the Ten launch. Priceless.

  8. Sounds like some great shows coming to TEN. I’m so glad Cram, Bondi Rescue, Australian Survivor and Todd Sampson’s Body Hack is coming back. I really hope The Wrong Girl and Sisters is coming back.

  9. Apart from Oz Survivor and maybe Russell Coight I won’t be going anywhere near any of these shows. Genuinely surprised they’re already reaching for gimmicks in only Season 3 of Survivor and that they would bother hyping 9JKL given the show is just biding time until it is canned in the US.

    • It actually makes total sense for Aus survivor to do a special edition one . Should appeal to more eyeballs and gain more interest then ordinary series. Channel 10 is looking good , but to be expected , they rise from the dead they do it all the time 😄😄

  10. I get no announcement of CBS library of shows but absent was Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods. If you look at the press release on the Tenplay website they do confirm Scorpion, MacGyver and Supernatural.

  11. A terrific and welcome move forward for TEN and Australian TV, but, unless I overlooked it, aside from The Project there was absolutely no mention of News and TEN’s planned level of commitment to its news output. Considering the proud and continuing history of the CBS News brand in the US, let us hope the network’s new masters provide additional resources for TEN Eyewitness News and its news coverage generally.

      • You have to remember that last night the CBS takeover was not yet officially confirmed. I suspect TEN’s upfronts were somewhat reserved because of this. Now that it is official, I would expect more announcements, like news for example. Possibly they will make more announcements in January to coincide with Lisa’s Project debut

    • Or even a fourth channel. They don’t have enough content for the three they currently have. What are they going to put on it? Fifty year-old repeats in 4:3 black and white or NTSC’s awful colour palette?

      • Fourth sorry. They have plenty of C&I shows to air both present and past. The content from CBS alone is good. They need a niche station and l feel a crime & investigation channel is a perfect fit. Hell we don’t need more encores of present stuff

  12. Not a bad line-up.
    I think the point of difference when CBS takes over will be the parent company can afford to market the shows and network
    in a way Australian media hasn’t seen before.
    And I like “We Like Being Different” as a positioning statement – if, indeed, that’s what they’re going to use.
    David, did TEN fly you up for the junket last night, or did you do it remote from Melbourne? Just curious.

  13. I’ve read murder games by james patterson and howard roughan the original title of the book which has now had a title change to instinct in line with the new series. I’m curious how it will go as a series and what changes the make between the book and show. They could go one of two ways keep it the same or do a wrong girl and take some parts for the pilot then do its own thing.

    Is playing for keeps based on afl or nrl? Both are referred to as “footy”. They should’ve been clearer.

    • In the end, does it matter? I am sure that you wouldn’t be able to pick the sport just by looking at their partners. You could probably write the whole show and never even cast a male in it, it would be just wives and cohabitors interacting with each other.

      • I think they are concerned about alienating viewers therefore haven’t been specific. I think the numbers could vary depending on the state the code is popular in. Aussie Rules is big in melbourne. You may get extra viewers in melbourne who will give it a go for that reason. Vice versa if it was rugby league for sydney viewers for instance. If you follow a sport any sport quite frankly there are both onfield and offield incidents that could be explored. If you don’t get or follow the sport it’s just harder or less interesting trying to get a portrayal of an onfield incident or an offield incident such as gambling. Shows have layers and its just one pretty big layer that may be hard to overcome for some.

  14. Gordon Ramsay and Nigella Lawson are great gets for MasterChef.
    Pleasantly surprised by the renewal of Survivor and the comedy slate looks interesting.
    Intriguing to see what they are going to do with Lisa Wilkinson- I’ve heard rumours about a prime time Oprah style program, not sure if that would work.
    I’m hoping for a more stable year for TEN in 2018, and maybe even signs of a more competitive outfit.

  15. Nice. Loooooove that Australian Survivor is returning… I’m gonna apply!
    Also smart to invest in scripted comedy as the ABC are reigning supreme in this department at the moment… both of the scripted comedy shows seem effective on paper… but again, it’s all about the writing. Russel Coight’s return will be massive (my surrounding friend network of “18-25’s” are super keen on it…!) provided its scheduled correctly. And can ‘Playing for Keeps’ please be like a slightly less trashy (but still a little bit dirty 😋) ‘Footballer’s Wives’? That would be phenomenal! I’m keen as on that.
    Also big thumbs up for Shark Tank, Gogglebox and HYBPA! They do need to shake up their scheduling of these shows… I’m a Celebrity shouldn’t kick off the year against MKR… but it will… sigh…

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