Upfronts 2019: Nine: SeaChange, Australian Open, Lego Masters, Bad Mothers.

  • SeaChange revival with Sigrid Thornton, John Howard
  • Melissa George, Tess Haubrich join Bad Mothers
  • Hamish Blake to host Lego Masters
  • Love Island moves from 9GO! to Nine
  • Hamish & Andy take on a “perfect” holiday
  • New coach for The Voice
  • Australian Open with John McEnroe, Lleyton Hewitt, Jim Courier commentary
  • The Block, Ninja Warrior, Family Food Fight, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation return

A SeaChange revival leads Nine’s key announcements in 2019.

Sigrid Thornton and John Howard will return for a new series, with co-creator Deb Cox on board. As tipped by TV Tonight, the series builds on the ABC series which ran for 3 seasons from 1998 – 2000, now produced jointly by ITV Studios and Every Cloud Productions.

Sigrid Thornton said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to Pearl Bay. Time has passed and the world has changed, so as we revisit this rich and strange place I trust we’ll all delight in the chance to explore how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. I can hardly wait.”

Andy Ryan, Nine’s co-Head of Drama, said: “Two decades after SeaChange changed the face of Australian drama, Pearl Bay is still a hotbed of romance, mateship and community spirit. With plenty of fresh faces the new challenges, SeaChange is perfect family entertainment.”

Jo Rooney, Nine’s co-Head of Drama, said: “SeaChange is one of Australia’s most successful and best-loved dramas, and we’re excited to rekindle that magic for a new generation of viewers. The perils faced by Laura and the townsfolk of Pearl Bay are more topical than ever, and we can’t wait to see how they respond.”

Ahead of a merger with Fairfax Media, CEO Hugh Marks told media buyers, “We’re not afraid to make big decisions.”

New cast have been announced for Bad Mothers including Melissa George, Tess Haubrich, Don Hany and Daniel MacPherson.

Hamish Blake is host of Lego Masters fronting the Nine event in a Lego costume and revealing he is a huge fan of the obsession.

Also announced were a new true crime documentary series Murder, Lies & Alibis produced by Mark Llewellyn, 5 part nature series Dynasties with David Attenborough, and music special ABBA: Let the Music Speak.

The Block heads to The Oslo backpackers in St. Kilda, The Voice sees a new coach joining Delta, Boy George & Kelly Rowlands. Love Island will shift from 9GO! to Nine’s primary channel.

The AFL Footy Show is listed for 2019, but no cast are confirmed. Absent from the list are True Story with Hamish & Andy (said to be resting in 2019), Buying Blind and Date Night.

NEW :

Seachange
There’s a big change coming to Nine. Two legends of Australian television, Sigrid Thornton and John Howard, are reprising their roles as Laura Gibson and Bob Jelly in the beloved drama series, SeaChange. Twenty years on, Laura (Thornton) returns to the beachside paradise of Pearl Bay. However, it seems that this time around Pearl Bay needs Laura just as much as she needs it. Original creator and head writer, Deb Cox, returns as Executive Producer alongside Sigrid
Thornton, Fiona Eager and David Mott. SeaChange will commence production in 2019.

Bad Mothers
Bad Mothers, follows five very modern women juggling the big issues of love, family, careers, infidelity … and murder. When their lives collide following a series of shocking events, the Bad Mothers will learn that life can get a whole lot more complicated, more outrageous – and a whole lot more fun – than they ever imagined. Bad Mothers boasts a stellar cast including Mandy McElhinney (Love Child, Hyde & Seek), Daniel MacPherson (The Bill, City Homicide), Don Hany (East West 101, Devil’s Playground), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Doctor Doctor, Our Girl), Jessica Tovey (pictured Wolf Creek, Wonderland), Tess Haubrich (Wolf Creek, Pine Gap) and Melissa George (Grey’s Anatomy, The Slap). Bad Mothers has principal funding from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria, with support from Create NSW. Bad Mothers, created by Filthy Productions, is a Jungle Entertainment production for Nine.

Lego Masters
Next year Nine will unveil a brand-new format, Lego Masters, where your only limitation is your imagination. Mind-blowing, brick-building brilliance will be on display, delivering family entertainment loaded with fun, action, drama and humour. Lego Masters, hosted by Hamish Blake, will pit eight pairs of brickheads against each other in a quest to impress with their creativity, design and flair, driven by their unparalleled passion for the possibilities that will start with a single LEGO brick. Lego Masters is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.

Hamish & Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday
Next year Hamish and Andy return to what they love best, travelling. Audiences fell in love with their gap year seasons and their caravan specials. Now the boys will embark on another action packed adventure, but this time with a slight twist, in Hamish and Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday.
Hamish and Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday is produced by Radio Karate for Nine.

Murder, Lies & Alibis
Nine’s new cutting-edge documentary crime series, Murder, Lies and Alibis, will dissect some of the most infamous criminal cases from here and around the world in a tenacious, gripping and confronting format. It’s true crime like you’ve never seen before. A team of highly experienced investigators will re-examine cold cases police couldn’t solve – discovering fresh leads, unearthing chilling footage and audio, as well as securing crucial interviews with witnesses going on the record for the very first time. Each episode is uniquely recounted through the eyes of the key players, such as victims, survivors, their families and friends, and in some cases, the persons of interest themselves. Murder, Lies and Alibis is led by Nine’s Creative Director for News and Current Affairs, Mark Llewellyn, and produced by Nine.

Dynasties with David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough will present a five-part landmark series called Dynasties. Each episode follows different animal families – lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins – at the most critical period in their lives. Each is a ruler, a leader of their family, their troop, their pride – each determined to hold on to power and protect their family, their territory and their dynasty.

New Amsterdam
New to Nine in 2019 is the US medical drama, New Amsterdam. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, it follows the brilliant and charming Dr Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), the institution’s new medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. Dr Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and under-appreciated hospital – the only one in the world capable of treating ebola patients, dangerous prisoners and the President of the United States under one roof – and return it to the glory that put it on the map.

ABBA: Let the Music Speak
It’s been 35 years since Sweden’s legendary disco group ABBA released their last single. In April 2018, after repeatedly stating that they would never reunite again, the four members of the group Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad announced that they have recorded two new songs, revealing the first track titled “I Still Have Faith in You”. In 2019 comes a groundbreaking documentary on Nine that will explore the huge success that was ABBA, the incredible history of the band, why the famous four broke up and why they have decided to get back together to make music once again.ABBA: Let the Music Speak is produced by the BBC.

 

Returning

Married at First Sight
Australia’s most controversial and groundbreaking social experiment, Married at First Sight, will return for an explosive sixth series in 2019, with the promise of more love and drama than ever.
Relationship psychologist John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Trisha Stratford and dating expert and psychologist Mel Schilling will pair 20 brave singles from across Australia, using a mix of neuroscience and psychology, with the aim to create 10 perfect matches. Our experts will put these relationships through the ultimate pressure test to determine whether science can really predict true love. You’ll bear witness to spectacular weddings, romantic honeymoons, provocative dinner parties and captivating commitment ceremonies which will again lure you into this addictive reality TV juggernaut.Married at First Sight is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.

The Block
The Block Strikes Gold! Every year Australia’s number one reality show gets bigger and better. Sixteen years since the record-breaking first instalment in 2003, The Block has cemented itself as a television phenomenon that remains as popular as ever. Now The Block goes way back to the legendary days of the goldrush for the oldest Block ever. In 2019, contestants will take on The Olso in St Kilda – a Victorian gem built from goldrush cash in 1859. She went from five massive, stately homes to an $18 a night hotel nightmare. A giant challenge awaits the new Blockheads as Scott Cam returns with co-host Shelley Craft, judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, foreman Keith Schleiger and his right-hand man, Dan Reilly. The Block is a Nine production in conjunction with Cavalier Television.

The Voice
The Voice Australia will be back for an enormous eighth series as superstar coaches Kelly Rowland, Boy George and Delta Goodrem return to the famous red chairs, to be joined by one more international superstar coach to be announced soon, as they discover the next wave of Australia’s most talented artists. This follows a highly successful seventh season which saw millions tuning in to hear the amazingly unique sounds of Sam Perry as he took out the title of The Voice Australia, along with $100,000 in prizemoney and a recording contract. Which artists will make the coaches turn their chairs? And can 2018 winning coach Kelly Rowland defend her title? The Voice Australia is produced by ITV Studios for Nine.

Australian Ninja Warrior
Australian Ninja Warrior has captivated the nation and the smash-hit program will be returning for a ground breaking third season. In 2019, the worldwide phenomenon is set to invade Australia’s sporting capital with an all- new supersized course at its new home in Spotswood alongside the Scienceworks museum in Melbourne. The stakes have never been higher. In 2019, the competitor that goes the furthest and fastest will be declared the winner of Australian Ninja Warrior and will receive a prize of $100,000. Climb Mount Midoriyama and the prize jackpots to $300,000 and be crowned Australia’s First Ninja Warrior Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff will be back to take viewers through every jump, leap, heart-stopping victory and heart-wrenching fall. Fan-favourite Ninjas will return to compete alongside fresh faces inspired by those who have braved the course before them. Australian Ninja Warrior is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.

Family Food Fight
Still to come this year is Family Food Fight with an all-new look. Eight food-loving families from across the country will go head-to-head in the kitchen in the quest to find Australia’s No. 1 food family for 2018. The series will put the families through their culinary paces as they vie for the $100,000 prizemoney. The stakes are high in season two, where only the best cooking will be rewarded. The pressure is on from the get-go to deliver, or risk elimination. Family Food Fight is an Endemol Shine Australia original format developed with Nine.

Love Island Australia
We got a text! The show that got everyone talking, Love Island Australia returns in 2019 moving from 9Go! to Nine. Hosted by Sophie Monk, 10 new sexy, single islanders will play the ultimate game of love and lust in a series that has broken Australian viewing records and caused a tabloid sensation. Temperatures soar as we follow heated arguments, fiery dramas and steamy hook-ups while they try to win the hearts of the public for a cash prize. Love Island Australia is produced by ITV Studios Australia for Nine.

Doctor Doctor
Australia’s favourite bad boy, Dr Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser), and his marvellously dysfunctional family return for a fourth series of Nine’s sensational drama series, Doctor Doctor. After serving out his probation in rural Whyhope and saving the family farm, life is about to go totally, disastrously wrong for Hugh. And this time, his friends and family won’t be making it any easier for him. Doctor Doctor showcases an outstanding ensemble cast including Nicole da Silva (Charlie), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Hayley McElhinney (Penny), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Charles Wu (Ken) and Belinda Bromilow. Doctor Doctor is produced by Easy Tiger Productions for Nine.

Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation
Australia’s favourite hour of inter-generational laughs is back in 2019. Led by host Shaun Micallef, the weekly TV showgram Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation is a riotous, hour-long biffo between three of our most alphabetically delinquent generations – Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z. Each week our three regular captains – Andy Lee, Robyn Butler and Laurence Boxhall – team up with a trio of celebrity guests to put their lives and credibility in danger while answering questions and playing games that, like a rickety footbridge over an all-ages concert, span the generations. On Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, everyone’s favourite memories and moments from the worlds of film and TV, music, news and current affairs, fads, advertising, sport and more are brought back to life … not as a zombie in unspeakable torment, but as a helpful ghost offering a guided tour of recent history. It’s a celebration of the generations and what defines them, in a bid to discover which really is the greatest generation of all time (for this week at least). Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation is produced by ITV Studios for Nine.

Travel Guides
It’s the biggest season of Travel Guides yet: more episodes, more frequent flyer miles and more incredible holidays than ever before. Your favourite travellers like the Fren family, Kevin and Janetta and twin cowgirls Stack and Mel return, and they’ll be joined by some diverse new holidaymakers exploring new destinations at home and abroad, including Europe, India and South America. Each week five very different groups of ordinary Aussies become travel critics, going on the same week-long holiday – sampling the food, the accommodation, and taking in the sights. Their hilarious adventures will surprise you as they deliver no-holds-barred reviews and rate their stay out of five stars. But one person’s idea of paradise can be another’s idea of hell. Narrated by popular Aussie comedian Denise Scott, the Logie-nominated Travel Guides is produced by Nine.

20 to One
Hang on tight as comedian Nick Cody joins Erin Molan at the helm of Australia’s favourite countdown, 20 to One, back for a fresh series in 2019. The biggest ever lineup of local celebs and international A-listers assembled for the program includes Charlie Sheen, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Carr, Sharon Osbourne, Mel B and Jane Fonda, adding their candid, hysterical and often provocative take on everyone and everything. Erin and Nick are ready to tackle outrageous countdowns such as reality TV shockers, epic celebrity fails, viral mega hits, superstar families, all-star commercials, plus plenty more. 20 to One is produced by Nine.

Paramedics
Paramedics, the compelling documentary series offering unprecedented insight into the daily lives of emergency service heroes, will be back for a second series next year. This program, produced with the help of Ambulance Victoria, features unrivalled access to paramedics, with vision captured from up to 60 cameras rigged in ambulances, helicopters and on motorbikes. Narrated by acclaimed actor and philanthropist Samuel Johnson OAM, each episode tells the story through the eyes of the dedicated paramedics and their patients. Paramedics is produced by WTFN Entertainment for Nine.

This Time Next Year
This Time Next Year, one of the most ambitious and inspirational shows on television, is back for a highly anticipated second series in 2019. A new group of everyday Australians will try to achieve monumental personal goals over the most challenging and rewarding year of their lives. In each episode hosted by Karl Stefanovic, these ordinary people with extraordinary stories will make an ambitious pledge to change their lives by “this time next year”. Get ready for triumph and heartbreak as the result of each pledge is revealed instantly in this unique time travel-style format. More than a year in the making, This Time Next Year is produced by Nine.

RBT
In its 12th season, this compelling Australian series on random breath-testing operations goes behind the lines of the South Australian Police Force for the first time. From major roadside operations and mobile breath testing to high-speed pursuits and drivers under the influence, RBT, narrated by Andrew Daddo, will again capture all the drama and danger that police face every day in their relentless campaign against drink and drug-driving. RBT is produced by Screentime for Nine.

Australian Crime Stories
Australian Crime Stories examines some of the nation’s most captivating, controversial and mystifying crimes. We peel back the layers to reveal the secret desires, mysterious appetites and hidden hatreds, the seven deadly sins at the heart of all true crime. Australian Crime Stories will take the audience out of their comfort zone, leading them on a trail that outrages, shocks, informs and, above all, entertains. This program goes behind the headlines to uncover new evidence. It will examine the accounts of the cops, crims and witnesses that were there to present compelling stories of good and bad, cops and robbers, heroes and villains. Australian Crime Stories is created and written by Adam Shand and Bryan Cockerill.

Millionaire Hot Seat
Since it premiered on April 20, 2009, Millionaire Hot Seat has become Australia’s longest running quiz show – and remains the only program on Australian television where it is possible to win $1 million. The new, supercharged one-hour version, hosted by Eddie McGuire, starts with contestants going head-to-head in a rapid-fire battle of Fastest Finger First. All six contestants will face the same 15 questions, with the fastest and most accurate winning a cash prize at the half- way mark of the program. When the winner of Fastest Finger First makes it to the Hot Seat, he or she will have the option of keeping the cash prize or swapping it for one of three Lifelines:
• 50/50 – Two incorrect answers will be removed.
• Switch – The question will be substituted for a new one.
• Ask-a-Friend – The contestant can ask a friend in the audience for help.

Talking Married
To coincide with the new series of Married at First Sight, fans will get an extra fix and the inside scoop when Talking Married returns to 9Life for a second series. Hosted by Nine presenter and journalist Jayne Azzopardi and 9Honey’s lifestyle presenter and columnist Shelly Horton, this weekly half-hour chat show will bring viewers all the behind-the-scenes gossip, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen clips from Australia’s most talked about reality show. Talking Married is a television production from Australia’s leading women’s lifestyle network, 9Honey.

Getaway
Getaway, Australia’s longest running and most popular holiday and travel television program, will continue to take you around the globe in 2019, uncovering the most beautiful locations and tasting the most delicious food. And you won’t even need to leave your living room.

61st TV Week Logie Awards
In 2019, the TV Week Logie Awards return to the Gold Coast after a successful first year at their new location. Channel Nine will broadcast the Logies LIVE from The Star on the Gold Coast to celebrate TV’s night of nights, with awards to honour individuals and programs for their outstanding achievement to Australian television.

Sport

Australian Open Tennis

Nine’s new six-year deal with Tennis Australia is in play in 2019 when the Australian Open takes place from January 14 to 27, as the biggest stars in the game converge on Melbourne Park. Nine’s coverage will be presented by the greatest lineup of tennis experts and commentators ever seen on Australian TV, including the legendary John McEnroe – winner of three Wimbledons and four US Opens – and Jim Courier, a former world No.1 and two-time victor at the Australian Open. Joining them will be Australia’s former world No.1 singles player, Lleyton Hewitt, and former Australian doubles world No.1, Todd Woodbridge, alongside Sam Smith, Jelena Dokic, Alicia Molik, Sam Groth, and Dylan Alcott. Preceding this, Nine brings you the Hopman Cup (December 29-January 5), Brisbane International (December 30-January 6) and Sydney International (January 6-12), which will include superstars such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams in the official lead-up tournaments to the Open.

NRL
The 2019 NRL Premiership kicks off in March, and Nine will continue to bring full digital rights to 9Now and Wide World of Sports.com.au, including live streaming, on-demand viewing, short-form clips and highlights, coming straight from broadcast to the digital environment. 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, Ruan Sims, Allana Ferguson, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, James Bracey, Erin Molan, and Mat Thompson. Nine’s NRL team also includes new faces in the form of future Immortal Johnathan Thurston, the greatest fullback of all time, Billy Slater, and powerhouse Queensland and Australian forward, Sam Thaiday, all adding their insight into the game we love. Three of the top games in every NRL round will be shown live on Thursday, Friday and Sunday – before Nine adds a fourth, the 7.30pm match on Saturday nights, in the run to the finals.

State of Origin
Consistently among the highest rating television events 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. Following victory for the new-look, resurgent NSW side in 2018, Queensland will be looking to bounce back and reclaim their glory next year. In 2019, Perth will host an Origin game for the first time in front of up to 60,000 fans at the new state-of-the-art Optus Stadium, on a Sunday night again following last year’s success. Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and ANZ Stadium in Sydney will host games one and three respectively.

The NRL Sunday Footy Show
Nine’s rugby league experts will dissect every week of NRL action in 2019 when Erin Molan is joined by Nine’s panel of experts on The NRL Sunday Footy Show, 11.00am to 1.00pm. Fans will get two hours of opinions and discussion on all the latest news from the week of rugby league, and a preview of Sunday’s upcoming game.

Sports Sunday
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 James Bracey and regular panellists such as Liz Ellis and Peter FitzSimons separating fact from fiction in 2019 – who’s right, who’s wrong, and who’s got absolutely no idea.

The AFL Footy Show
The AFL Footy Show is home to the biggest stories in the world of AFL, hosted by champions of the game and bringing in-depth discussions on the week in footy, and a whole lot of laughs.

The AFL Sunday Footy Show
The AFL Sunday Footy Show is compulsory viewing for AFL fans, with Tony Jones delivering the latest news, analysis, and the biggest names in the game.

Footy Classified
The big names and the agenda-setters lock horns for a provocative look at the AFL as Footy Classified continues to tackle the topical issues on and off the field.

The Ashes
A battle that has raged for 137 years, The Ashes returns to its traditional home on Nine on August 1, 2019, with all games live during prime time over 25 days of play between Australia and “The Old Enemy”, England. Marking the first time that superstars Steve Smith and David Warner will be eligible again to play test cricket, all eyes will be on the English summer to see if the Aussies can back up their dominant Ashes win in 2017-18.

Cricket World Cup
Australia defends its Cricket World Cup crown in 2019, with England and Wales hosting the championship from May 30. After defeating co-hosts New Zealand in the final at a packed MCG in 2015, Australia will join the other nine top cricketing nations in the One-Day International tournament to be played over 46 days, with the hallowed turf of Lord’s the setting for the 2019 final.

World Cup of Golf & The Masters
The World Cup of Golf hits Melbourne, November 22-25, with players competing proudly for their country instead of just individual glory, and the biggest purse in Australian golf. Following this, The Masters returns to Wide World of Sports in 2019, showcasing the best golfers in the world. Local heroes Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith will be vying for golf’s grandest prize – the prestigious green jacket at Augusta.

Suncorp Super Netball
After its most successful season to date, Suncorp Super Netball, the best netball league in the world, returns to Nine for the 2019 season. Australian netball Hall of Famer, Liz Ellis, spearheads Nine’s coverage of two live broadcast games per week, with these and all other games available on 9Now, as the Sunshine Coast Lightning premiers look to set the benchmark for the third year in a row.

Constellation Cup
The Australian Diamonds will again take on the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the Constellation Cup in October 2019 – the hottest netball rivalry in the world. The Aussies and Kiwis always meet in tightly contested clashes, and this one promises to be another thriller.

National Basketball League
In the new partnership with the National Basketball League, two of the biggest games a week will go live on Nine, as well as having every game of the 2018-19 season available for streaming on 9Now.This season sees NBA superstar Andrew Bogut join the Sydney Kings as the highest profile signing ever in the League, and record crowds are expected for the 41st season of what is one of the premier basketball competitions in the world.

News & Current Affairs

From 5.00am, we present Nine News Early Edition with the latest in overnight breaking news from around the world.

At 5.30am, the nation wakes up with Today, hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Georgie Gardner. In 2019, Australia’s longest running breakfast television program will continue to bring viewers up-to-the-minute news, current affairs, sport, politics, entertainment, fashion, health and lifestyle from Australia and around the world. Weekend Today, hosted by Pete Stefanovic and Allison Langdon, will also return next year as the perfect way to kick-start your Saturdays and Sundays.

Sonia Kruger and David Campbell will be back with Today Extra in 2019, presenting a fresh and light-hearted look at social issues, fashion, entertainment and celebrity gossip from 9.00am each weekday.

Rounding out our morning schedule is Nine’s Morning News at 11.30am, with an emphasis on news out of Canberra and a look at how the financial markets are performing, as well as an update on the day’s breaking stories.

At 3.00pm, Amber Sherlock presents Nine News Now, giving you the news you need in an easy-to-digest format. It also features the hugely popular Chat Room segment where well-known Aussies debate the issues of the day that affect us all.

From 4.00pm, each capital city receives a localised bulletin of Nine’s Afternoon News, with detailed analysis of the issues affecting everyday Australians in their local communities.

This year, Nine News at 6.00pm is once again the most watched bulletin along the combined East Coast capitals of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. And in 2019, your local Nine News bulletin will continue to be the one you can rely upon to provide the most accurate and up-to-date news service.

At 7.00 pm, A Current Affair, hosted by Tracy Grimshaw, rounds out our day-long coverage of news and current affairs. ACA, Australia’s most watched program, battles for the underdog, while getting results and information that make a difference to people’s lives.

Celebrating an historic 40th season in 2018, 60 Minutes remains Australia’s number one weekly public affairs program. Since it began in 1979, 60 Minutes has consistently set the benchmark when it comes to first-class, detailed reporting of the biggest stories, newsmakers and entertainers of our time.

And in 2019, we are proud to announce a brand new cutting-edge documentary crime series, Crime Story Investigation Australia. Led by Nine’s Creative Director for News and Current Affairs, Mark Llewellyn, and produced by Nine, it will dissect some of the most infamous criminal cases from here and around the world in a tenacious, gripping and confronting format. It’s true crime like you’ve never seen before.

Still to come:

Hay Mate
On Saturday, October 27, the Nine Network will continue its support of Aussie farmers by joining forces with the legendary Glenn Wheatley to broadcast the Buy a Bale: Hay Mate drought relief concert when it rolls into Tamworth with artists including John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Guy Sebastian, The Veronicas, Jon Stevens, Andrew Farriss (INXS), Adam Harvey, Tim Wheatley, Aleyce Simmonds and Nat Conway on board, and with Nine’s Richard Wilkins, Sonia Kruger and David Campbell hosting this very special event. John Farnham will lead this cast of Aussie entertainers, with funds raised going to Rural Aid. “Farmers are the backbone of this country,” Farnham says. “I understand what they are going through. They are doing it tough through this drought. It’s a shame we did not do something sooner. But we are acting now!”

World of Dance
Nine will be home to the hit US series, World of Dance, global superstar Jennifer Lopez, alongside celebrity dance experts Ne-Yo and Derek Hough, will judge, guide and mentor the world’s top dancing talent and troupes of all ages. Hosted by Jenna Dewan, competitors will showcase their skills, ranging from ballroom, Latin, contemporary and hip-hop, bringing their passion of dance to battle it out with the best of the best for the life changing 1 million dollar prize, on the stage of World of Dance.

ARIA Awards
The ARIA Awards make a triumphant return to the Nine Network on Tuesday, November 28, 2018, Live from The Star in Sydney. Hosted by multiple Grammy and Aria Award-winning superstar Keith Urban, the prestigious ARIAs are 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. John Farnham, Crowded House and INXS were among the original winners in 1987, and since then the ARIAs have been a star-studded affair, attracting top acts from around the world. This year, the 32nd ARIA Awards will be no different as international superstars take the stage and another Australian music legend is inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The ARIA Awards are produced by ZigZag TV for Nine.

Carols by Candlelight
Join Sonia Kruger and David Campbell as they present everyone’s favourite Christmas Eve tradition, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. This year marks the 81st annual Carols concert, where some of Australia’s most loved stars will perform a selection of Christmas favourites. Entertainers will give family, friends and loved ones the opportunity to share in the spirit of Christmas when the Carols are broadcast live from Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Monday, December 24, at 8.00pm on Nine.

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22 Comments:

  1. How incredibly unoriginal and backward looking. No wonder advertisers, viewers and the production community is turning its back on commercial television.

  2. Love me some trash tv. Love Island is just a lot of fun and escapism on a wintery rainy night and MAFS will hit the so-bad-it’s-good mark again no doubt.

  3. Looking forward to SeaChange but ads though. A concession I guess.
    No announcement on AFL footy show hosts either! Excited for Bad Mothers. Will give new Amsterdam a go though. Reviews have been savage.

  4. Not a interesting line-up they still have most shows continuing, would’ve been good if they had another new Australian drama or something…I don’t know I’m finding myself watching less of Ch9 of late..

  5. The only show in that list that really excites me is the return of Seachange.I wonder will Kerry Armstrong return with the cast?I didn’t see her name mentioned there.She was so good in the original series.

  6. When they tout no-brainers like Today, ARIA Awards, sports and footy shows as “highlights”, it’s clear there’s not much in the exciting barrel.
    Someone else on this website made a very interesting point recently –
    Global television is in a golden era right now, yet Australia is woefully represented. Why?

    • Everything is proportionate. If the US has 10 times our population it stands to reason they would make 10 times as many good shows and ten times as much crap. You can guess which does not reach us here.

  7. Typo Seachange ran for three seasons from 1988-2000? It is good news it’s coming back maybe Always Greener is next. Nothing overly exciting the Lego Masters seems interesting. I do like TTNY. Also hasnt Crime Investigation Australia already been done on Foxtel already?

    • What a judgmental comment. If some people enjoy New Amsterdam, so what? Let them enjoy it. I don’t like reality shows, but I don’t pass judgment on those who do.

      • Going by the massive success of This Is Us in America and its failure in Australia, treacle is an American preference. I am content keeping our culture, rather than becoming like them.

  8. For me it’s yet another disappointing year on Nine, about the 15th year in a row. I remember the days when almost every week night there used to be something I’d want to record on the network. Now it’s maybe two titles a year.

  9. Looking forward to a super lineup of shows and programs like Ninja, TBYG. I will also be looking forward to a new era of sport like Tennis, and Origin to be played at Optus Stadium, Perth, CWC19, Golf. The Origin games will not clash with the Cricket World Cup matches involving Australia. Hope 9 will still use ‘We Are the One’ Ident in order to promote the upcoming shows and by using the song Something Just like this by Coldplay.

  10. Super boring lineup. Nothing there interesting at all apart from New Amsterdam that I’ve already seen. Cheap and tacky programming!! Same old recycled garbage

  11. David, If a show, for example, The Bite Club, is not listed as returning then is it safe to assume that it’s been cancelled or ended?

    Mind you TBC wasn’t all that good anyway …

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