I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here returns to TEN on Sunday and while the celebrities will face some squeamish and terrifying challenges, TEN has his own set of challenges, facing major sport and reality competition.
“We become very unpatriotic every year!” TEN Network Head of Programming Daniel Monaghan joked to TV Tonight. “I like to see Australians lose the tennis every year!”
Fortunately for TEN no Aussies will appear in the Australian Open finals, but it will still be a mammoth task.
The show launches on Sunday following Lisa Wilkinson’s first edition hosting The Sunday Project. On Monday it faces the return of My Kitchen Rules and Married at First Sight.
“The tennis and cricket are huge and we’ve gone against them every year, so we have to think strategically about that night and then the big reality shows on night 2. So we will be working towards something big for night 2,” he continued.
“The run is fairly similar but there are changes based around our commitment to Big Bash.”
BBL Semi-Finals are set for Thursday Feb 1, Friday Feb 2 and a Final twilight game takes place on Sunday Feb 4.
Monaghan promises plenty of entertainment for Celebrity viewers.
“We’re going into Year 4 so we have gotten to a point where the challenges we have created are really refined. They are scaled up again. I think people will be really happy that there will be a major game each night which will work for us across the week.
“Chris & Julia now how to make it work so we are thrilled to have them back, of course.”
This season features “two feuding celebrities, an Aussie comedian, an AFL champion, an Aussie rocker, an iconic Australian actor, Australia’s stand-up queen, a television star, a pop sensation, a tennis star, a best-selling author, a loudmouth television star and one of Australia’s hottest models land in the jungle.”
Rumoured names include Fran Drescher, Anthony Mundine & Danny Green, Mark Phillipoussis or Bernard Tomic, Peter Rowsthorn or Glenn Robbins, Jackie Gillies, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Fiona O’Loughlin,
“The cast is diverse and really on-point. Both the male and female cast are very strong. It’s fun to have so much speculation again in the press,” he said.
“As always not all speculation is correct, but we just smile along with it.
“We have a few who we consider to be marquee this year and there is again an international and Australian cast.”
Sunday: Eliminations / Team Challenges
Each Sunday, the celebrities will go head-to-head in team trials that will see one team feasting, while the other remains hungry and green with envy.
Monday: Celebrities Don’t Like Mondays
The celebrities will develop a newfound dislike for Mondays when they learn of the horrible surprises in store for them. From dangerous heights to gruesome food, the celebrities will be faced with everything and anything that could make their skin crawl. Afterwards, the celebrities will be joined by Chris and Julia in camp for the weekly elimination, where the campmates will be forced to say goodbye to one or more of their fellow celebrities
Tuesday: Tucker Chewsday
Maggot muffin washed down with a blended rat milkshake anyone? It’s eating trial night, terrible news for the celebrities, great news for the viewers. The infamous Tucker Chewsday is back and the jungle menu is packed with even more gruesome local delights. What will the celebrities be able to stomach in order to feed the rest of the camp?
Wednesday: Horrifying Hump Day
There is no day that sends a shiver down a celebrity’s spine more than Horrifying Hump Day. Wednesdays are when the celebrities must face the biggest and most spectacular trials in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! history.
Thursday: Dirty Thursday
Thursdays are a huge day for the celebrities because they are playing for three days’ worth of food. Creepy crawlies, slime and muck: if the celebrities want food for the weekend, they are going to have to get down and dirty.
Begins 7:30pm Sunday on TEN.